Based on the staggering success of shows like Making a Murder, Narcos and The People vs. OJ, it is obvious that controversial, true crime documentaries are totally in demand right now.
In a world where social media dominates and nearly everyone has a camera on themselves at all times, it is almost impossible for celebrities to keep their dirty laundry in its respective hamper. There are countless apps and television shows that dedicate the entirety of their content to celebrity gossip. So, how are we not supposed to be drawn in when a big story develops? It’s in our human nature to be interested in stories that show us that the celebrities that we sometimes view as “larger than life” actually have problems. Sometimes these problems are much more serious than anything that we can relate to.
Let’s face it – we’re suckers for controversy and scandalous stories that involve celebrities. It’s one of the few reasons that we don’t mind waiting in long lines at the grocery store. The tabloids that are awaiting us on every aisle endcap are there to inform us of what our favorite celebrities are up to. Now, I’m not saying that each story about that celebrity that just can’t keep their weight under control deserves its own miniseries.
I am going to highlight 10 of the most fascinating scandals that would easily become an engaging miniseries for us to binge watch.
10. Tiger Woods – The Affairs
Perhaps the most recognizable name in the golf world, Tiger Woods had successfully won 14 majors before the age of 33. With the wins and endorsements that came with the success he became the first athlete to become a billionaire. Off the course, he had a beautiful wife, two children and oh, you know, at least 14 mistresses. On Thanksgiving of 2009, Tiger popped an Ambien as he found it hard to sleep. Woods’ suspicious wife used his deep slumber as an advantage to look through his phone. Ambien is strong, but is no match for a screaming wife that was just texting her husband’s mistress pretending to be him. A thrown cell phone by Elin resulted in a chipped tooth for Tiger. Elin chased Tiger into his Escalade with the most appropriate weapon – a golf club. Tiger crashed into a tree before falling unconscious and bloody.
9. Charlie Sheen – His Life Is A Series
Hollywood was abuzz for weeks about an A-list celebrity that would soon be revealed as being HIV positive. When it was revealed that Charlie Sheen, a man that gloats about having over 5,000 sexual partners, it didn’t come as a huge surprise. After his diagnosis, Sheen continued having unprotected sex with countless women without informing them that he was HIV positive. It was only when the women would discover his HIV medications in his bathroom that he came clean. He was blackmailed to the tune of millions of dollars before he decided that he needed to tell the world about his disease.
8. Aaron Hernandez – Life Of Crime
Aaron Hernandez was sentenced to a life in prison for his involvement in a murder on June 16, 2013. That night, Hernandez and two associates picked up semi-pro football player, Odin Loyd, and shot him multiple times in a desolate industrial park leaving him for dead. While being investigated for the murder of Loyd, prosecutors also alleged that Hernandez was responsible for shootings in 2012 and 2013. It also came to light that Hernandez was questioned about another shooting while he attended the University of Florida in 2007. It’s a shame that Hernandez couldn’t leave his background on the streets alone and focus on his talent for football.
7. Jared Fogle – Underage Indiscretions
Known as the face of Subway, Jared Fogle gained his fame by losing 245 pounds by eating Subway sandwiches. Fogle became infamous for a totally different reason and even blamed the Subway diet for his sexual indiscretions against children. In 2015, Fogle was sentenced to over 15 years in prison. He was found guilty of engaging in underage sex with 14 girls, the youngest being only 16 years old. He was also ordered to pay $100,000 to each of his 14 victims. Fogle actually asked the court for leniency because his youngest victim was 16, far older than many victims of this type of crime. Right Jared…
6. Michael Vick – Animal Cruelty
The NFL is no stranger to controversial players and in 2007, it came out that one of its star quarterbacks was involved in a dog fighting ring. During a raid on Vick’s property in Virginia, officials found modified treadmills that were used for training his dogs, a blood-stained carpet and evidence that dogs were electrocuted. Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison for the heinous crime. Shortly after being released after only 19 months, Vick signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles and had a key role in advancing them to the NFC Wildcard game.
5. The Fappening ‘14 – Celebs’ Nude Images Hacked
August 31, 2014 may go down as the day with the most diagnosed sprained wrists for men aged 14-99. Maybe that fact hasn’t been thoroughly researched but on this day in August, nude pictures of some of Hollywood’s hottest actresses were leaked. Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Ariana Grande and Kirsten Dunst are just a few names that were included in the release of almost 200 hacked images. These incredibly private images were first released on the site 4Chan before spreading to more popular sites like Twitter and Reddit. The Fappening goes down as one of the biggest breaches of celebrity privacy to this date.
4. Chris Benoit – The Damaged Soul
With what we know about the relationship between concussions and brain damage, it should be no surprise that Chris Benoit may not have been quite right upstairs. For a man whose finisher involved jumping off the top rope of a wrestling ring and smashing his opponent with his forehead, it’s easy to see how his mindset may have been different from the rest of ours. In June of 2007, Chris Benoit, his wife and 7-year-old son were all found dead in his home in Georgia. After an investigation, it was determined that Benoit had murdered his wife and child before hanging himself a day later. Officials claim that that mixture of steroids and brain damage may have caused Benoit to commit this terrible act.
3. Bill Cosby – Date And A …
Bill Cosby was once a prominent stand-up comedian, actor and host of the family show, Kids Say the Darndest Things. Maybe it was his family friendly approach on his career that made the allegations of rape by over 50 women even more surprising. There have been allegations against Cosby over incidents that range from 1965-2004. Cosby was officially arraigned in court in December of 2015 where he posted $100,000 bail and was released. Cosby has not been officially charged with any crime but is required to stay in the country while his charges are being processed.
2. David Letterman – Affairs With Colleagues
The longtime host of The Late Show, David Letterman was someone that we welcomed into our homes on a nightly basis. In October of 2009, Letterman told audiences that he was being blackmailed (the audience laughter during the segment made it extremely awkward as they thought he was setting up a joke) over having sexual relationships with women that worked for him, while he was married. A few days after that initial admission, Letterman went on to apologize to his wife. The man that blackmailed Letterman was charged with grand larceny just days after the original segment aired.
1. Arnold Schwarzenegger – The Love Child
We’ve probably become mostly numb to celebrity cheating scandals as they seem to be a dime a dozen. But when you’re talking about a government official that has also had his posters hanging above some of our beds, he deserves to be listed at number one. In 1997, Arnold Schwarzenegger had a child with his housekeeper just five days before his wife gave birth to their fourth child. While Arnold and his wife announced their separation in May of 2011, it wasn’t until Arnold announced that he had fathered a son outside of wedlock. It absolutely blows my mind that this news didn’t come out during Schwarzenegger’s run for office!