Tiger Woods didn't have much time to let the turkey settle after his Thanksgiving 2009 dinner: the iconic golfer had a blow-up with wife Elin Nordegren over his alleged infidelity with Rachel Uchitel, which led to the floodgates of adultery hell subsequently rearing its ugly head on him, as more than a dozen women emerged to tell their tales of trysts with Woods. Elin is reportedly ready to divorce him.
Usually above the fray of such tawdry tabloid fare, in the fall of 2009, late night legend David Letterman admitted to cheating on his wife with a staffer as result of a $2 million extortion scheme the woman's boyfriend, a CBS producer, was brewing against him. The gap-toothed funnyman would eventually be overshadowed by out next entrant on our list ...
After many whispers, one-time governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey outed himself in 2004, becoming the first openly gay state governor in United States history after his ex-lover, Golan Cipelo, threatened to go public with a sexual harassment suit against the married father-of-two. He said, "My truth is that I am a gay American," prior to his resignation from office.
One-time governor of New York Eliot Spitzer left office in 2008 after it was revealed that he'd had a roll-in-the-hay with Ashley Dupre, a high-priced escort. Dupre has made a name for herself based on the incident, getting a NY Post column as well as frequent appearances on the Howard Stern Show.
One-time Idaho Senator Larry Craig -- who had a record of anti-gay legislation -- was arrested in June 2007 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport by a police officer investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men’s public restroom. Police said the politician, who resigned but finished out his term, tapped his right foot as sexual advance of sorts.
In 2006, Michael Vick settled with Sonya Elliot, a health care worker who claimed she knowingly infected her with herpes in April 2003 after an unprotected encounter with the then-Falcons QB, who admittedly used the alias "Ron Mexico" to get tested for diseases. The incident has been generally long-forgotten in the wake of Vick's other scandal.
In 2004, Bill O'Reilly was sued for sexual harassment by former producer Andrea Mackris, who accused him of regaling her with discussions about his sexual fantasies, masturbation and vibrators while admittedly pleasuring himself. He later settled with Mackris.
Following senator/segregation supporter Strom Thurmond's death at 100 in 2003, a 78-year-old interracial woman named Essie Mae Washington-Williams emerged saying that Thurmond was her father, as her mother was a black maid working for the Thurmond family in South Carolina in the 1920s.
Kobe Bryant endured a firestorm after the Los Angeles Laker superstar was accused of rape by a 19-year old hotel employee in Eagle, Colorado in the summer of 2003. While a villain in the media for a while, Bryant would settle with his accuser, apologize and go onto win two NBA titles and his solid reputation back.
Sportscaster Marv Albert became the butt of many jokes in 1997 when he was accused of sodomy and a host of other bizarre sexual proclivities by a woman he had a 10-year affair with. Fired by NBC in 1997, Albert pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery charges, eventually getting re-hired by the Peacock in 2001.
Pamela Anderson set a trend in 1998, that still continues to this day, when a sex tape with her then-husband Tommy Lee leaked online. Another sex tape with another rocker ex, Bret Michaels, was uncovered in 2005.
Washington D.C. has seen its share of sensational sex scandals, but none had the heat of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinksy saga of the mid-90s, which resulted in the now infamous line, “I'm going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman."
Before there was GTL, Joey Buttafuoco embodied the spirit of Eastern Seaboard machismo, fixing cars and romancing the ladies. Unfortunately, Joey's wild lifestyle came to bite him in the rear, as his teen mistress Amy Fisher would shoot his wife Mary Jo in what would be one of the biggest tabloid stories of the early-90s.
Pee Wee Herman was the face of a popular children's franchise, which included his own TV show, two studio movies and a slew of merchandise until the summer of 1991, when he was arrested at a XXX theatre in Florida for indecent exposure after he was caught masturbating. While he tried to salvage his career, the damage was done to his career in kid's entertainment, and he never did regain the professional success he enjoyed prior to the embarrassing incident. He said in 2004, “I probably have become more infamous from two misdemeanors than probably anyone I could think of.”
With his cover boy looks and Colgate smile, Rob Lowe was one of the brightest young Hollywood up-and-comers -- that is, until 1988, when a tape surfaced of the actor having a threesome with two women, one of them underage, while attending the the Democratic National Convention. Lowe's career hit the skids for a few years before he was able to get it back on track, although he never regained the "A-lister in the making" momentum he'd had prior to the scandal.
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