For decades, Bill Cosby was one of the most beloved stars in Hollywood. He originally made his name as one of the most famous stand up comics of the 1960s, earning a reputation as a "clean" comedian, even as comedy in general turned to raunchier language. Cosby's biggest success came on TV, first on I Spy - where he helped break the color line for lead characters - and peaking during the run of The Cosby Show, where he played an ideal husband and father for 8 seasons.
Of course, we now know that throughout this time, Cosby was something close to a monster. In a pattern that spanned decades, he would routinely drug women and then take advantage of them while they were unconscious. And while rumblings of the scandal have been around for years, it took until 2015 for his crimes to receive full public scrutiny, with Cosby finally being arrested on sex charges just before the end of the year.
Unfortunately, Cosby isn't the first (or sadly, the last) monster in Hollywood. Here is a list of 10 other celebrities who have proven themselves to be awful human beings. And not just a regular-type of awful, but near monster-level behavior that seriously impacted (and in some cases ended) the lives of their victims.
10 Don King
9 Suge Knight
8 Phil Spector
Phil Spector was one of the most famous music producers of the 1960s and 1970s. He worked with the Beatles and the Ramones and invented a musical signature known as the Wall of Sound, a production style that marked the works of groups like the Ronettes and the Crystals.
7 R. Kelly
To be fair, R Kelly hasn't actually been convicted of anything infamous. And like Cosby, who continued to work steadily for years after the first allegations against him surfaced, Kelly remains a force in pop music, despite wide public knowledge of his (I guess we have to say "alleged") behavior.
Even without a conviction, there's a lot of evidence of disposable acts.
6 Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski, famous as the director of Chinatown and as the husband of Manson family victim Sharon Tate, might be considered a role model for Cosby. In 1977, he was arrested for drugging and sexually assaulting a girl. This is essentially Cosby-like behavior, but in this case, he was able to top the comedian in dirtbag behavior: Polanski's victim was 13.
5 Stephen Collins
4 Robert Blake
3 Jared Fogle
For years, Jared Fogle was the affable spokesman for Subway, an ostensibly wholesome man who made a name for himself losing weight while eating low-fat subs.
2 Gary Glitter
Gary Glitter was a British rocker from the 1970s and 1980s. He was never particularly popular in the U.S., but he had a number of U.K. number-one hits and scored a top-10 showing in the States with his "Rock and Roll" single from 1972.
1 O.J. Simpson
O.J. Simpson's criminal resume isn't particularly extensive and technically he was found innocent of his most famous alleged crime. The football legend, actor and sports caster became the center of national life in 1994 when he was accused of the murder of his ex-wife and another man. He was eventually acquitted, but a number of factors keep him on this list, whatever the jury said: the spousal abuse leading up to the murder; the likelihood that, despite the verdict, he killed Nicole Brown and Roland Goldman; and the sheer douchiness of his post-trial life. He's at the top of the list for the sheer fact that his insufferable trial dominated the media for a full year and is still a point of conversation 20 years later. Simpson is currently in prison in Nevada for robbery.
Sources: People, New York Times, IMDB
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