Celebrity Scandals Of 2016
Robberies, hospitalizations, leaked tapes and alleged abuse are just a few of the controversies celebrities found themselves in last year. Gossip Cop has compiled the seven biggest scandals of 2016. Check out the list below.
1) Donald Trump and Billy Bush’s Leaked Tape: The Washington Post released a video in October featuring Trump and Bush having a lewd conversation about women while filming a 2005 “Access Hollywood” segment. The two men, who were wearing microphones, could be heard having a candid discussion while their bus pulled up to a sound stage for a TV shoot. Trump began by telling the news anchor about a botched attempt to seduce a married woman, saying, “I did try and f*ck her… I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there.” The president-elect went on to explain he “just starts kissing” women he finds attractive, because “when you’re a star, they let you do it.” And most infamously, Trump asserted he could “grab them by the p*ssy.” Trump later apologized for the remarks and dismissed his words as mere “locker room talk.”
2) Kim Kardashian’s Paris Robbery: The reality star was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris hotel back in October when a group of masked men dressed as police officers forced their way into her room. The robbers tied Kardashian up in the bathroom with tape over her mouth, then made off with her cellphone and millions of dollars worth of jewelry. Fortunately, Kardashian wasn’t physically harmed during the heist, but the traumatic experience has kept her off social media and out of the limelight for the past couple of months.
3) Amber Heard Accuses Johnny Depp Of Domestic Abuse: The actress filed for divorce from Depp in May after accusing him of assault. She subsequently claimed the actor had physically and verbally abused her throughout their 15-month marriage, and got a restraining order against him. In August, a video emerged of Depp yelling and cursing in the kitchen of their home while pouring himself a large glass of wine. He soon discovered that Heard was secretly filming him and aggressively went after the camera. After months of contentious negotiations, the ex-couple’s divorce was settled in August with Depp paying Heard $7 million, part of which she donated to a domestic abuse charity.
4) Kanye West’s Hospitalization: In November, the rapper was hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation and remained at the UCLA Medical Center for more than a week. It was said that West was being treated for exhaustion, but he also reportedly suffered a mental breakdown as the rapper’s doctor had told authorities he had gone into a state of “temporary psychosis.” Concerns about West’s mental state arose earlier that week when he went on bizarre rants about Jay Z, Beyonce, and Donald Trump during one of his concerts before cutting the show off. Hours before being hospitalized, West had announced that the remainder of his Saint Pablo Tour was cancelled.
5) Ryan Lochte’s Rio “Robbery”: During the Rio Olympics in August, Lochte alleged that he and a few other teammates were robbed at gunpoint at a gas station. But there were many inconsistencies in the swimmer’s story, and it was later revealed that he and his friends had actually vandalized the bathroom of the gas station, and were confronted by security guards for doing so. Lochte later admitted in an interview with Matt Lauer that he lied about the incident, known as #LochteGate, because he was “drunk” and “immature.” The Olympian, however, caught flack for never emphatically apologizing for his actions, but instead just confessing that he “over-exaggerated” the situation.
6) Nate Parker Rape Accusation: The Birth of a Nation director and star made headlines in August when it was discovered that he had been accused of raping a fellow classmate while he was a student at Penn State University in 1999. Parker and the film’s co-writer, Jean Celestin, were accused of raping a white female classmate in their dorm room in the late ’90s. The men claimed the sex was consensual, but the accuser said she was drunk and unable to consent. Parker was acquitted of the charges, but the accuser went on to commit suicide in 2012. The filmmaker later addressed the rape controversy in various interviews, and said on “Good Morning America,” “I was falsely accused. I was proven innocent, and I’m not going to apologize for that.”
7) #OscarsSoWhite: Many celebrities and everyday people boycotted the 2016 Academy Awards when not a single black actor was nominated in any of the four acting categories for the second year in a row. Social media erupted with users bashing the awards show, resulting in the trending hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Chris Rock went on to spend his entire Oscars monologue addressing the controversy and lack of diversity among nominees.