We all may have told a little white lie or two in our lives. Okay, maybe more than one or two; some studies show we lie on average of over 1.5 times a day! But when it comes to lying, the point is to avoid getting caught. When all eyes are on you, knowing that you did something blatantly dishonest can tarnish your reputation among your friends, family, or - perhaps worst - your place of work. If you're caught in a lie, probably the best thing to do is come clean immediately. Probably the worst thing you can do is continuing to lie and build upon the lie you previously told... Because then, as Sir Walter Scott famously said, 'what a tangled web we weave!'
Everything is starker under the spotlight and so, typically, celebrities who get caught out manipulating the truth suffer the consequences on a larger scale than us common folk. Celebrities might well tell a white lie or two in order to save their reputation and image but unfortunately for them, the lives of high-profile stars can be researched by suspicious journalists. This means that telling a lie in the public eye is a very risky endeavor and the more well known you are, the greater the odds are that your lie will be exposed. Some celebrities will eventually come clean. Like Star Jones, for example; the television personality dropped a lot of weight, which she credited to diet and exercise. But later, a heart problem forced Jones to admit that she had gastric bypass surgery. Or take Rick Ross, the famous rapper who denied allegations that he was formerly a corrections officer -the very antithesis of the rap culture. It wasn’t until a photo of Rick Ross in uniform surfaced was when he eventually came clean.
Of course, the bigger and more popular the celebrity the more scandal a lie will cause. So here, for your entertainment and a dose of schadenfreude, is a list of the top ten richest public figures that have, very publicly, lied. Of course, given the research suggesting lies are prevalent in daily life - and considering all those conspiracy theories about cover-ups - we certainly can’t say that these are the only liars out there in the limelight: But these are the richest celebs who got caught!
10 Flo Rida - $30 Million
9 Nicki Minaj - $45 Million
8 White Stripes - $50 Million (combined)
7 Brandy - $60 Million
6 Bill Clinton - $80 Million
5 Paris Hilton - $100 Million
4 Lance Armstrong - $125 Million
3 Britney Spears - $200 Million
2 Martha Stewart - $300 Million
Unless you’ve been locked out of the pop culture loop, you'll know about Martha Stewart serving time in prison for conspiracy and obstruction of justice during a notorious insider stock trading case in 2004. What exactly did she do? She and stockbroker Peter Bacanovic told investigators that they had agreed to sell their stock in a drug company if the price fell below $60. In fact, the truth was that they had been tipped off that the FDA would not approve the drug they'd invested in. This lie got Steward sentenced to prison for five months.
1 Tiger Woods - $500 Million
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