Where celebrities go, scandals follow. Virtually no famous person is immune from the onslaught of lies, gossip, and sensationalist news that seeps into their personal lives. We feel a bit sorry for the rich and famous. After all, it has got to be tough not to be able to go for a drink and take your baby with you, right Britney? Or have some fun with a few lucky ladies like Tiger Woods did. OK, so we do not want to engage in the behaviors and scandals that faced these celebrities. Yet they do make good items for our list of the top 10 shocking New York celebrity scandals.
From drugs and violence to family and marital affairs, these celebrities have seen it all. There have been good outcomes and bad ones, as well as a few that still make us scratch our heads. We have watched our favorite stars get into scuffles, make poor decisions, or be the target of a disastrous event. Throughout the years, New York has been a city that has seen lots of action, and not always the good kind. Take a break and read through this list. It may remind you of a few famous fiascos that had you talking with your friends for weeks on end.
10. Solange Knowles Fights Jay-Z
After leaving a Gala at the Met in New York City, Solange Knowles got into a heated argument with her brother-in-law, Jay Z. She reportedly got into a hissy fit and lashed out at her sister’s boo. Beyonce, for her part, looked on wild-eyed while Solange and Jay Z started getting rough in the elevator of a New York hotel. The security cameras from the elevator show Solange getting worked up and punching and kicking Jay Z. Beyonce simply stands there the whole time. The incident sparked rumors that Bey and Jay Z’s marriage was on the rocks, but Solange later came out to say everything was all good in the hood.
9. Madonna Cheats on Guy Ritchie
Madonna enjoyed seven years of marriage with director Guy Ritchie before a scandal broke out in which the aging pop singer was having an affair with Alex Rodriguez. Madge and the elite baseball player for the New York Yankees were seen getting together during the night for some super-secret meetings. We wonder what was going on there…Anyway, the two celebs were seen in close proximity, with A-Rod attending Madonna’s concerts and Lady M sitting on some of Alex’s baseball games. The signs point to cheatin’: A-Rod was nabbed for two-timing with a stripper on three separate occasions, and then Ritchie was spotted without his wedding band.
8. Britney Almost Drops Her Baby
We all just really want Britney Spears to be well. Back in 2006, she was on the verge of a mental breakdown (that happened about a year later and is a whole other topic of discussion.) Brit was spotted tripping in New York while clutching her second child, baby Sean, who was just eights months old at the time. With a drink (hopefully water) in one hand, and Sean in the other, Britney put her own child at risk by nearly dropping him to the ground during her stumble. The clumsy move, however, never put her glass of liquid in peril. The incident had the media and public up in arms about whether Britney was mentally stable. We all know what happened later.
7. Heath Ledger’s Cocaine Scandal
The world greatly mourned the tragic death of Heath Ledger, and shortly prior to his untimely passing, he was kicked out of his New York home by his partner, Michelle Williams. She reportedly got sick and tired of Heath’s antics with cocaine and heroin, and said that he had become a routine drug addict. His constant party lifestyle seemed to be tearing their relationship and family apart. This was the final drug-related incident pertaining to Heath before he was found dead in his Manhattan apartment. News companies and programs then aired raw footage of Heath talking about his drug use and how Michelle was going to give him so much flak over it. This was definitely a most tragic scandal.
6. Justin Bieber Admits to Smoking Weed
The Biebs has been in the spotlight for yet another negative situation: his weed scandal. He appeared on an episode of Saturday Night Live to admit to and poke a bit of fun at his latest fiasco. While comedically portraying a Miley Cyrus fan (she is another downward-spiraling celeb), Bieber joked about his baby-faced features and tried to ease the hype around his weed debacle. Stating that he was “really sorry about it and people make mistakes,” it was an attempt to publicly admit his wrongdoing. Unfortunately, Bieber went on to amass more misdemeanors and we await his entrance into maturity.
5. Russell Crowe’s Temper Tantrum
Remember Russell Crowe‘s temper tantrum in New York when he threw a telephone at a worker at the front desk of a SoHo hotel? Good times. The celebrity with a rough-and-tough persona was arrested by authorities after going cray cray when the clerk told him that he could not make an international phone call to Australia. Crowe stated that he just wanted to call his girlfriend who was down-under, but then got into a huge hissy fit and ended up in a late-night scuffle. The event left the desk worker with a cut on his face and Crowe with his wrists in handcuffs. Crowe’s publicist insisted on denying that the actor had hit anyone, but police had a different story.
4. Kanye’s Diss on George Bush
Kanye West definitely did not follow the teleprompter when he spoke at a benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina victims. Speaking from New York’s Rockefeller Center, Kanye and Mike Myers stood side-by-side to speak about the devastation of the storm. They expressed deep sympathy for the victims and that every little bit of assistance helps in rebuilding the ravaged town that was left behind after the hurricane. While Kanye was giving his speech about helping out, he got a bit too self-righteous and then went on to say that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” NBC, who aired the program, was shocked and taken by surprise. They edited Kanye’s comment out of the West Coast airing.
3. Naomi Campbell Does Community Service
Naomi Campbell is a world-class supermodel so why would she not show up to community service in high heels? OK, even we know that you cannot do a whole lot of sweeping floors and picking up garbage with sky-high stilettos. Yet that is exactly what Naomi did, showing up to her New York City community service appointment dolled up in luxurious clothing and so-not-suitable footwear. To her credit, she did pack some work boots (which looked more like high-end riding boots) for her five-day stint doing community service. Naomi was doing time for throwing her cell phone at her maid in a fit of frustration.
2. Tiger Woods’ Sex Addiction
Tiger Woods may be most known for his performance on the golf course, but he was apparently getting very busy off the fairway. According to various magazines and news sources, Woods was cheating on his wife with a number of other women. In some cases, the number was up to fourteen different “mistresses” who reported having sexual relations with the pro golfer. Among them were event coordinator Rachel Uchitel, elite lady Cori Rist, and model Loredana Ferriolo of New York. The reports ranged from Woods giving jewels and gifts to the women, to having pet names and intense interactions with them.
1. John Lennon Murdered
The world lost a wonderful man and talented musician on December 8, 1980 when John Lennon was shot to death outside his apartment in New York’s West Side. The Beatles singer and musician was killed by Mark David Chapman, who had spent the last few days asking for Lennon’s autograph. As Lennon was walking between his limo and his apartment on the night of December 8, Chapman used a gun to fatally wound the Beatle. Lennon was taken to a hospital but was deemed dead on arrival. Authorities said that he was shot within close range and suffered major blood loss and damage to his torso. With a few gunshots, the world was left mourning a musical icon.