10 Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2015
From offensive comments to outrageous behavior and shocking revelations, there were plenty of celebrities who made headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2015. Here are Gossip Cop’s picks for the 10 biggest scandals of the year.
1. Charlie Sheen HIV Admission: The actor stunned his fans in a November 17 interview on the “Today” show when he revealed he’s HIV-positive. Sheen said he was diagnosed four years ago, but was forced to go public with his status after having already paid more than $10 million to various people in order to keep it a secret. But despite his claims that every woman he had been with knew he was positive, his ex-fiancee Brett Rossi filed a lawsuit in December, claiming she was not informed he was HIV positive. Other woman have also come forward with accusations that Sheen was not forthcoming with them either about his status.
2. Donald Trump “Rapists” Comment: Trump kicked off his presidential campaign with controversy when after announcing his candidacy for the Republic nomination said many Mexicans coming into the U.S. are “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Since then, the GOP frontrunner Trump has sparked further controversy by announcing he’s “calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” He also managed to offend women after some strong questioning from Megyn Kelly during a Republican debate by declaring that the respected Fox News host had “blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
3. Josh Duggar Sex Scandals: Duggar was caught in one sex scandal after the other. First, he admitted last May that he molested five underage girls as a teenager. It was then revealed that four of the girls molested were his sisters. TLC then pulled “19 Kids And Counting” off the air. But that wasn’t all. Last August, a hack of AshleyMadison.com confirmed that Duggar had two accounts on the cheating spouse site. Duggan then issued another statement, acknowledging that he not only cheated on his wife, Anna, but was also addicted to porn. The devout reality star called himself “the biggest hypocrite ever,” and then checked into a rehab facility.
4. Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Accusations: Cosby’s sexual assault scandal began last year, but 2015 ended with him charged with aggravated indecent assault, a felony for which he could end up behind bars for 10 years. Amidst the background of 50 women coming forward and accusing the comedian of rape, Cosby remained relatively silent on the allegations. Then last July, court records from a 2005 civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Costand indicated that Cosby acknowledged giving Quaaludes to several women with whom he had sex, though maintained it was consensual. However, on December 30, a warrant was issued for his arrest, stemming from the alleged sexual assault of Constand. He was charged with a felony assault, booked, and released on $1 million bail. Cosby is currently facing several civil lawsuits from women, who alleged he sexually assaulted them as well.
5. Jared Fogle Child Sex Crimes: The former Subway spokesman was sentenced on November 19 to more than 15 years in prison for having sex with minors, as well as receiving and distributing child pornography. He also paid $100,000 in restitution to each of his 14 victims. Many of the child porn videos in his possession were created by the head of his charity, Russell Taylor (who was later sentenced to 27 years in prison). Though Fogle accepted a plea deal that called for him to serve no more than 12.5 years behind bars, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt rejected it at sentencing, and tacked on 2.5 more years.
6. “Fashion Police” Patchouli-Gate: Co-host Giuliana Rancic caused an uproar in February when she joked on “Fashion Police” that the dreadlocks Zendaya wore on the Oscars red carpet must have smelled of “patchouli” and “weed.” Zendaya immediately slammed Rancic on her Instagram page, noting “there is a fine line between what is funny and what is disrespectful.” Rancic attempted to apologize to Zendaya by tweeting at her, “Had NOTHING to do with race and NEVER would,” but the damage was already done. Kelly Osbourne resigned as a co-host of the show days after Rancic’s comments about her friend. Later, brief co-host Kathy Griffin said she personally “wouldn’t have said the joke” Days later, she also left “Fashion Police.”
7. Scott Disick Cheating: Disick made headlines in early July when photos emerged of him being affectionate in Monaco with with L.A. stylist Chloe Bartoli. Kardashian put on a brave face in the aftermath, but shortly afterwards called off the nine-year relationship with the father of her three kids. In an episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” which aired in September, Kardashian broke down after her mom Kris Jenner showed her the incriminating photos. “I’ve worked so hard to keep this family together,” Kardashian said through tears. Disick later checked into rehab. And while the two are still not together, they seemingly have a good enough relationship to co-parents their kids.
8. Ariana Grande Licking Doughnuts: Hungry, anyone? On The Fourth of July, Grande licked a donut that she didn’t buy inside a Los Angeles-area bakery shop. There incident was caught on the donut shop’s surveillance camera, and caused both anger and disgust among her fans. Part of the backlash as well was that Grande was seen laughing after licking the donut and telling a friend on Independence Day, “I hate Americans. I hate America.” She quickly tweeted an apology by telling her followers, “I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American.” Days later, Grande posted an apology video to YouTube and said she was “so disgusted with myself… not here to make any excuses or justify my behavior.”
9. Amber Heard Dog Smuggling: The wife of Johnny Depp was accused last May of bringing her two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, into Australia on a private jet without declaring them or providing proof of their shots beforehand. Australia’s Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, threatened to euthanize both dogs if they weren’t brought back to the U.S. within 72 hours. Heard complied, but was later charged with two counts of illegally importing animals into the country and one count of producing a false document to quarantine officials. She potentially faces 10 years in prison, if convicted on all the charges. Heard said in a December statement that her lawyer will plead not guilty to the charges on her behalf, and that she’ll return to Australia next year to fight them in court.
10. Tom Brady: After the New England Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts in the 2015 AFC Championship, it was revealed that the team had deflated several of their balls below the minimum requirement, making it easier for the quarterback to pass. Brady himself was accused, in what’s become known as “Deflategate,” of being complicit, something which he vehemently denied. But the NFL released a 243-page report on Deflategate and concluded that Brady was at least aware the balls were being deflated. On May 11, the NFL suspended Brady for four games, based on “substantial and credible evidence” suggesting he involved with Deflategate, and because of his failure to cooperate with investigators. Brady appealed it in federal court. Eventually, it was overturned by a federal judge on September 3, allowing Brady to not miss the beginning of the 2015-2016 season.