Over the years, Hollywood has had its fair share of scandals that have left the public aghast. From sexual harassment to drug abuse, celebrities have been caught in the crossfire of scandal – and they haven’t always come out unscathed. Here are some of the biggest scandals in Hollywood that have made headlines and who’s in the spotlight now:
Harvey Weinstein: Goodbye, Hollywood Mogul
Perhaps one of the most significant scandals to ever rock the entertainment industry is that of Harvey Weinstein. The former movie mogul was accused of sexual assault and harassment by multiple women, including some of Hollywood’s biggest names. The scandal was a wake-up call for the industry, and many women came forward with their own stories of sexual assault and mistreatment at the hands of powerful men. The scandal saw Harvey Weinstein ousted from his company and ultimately led to his arrest.
Kevin Spacey: Sexual Assault and Rehab
Once a beloved actor in Hollywood, Kevin Spacey’s reputation was tarnished when multiple accusations of sexual assault emerged. The allegations started with actor Anthony Rapp, who claimed that Spacey had made sexual advances towards him when he was just 14 years old. Soon after, other men came forward with their own stories of sexual misconduct at the hands of the “House of Cards” actor. Spacey later entered a rehabilitation facility. His career, though, remains in shambles following the allegations.
Jussie Smollett: The Fake Hate Crime
Actor Jussie Smollett found himself in hot water when he claimed to have been the victim of a hate crime in Chicago in January 2019. Smollett’s story immediately garnered attention due to the details of the incident, including the alleged use of racial, homophobic and political slurs. However, the story later unraveled, and it was revealed that Smollett had staged the attack himself. A grand jury in Chicago indicted him on 16 felony counts, but the charges were later dropped. Smollett’s future in the entertainment industry is uncertain as the scandal continues to make headlines.
Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman: The College Admissions Scandal
Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were among the parents caught up in a college admissions scandal in which wealthy families were accused of paying for their children to gain entry into top universities. Huffman pleaded guilty to paying a bribe to boost her daughter’s SAT scores, while Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying $500,000 to have their two daughters designated as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, even though they didn’t participate in the sport. The fallout has been significant for both actresses, with Loughlin’s career taking a hit and Huffman serving time in prison.
The entertainment industry is no stranger to scandal, and these recent headline-making incidents have shaken the industry to its core. While some celebrities have managed to rebound from their scandals, others have seen their reputations irreparably damaged. Regardless, these incidents serve as a reminder that fame and fortune can come at a steep price, and that actions have consequences, no matter how high up the ladder you are.