It’s been quite a ride! This year offered up some of the most surprising and shocking scandals yet, and RadarOnline.com has a look back.
Kendra and Hank Transsexual Love Triangle:
In a series of bombshell exclusives, RadarOnline.com revealed the husband of reality TV hottie Kendra Wilkinson secretly hooked up with transsexual Ava London while Kendra was pregnant with their second child. Ex-NFLer Hank Baskett also paid hush money to Ava – who told us details of their affair and passed our polygraph test.
Robin Thicke’s Split and Drug Problems:
Wife Paula Patton left the “Blurred Lines” singer in February, and he tried desperately to win her back with public apologies and songs like “Get Her Back.” Robin later admitted, “I was high and drunk all last year.” She filed for divorce in October.
Stephen Collins Sex Scandal:
An audiotape of the 7th Heaven dad admitting to allegedly exposing himself to young girls, including one who was just 11, was leaked in October. The conversation was apparently recorded during a therapy session between Collins and estranged wife Faye Grant. The fallout was swift, with Collins fired from the movie Ted 2. In late December, Collins publicly admitted to five encounters with three underage girls.
O.J.’s Transsexual Lover: O.J. Simpson had an intimate experience in prison with transsexual Jazmena Jameson, who told The National ENQUIRER, “I was the closest thing to a real woman” there. Jameson delivered laundry to the former NFL player’s cell at the Lovelock Correctional Center, and one day, after some flirty banter, “I gave him oral sex,” said the HIV-positive Jameson.
Jay Z And Solange Knowles Elevator Fight: Surveillance video from an elevator caught Solange Knowles kicking, hitting and shoving brother-in-law Jay Z after the Met Gala on February 5. The video had no sound, but his wife Beyoncé’s passive reaction and later rewrites of song lyrics spoke volumes.
Bruce Jenner’s Female Transformation: The Olympic champ’s feminization process and allegations he is considering changing his gender have been documented by RadarOnline.com: through pictures of him wearing a women’s sports bra and earrings, and sporting manicured hands and long hair. Bruce has denied changing his sex.
Travolta’s Gay Trysts: An alleged ex-lover of John Travolta, Doug Gotterba, claimed to The ENQUIRER in August that the Grease star had an enormous sexual appetite, a desire for threesomes, a hunger for kinky porn – and that he was a genius for hiding his sexual double life! The two men met in 1981 when Travolta hired Gotterba as his pilot.
Mama June Sex Scandal: TLC abruptly canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo in November after pictures emerged of “Mama June” Shannon canoodling with her former flame, convicted child molester Mark McDaniel (inset). The known pedophile sexually abused June’s oldest daughter, Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell, when she was just eight years old.
Bill Cosby Rape Allegations: In November, Cosby was accused of allegedly drugging and raping several women over a period of 40 years. Cosby’s lawyer has repeatedly denied the allegations, which surfaced after comic Hannibal Buress accused the shamed TV dad of being a sex offender during his stand-up routine. Victims continue to come forward.
Portia de Rossi In Rehab: The wife of talk show host Ellen DeGeneres reportedly entered Passages Malibu for a 30-day treatment program for drugs and alcohol. Portia “went from sipping white wine occasionally to drinking at least a bottle or more a day and topping it off with a pill,” a source said.
Teresa & Joe Giudice Sentenced! After pleading guilty to charges that include conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa and hubby Joe Giudice were sentenced to federal prison on October 2. Teresa starts her 15 months soon, and Joe will serve 41 months after she’s released.
Patrick Swayze’s Will Forged?: When the late actor’s family suspected his signature on his will was forged, a handwriting expert studied the legal documents obtained by The ENQUIRER and confirmed their suspicions. Patrick left his entire $40 million estate to wife Lisa Niemi, cutting out his beloved mother and siblings.
New Evidence In The Natalie Wood Case: Investigators reopened the case in 2011, and in July 2012 changed Natalie’s cause of death from “accidental drowning” to “drowning and other undetermined factors.” Lt. John Corina told The ENQUIRER that Natalie’s husband, Robert Wagner, has dodged investigators’ questions for nearly three years. In the Aug. 18 issue, The Enquirer revealed that Splendour’s captain, Dennis Davern, passed a lie detector test given to him by authorities in Oct. 2011, in which he implicated Wagner in Natalie’s death. They were observed fighting, and there have been reports that Natalie may have had an affair with Christopher Walken, and that Walken and Wagner were involved in a tryst, as a lifeguard log indicated.
Dylan Farrow Accuses Woody Allen Of Sexual Assault: In an open letter to The New York Times published in February, Dylan – the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Allen – claimed that Allen sexually abused her when she was seven. The accusation first surfaced in 1993, and Allen consistently denied it. But it was the first time Dylan spoke out.
Prevy Prez Busted!: President Barack Obama was photographed looking down the top of 23-year-old Alex Dooley’s dress while embracing her in a hug after she introduced him at a speaking event last summer. “What a perv!” an outraged eyewitness told The ENQUIRER. A Washington, D.C., insider chimed in, “This will infuriate Michelle to no end.” Another close source added, “Barack’s seemingly endless flirting, groping and womanizing have wrecked their marriage.”
Joan Rivers’ Death: The comic legend stopped breathing and suffered respiratory and cardiac arrest during a routine procedure on her vocal cords on Sept. 4. Doctors familiar with the procedure suspect it was botched.
Tracy Morgan Car Crash: Morgan nearly lost his life and a friend was killed on June 7 when a Walmart truck slammed into his limo van. He’s suing the chain, while the company’s reps blame him and his passengers for not wearing seatbelts.
Michael Phelp’s DUI & Transsexual Lover Claims: Phelps' girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, revealed she was born an “intersex” child named David. As a teen, she was charged with extortion. She never told Phelps about her past until he went to rehab last fall.
Angelina Jolie’s Drug Den: RadarOnline.com uncovered startling, never-before-seen footage of Jolie from the late ’90s in a drug den. In the video, filmed by her former dealer, Jolie brags about her S&M sex life and killing pets.
Julia Roberts’ Sister’s Suicide: The Pretty Woman star’s estranged half-sister, Nancy Motes, committed suicide on February 9 by downing a variety of drugs and climbing into a bathtub after a long battle with depression. Before her death, Nancy sent a number of nasty tweets about the actress, including one that read: “Just so you all know ‘America’s Sweetheart’ is a B----!!”
Bill Clinton’s Mistress: Wealthy blonde divorcée Julie Tauber McMahon was rumored to be Bill Clinton’s on-off squeeze, known as “The Energizer” in Ronald Kessler’s book, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents. Julie lives near the Clintons in Chappaqua, N.Y., but insisted the allegations are false.
Suzanne Somers’ Bikini Bod: The bikini-clad star flaunted her figure exclusively for The ENQUIRER – at 67! The Three’s Company cutie credits her looks to replacement hormones, exercise, diet and “sex every day” with hubby Alan Hamel.