The individuals who reach the top of the entertainment industry have a microscope that is constantly fixed on them, critiquing each and every move that they make. These people are under constant scrutiny, even when doing day-to-day things. With that being said, any instance where one of these individuals finds themselves in dire legal straits, the world is ready to watch the circus unfold. It is not uncommon to see celebrities break the law, but others take things one step too far. Some of these people commit acts that are so disgusting that their careers are never the same. And some, for whatever reason, are able to carry on about their life as if nothing ever happened. Hollywood picks and chooses who they want to be forgiven, but people will never truly forget the heinous crimes that were committed. For the people on this list, their crimes were against children, and for this, no career should have been allowed to continue.
Some of the people on this list had their dirty laundry aired in the most public of ways, and others seemed to slip right under the radar. Regardless of what they accomplished in their careers or how much scrutiny they faced, these individuals took things way too far. The people found on our list have either been charged, sentenced, or accused of committing these disgusting crimes. These people have been placed on a pedestal by the media, but at the end of the day, their actions are downright deplorable.
15. Lawrence Taylor – Former NFL Star, Now A Registered Offender
Lawrence Taylor is not only one of the greatest football players of all-time, but he is also considered the greatest defensive player to have ever stepped on the gridiron. Taylor spent his entire 13-year NFL career playing for the New York Giants, and his career accolades are nearly unrivaled. He was a 10-time Pro Bowl selectee, a 10-time First-Team All Pro, an NFL MVP in 1986, and he won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award three times. Naturally, Taylor was an easy selection for the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in 1999.
Outside of his life on the field, however, Taylor was no stranger to controversy, and in 2010, Taylor would hit a personal low. He was busted for soliciting sex from a 16-year-old girl, though admittedly, he and the young lady said that she claimed that she was 19. Nevertheless, Taylor is now a registered sex offender, and his image has never fully recovered from this disgusting incident.
14. David Bowie And Jimmy Page – Slept With Teenage Fan
In the world of music, very few artists have been as influential and as controversial as David Bowie. In the 1970s, Bowie would explode onto the music scene, pushing the boundaries of the Art Rock genre, as well as the bounds of decency with his turn as the character Ziggy Stardust. He was flamboyant, controversial, and as talented as any performer in the world. Bowie cranked out hit after hit during the 1970s and 1980s, establishing himself as an artist that was capable of adapting to changes in music. His collaborations with the band Queen and singer Mick Jagger showed that Bowie was also adept at playing well with others.
In a now infamous story, David Bowie was already a star when he took the virginity of a 14-year-old girl named Lori Mattix. Mattix discussed the incident in her tell-all book, and she would go on to share a similar experience with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Say what you will about their music, but sleeping with a 14-year-old girl is downright despicable.
13. Andy Dick – Exposing 17-Year-Old Girl In Public
Andy Dick is an acquired taste for most people, and the verdict seems to be split on the comedian. While some find his over-the-top style to be hilarious, others think the guy is one of the more annoying people in Hollywood. Say what you will, but the man has had success in his career. He is perhaps best known for his time spent on the series NewsRadio, though Dick has found success in film as well. He landed roles in Zoolander, Road Trip, and Reality Bites. Nevertheless, his image in the media has long shown Dick for his wild antics, and these instances have put him into a world of trouble.
Back in July of 2008, Andy Dick was at it again, except this time, the woman that he exposed was a 17-year-old girl. Dick allegedly pulled her top down and exposed the victim’s breasts. He was also found to have drugs in his possession. He was arrested, and after posting bail, Andy Dick would be sentenced to 3 years of probation.
12. Ian Watkins – Assaulting A One-Year-Old Girl (!!!!)
Remember when the band Lostprophets were huge for a few weeks back in 2004? Their single “Last Train Home” was a massive hit for the band, though their success would be relatively short-lived. They were able to stay a relevant act, but recapturing the success of 2004 just wasn’t in the cards for the Welsh band. The band hung around until 2013 when some of the most disturbing news in the history of music came to light, and the band would never be looked at the same way ever again.
Lead singer Ian Watkins was charged with the deplorable act of trying to have sexual activity with a one-year-old girl. No, you did not misread that. The girl was a one-year-old. Not only did this piece of trash attempt this, but he was also busted with animal pornography as well. This scumbag was sentenced to 29 years behind bars, and he will hopefully never see the light of day again. He had multiple victims, and their parents were charged and sentenced as well.
11. R. Kelly – Photographic Proof Of Underage Conquests
Oh, R. Kelly, you really are one of the creepiest people in the world. Before becoming the weirdest and most perverted man in the music industry, R. Kelly was one of music’s biggest stars. The dude cranked out one hit after the next, and his sales were through the roof. Of course, he did marry Aaliyah when she was still a teenager and changed her birthday to pull this off, but let’s get to the other reason why he made this list.
Let’s go ahead and skip the part about him peeing on people, and we will even skip past the alleged sex cult that he is the leader of. This dude was busted for being in possession of child pornography back in 2002, and there were images that allegedly showed him having sex with the victims. These charges, however, were later dropped due to lack of cause for the search warrant. Sorry, but this guy is a degenerate, and it’s mind-boggling that he still has a career.
10. Paula Poundstone – Lewd Activities With Foster Child
For those of you wondering who Paula Poundstone is, well, you’re not alone. Admittedly, she might be the least-known celebrity on this list, but that doesn’t change the fact that she is on this list for a reason. Poundstone is a comedian who rose to fame in the 1990s after being discovered by Robin Williams in San Francisco. Poundstone has done some notable work with her voice acting, and had some prominent television appearances during the 1990s as well. She continues to perform stand-up comedy, and has even authored several books during her career.
Poundstone, however, is no stranger to controversy, and she has been charged with several counts of lewd acts upon a child. The child in question was younger than 14, and was allegedly one of the children that Poundstone had either adopted or fostered. Children should be able to trust their guardians, and this was quite the opposite.
9. Paul Reubens – Caught With Compromising Pictures Of Minors
Starting in the late 1970s, Paul Reubens was trying to find his footing in the entertainment industry. In 1981, he was cast as Pee-wee Herman, and his career skyrocketed to superstardom in children’s television. Several years later, Pee-wee’s Playhouse debuted, and Reubens was officially a star. Pee-wee gave Reubens his biggest success to date, and his character would be the star of television and film projects in the 1980s. Everything came to a screeching halt in 1991, after he was arrested in an adult movie theatre, and Reubens would have to work hard to maintain his career in the business.
Eleven years later, Reubens would be hit with his most deplorable crime yet. Reubens would be busted for being in possession of child pornography, an accusation that he denied. Reubens is a collector of pornography and denied that what was found could be construed as pornographic. His charges were eventually dropped after he reached a plea-deal.
8. Josh Duggar – Crimes Against His Own Little Sisters
Reality television has given virtual nobodies the opportunity to achieve fame in a short amount of time, and Josh Duggar fits this example perfectly. He was quickly thrust into the public eye after appearing on the series 19 Kids and Counting along with his gigantic family. People love to watch a spectacle, and the show was a huge success. In total, it ran for 10 seasons, and it aired 229 episodes. The same year that the hit television show would reach the end of its run, Josh Duggar became more popular than ever, but the reason why is truly sickening.
Josh Duggar was accused of sexually molesting several young women when he was a teenager. Not only is this a disgusting crime, but to make matters creepier, nearly every one of the girls that he molested were his own sisters. He has also been accused of sexual assault and was one of the names that were leaked during the Ashley Madison breach. Clearly, this guy has issues.
7. Gary Glitter – Hooking Up With 14-Year-Old (And More)
If you weren’t able to tell from this ridiculous picture, Gary Glitter is an odd guy, though few knew how truly despicable he really is. Glitter was a prominent musician during the 1970s, and he was a major player in the UK market. His success in the United States is associated with only one song, “Rock and Roll (Part 2),” being known stateside. Assuming that you have been to any sporting event since the 1970s, you have no doubt heard this song, and it continues to be played at arenas and stadiums around the world. His career quickly faded, and every attempt to make a comeback fell short.
In 1997, Glitter was busted with having child pornography on his computer, and he would serve time in prison for his crimes. He was also charged with having sex with a 14-year-old girl back in the 1970s. In 2015, he was convicted of rape charges against a teenage girl, making Glitter one of the most infamous pedophiles in music history.
6. Vincent Margera – Touched Two Teens At A Mall
Back in 2000, few could have predicted that the show Jackass would have become such a phenomenon on MTV. The show was immensely popular, and it spawned several spin-off shows and smash hit films. Bam Margera was one of the biggest stars that emerged from the series, and his spin-off series Viva La Bam would prove to be a huge success as well. Running for 5 seasons, Viva La Bam was centered around Margera’s family in his native Pennsylvania, and his uncle, Vincent Margera (Don Vito), would become a popular character on the show.
One year after the series ended, Vincent Margera was arrested in Colorado for touching two teenage girls at a mall. In 2007, Margera was given 10 years of probation, which is basically a slap on the wrist. It was argued that he was acting as his television persona, and that may have saved him from serving serious time.
5. Scott Bairstow – Second-Degree Child Assault
In the early 1990s, Scott Bairstow was a rising star that had landed roles in several successful projects. His role as Newt in the Lonesome Dove series was his breakout role, and he used this exposure to land other roles. He eventually found a recurring role on Party of Five, and his greatest triumphs in the entertainment industry came on television. Suddenly, Bairstow seemed to disappear from the public eye, and many wondered where he had gone. He wasn’t the level of celebrity to receive a ton of press, and when people found out why his career stopped, they were horrified.
Bairstow was charged with second-degree child rape in 2003. This stemmed from an incident where he sexually assaulted a teenage girl that was related to his ex-wife. The disgusting act led Bairstow to receive 4 months in jail, and he was ordered to stay away from the young girl for 10 years.
4. Jeffrey Jones – Solicited Teenage Boys To Take Inappropriate Photos Of Him
As if you didn’t hate him enough as Ed Rooney in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, you will despise this man after learning who he truly is. Jeffrey Jones was a successful actor in his time, and he appeared in a number of hit projects. Aside from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Jones also starred in Beetlejuice, The Hunt for Red October, and Amadeus. He was featured in plenty of television projects, and even lent his voice to Batman: The Animated Series. While he wasn’t a household name, Jones was a recognizable actor, and no one truly knew how awful this man was.
Jones would be arrested in 2002 for being in possession of child pornography, and he was also accused of soliciting a teenage boy to take nude photos for him. Somehow, this piece of trash only received probation for his lifestyle, and he had to register as a sex offender. Jones failed to do this on two separate occasions, and was arrested each time.
3. Woody Allen – Alleged Assault Of A Child, And An Affair With His Wife’s Adopted Daughter
Not only is Woody Allen considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all-time, but he is widely regarded as one of the most disgusting people in Hollywood. His body of work in the business speaks for itself, and he is one of the most decorated people to ever be in the business. He has won a staggering four Academy Awards, and has won nine British Academy Film Awards. Allen has seen and done it all in the film industry, and may go down as the greatest to ever do it. Allen’s newest film, Wonder Wheel, will be released in late 2017. Achievements aside, Allen has a dark past that has made people sick, and rightfully so.
Allen was alleged to have sexually abused a 7-year-old child back in the early 1990s, and an investigation found Allen to have acted inappropriately. He was never taken to court for molesting a child, but the damage was already done. Child molestation aside, Allen’s affair and eventual marriage to Soon-Yi has also raised a number of eyebrows over the years.
2. Jared Fogle – Paid For Activities With Minors
The Subway Guy, Jared Fogle, rose to fame at the turn of the millennium after appearing in commercials for the company. The previously obese Fogle lost 200 pounds by using Subway to help him watch his food intake. The goofy Fogle was a household name, and his advertising with the company would last until 2015. It is insane to think that this guy made a career with these commercials, but hey, good for him. To his credit, he was instrumental with helping the company drastically improve their sales, and they rewarded him handsomely for it. The guy was worth millions of dollars, and everyone knew who he was.
His life would come to a screeching halt after it was discovered that Fogle was a pedophile, and that he would pay people to help him find underage people to sleep with. Fogle pleaded guilty, and he was sentenced to 15 years behind bars. This guy was once loved by millions, and has since become one of the most despised people in recent memory.
1. Michael Jackson – The Infamous Child Abuse Allegations
Was there ever a doubt in your mind that Michael Jackson would end up on this list? Jackson became a child star with his brothers in the musical group The Jackson 5, and as he grew older, he set out on a solo career. Jackson became arguably the biggest music star of all-time, and his albums Off The Wall, Thriller, and Bad are all considered classics. He was perhaps the biggest celebrity on the planet during his prime, and he sold out stadiums across the world when he was in town. Everyone wanted a piece of Michael Jackson, and the early 1990s saw him release the album Dangerous, continuing his domination in the music industry. The bigger they are, the harder they fall, and Jackson’s career was soon flipped upside down.
During his lifetime, Michael Jackson was accused of sexually abusing children on multiple occasions, though he never served any jail time for these allegations. Over the years, there have been other allegations of Jackson abusing children, and he was twice put on trial for this. He may be a music legend, but the allegations against him forever altered his life.
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