The 2000’s saw a number of high-profile celebrity scandals that captivated the public and made headlines around the world. From the downfall of a beloved comedian to the unraveling of a pop star’s marriage, these scandals had a major impact on the celebrities involved and their careers. Here are fifteen of the biggest scandals of the 2000s:
1. The Michael Jackson child sexual abuse allegations:
In 2003, Michael Jackson was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy. The case went to trial in 2005 and although Jackson was ultimately acquitted, the allegations had a major impact on his career and legacy.
2. Britney Spears’ public meltdown:
In 2007, pop star Britney Spears went through a highly publicized breakdown that included a series of erratic behaviours, multiple rehab stints and a very public custody battle for her children.
3. R. Kelly’s sexual abuse allegations:
In 2002, R&B singer R. Kelly was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography. The allegations had a significant impact on his career despite the fact that he was ultimately cleared of all charges in 2008.
4. The downfall of Bill Cosby:
In 2014, comedian Bill Cosby was accused of sexual assault by multiple women. He was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in 2018, and his legacy as a beloved figure in entertainment was forever tarnished.
5. The Tiger Woods infidelity scandal:
In 2009, golfer Tiger Woods was involved in a highly publicized scandal involving multiple allegations of infidelity. This scandal had a major impact on his personal and professional life.
6. The Lindsay Lohan rehab saga:
In the late 2000’s, actress Lindsay Lohan went through a series of rehab stints and legal issues, culminating in a highly publicized arrest for DUI in 2007.
7. The Paris Hilton sex tape:
In 2003, a private sex tape of socialite Paris Hilton was leaked to the public, causing a major scandal and damaging her reputation.
8. The Eddie Murphy and Mel Gibson scandals:
In 1997, actor Eddie Murphy was arrested for soliciting a trans sex worker and in 2006, actor Mel Gibson was arrested for DUI and made anti-Semitic remarks during his arrest. Their careers were significantly impacted by both events.
9.The Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction:
In 2004, during the halftime show of the Super Bowl, Justin Timberlake exposed Janet Jackson’s breast, causing a major scandal and leading to increased scrutiny of the use of indecency on broadcast television.
10. The Tom Cruise couch jumping incident:
In 2005, actor Tom Cruise appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and jumped on Oprah’s couch, professing his love for then-girlfriend Katie Holmes. The incident was widely seen as bizarre and had a negative impact on his public image.
11. The Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations:
In 2017, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault and harassment by multiple women. The allegations sparked the #MeToo movement and led to Weinstein’s downfall, with many in Hollywood and the entertainment industry also being accused of sexual misconduct.
12. The Charlie Sheen HIV revelation:
In 2015, actor Charlie Sheen publicly announced that he was HIV-positive. The revelation sparked a lot of attention and criticism, as Sheen had been publicly denying the rumors for years.
13. The Anthony Weiner sexting scandal:
In 2011, politician Anthony Weiner was involved in a sexting scandal when sexually explicit photos that he had sent to women were made public. The scandal led to his resignation from Congress and damaged his political career.
14. The Kevin Spacey sexual assault allegations:
In 2017, actor Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual assault by multiple men. The claims caused Spacey to be fired from a number of projects, which had a significant negative effect on his career.
15. The Bill Clinton impeachment:
In 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives for perjury and obstruction of justice related to his affair with Monica Lewinsky. The impeachment proceedings and Clinton’s subsequent acquittal by the Senate led to a major scandal and had a significant impact on his presidency.
These scandals were major events in the entertainment industry, and they had a significant impact on the careers and reputations of the celebrities involved. They also sparked important discussions about privacy, consent, and the role of the media in shaping public perceptions of celebrities.