Be it Hollywood or politics, the high and mighty have always found themselves in the midst of sexual scandals. Let’s have a look at the 10 most popular controversies!
- The Sex tape of Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson
It was perhaps the biggest scandal of 1997: the Baywatch actress and the heavy metal drummer ended up being the faces of the first viral sex tape on the Internet. The video of their private frolics was shot two years earlier, that is, in 1995 and they ensured that it was locked in a safe. Unfortunately, an electrician hired for some work at the home managed to steal the tape. In those times, porn gave big money!
- Monica Lewinsky’s White House intern scandal
The list of scandals hailing from the U.S. is incomplete without the scandal involving Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, there was a shocking news, reveling that the commander-in-chief (49 years old then) had been nurturing a sexual relationship with a young, 22-year-old intern at the White House. Bill Clinton was initially in complete denial of any such thing, but he finally admitted that it had, in fact, really happened. The House of Representatives impeached him, but the Senate came to his rescue.
- Michael Jackson accused of child abuse
In 1993, a person named Evan Chandler filed a case against the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, accusing him of sexual harassment of his thirteen-year-old son called Jordon. It was in 1992 that Jordon and Jackson had started interacting and Chandler had initially welcomed and even encouraged their friendship. But later, he found evidence that his son had an ‘inappropriate’ relationship with the celebrity and he was eager to go public with it.
- The bathroom arrest of George Michael
George Michael was the shining pop star of the 80s with his super hits like ‘Wake Me Up’ and ‘Faith’. But this changed in 1998 when the focus suddenly shifted to his bathroom arrest in Beverly Hills where he was caught in a perverted act. The rumors about his sexuality had already been doing the rounds and he later admitted that he felt reckless and stupid about the way his sexuality had been exposed.
- Kelly and child porn accusations
The Chicago Sun Times received a tape in 2002 which had R. Kelly urinating on and having sex with an underage girl. He was immediately charged with 21 odd counts related to child pornography.
- The shaming of Harvey Weinstein
Media tycoon Harvey Weinstein faced a rapid downfall after reports of assault and sexual harassment shocked the entertainment industry. The accusations came from famous actresses including Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow, and the company has fired the shamed producer. This case has also encouraged investigation against several power players in Hollywood.
- Nick Carter accused of sexual assault
The 37-year-old actor and musician was part of the famous Backstreet Boys band. A former member of pop band Dream, Melissa Schuman, recently accused Carter of sexual assault in a blog post. She reported that the incident occurred soon after the two came together for The Hollow.
- Andy Dick’s alleged groping
The 51-year-old comedian and actor faced accusations related to unwanted licking/kissing, sexual propositions and groping of people’s genitals while shooting for ‘Raising Buchanan’, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
- Britney and Madonna’s VMA kiss
While sexualized stage performances are perhaps common these days, this was not the case back in 2003. Jaws almost dropped when Britney Spears and Madonna, the two beloved female music sensations, locked lips at the MTV Music Video Awards.
- The wardrobe malfunction of Janet Jackson
Remember the Super Bowl from 2004? Well, here’s one thing that nobody can forget: Justin Timberlake ripping off Janet Jackson’s beloved bustier (or at least a piece of it)!