Hollywood or “sin city,” as they like to call it, produces many talented people. Some actors and actresses gain their fame and fortune from either being cast in a television series, or, they got their stardom from landing that movie role that jump started their career or they simply gained their prominence elsewhere.
The more fame and exposure these celebrities have, the more their ego gets inflamed and they feel as though they are untouchable; they can do no wrong. Some entertainers even feel as though they are above everyone else and sometimes even above the law but, being a celeb also comes with a huge price to pay and that is giving up your privacy altogether; meaning everyone knows your business and every move you make.
Celebrities need to be careful who they tell their business to because not everyone is their friend and they will go to great lengths to expose them and share their darkest hidden secrets with the world. Some get caught in the act, while others stay silent and then, later on, they come forward themselves. There are some entertainers who we all know and love that have some skeletons in their closet and now it’s time to let them out. Here are the 15 celebrity scandals that no one knew about... until now.
15 Jerry Springer Patronized A Sex Worker
The viewers at home may know this talk host from the television show The Jerry Springer Show. But before he was super successful in his professional career, he was the former mayor of Cincinnati and was very much involved with politics. In 1974, while he was running to be the Governor of Ohio, Jerry Springer had a scandal involving a sex worker at a health club. According to The New York Times, he said in an interview:
“Nine years ago I spent time with a woman I shouldn't have. And I paid her with a check. I wish I hadn't done that. And the truth is, I wish no one would ever know. But in the rough world of politics, opponents are not about to let personal embarrassments lay to rest.''
When this information was revealed, he resigned from office and he kept a low profile, and then later decided he didn’t want to be involved with politics anymore.
14 Cameron Diaz Did "Skin Flicks"
This former model-turned-popular Hollywood actress is recognized for her comedic movies such as The Mask, There's Something About Mary, Charlie's Angels, In Her Shoes, The Other Woman and a plethora of others. During her career, she landed in magazines such as Mademoiselle and Seventeen Magazine as well as in some advertising campaigns for companies such as Calvin Klein, Coca-Cola and Levi's. But, before she was well known and got her stardom, Cameron Diaz was involved in a scandal of her very own. When she was a teenager, around 19 years old, she was broke and couldn’t afford to pay her bills, therefore, an opportunity came up and she accepted. She did a soft-core BDSM photo shoot. Fast forward twenty years later, and Diaz still managed to keep this scandal under wraps but, it was caught on video and it has surfaced the internet. When Diaz found out, she had a good humor about it and just laughed it off.
13 Matthew Broderick Killed Two Women
Matthew Broderick is known for his role as Ferris Bueller in the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. He grew a fan base and became a very successful actor. But, in 1987 during the peak of his career, he was involved in a scandal that would change his life forever. During the filming of his movie, Broderick and co-star and girlfriend at the time, Jennifer Grey was on vacation in Northern Ireland. They were enjoying their vacation together and one night he had way too many drinks. That night he was very intoxicated while driving, he crossed into the wrong lane, they collided head-on with another vehicle and unfortunately killed the drivers who were in the other car instantly; a mother and daughter. Luckily they both survived, but Grey suffered minor injuries and Broderick ending up in the hospital for a few weeks. When the tragic incident was over, he had pleaded guilty to charges of careless driving.
12 Lady Gaga Went Bankrupt
This pop sensation is well known for her hit singles such as “Bad Romance,” “Poker Face,” “Just Dance” and many others. The tickets to her concerts may sell out in 24 hours and she may be a super successful singer right now, but before Lady Gaga got her stardom she had gone through a lot of turmoil in her past. One incident occurred when one time she was so destitute and so far into debt that she had to put on her Monster’s Ball tour and she had zero dollars left in her bank account. She said in an interview:
“I had $3 million dollars in the bank to my name and I threw it all in to make my stage, so I was bankrupt during the show. I remember I went home and I was with my dad and he said, 'I don't understand. Bad Romance is out. You are all over the radio. Everyone is talking about you and you don't have a pot to piss in.” Now, she's one of the wealthiest musical artists and we don't think she will go broke anytime soon.
11 Melissa Joan Hart Was A Wild Child
Melissa Joan Hart was at the height of her career professionally but behind the scenes, she was up to some off-camera mischief. She had so many hidden secrets that she knew and it got to a point where she felt that she wanted to write a tell-all book all about her past experiences and she did. The memoir is called Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life. In the book, she confessed to partying with many different celebrities, making out with different girls, doing hard drugs, partying at the Playboy Mansion and more crazy shenanigans. Nowadays, she put the past behind her. She is married to Mark Wilkerson and has 3 kids and is very happy living a very private life.
10 Kim Zolciak Had A Lesbian Affair
This blonde bombshell is a firecracker. She’s on Bravo’s hit television show The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She is known to be a dramatic woman who wears a wig and is infamous for dating married men. During filming Kim Zolciak didn’t just have her eye on men, but, this Bravo star had a wandering eye for a specific woman; a DJ named Tracy Young. While her career was on top, a scandal occurred that the made headlines. After a few speculations about her sexual orientation, she finally decided to come out as being a bisexual woman. According to Life & Style magazine, Zolciak was paid around $20,000 to come out. But, she then later claimed that the lesbian relationship she had was only a fling and nothing serious. She went as far as to publicly humiliate Young and call her this crazy, obsessed stalker. Nowadays, she refuses to talk about her past involving her former flame and just wants everyone to move on from it.
9 Ben Affleck’s Family Owned Slaves
Ben Affleck is an actor, screenwriter, and producer. He is famous for movies such as Good Will Hunting, Gone Girl, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. No one knew that was there was a huge slavery scandal going on behind the scenes of his television show called Finding Yours Roots. The scandal broke out when hacked Sony emails were published involving Affleck pressuring the show's executive producer into taking out the part about the slave ancestry. He didn’t feel comfortable bringing up his family’s past and he addressed the situation via Facebook by saying:
“I didn't want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought of it left a bad taste in my mouth.” After putting up such a fuss he got his way. They edited out the part with the slaves and instead included some of his family members, such as a soldier during the Revolutionary War and his mom who was a "freedom rider" in the 60s.
8 Martha Stewart Might Have Had A Threesome
This cooking guru is best known for her television show called The Martha Stewart Show, her magazine called Martha Stewart Living as well as she is the CEO of Martha Stewart Omnimedia. She is a super talented chef and can whip you up a pie in five minutes but, unfortunately, Stewart is no stranger when it comes to controversy. From being involved in an insider-trading scandal to ending up in jail to being on house arrest - she is far from being innocent. Martha Stewart went on a few late night talk shows but one interview, in particular, made headlines. On an episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” Andy Cohen, who is the host of the show asked her to play a game called "Did Martha Do It?" and one of the questions he asked her was: "Has Martha ever had a threesome?" Her answer was a little surprising to some viewers; her answer was "maybe” with an added smirk. Well, were going to take that as a “yes.”
7 D’Angelo Tried To Solicit A Sex Worker
Michael D'Angelo Archer (or you may know him by his stage name D'Angelo) is a Grammy Award-winning R&B, Neo-soul singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He gained all this newfound fame and success but little did he know that it would destroy his career that he worked so hard for. From DUIs, traffic offenses to drug charges, he is no stranger to incidents that occur involving the law. One incident occurred when he was soliciting an undercover policewoman for sex. After insulting the policewoman by offering her $40 for a sexual favor, she called in backup alongside with other undercover cops and they arrested him. He was brought into Manhattan Criminal Court but luckily he was released on bond.
6 Rob Lowe Made A Sex Tape With An Underage Girl
You may have already heard that Rob Lowe was part of the 80s Hollywood clique called the Brat Pack along with his fellow famous friends but, what you didn’t know is that the famous actor is known to have a wild side and has a playboy past. He loves getting attention from the ladies but one occurrence happened when he was in Atlanta for a convention and little did he know he would regret that decision immediately. After the convention he decided to go to a local bar; he had met two young women, had sex with them and decided to tape it. This is where things get crazy, Lowe went to the restroom; and the women he had sex with stole the tape and also his money. Later on, he realized that one of the girls was only 16 years old - she was a minor and it was illegal. The authorities were called and he was later on arrested.
5 Chuck Berry Filmed Women On The Toilet
Chuck Berry is best known for being a singer, songwriter and is one of the pioneers of rock n' roll music. After his singing career was over, he went to try out different avenues and one of which was owning a restaurant. In the 80’s he owned a restaurant called The Southern Air - people loved the food, and there was great ambiance. But, behind the scenes he was being shady; he thought it would be a great idea if there were cameras installed in the women’s bathroom. The reasoning for that is because he wanted to watch women change and use the toilet. The word got out that he was a pervert, he made headlines and before he knew it he was involved in a scandal. In 1989, one of Berry’s female cooks realized she was being videotaped changing in the bathroom and it was a huge invasion of privacy. Luckily, she won, the case was settled and Berry had to pay out $1.3 million to his victims.
4 4. Hugh Grant Got Caught With An Escort
This British actor is very well known for his role as Daniel Cleaver in the film called Bridget Jones's Diary. He began his rise to fame after the film became a success and so did his ego. An incident occurred while Hugh Grant was in a relationship with former model and film actress Elizabeth Hurley. In 1995, he was arrested right on Sunset Boulevard after a policeman found a hooker performing a sexual favor on him in the car. After all the drama unfolded, the pair decided it would be best to split up after eight years of dating. Grant pleaded no contest and was fined $1,180, and then he was later placed on two years’ probation. He also had to complete an AIDS education program as well. Nowadays, Grant has been open and honest about the scandal and his offense. He vowed to never do such a thing again and swore he learned his lesson.
3 David Letterman Had Sex With Female Employees
David Letterman is a late-night talk show host that is well respected and loved by America. Therefore this scandal was a very surprising to most people. He brings multiple celebrities on his show and also lets them clear up some rumors about them, but Letterman was hiding a secret of his very own that no one knew. He was involved in a sex scandal with some female staffers who worked for him. After he made the headlines, he did an Oprah interview stating:
“I want to be the person I always thought I was and probably was pretending I was,” “I hurt a lot of people... I’m not looking to blame anybody. I’m looking to find out why I behaved the way I behaved.” Nowadays, he still regrets his decisions to this day. There is a silver lining, because since he came clean about his infidelity, he says that his relationship with his wife is better than ever. Hopefully, he learned his lesson and won’t make that mistake again.
2 President Kennedy Was Married To Two Women At The Same Time
The Kennedys are no stranger when it comes to controversy so we shouldn’t be surprised that President Kennedy made the list. Before his assassination, he was always involved in some type of scandal about his relationship especially when it involved multiple women he was dating. He had many frivolous affairs and it made headlines almost every day. From hooking up with the White House secretaries to having a relationship with voluptuous model Marilyn Monroe he had a list of ladies that he romanced while he was in office.
You would think after his first drunken marriage mistake that he would learn his lesson, but he didn’t, he just kept on being disloyal. He was an unfaithful husband to Jackie Kennedy and he didn’t care, he loved the attention he got from the other women. At one point of their marriage Jackie had enough and wanted a divorce from him but she was bribed to stay with him. Nowadays, even though he is deceased this scandal will forever live on.
1 Tim Allen Was A Coke Dealer
This might surprise the viewers while reading this, but he was a big time coke dealer. In 1978, he was busted for trafficking 650 grams of cocaine across state lines and was arrested at Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport. To avoid a life in prison, Tim Allen instead played smart and ratted out his “colleagues” to the cops. He only served 28 months in jail. In an interview, he stated: “When I went to jail, reality hit so hard that it took my breath away, took my stance away, took my strength away." Sometimes in life you a get a wake-up call and for him, it was going to jail and realizing that he needed to clean up his act.