From O.J. Simpson To Elvis Presley, These Are Some Of The Biggest Hollywood Controversies In The Last 50 Years

1.1994–1995: OJ Simpson was arrested and charged with the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and friend Ronald Goldman. He was acquitted after a widely televised 10-month trial.
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2.2003–2005: Michael Jackson faces child molestation charges. He was acquitted after a four-month trial that was a complete media spectacle.
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3.2005: Jennifer Aniston files for divorce from Brad Pitt after five years of marriage. Months later, he debuts with fellow Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-star Angelina Jolie, with whom he was rumored to be having an affair during filming.
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4/2009: Chris Brown was charged with assault in a domestic violence incident with his then-girlfriend Rihanna. Photos of Rihanna's injuries were released by someone close to the star.
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5.1973: Singer/songwriter Gram Parsons died at the age of 26 from causes that are still unknown. He had previously expressed his wish to have his ashes scattered at Joshua Tree, but his family chose to have a funeral in New Orleans instead. Phil Kaufman and Michael Martin, friends of Gram, were later arrested after stealing his body from LAX and driving it to Joshua Tree in a borrowed hearse. They attempted to cremate Gram by dousing the coffin with petrol, but the ensuing fire lured police to the scene.
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6.2012, 2015: Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub during the 2012 Grammy weekend. Almost three years later, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unconscious in similar circumstances. Bobbi Kristina was in a coma for six months before her death. she was 22
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7.1977: Elvis Presley is found dead in an upstairs room of his Graceland mansion. A heart attack was officially assumed, and many believed in drug abuse.
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8.1995-1996: Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's sextape was stolen and released on the early internet. The couple would later sue Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione over the stolen tape.
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9/1992: Woody Allen admits he is dating former stepdaughter Soon-Yi Previn amid sexual assault allegations. The couple married in 1997.
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10/1997: Mike Tyson bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear during a match. Holyfield was hospitalized for surgery, and Tyson faced a $3 million fine.
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2010-11: Sandra Bullock announces split from husband Jesse James after reports of infidelity surfaced days after winning an Oscar for The Blind Side. It was later revealed that the infidelity was revealed while the couple were in the process of adopting a son.
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12/1982: Ozzy Osbourne bit off the head of a bat that a fan threw on stage, believing it was a fake. It was not. People are still debating whether the incident was real, fake, staged, or a total hoax.
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2007-13: Kim Kardashian and Ray J's sex tape leaked.
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14.1977: Roman Polanski, 43, was arrested and charged with drugging and raping 13-year-old Samantha Gailey during a photo shoot last night at Jack Nicholson's Hollywood home.
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15/1989: Todd Bridges was arrested and charged with attempted murder. He was acquitted and later charged with assault with a firearm, of which he was also acquitted.
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16.2019-2022: R. Kelly is sentenced to 30 years in prison after being charged with racketeering and sex trafficking.
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2006-17: Mel Gibson slams anti-Semitism after being pulled over on suspicion of drink driving. He was later charged with drunk driving, driving with elevated blood alcohol levels and driving with an open alcohol container in a car.
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18/1994: Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes is arrested after setting fire to her boyfriend Andre Rison's Atlanta home, resulting in five years of probation.
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19/1978: Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane was found beaten to death amid an extensive collection of explicit pornography.
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1995/20: Hugh Grant was arrested for recruiting a sex worker while dating Elizabeth Hurley.
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1984-21-Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his father during an insurance dispute the day before his 45th birthday.
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2004-22-2005: Martha Stewart was arrested and charged with a number of crimes including conspiracy and false information to investigators, resulting in a five-month prison sentence.
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1978/23: Sid Vicious attempts suicide after being released from prison while being charged in the death of Nancy Spurgeon. He died of a drug overdose in early 1979.
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1994-24: Anna Nicole Smith, aged 26, married 89-year-old oil baron J. Howard Marshall II.
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25/2004: Justin Timberlake rips off a piece of Janet Jackson's costume and bares her nipple on live television during her Super Bowl performance.
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1996-26-2003: Robert Downey Jr. undergoes a series of arrests, including one for driving high up and naked down the Sunset Strip and throwing imaginary rats out of his car window. He does prison and numerous rehab stints before meeting his now-wife, Susan Downey, and committing to sobriety.
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27.2019-2021: Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are charged with massive college admissions fraud to get their children into the colleges of their choice. Both then sat in federal prison.
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1984-28: Vanessa Williams resigns as Miss America after taking nude photos in 1982 that were later published in Penthouse.
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1972/29: Jane Fonda travels to Hanoi, Vietnam in the midst of the Vietnam War and implores members of the military to stop attacking farmland and civilian areas. She later apologized for offending military personnel by implying that they exaggerated the conditions they faced in the country.
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2011-30: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver divorced after his affair with the family's former housekeeper, Mildred Patricia Baena, came to light. Baena's son turned out to be Arnold's child, conceived while Shriver was pregnant with their youngest child and born just days apart.
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31.1977: Freddie Prinze dies by suicide at the age of 22 in front of his manager.
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2012-32: Katie Holmes leaves Tom Cruise after five years of marriage.
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1987-33: Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Gray are involved in a fatal car accident in Ireland, killing a mother and daughter. The accident happened just days before Dirty Dancing hit theaters. Broderick was later convicted of careless driving.
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2009-34: Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift on stage as she accepts her MTV VMA and says Beyonce deserved the award, starting a very long, very weird feud.
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1975/35: Sonny & Cher announce their divorce after 13 years together and six years of marriage. Four days after completion, Cher married Gregg Allman.
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1988-36: Rob Lowe's sex tape with two Atlanta women, one of whom was underage at the time. Lowe denied knowing her age and was never charged with a crime, but settled a lawsuit with her family.
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1992/37: Sinead O'Connor tears up a picture of Pope John Paul II while performing Bob Marley's "War" on Saturday Night Live to comment on child abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.
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2011-38: Charlie Sheen boasted about having "tiger blood" and winning a public meltdown.
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1988/39: Brenda Harvey Richie was arrested after allegedly catching Lionel Richie cheating on her with Diane Alexander and drop-kicking each of them. The police are said to have come in when they attacked Diane.
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1997-40: The Ellen DeGeneres sitcom was canceled after both the character and the comedian came out as gay.
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2018-41: Bill Cosby faces sexual assault charges after more than 50 women made allegations. He was sentenced to prison, which was later overturned.
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42.1974–1976: Elizabeth Tayor and Richard Burton divorce ('74), remarry ('75), and separate again ('76).
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2014-43: Leaked security footage shows Solange Knowles attacking brother-in-law Jay Z in the elevator exiting the 2014 Met Gala with Beyoncé on board.
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2004-44: Britney Spears has a quickie wedding in Vegas to her childhood friend Jason Alexander that was annulled within hours. Later that year she married dancer Kevin Federline.
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1980-45: Paul McCartney was arrested in Japan for traveling with 7.7 ounces of marijuana. He was later released and deported.
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1989-46: Milli Vanilli were caught lip-synching during a live performance on MTV and it was later revealed they weren't the voices behind their biggest hits.
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2003-47: Pop princesses Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera exchange kisses with Madonna onstage at the MTV VMAs.
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2001-48: Winona Ryder was arrested for shoplifting on Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills.
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1977-49: Farrah Fawcett leaves Charlie's Angels after the first season and is sued for breach of contract.
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2011-50: Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphies divorced after 72 days of marriage.
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Nicole Braun Simpson
Former wife of American football player O.J. Simpson
Elvis Presley
American singer and actor (1935–1977)
Michael Jackson
American singer, songwriter and dancer (1958–2009)

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