10 Celebrities Whose Careers Were Rocked By Sexual Abuse Scandals
Nothing will rock a celebrity’s life–or headline–quite like a scandal. What can we say, today’s society loves getting the tea on notable figures. Unfortunately, not all gossip and allegations revolve around the type of drama we consider to be entertaining. There are certain scandals that are so appalling you hope they aren’t true. Here’s a look at 10 celebrities involved with claims of sexual abuse.
Do you still catch reruns of The Cosby Show? Bill Cosby played the fun-loving father Cliff Huxtable who in our eyes, could do no wrong. He was funny, witty and overall one of the best examples of a family man on television. Well life might not imitate art as Bill has been accused of assault and rape by 13 women. There are some very serious allegations that include drugging women before his attacks.
This one is very sad and sickening.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo fans were shocked to hear the network ended the show, but soon knew who to blame. Mama June has been making headlines with her new love interest who also happens to be a convicted child molester. What’s more disgusting are claims one of his victims was one of Mama June’s daughters (June and the molester dated years ago). As if that’s not horrific enough, she doesn’t believe her own child.
Some things are better left unpublished.
GIRLS creator and actress Lena Dunham has been doing some serious damage control for things she admitted to her in her new book, Not That Kind of Girl. In it Dunham discusses bribing her younger sister for kisses and “curiously” opening her vagina. “Basically, anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying,” Dunham writes in her book. Some folks aren’t writing off her truth as just another childhood experience.
Former heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson dropped a bomb after revealing he was sexually abused as a child by a stranger. “I don’t always remember, but maybe I do but I don’t,” Tyson revealed in an interview. “I’m not ashamed or embarrassed by it.” He was seven years old when the one-time abuse occurred.
This girl needs some serious professional intervention. Spiraling out of control for some time now, the former child star actress has been placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold by her parents, but not before Tweeting how her father sexually abused her. “The police filed a report against my dad,” Bynes tweeted. “He is a sexual predator and he should be in jail.” She later retracted her allegations.
Another TV dad who turned out to be very different from his character is Stephen Collins. The 7th Heaven actor admitted to his wife–who secretly taped him–he sexually abused underage children. Reruns of 7th Heaven have been removed from UP TV and Collins fired from the upcoming movie Ted 2.
What in the world is going on with Kesha?
The formerly glittery and a wee grungy singer accused record producer and agent Dr. Luke of physical, verbal and sexual abuse for over a decade. While she did file a lawsuit, it seems she may or may not have been telling the truth as she recently swore under oath Dr. Luke did not touch her.
He might not be an A-list actor you recognize, but John Grisham has penned successful books-turned-movies like The Pelican Brief and The Firm. Can you believe he thinks folks who look a child porn sites are receiving harsh jail sentences? “We have prisons now filled with guys my age, 60-year-old white men, in prison, who’ve never harmed anybody (and) would never touch a child,” says Grisham.
Come again Mr. Grisham?
Do you think artists should be responsible for the message they put in their music videos? Maroon 5 came under some serious fire for their music video “Animal” that depicts Adam Levine as a stalker who fantasizes about a woman (played by Levine’s model wife). There are some interesting sex scenes in blood that have organizations like RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) in an uproar. “Maroon 5’s video for ‘Animals’ is a dangerous depiction of a stalker’s fantasy — and no one should ever confuse the criminal act of stalking with romance,” snaps the sexual assault organization. “The trivialization of these serious crimes, like stalking, should have no place in the entertainment industry.”
Over the summer, Baywatch icon Pamela Anderson opened up about her years of sexual abuse as a child. “Despite loving parents, I was molested from age six by a female babysitter,” Anderson revealed. She later told the story of a 25-year-old raping her at the age of 12 while at the home of a friend’s boyfriend.