The Disney Channel is a basic cable network that airs original programming aimed at children between the ages of 10-16. Since the late 1980s, Disney has been a catalyst for launching child actors and artists into the spotlight, giving them a platform to perform. Many Disney stars have parlayed their child stardom into adult stardom, while others fell short of maintaining the fame after their youth ended. However, whether they were able to preserve their celebrity status or not, countless Disney stars have fallen victim to a number of scandals. Here are the ten biggest Disney star scandals.
10 Hilary Duff - Eating Disorder
9 Vanessa Hudgens - Nude Photos Leaked
8 Lalaine Vergara-Paras - Possession of Meth
Lalaine Vergara-Paras is best known for her role as Miranda, on the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire. Lalaine got her sweet girl image by playing the best friend of McGuire on the show. She also worked with Radio Disney to start her own music career. Her debut album, 'Inside Story' was released in 2003. In 2005, Lalaine signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records, but her album was never released. Lizzie McGuire ended in 2004, and by 2006, Lalaine Vergara-Paras had fallen off the grid. The young actress resurfaced in 2007, when news leaked that she had been charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Lalaine plead guilty to the crystal meth charge and was sent to a drug treatment program.
7 Orlando Brown - DUI's & Drug Possession
Orlando Brown played Eddie Thomas on the Disney Channel sitcom, That's So Raven, from 2003-2007. In April 2007, Brown was arrested for possessing nine grams of marijuana, which was found in his car during a routine traffic stop. Brown claimed that the car did not belong to him, and that he was unaware of the drugs. The legal problems continued when Brown was arrested in 2011 for a DUI, while driving with his pregnant girlfriend in the car. In May 2012, he was arrested again for failing to complete conditions of his probation from his 2011 DUI arrest. Brown was arrested a third time in July 2012 for not showing in court. In April 2013, Orlando was arrested for a second DUI and five months later, the former That's So Raven star was sentenced to 180 days in jail.
6 Zac Efron - Cocaine, Molly & Alcohol Addiction
5 Selena Gomez - Rehab
4 Britney Spears - 2007 Mental Breakdown
3 Miley Cyrus- Twerking, Drugs & Bizarre Behavior
2 Demi Lovato - Cocaine, Alcohol, Self-injury, Assault & Bulimia
1 Lindsay Lohan - DUI's, Drugs, Jail & Rehab
Lindsay Lohan got her start playing dual roles of twins in Disney's 1998 film, The Parent Trap. The film's success landed Lohan a three film contract with Disney. The three films Lohan starred in were Life-Size (2000), Get a Clue (2002) and Freaky Friday (2003). Her commercial success landed her two more leading roles in the films, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and Mean Girls - which both released in 2004. Lindsay was on top of the world and her fame and fortune grew exponentially. She continued to land lead film roles and even started a music career. Lohan's bright future began to dim in 2007 with a cocaine possession charge, two DUI arrests and three failed stints in rehab. The once promising Hollywood star was on a slippery slope. Lohan's legal troubles continue to this day and she has not been able to get a handle on her addictions nor her diminshing career.