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The WWE terminated its contract with the 12-time world wrestling champion and former Vh1 reality star over a secretly taped video, which revealed Hogan using the n-word repeatedly in reference to his daughter Brooke Hogan's dating life. "I continue to work every day to improve as a person, and this matter is an important learning experience for me in that regard," the 61-year-old said in a statement.
Bill Cosby built his career on playing a family man on the long-running sitcom, The Cosby Show. But, a slew of sexual assault allegations have contradicted his wholesome image. When comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a "rapist" during a standup show in Philadelphia, numerous women came out to also accuse him of sexual assault. Cosby remained mum, but amidst the backlash, NBC pulled the plug on a development deal and multiple venues and shows canceled appearances.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was suspended from the NFL without pay in November 2014 following child abuse charges. In September, the football player was indicted by a grand jury in Texas for reckless or negligent injury to a child. Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor to avoid possible jail time and was ordered to perform community service and pay a $4,000 fine.
Sometimes it's tough being a reality star. The Real Housewives of New Jersey couple was sentenced to a total of 56 months in prison in October 2014 for fraud and failing to file federal income tax returns. Teresa had previously pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, while Joe had pleaded guilty to tax evasion in March 2014.
The Baltimore Ravens terminated its contract with the running back in September 2014 after a shocking video surfaced showing the football player brutally punching his wife, Janay Palmer, in the face. The football player was indefinitely suspended from the NFL and dropped from multiple endorsement deals.
The once-celebrated Olympic sprinter, dubbed the "Blade Runner," was convicted of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, in October 2014 for the death of his girlfriend. The athlete shot and killed model Reeva Steenkamp in his South African home in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013, claiming that he believed there was an intruder in the house.
In May 2011, The Terminator actor dropped a bomb and admitted to fathering a love child, Joseph Baena, with a longtime member of his household staff, Mildred Baena. Unsurprisingly, his wife Maria Shriver filed for divorce in July 2011, but the separated couple continue to co-parent their four children together.
There is power in words. The Southern chef learned that lesson the hard way when she admitted to using the N-word during a videotaped deposition in May 2013. Food Network decided not to renew her contract, and QVC later severed ties with the domestic diva. But Deen didn't stay down for long. She bounced back in June 2014 with her own digital network.
The former L.A. Clippers owner was fined $2.5 million and banned from the NBA for life in April 2014 following the release of a heated racist rant, which was taped by his girlfriend, V. Stiviano. Sterling told Stiviano that he didn't want her to "bring black people to his games" including Magic Johnson, among other discriminatory comments.
Stars can get away with murder, and for many folks "The Juice" getting loose after his 1995 murder case literally proved the point. Kicking the era of sensationalist tabloid news into high gear, the People vs. Simpson had it all: beloved ex-jock movie star, bloody crime scene, low-speed freeway chase, racist cop scapegoat, a rhyme-slinging lawyer and even a dramatic ending. But this being Hollywood, justice would have to wait for the sequel.
Breaking down after the end of her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres in 2000, the actress suffered a car breakdown as well in Fresno, Calif. Scantily clad and disoriented, she knocked on a door and asked to take a shower. When cops arrived, she claimed to be Celestina, half-sister of Christ, here to take us all to heaven in her spaceship. Dehydrated and admittedly on Ecstasy, the actress would later chronicle the tumult in her book, Call Me Crazy. We're happy to, but happier to welcome her back to planet Earth.
When Blake's wife Bonnie Lee Bakely was slain in his car after dinner in 2001, the actor's alibi was that he was going back to the restaurant to get his gun. What?! Later acquitted, some believed it was the usual L.A. verdict: not guilty by reason of fame. But the fact that Bakely had been married 10 times with a history of hustling celebs helped Blake's case. In another odd L.A. tradition, the bankrupt actor was subsequently ordered to pay millions in a civil suit.
Why would the millionaire actress steal what she could easily pay for? No answers were forthcoming at her trial. What did emerge was video showing her schlepping a mountain of clothes out of Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills in 2001. Ryder claimed to have an account, but was clearly a no-account thief, ultimately convicted of felony grand theft and sentenced to probation, $10,000 in fines and restitution, community service and psychological and drug counseling.
After Janet's semi-bare breast made its (reportedly) unscheduled appearance during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, it was blamed on the instantly vogue term "wardrobe malfunction." Nipplegate was one of the first big TiVo moments, as viewers endlessly replayed Justin Timberlake ripping off Janet's tear-away bustier to see if you could see anything. You couldn't really, but that didn't stop the FCC from slapping CBS with a massive fine for indecency.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you prison, forage for wild greens, create microwave meals, take yoga and lose weight. That's what the domestic doyen did in 2004 with her five months in the joint for lying to authorities about a stock sale. While Stewart's time in "Camp Cupcake" definitely wasn't "a good thing," Martha bonded with her West Virginia cellmates and made the best of the worst.
Michael got off. And we're talking about before the trial. (Ba-dum-bump!) Maybe the only thing shabbier than an alleged grownup sleeping with random underage kids was the prosecutor's half-baked case in 2005. But what a circus, complete with Jesus Juice, "outercourse," Jay Leno's deposition and Jackson's impromptu limo-top dance for the 2,000 gathered reporters. Good times.
The former TV star found out racist name-calling may not be the best option to combat hecklers when he dropped the N-bomb on a stunned and then surly crowd at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood in 2006. The actor, who made a point of flashy comic entrances on Seinfeld, beat a hasty retreat from public view after a series of subsequent mea culpa sessions with David Letterman, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and whoever else would have him. See ya!
Britney always had buzz, but giving herself a buzz at a Tarzana salon in 2007 was too much. Brit had been partying nonstop for months, acting erratically and often publicly flashing her lady parts to eager photogs. This little lost girl clearly needed help, and thankfully found some when her father (and the courts) stepped in. We love the coyly controversial "Oops, I Did It Again" Brit-Brit, but we hope we've seen the last of Trainwreck Spears.
Maybe the insouciant socialite thought she'd just make a cameo appearance in jail in 2007, but the judge had other ideas. Hilton had racked up several traffic violations, including reckless driving, after an earlier DUI. Sentenced to 45 days, she was released after 2 days to home confinement by the county. But the angry judge had expressly forbidden home confinement and sent a screaming Hilton back to jail. In the end, she served 23 days and told every talk show host who would listen that she'd learned her lesson. So far, so good.
Tacking a tragic coda on the troubled music producer's life, this sordid tale left us wishing Spector's final hit would have been a miss when he shot actress Lana Clarkson outside his home. Specter called Clarkson's death "accidental suicide, " but a jury disagreed. After a 2007 mistrial, the 2009 remake got it right, sending Spector to jail for 19-years-to-life for second-degree murder.
When a quarrel between the pop music darlings got out of hand in Brown's Lamborghini just before the 2009 Grammys, Rihanna was so badly beaten her eyes were nearly swollen shut. Later, Brown said he didn't remember assaulting Rihanna, but subsequently changed his story and avoided jail time by pleading guilty to felony assault and other charges.
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