Hollywood is filled with sex scandal after sex scandal. Show business, after all, pretty much thrives off of sex, and as such, there is bound to be fire where there's smoke. From clandestine love affairs, to casting couch stories, to sexual assault allegations, the place is seeping with shocking sex stories. Most interesting of them all perhaps are the alleged gay scandals. Especially those involving openly heterosexual celebs. Every now and then, juicy same sex love affair rumors involving Tinseltown's biggest stars make headlines, causing us to clutch our pearls in shock, and altering our impression of the stars in question. Many believe that the rumored sexual affair between silver screen legends Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe made them even bigger sex symbols, while others consider it a skeleton that should have remained in their closets. Some harder to believe than others, some downright illegal and horrifying, and mostly all alleged hearsay; here are 11 of the most shocking gay scandals in Hollywood ever reported.
10 Richard Pryor
Comedy legend Richard Pryor admitted to having a brief sexual escapade with a transgender female who still had her biological male equipment. Richard opened up about the affair in his tell all autobiography Pryor Convictions, saying, "I never kept him a secret. My best friend for instance, knew I was f**king a dude, and a drop-dead gorgeous one at that. I even admitted doing something different was exciting. But after two weeks of being gay, enough was enough and I went back to life as a h***y heterosexual”. The controversial comic only admits to a two week liaison with the transsexual, but during a set at the Hollywood bowl in 1977, Richard admitted to yet another same sex encounter, this time as a teenager, with a young roommate named Wilbur Harp, who he'd kept in contact with for decades afterwards, even inviting him out to private vacations after becoming successful.
9 Marilyn Monroe
A week before the Hollywood icon's death, Marilyn Monroe reportedly sent her psychiatrist self recorded therapy sessions discussing the intimate details of her life, including a one time fling with Joan Crawford. Marilyn says of the fling, "We went to Joan's bedroom ... Crawford had a gigantic orgasm and shrieked like a maniac. Credit Natasha. She could teach more than acting. Next time I saw Crawford she wanted another round. I told her straight out I didn't much enjoy doing it with a woman. After I turned her down, she became spiteful". The screen siren was well known for her countless love affairs with illustrious men, including the Kennedy brothers, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and many more, but rarely do we hear about the multiple women she's rumored to have slept with, including her acting coach Natasha Lytess, fellow actresses Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Marlene Dietrich and the 16 year old daughter of an RKO Studios employee, Jane Lawrence.
8 George Michael
In 2006, 80's popstar Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, better known as George Michael, was caught engaging in a sex act with a stranger, behind some bushes at Hampstead Heath Park in London. Hampstead Heath Park is known as a popular night time destination for men cruising for sex with other men. The stranger later identified as Norman Kirtland, said, "We just started kissing. He did it very well. That was one of his major points. Then it was fondling and mutual pleasuring. It wasn't full sex but it was fantastic". Discovered by paparazzi instead of police, George lashed out. This was the second time the singer had been caught in a lewd public act. The first was in 1998, when the sexually adventurous star was caught masturbating by an undercover officer in the public bathroom of a Beverly Hill's park, where he was promptly arrested and charged.
7 John Travolta
Grease star John Travolta's sexuality has been whispered about throughout his entire career, despite his 24 year marriage to actress Kelly Preston. In 2012 John suffered severe public humiliation when he was hit with a flurry of sexual assault lawsuits; all initiated by men. One male masseuse accused John of stripping naked for the appointment and trying to initiate unsolicited sex. The unidentified massage therapist also claims that what followed was John masturbating on the spot, and sharing that he got to his A-list position due to sexual favors he had performed early on in his career, and admitting that "Hollywood is controlled by homosexual Jewish men who expect favors in return for sexual activity." The actor vehemently denied all allegations made against him.
6 Kevin Clash
Kevin Clash, who's been the voice behind the Sesame Street puppet Elmo for nearly 30 years, was granted a leave of absence back in 2012, when allegations arose of the ventriloquist engaging in sex acts with a teenage boy. The 52 year old at the time confessed to E!news that the two did have a relationship, but asserts that it was not illegal. Kevin says of the ordeal, "It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to characterize it as something other than what it was. I am taking a break from Sesame Workshop to deal with this false and defamatory allegation." The accuser claims to have been only 16 when the two first engaged in sexual relations. Kevin maintains that he's never been ashamed of, or tried to hide his sexuality, and is just hurt that the private relationship became a public matter. The allegations of underage conduct were eventually found to be unsubstantiated.
Despite being primarily heterosexual, pop icon Madonna is the least surprising to appear on a list about gay scandals. Everyone recalls the time a 44 year old Madonna shockingly made out with 22 year olds Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, during their performance at the VMA's in 2003. The incident made headlines for weeks after the fact, but it was nothing compared to the love affair the pop icon reportedly had with Angelina Jolie's ex lover, Jenny Shimizu. The model and actress is quoted as saying, "I was her [madonna's] sex slave. I was her secret ‘booty call’ available any time of the day or night for secret sex sessions." Madonna would reportedly fly her to destinations across the world for sexual liaisons. In 1991, Madonna told The Advocate, "I think everybody has a bisexual nature. That’s my theory. I could be wrong."
4 Tom Cruise
Top Gun star Tom Cruise is another openly heterosexual on the list who's been plagued by gay rumors for much of his career. Rumors that he has repeatedly denied and even taken legal action against. According to National Enquirer, Amy Sohn's book The Actress, touted as a novel about real happenings cloaked in fiction, is the thinly veiled version of Tom's actual life. The main character who is meant to be Tom, leads a closeted homosexual life, complete with fake marriages with women. Gay adult entertainment star Chad Slater, told a French magazine that his affair with Tom is what caused him to divorce Nicole Kidman. Slater later recanted his claims, and was successfully sued by Tom for $10 million. Two years earlier in 2001, Tom sued a publisher named Michael Davis for claiming he had video footage of Tom engaging in gay sex, where upon the publisher later retracted his claims.
3 Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford has been referred to as a raging bisexual with countless conquests, including Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo. Rumour has it that Joan was looking to add Bette Davis to her long list, but when the strictly heterosexual Bette rejected her advances, she decided to steal the love of Bette's life, Franchot Tone. The move sparked a bitter feud widely known throughout Hollywood, that lasted the rest of their lives. In 1987, Bette spoke of Joan bitterly 10 years after her death, saying, "She took him [Franchot] from me. She did it coldly, deliberately and with complete ruthlessness. I have never forgiven her for that and never will." Bette held the opinion that Joan was "a promiscuous glamour puss who slept with every star at MGM, male and female alike".
2 Gavin Rossdale
In 1995, 80's pop star Boy George exposed Gavin Rossdale's homosexual affair with British singer and cross dresser Peter Robinson, in his memoir, Take it Like a Man. At the time Gavin, now married to Gwen Stefani, denied the allegations calling Boy George a liar. 15 years later however, Gavin finally came clean about his former homosexuality to In Touch magazine. Peter who goes by the stage name Marilyn, calls Gavin the love of his life. The Bush frontman confessed that the liaison took place when he was 17 years old and says his reasons for denying the gay relationship was to avoid the media glare when Bush was just beginning to take off in America. Gavin calls the 5 year affair just a part of growing up and experimentation. Reportedly, shortly after going pubic with the secret, the rock star regretted his decision and pleaded with In Touch not to publish the admission due to wife Gwen Stefani's unawareness about Gavin's past. The magazine respectfully declined his request.
1 Angelina Jolie
During a 20/20 interview in 1997, Angelina Jolie told Barbara Walters that she considers herself a very sexual person, and was surprised when she discovered that she had feelings for her former lesbian lover, Jenny Shimizu. At the time married to Johnny Miller, Angelina was quoted as telling Girlfriends magazine, "I would probably have married Jenny Shimizu if I hadn't married my husband. I fell in love with her the first second I saw her." Jenny has given details of the relationship between the two, saying the pair would often trawl strip clubs and dominatrix joints late at night, then return to their hotel and act out the moves they'd witnessed.