Every now and then, celebrities have found themselves in situations that are harder to explain and demeaning to be associated with. As fans, we constantly look up to them but what happens when they are the ones to do the wrong things? Getting caught in affairs, being arrested for shoplifting or drunk driving or being accused of sexual assault. These are just some of the many controversies that buzz up Hollywood from time to time.
Here we disclose 10 biggest scandals that shook Hollywood in the last 10 years.
Harvey Weinstein And The #MeToo Movement
In October 2017, the New York Times and The New Yorker reported that dozens of women have reported sexual misconduct and rape allegations against the American Filmmaker, Harvey Weinstein. Over eighty women have since come out. Although, Weinstein has denied any ‘non-consensual’ behavior. Actresses like Cate Blanchett, Eva Green, and Gwenyth Paltrow are just some of the many accused. The first actress who came forward to talk about it was Alyssa Milano. She used the hashtag #MeToo which caught a wildfire across the globe on social media. It was due to this scandalous event that the #MeTooMovement began in America and later all over the world. It is counted as one of the biggest Hollywood scandals disclosed ever.
Tristan Thompson Cheating Scandal
Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson ended their 3-year long relationship after Tristan was caught cheating on Khloe with Kylie Jenner’s best friend, Jordyn Woods. Jason Lee, the CEO of Hollywood Unlocked posted an Instagram video explaining how he saw Jordyn and Tristan getting ‘touchy’ at a party. To which Khloe’s best friend Malika Haqq replied “STRONG FACTS”. It would have come as a double shock to the Kardashians since both Tristan and Jordyn were like family to them. Netizens came out in support of Khloe and started lashing out on Jordyn and Tristan. Soon after, Jordyn appeared on Jada Pinkett Smith’s show, The Red Table, where she cleared out that there wasn’t any lap dance or making out involved (as mentioned earlier by Jason). In fact according to her, there was just a goodbye kiss on the lips, no tongue. She stated how incredibly horrible she felt about it later.
Bruno Mars Cocaine Arrest
In 2010, Bruno Mars was arrested for possession of drugs at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. He was found in the hotel’s bathroom with 2.5 grams of a “white powdery substance” believed to be cocaine. He was taken to an area detention center and was later released. In 2016, six years after the incident, Mars in an interview with a prime-time says, “The drug incident changed my life. I was young and prone to making mistakes. I promise you won’t be hearing about something like that from me again.”
James Franco Accused Of Sexual Misconduct
In 2018, five women accused James Franco for sexually inappropriate and exploitative behavior. All five of them happened to be students at Franco’s acting school, Studio 4. One of the five women, Sarah Tither Kaplan, says that she and some of her female co-stars were asked to appear topless for a scene and dance around Franco wearing animal heads. When one of the actresses declined she was kicked off from the project. However, Franco’s attorney Michael Plonker has declined all the allegations.
Four men accused Bryan Singer, an American director and producer, for sexual assault. The four men alleged Singer for sexually assaulting them when they were underage. However, Singer denied all the accusations and any association with the men. He also went ahead and called the journalists “homophobic”. The event could’ve affected Singer’s Bohemian Rhapsody‘s nomination at the Oscars. Although, nothing like that happened.
Allegations Against Kevin Spacey
In October 2017, several men accused Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting them when they were young. These include actor Anthoney Rapp, author Ari Beh, and filmmaker Tony Montana. This turned out to be one big scandal in Hollywood disclosed. Spacey apologized and stated that he would be seeking “evaluation and treatment” for his behavior.
Whitney Houston’s Death
Whitney Houston was found dead in the bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on 11 February 2012. The world was shocked. The coroner’s 42-page report concluded that the singer died of accidental drowning, heart disease, and cocaine use. Another surprising thing that the report mentioned was that several things were missing from her room including her wallet. The other thing that the reports mentioned was that Houston had wounds on her face. Whitney’s assistant Mary Jones insists there was foul play. She believes that somebody came to her room and have given her the drugs, drowned her, switched off the tapes and left the room. Still, the cause of death is listed as “accidental”.
Kanye West and Taylor Swift Feud
The 2009 VMAs were just the beginning of the mounting feud between Taylor and Kanye. The latter released his album Life Of Pablo in 2016 and the song Famous’ opening goes “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why?/I made that b*tch famous.” Taylor claimed that she didn’t know about the song. Here Kim interjects, on behalf of her husband. Kim uploaded a series of videos on Snapchat where Kanye was on phone with Taylor telling her about these lines. To which Taylor replied that Kanye didn’t share the most explicit part of the lyrics where he calls her a ‘b*tch’.
Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Ad
In 2017, Kendall Jenner in her Pepsi Advertisement was shown at a protest making “peace” with the police by handing over a can of Pepsi. According to NBC, the video suggested that “if the Black Lives Matter movement were led by a 21-year-old white supermodel armed with a can of Pepsi, then maybe everyone would just get along.” The ad was pulled but thanks to the internet you can still watch it online.
Chris Brown Violence Towards Rihanna
Chris Brown and Rihanna made headlines when they were together back in 2008. Everyone thought it was a match made in pop music heaven. They were both scheduled to perform together at the 2009 Grammy’s. Reportedly, it was canceled at the very moment. The announcement blamed a ‘car accident’. But the real story emerged the day after. Brown and Rihanna had an argument that led to Brown brutally beating her. Pictures of Rihanna, with black eyes and busted lips, were surfacing throughout. Brown subsequently turned himself into the authorities. Soon after being charged with felony battery, he was posted bail. He later apologized via YouTube, which unfortunately came out more as a PR stunt than an apology video.
These were the biggest Hollywood scandals disclosed in the past 10 years.
Hollywood has been a house full of blunders. Some big, some small. But as they say ‘What happens in Hollywood, stays in Hollywood.’ So do the stories.