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Worst Celebrity Scandals of the last decade

Updated on September 29, 2010

Where do we start? There have been so many celebrity scandals over the last decade that it is nigh impossible to begin. Immediately a glut of names flood my brain- Hugh Grant, Britney, Michael Jackson and of course, good old George Michael who can always be relied on time and time again to cause us celeb watchers to suck in our cheeks, shake our heads and tut “Well, I never.”

Hugh Grant

Strictly speaking, this decade began in 1999, so Hugh Grant’s indiscretion with 50 dollar whore Divine Brown in 1995 shouldn’t really count, but he was the guy who seemed to kick it all off. Grant was caught by a cop's torchlight as Miss Brown ahem pleasured him in a car/ It did no harm to his career and former hooker Divine is now a millionairess as a result. Grant's mugshot was the first to herald a collection of celebrity mugshots including Robert Downey Junior, Lindsay Lohan and Nick Nolte.

Grant's long term relationship with actress Liz Hurley never really recovered but his career did. He starred in Box Office successes About A Boy, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones Diary.

George Michael

A couple of years later George Michael, another global superstar had a run in with the LA Cops as he exposed himself in a toilet to one fortunate guy working undercover. Now this was a big scandal. Since his early days in Wham! George had us all fooled that he was in fact, heterosexual. He was an '80s heartthrob who dated models and even had a long term relationship with Kathy Yeung, who co-starred in his video for "I Want Your Sex." Michael had never publicly came out but his sexuality became exposed after this seedy outing.

Michael released the song "Come Outside", a humourous take on his arrest and has since not bothered to hide his predilection for prowling for sex with strangers in public places.

In 1998 George was caught "cottaging" round Hampstead Heath, London, a notorious homosexual meeting place.

He was also cautioned for possession of the drug in February the same year, but he escaped with a fine and community service. Four years ago he got a two-year road ban and 100 hours' community service for driving while unfit through drugs after being found collapsed in his Mercedes. In 2005 he was caught slumped behind his wheel in the middle of the road under the influence of marijuana. In 2009 while drunk, his Range Rover spun out of control and hit another vehicle. Amazingly he was only been cautioned and never charged but the real scandal with Michael was when was the last time he had a hit?

The same year he was twice cautioned by cops after being caught with cannabis.
A year earlier in 2008 he was nicked with drugs including crack cocaine and was given a caution, which should have been enough to warn him off drugs and driving.

Michael's early morning crash in 2010 came hours after London's Gay Pride Festival. Police who hauled him out of the driver's seat described him as "wide-eyed, spaced-out and staggering". He at first told them: "I didn't crash into anything."
It can be argued that George Michael has had enough warnings to either kick his drug habit or at least get a chauffeur. Prison has been the only option for a guy hell-bent on self-destruction ad in 2010, he was sentenced to eight weeks in the nick.

Michael Jackson

Now, someone who is still hitting the headlines is Michael Jackson, despite his death in June 2009. Although it seems that he is now clear of any guilt in child molestation, the furore it caused in 2002 when one minor, Jordy Chandler accused him of paedophilia was enormous. The King of Pop was a huge superstar whose image was caring, kind and gentle to others, especially children who he attracted like a magnet. To his fans this allegation was just unbelievable. To his critics it confirmed that he was really not just a weirdo but a pervert whose wealth and status he used to lure children. It didn’t help that Michael eventually paid of the Chandler family £20 million dollars as to many it confirmed his “guilt.”

However, Michael had his day in court in 2005 when another allegation of child molestation made by minor Gavin Arviso he was refuted. His career, at least until his death, did not recover however. The damage was done and some may argue that it was this that led to the other scandal involving Mr Jackson- his addiction to dangerous painkillers and the ease of which he was able to obtain them. LA, huh? It seems to be the hub of all scandals. The female of the species being no exception.

Britney Spears

In 2007 Britney Spears had a very public meltdown when she shaved off her hair at a cheap LA hairdressers in full view of the paps and then went berserk with a brolly when estranged hubby Kevin Federline refused her access to her kids. Once the perky Princess of Pop, Britters was now atracting scandal like a magnet.

In she had married childhood sweetheart Jason in a hasty LA wedding. Apparently she was a bit drunk and coked up. The marriage was annulled the day after. Then hen married for real to Kevin Federline she was photographed driving with her young son Sean Preston on her lap.

Then was the disastrous VMA awards performance in 2007, when a bloated and dazed Spears mimed hopelessly to her hit song Gimme More. It took her being sectioned and Kevin Federline having custody of the children, for Spears to turn her career and life around. And she does not hang out with Paris Hilton any longer. Or Lindsay Lohan which leads to me to the next scandals of the decade.

Paris Hilton

In 2003 socialite and professional waste of space Paris Hilton made a sex tape with her then boyfriend Rick Saloman which was shown and still is being shown on the internet. Entitled “One Night in Paris," this was not the end of Paris's life in the tabloids though. In 2006, in September of 2006 she was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, and was given probation after pleading guilty to reckless driving. She was sent to jail in June 2007 after violating her probation by driving with a suspended license.Hilton, 29, was arrested inside the Wynn resort, after police say a small plastic bag containing 0.8 grams of cocaine fell out of her Chanel purse Hilton will serve a year of probation, the newspaper reported. She also must complete a drug abuse program, pay a $2,000 fine and serve 200 hours of community service.

Hilton initially told police the purse and cocaine were not hers, but claimed some items in the bag, including rolling papers, $1,300 in cash and several credit cards.

She was questioned by police after her boyfriend, Las Vegas nightclub mogul Cy Waits, 34, failed field sobriety tests given by a motorcycle officer.

Hilton briefly faced a marijuana charge in July after a FIFA World Cup match in South Africa, but the case was dropped when a woman who was with her pleaded guilty to possessing the drug.

Lindsay Lohan

This girl is a living, breathing nightmare. Once a promising young actress starring in hot films, such as Mean Girls, she is now a drug and alcohol raddled old woman at the tender age of just 24. Once a bit of a slag (Paris Hilton labelled her Fire Crotch) she then became a lesbian in 2003 and dated DJ Samantha Ronson for a couple of years. Her career was interrupted in 2007 as two drinking and driving (DUI) incidents and three visits to drug rehab led to several lost movie deals

On May 26, 2007 she lost control of her car and ran the vehicle up a curb. Beverly Hills cops also found a "usable" amount of cocaine in her car. She entered rehab yet again, where she stayed for 45 days. Upon her release to outpatient care, Lohan was voluntarily fitted with a Scram bracelet to monitor her sobriety.

Two months later, Lohan was arrested for a second DUI and again returned to rehab. Then two weeks after leaving Lohan refused a sobriety test and was taken to a police station where her blood alcohol level was found to be above the legal limit. While conducting a search, the police found a small amount of cocaine in her pocket. Oh dear! She was booked on a felony charge of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

Then one month later she entered rehab for the third time. At her court hearing the same month, Lohan pleaded guilty to cocaine use and driving under the influence and was sentenced to one day imprisonment and 10 days' community service.

In May 2010, Lohan did not appear for a scheduled DUI progress report hearing. On July a judge determined that Lohan had indeed violated the terms of her probation and sentenced her to 90 days in jail, starting July 20; In addition, the judge ordered Lohan to check into an inpatient rehab programme for three months after her release from jail.On July 20, Lohan appeared in court and was taken into custody to begin her jail term.She was released on August 2 after serving 14 days of the sentence.Following media reports on September 17, Lohan confirmed that she has failed a drug test yet again, thus breaching the terms of her sentence..

Back to jail then, Linds!


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      Cranoo 7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      I don't know the worst, but certainly the most annoying was Speidi in the jungle reality tv show. (Speidi = Heidi and Spencer)

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