In the article, we will be looking at the biggest scandals taken place in different parts of the world over the last two decades involving celebrities in many sectors including the film industry.
Top 10 Biggest Celebrity Scandals of the Century
Conservatorship of Britney Jean Spears
She is an American singer. She is often referred to as the Princess of Pop. She is given a credit for influencing the revival of pop songs for teenagers during the late 90s and early 2000s.
Princess of Pop Britney Jean Spears became an immediate sensation in 1999 for her song Baby One More Time.
However, in the mid of 2000s, she had a public breakdown for her checking into and out of drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, shaving her head, and even crashing into a parked car.
She came under public criticism and her media coverage was relentless. She has lost her right to take her kids’ care after a child welfare investigator found her involved.
It has all been culminated in the conservatorship of her father Jamie, with terms and conditions including time in a psychiatric facility and using an IUD.
Her fans have waged a Free Britney movement in a bid to put an end to the conservatorship. At last, Britney Spears and her supporters got their hope in November 2021. You can also read more about the Top 10 Most Eye-Catching Female Celebrities in The USA.
Tom Cruise’s Scientology Video
Science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard, who has founded the Church of Scientology, will be remembered as he has been turned into controversial despite having his celebrity advocates.
The institution is not famous for its space opera as Xenu, an alien dictator, was involved with it but also it has greedy financial tactics and violent policies towards critics.
It has not stopped the virtues of Tom Cruise from extolling.
A video was uploaded to YouTube in 2008 that showed the Cruise was claiming that the Scientologists were experts in dealing with drug addiction and the only people who can lend a hand after car accidents!
At what time, the institution lodged a copyright claim and then YouTube brought the video down. It has inspired a group of hacktivist to carry out a protest movement Project Chanology,
Doping Scandal of Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong is a pro athlete cancer survivor. He was seen as an inspiration by people across the world and he has accumulated millions of money for his cancer research by using his Livestrong Foundation.
He has set an example of what is possible if people work hard and believe. But in 2012 he frustrated the entire sports world and disappointed his fans when he confessed to using steroids to improve his performance during bike races.
As consequence, Armstrong has been uncovered of all seven of his Tour De France titles and he has been banned from the sport forever.
Cheating scandal of Tiger Woods
Eldrick Tont Tiger Woods is a professional golfer of the United States. His world was turned turtle when the National Enquirer revealed a story about an extramarital affair of the golfer in 2009.
After a few days of the report, he crashed his car and he has been brought to a hospital for treatment purposes. As the number of reported extramarital affairs began to increase, people put their interest in the story which made him the focus of unhealthy curiosity.
As a consequence of the scandal, he has been divorced by his wife Elin Nordegren and several companies like AT&T and Gatorade decided to reject him from their chart of endorsement deals.
The scandal has tarnished the clean image of Tiger permanently.
Abuse allegations against R. Kelly
- R. Kelly is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and also convicted sex abuser offender. The R&B artist has suspected R. Kelly for a long time of building unethical relationships with several underage girls.
- Kelly was implicated with multiple numbers of allegations of possessing obscene objects involving underage girls, though he was given acquittal in 2002.
And after a year, he became able to beat the rap yet again. In the 2010s, further allegations of abuse and misconduct appeared, along with a series of high-profile documentaries like Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly.
In July 2019, federal prosecutors framed charges against Kelly in connection with multiple crimes, including exploitation, racketeering, kidnapping, and sex trafficking.
Later, he was convicted in September 2021, and he will be sentenced in May 2022.
Allison Mack & NXIVM
Allison Christin Mack is a popular actress in America. She performed Chloe Sullivan in the superhero series Smallville. She had played a recurring role in Wilfred, a comedy series. She was a member of NXIVM, a multilevel marketing company.
She is best known for her role as Chloe Sullivan in Smallville. The actress was involved in NXIVM, a sex cult dressed up as a multilevel business institution.
In 2006, she joined the NXIVM and as a part of it, Mack started recruiting girls to make slaves for Keith Raniere, a leader of the cult.
Mack was made accused of charges of forced sex trafficking and labor in 2018. And the offenses might force her to land in jail for at least 14 to 17 years in light of the relevant law.
But Mack has been sentenced only to three years with 1,000 hours of community service. And she has also been fined 20,000 dollars because she extended her all-out cooperation to the investigators to bring down Keith Raniere.
2014 Photo Hack
A collection of around 500 private pictures of various celebrities, mostly women with a number of nudities, were posted on imageboard 4chan, and later distributed on other websites and social networks such as Reddit and Imgur on August 31, 2014.
Several celebrities like Kirsten Dunst, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kate Upton were the victims of such scandalous activities. Their iCloud accounts have been hacked, and their nude photos have been uploaded to many websites including 4chan.
It was a terrible attack on privacy that is quite enough to give anyone a nightmare. Among the victims, Lawrence was perhaps the most vocal and she has called the hack a violation and sex crime.
At least five hackers who were involved in the scam were convicted and sentenced to jail.
Assault allegations against Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby or William Henry Cosby Jr. is a stand-up comedian, actor, and author of America. He started his career as a stand-up comic at the hungry I nightclub located in San Francisco in 1960.
Cosby, who was one of the most famous comedian actors in the USA, has been accused by at least 60 women of rape, sexual assault, drug-facilitated, sexual battery, or other sexual misconduct.
There have been also two instances of alleged child sexual abuse and both of the girl victims were aged around 15 years.
Cosby was beloved and respected as a comedian and thus he was known as America’s Dad. After the Buress video has gone viral in social media, many women including victims have felt encouraged to stand against him and accuse Cosby of misconduct.
In 2018, Cosby was accused and convicted of the motivated indecent against Andrea Constand, and he was sentenced to jail for three to ten years.
But, in 2021, he was released as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court turned down his conviction, citing a violation of due procedure. However, his other cases are still pending, and the scandal has tarnished his legacy forever.
Ties between Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein
Prince Andrew is one of the members of the British royal family. He is the 3rd child of Queen Elizabeth II and 2nd son of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is the 9th in the line of succession to the British throne
Besides, Jeffrey Edward Epstein was a financier and convicted sex offender of the United States. He was born and grew up in Brooklyn of New York City in America. He began his professional life as a teacher at Dalton School in Manhattan, though he did not have a college degree.
Wealthy Epstein was able to build up relationships with many powerful people based on his good ability to provide for young girls.
Virginia Louise Giuffre, an American-Australian campaigner, provides support to victims of sex trafficking.
Unfortunately, she is one of the victims of the sex trafficking ring of Jeffrey Epstein. According to her, Prince Andrew abused her in 2001.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the national broadcaster of the United Kingdom in 2021 published a report on the unsolicited ties between Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein.
And in 2019, Prince Andrew gave a ruinous interview where he notoriously hatched efforts to escape allegation, insisting that he was incapable of sweating.
The scandal has shattered Andrew’s image and has been a headache for the British royal family. At last in November 2019, Andrew was forced to step down from his duties as a royal.
Harvey Weinstein & #MeToo
Harvey Weinstein is a former film producer and also a convicted sex offender of America.
He was an influential producer at a time when he has been considered a titan in Hollywood.
He was accused of harassment and sexual assault by several women that have been elaborately reported by The New Yorker and the New York Times.
After the scandal was revealed in the news media, Alyssa Milano, an American actress, singer, producer, author, and activist has influenced other women across the world to share their stories on social media with the hashtag #MeToo.
Later, it has sparked a protest movement around the world that uncovered misconduct in the workplace of many companies and industries around the globe.
In February 2020, Weinstein was proved guilty of multiple numbers of misconduct and he was later sentenced to 23 years in imprisonment. Read more about World’s Top 10 Highest Paid Actresses.