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is a scandal
involving allegations or information about embarrassing sexual activities
, such as adultery
, being made public. Sex scandals are often associated with movie star
s, or others in the public eye, and become scandals largely because of the prominence of the person involved.
Sex scandals involving politicians can become political scandal
s, particularly when there is an attempt at a cover-up
, or suspicions of illegality.
List of famous sex scandals
* Paula Abdul
: alleged to have engaged in a sexual encounter with American Idol
contestant Corey Clark
while serving as a judge for the talent competition in 2005. Abdul denied any affair. In August of 2005 Fox announced that a thorough outside investigation had cleared Abdul of all charges levied by Clark. http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/fox-investigation-clears-paula-abdul-of-corey-clark-idol-charges-1004200.php
* Fatty Arbuckle
: tried three times for the violent rape and death of Virginia Rappe
in 1921. Though acquitted of the charge, Arbuckle's career never revived. This case and several other sex scandals led to a self-imposed production code by the studios and strict contractual demands by the studios on actors' private lives.
* Woody Allen
: In 1992 he left his long-term partner Mia Farrow
after she discovered his secret affair with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn
. Farrow accused him of being a pedophile
(Previn is 35 years his junior) and of abusing their seven-year-old daughter Dylan.
* Hugh Grant
: hired a prostitute
and was subsequently arrested by Los Angeles
* Ty Herndon
: Country music
singer arrested in a Fort Worth, Texas
park for allegedly soliciting an undercover male police officer for sex.
* Michael Jackson
: alleged to have engaged in sexual activities with a teenage
boy in 1993 (a civil complaint that was settled out of court), and again with another one in 2003 (a felony complaint); in the latter case Jackson was arrested and released on bail. Jackson claims that there were never sexual activities, and defends nonsexual sleepovers as harmless. Jackson was acquitted of all charges in 2005.
* George Michael
: arrested in 1998 for "engaging in a lewd act"
in a public restroom in a Beverly Hills
* The Petticoat Affair
involving members of the Andrew Jackson
cabinet and their wives.
* David Blunkett
resigned as UK Home Secretary after it was revealed he had an affair with a married woman Kimberley Quinn
and was alleged to have used his position to speed up a visa application by her Nanny.
* John E. Brownlee
, a former Premier
, was forced to resign in 1934 after allegations that he seduced a young woman. His party was wiped out in the subsequent election
* Chris Bryant
, a British MP, was revealed in December 2003 to have posted pictures of himself wearing only underpants on the Gaydar
gay sex website, and to have sought anonymous gay sexual contacts. The scandal has damaged his subsequent career.
* Chu Mei-feng
, a former Taiwanese female politician, could only cut off all relationships with Taiwan after a local magazine published a video CD showing her having sex with married businessman Tseng Chung-ming
* Gary Condit
, a California congressman
, was revealed to be having an affair with his intern, Chandra Levy
, which was alleged may have also led to her murder in 2001.
* Edwina Currie
revealed in 2002 that she had had a four-year extramarital affair with John Major
who would later become Prime Minister
. Commentators were quick to accuse Major of hypocrisy
, referring to his previous Back to Basics
platform (a form of moral absolutism
was a member of the United States Congress who sent sexually explicit emails to an underage page
* David Lloyd George
the last UK Liberal Party Prime Minister
and leader during the end of World War 1 maintained a mistress while in office. The later revelation of this combined with his offering honours in return for payment contributed to a decline in his historical reputation.
* Boris Johnson
resigned from Michael Howard
's shadow cabinet after it was revealed he had lied about an affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt
that resulted in her having an abortion.
* Former U.S. Representative Bob Livingston
resigned as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
and the U.S. Congress
in December 1998 after it was revealed during the height of the impeachment debate surrounding the Lewinsky scandal
, that Hustler Magazine
was preparing to publish an article detailing sexual indiscretions by Republican politicians including the married Livingston.
* David Mellor
a Conservative MP and a member of John Major
's Cabinet had a relationship with an 'actress' that was exposed by Max Clifford
. Mellor had previously demanded that the British Press needed to improve standards of journalism. After initially denying reports and posing for photographs with his family Mellor resigned from the Cabinet and later lost his seat.
* Cecil Parkinson
resigned from Margaret Thatcher
's Cabinet after it was revealed he had fathered a child with his Secretary Sarah Keays
and reneged on a promise to marry her. The revelation destroyed Parkinson's political career.
* Mark Oaten
, a married Liberal Democratic MP and the party's Home Affairs spokesman, was revealed in January 2006 to have had an affair with a male prostitute, and to have participated in gay threesomes and various extreme sexual acts, including coprophilia
. He resigned as a party spokesman almost immediately, and will stand down as an MP at the next UK election.
* Rob Oudkerk
, alderman for the Labour Party in Amsterdam
lost a vote of confidence in 2004 after it became known that he had sex with illegal prostitutes. Prostitution is legalized in the Netherlands
mainly for the protection of prostitutes. Oudkerk is trying to regain a responsible position within the Dutch labour party in 2005 but this was not allowed. Prostitution is hotly debated in the Netherlands since the Oudkerk affair.
, the late US Senator, had an African-American
daughter out of wedlock
. He fathered the child with Carrie Butler, then a 16-year-old maid in his parents' household. Six months after Thurmond's death on June 26 2003
, a 78-year-old African American woman named Essie Mae Washington-Williams
revealed that the former senator was her father, a fact that Thurmond's family confirmed. Her mother had been impregnated by the 22-year-old Thurmond at a time when miscegenation
was illegal under South Carolina
* The Lewinsky scandal
, in which sitting American President Bill Clinton
engaged in a variety of sexual activities with his intern Monica Lewinsky
. Clinton's denial under oath made it worse and created, apart from the embarrassment, a legal problem that led to his impeachment
* James McGreevey
, former Governor of New Jersey
, revealed that he was gay and admitted an extramarital affair with aide Golan Cipel
in 2004, making him the first openly gay
state governor in American
* The Munsinger Affair
, 1960s scandal involving several Canadian
cabinet ministers and Gerda Munsinger
, a Soviet
* The Profumo Affair
—British Secretary of State for War John Profumo
attempted to cover up his affair with a callgirl
* Uno Sosuke
, Prime Minister of Japan
, resigned in 1989, after less than three months when a geisha
revealed that she had an affair
* Dr. Lester Crawford
, Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) commissioner, was accused of an extramarital affair
with an FDA employee in 2005. An investigation by the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general found no evidence of an affair. Source: Senate Panel Approves FDA Chief Nominee, Wall Street Journal
(Eastern edition), Jun 16, 2005; Page 1.
* U.S. Rep. Wilbur D. Mills
was stopped in a car by police in October 1974 and was found drunk with a stripper named Fanne Foxe
. Mills resigned as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee
as a result of the scandal, but he was re-elected to his seat in the House of Representatives in the 1974 election.
* Alexander Wood
, a magistrate
in Upper Canada
who was part of a gay
sex scandal in 1810.
* Grover Cleveland
paid child support to a woman with whom he had an affair with in 1874.
* Drew Nixon
, a sitting Texas State Senator
, was arrested in 1997 for solicitation
of an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute
. He was convicted and served his sentence on weekends while continuing to serve in the Texas Senate.
* John Prescott
British Deputy Prime Minister, was revealed in to have had an affair with a female Civil Servant. Further allegations of harassment emerged in April 2006.
* While mayor of Spokane, Washington
, James E. West
was found to have offered internships to young men whom he met on Gay.com
. West was recalled by Spokane voters in December 2005 and died of colon cancer
a few months after leaving office.
was publicly accused of having an affair with a church member's wife.
* The Roman Catholic sex abuse cases
, in which the church came under intense criticism and scrutiny for covering up the sexual abuse of minors by priests.
resigned as host of the PTL Club in 1987, amidst a scandal involving former secretary Jessica Hahn
, founder of Trinity Baptist College
, was in June 2006 accused of molesting more than 20 children.http://www.wjxx.com/news/breaking/news-article.aspx?storyid=60563
was accused on November 2, 2006, by Mike Jones, a male escort
, of paying for sex with him in monthly trysts
over the past three years.
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was photographed in 1988 in series of meetings with prostitutes. When this was exposed his ministry was destroyed. He was later stopped by police officers in 1991 with a prostitute in his vehicle.
* Marv Albert
charged with biting a sex partner
* Frank Bough
reported to have had sex with prostitutes while using cocaine and dressed in female underwear.
* Pat O'Brien (television)
for leaving sexually explicit telephone messages with a colleague
* Bill O'Reilly (commentator)
was accused of sexual harassment, although complaint was withdrawn after an undisclosed settlement.
Other public figures
* Clarence Thomas
, a Supreme Court
justice accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill
during his confirmation by the senate. Senate hearings on the subject attacked Hill and confirmed Thomas.
* The 2005 Minnesota Vikings boat cruise scandal
, in which several players allegedly performed lewd acts on a boat cruise on Lake Minnetonka
* The scandalous libertine existence of the sadistic Marquis de Sade
in the 1700s.
* The Cleveland Street scandal
of 1889 in London, in which a homosexual brothel apparently had a clientele of highly-placed personages, including Queen Victoria
's grandson, the Duke of Clarence
* The Margaret, Duchess of Argyll
divorce case and the Polaroid
photographs of the 'Headless man' from 1963.
* After Stan Collymore
admitted to engaging in dogging
, he was fired from his post as summariser on BBC Radio 5 Live
* Prominent attorney William N. Reed, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz Partner
, acknowledged sleeping with the wife of his client Becky Seay while representing retired insurance agency owner Sam Seay. This wrecked Sam Seay's 21-year marriage. Source: Scorned Spouses Can Wreak Havoc With Mates' Careers, Wall Street Journal
(Eastern edition), Jun 14, 2005; Page B.1.
* James J. McDermott, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. CEO was convicted of insider trading
. He passed nonpublic information about a potential 1997 merger
involving Barnett Banks Inc. to adult film star Marilyn Star (Ms. Gannon), with whom he was having an extramarital affair
. Source: Keefe Bruyette Ex-CEO Pleads Guilty on Charge In Insider-Trading Case, Wall Street Journal
(Eastern edition), Jul 2, 2001.; Page B.6
* Martin Hanaka , Staples
CEO, resigned in 1997 after his subordinate Cheryl Gordon with whom he had had an affair alleged that Mr. Hanaka assaulted her in the course of an argument. Ms. Gordon called the police, who arrested Mr. Hanaka. Source: Many Companies Look the Other Way at Employee Affairs, Wall Street Journal
(Eastern edition), Mar 8, 2005; Page B.1.
* Robert J. O'Connell, MassMutual
CEO, was terminated on June 2, 2005 because of his extramarital affair
with Susan Alfano, a top female lieutenant. Source: Scorned Spouses Can Wreak Havoc With Mates' Careers, Wall Street Journal
(Eastern edition), Jun 14, 2005; Page B.1.
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