This has been a good year for some celebrities. But it has been pretty tough for others. There have been some stars that went broke this year, for example. Then there are those who made headlines for much more terrible situations. Here are ten of the worst celebrity scandals of 2016.
1. Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal
You would think that the former congressman being caught sexting would actually be boring news by now. He was caught before and even made a documentary about it. However, he was once again caught sending scandalous pictures. This time he made headlines for sending a picture in his underwear with his son laying next to him in his bed, according to the New York Post.
He reportedly sent the message “someone just climbed into my bed” along with the photo. Of course the woman was alarmed by this and reportedly responded “You do realize you can see you[r] Weiner in that pic??” However, Weiner checked his photo and didn’t see anything wrong with it. “Ooooooh . . . I was scared. For half a second I thought I posted something. Stop looking at my crotch,” he replied.
This was the breaking point for Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin. She later announced that they were separating. “After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” read her statement according to BuzzFeed. “Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy.” The scandal also led to Weiner being investigated by a child welfare agency.
2. Domestic violence claims against Johnny Depp
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s divorce raised eyebrows because Heard filed only three days after his mother died. They also just got married a year ago. However the news started getting worse and worse. The actress accused him of being abusive and submitted photos of her bruised eye and cut lip. She was granted a restraining order against him, which requires him to stay 100 yards from her. There was then a video leaked of Depp going on a tirade in front of Heard and breaking a wine bottle.
In the end they officially got divorced with Heard getting $7 million. She dropped her domestic violence case against him. They also gave a statement about the whole situation. “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain,” read the statement reported by People Magazine. “There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm … Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future.”
Only time will tell if the abuse allegations will hurt Depp’s career. However the whole thing was messy and Heard was equally torn apart by the public, if not more.
3. Ryan Lochte lies about being robbed in Rio
The Olympic swimmer claimed that he along with three other American swimmers were pulled over while in a cab by armed men posing as police. He told the scary story about the robbery on NBC Sports.
We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over. They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not getting down on the ground. And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, ‘Get down,’ and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.
As time went on his story began changing, and then the truth came out. Turns out the whole thing was made up! In reality, they stopped at a gas station that night and allegedly damaged a bathroom and were confronted by employees. According to the Los Angeles Times, he has to perform 20 hours of community service, and was suspended by the U.S. Olympic Committee for four months. He then went on to compete on Dancing With the Stars.
4. Brad Pitt’s child abuse claims
The stars started their relationship with controversy so pretty much the world has been waiting to see if it would end the same way. After 12 years together and two years of marriage, it looks like it did. Jolie filed for divorce on September 19 and asked for primary custody of all six children. This is what raised suspicion that something was up.
Reports later came out that while the family was flying on a private jet Pitt was allegedly drunk and screaming at Jolie. Maddox then tried to get in between them and Pitt allegedly screamed at him and hit him in the face. This is the incident that reportedly led to her filing for divorce and the LAPD started investigating Pitt for child abuse.
The two later came to an agreement instead of going to court, according to the Daily Mail. Jolie got custody of all the children, and Pitt gets supervised visits with a therapist. The two, still however, have to go to court in order to get their divorce finalized.
5. Mark Salling gets indicted for child pornography
The actor played Puck, a former football player on Glee. Many fans were shocked to see the actor get indicted on two counts of child pornography this year by a grand jury. His laptop was seized last year and there were allegedly thousands of images and videos on it. He is currently out on a $150,ooo bond and his trial date has been delayed while he gets a new attorney, according to People Magazine.
6. Kim and Kanye West call out Taylor Swift for lying
Kanye West’s “Famous” made headlines for his controversial lyrics about Taylor Swift. Specifically “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b*tch famous (God damn)/I made that b*tch famous.” When he started getting flack for the lyrics he and his wife claimed they got the lyrics approved by the pop star herself. She however later denied this.
“Kanye did not call for approval,” the pop star’s rep said according to Entertainment Weekly “but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that b*tch famous.'”
Kim Kardashian then fired back by releasing a video on Snapchat of Kanye going over the lyrics with Taylor over the phone. There the rapper reads off the lyrics “To all my south side n****s that know me best, I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.” She eventually responds with “I know, I mean it’s like a compliment, kind of.” She also called him sweet in the conversation and it seems like they were on the same page. However Taylor also responded to the video with a message on Instagram after many saw this as her lying about the situation.
7. Khloé Kardashian tweets wardrobe malfunction photo of a woman to embarrass Chloë Grace Moretz
Chloë Grace Moretz chimed in on the whole Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and Taylor Swift feud. She did this by tweeting people should be caring less about it.
Everyone in this industry needs to get their heads out of a hole and look around to realize what’s ACTUALLY happening in the REAL world
— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) July 18, 2016
Stop wasting your voice on something so petulant and unimportant
— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) July 18, 2016
However Khloé wasn’t happy about this so she decided to hit the actress back with a tweet. She tweeted a picture of a woman in a red bikini on the set of Neighbors 2. The woman’s bikini bottom is also slipping down so her butt is exposed. She then wrote, “Is this the hole you’re referring to @ChloeGMoretz???” The actress then responded by saying the photo is not a picture of her.
@khloekardashian fact check: first photo is me filming my movie Neighbors 2, the second photo is some girl who was wrongfully photographed
— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) July 18, 2016
8. Nate Parker’s sexual assault case from the past comes back
When you make a movie that could potentially get Oscar buzz you get a lot of media attention. In Nate Parker’s case this led to some skeletons coming out of his closet. While doing press for Birth of a Nation he was asked about his sexual assault case. In 1999 the actor and screenwriter was accused of raping a woman at Penn State along with his screenwriting partner on the movie, Jean Celestin.
They were roommates and teammates on the wrestling team. Parker was accused of waving Celestin and another friend into his bedroom where a woman was allegedly unconscious. Only Parker and Celestin were the ones who stayed in the room. Both men later claimed the sex that they had with the unconscious college student was consensual, according to the Daily Beast. They were later tried together and Parker was acquitted on all charges, while Celestin was convicted of sexual assault only for it to be overturned four years later. It came out that the victim later committed suicide.
The interviews about this situation didn’t do much to paint Parker in a better light. For example he later talked to Ebony and seemingly compared the situation to a threesome. “Put it this way,” he said “when you’re 19, a threesome is normal. It’s fun. When you’re 19, getting a girl to say yes, or being a dog, or being a player, cheating. Consent is all about–for me, back then–if you can get a girl to say yes, you win.”
9. Michael Strahan shockingly leaves Live!
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan were actually a good duo on the talk show so many were shocked to hear that Michael was leaving the show. That included Kelly who found out about the news with the rest of us when he announced it on Good Morning America, which will be his new show. Ripa was obviously upset about this because she took a vacation and didn’t appear on the show for a few days.
10. Flip or Flop stars split and they have a dangerous dispute
The married couple star on the HTGV show flipping houses together. So of course many fans were shocked that not only were they split up, but they’re seemingly on terrible terms. According to ABC News, Tarek fled their home with a gun and a backpack after they had an altercation. She called the cops, but no one was harmed. They later released a statement.
“We decided to separate while we reevaluated the next steps in our married life,” the couple told PEOPLE. “We believed this was in the best interests of the children and the best way to determine a path forward.” They also tried to clarify what exactly was happening with Tarek. “Tarek was going on a hike and took a gun for protection from mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes and rattlesnakes.”
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