21Ludwig van Beethoven
Composer Beethoven had a terrible relationship with his sister in law, calling her “The Queen of the Night” and spent 10 years of his life trying to take her son Karl away from her. Eventually, he was able to tarnish her reputation to the point where he got custody of Karl. He was a terrible and abusive father to the kid. When Karl had to wear a truss for a testicular hernia, Beethoven confessed to having once pulled him by it when he was mad.
Rock-n-roll pioneer Chuck Berry bought a restaurant in Missouri in 1990 and shortly after that he was sued by several women who claimed that he had installed a video camera in the ladies' bathroom to film them. He opted for a class action settlement with 59 women and it cost Berry over $1.2 million. When police raided his house they found videotapes of women using the restroom, and one of them was a minor.
English singer Boy George was hired by BBC for The Voice as a mentor, ignoring his criminal history. In 2008, George was convicted of the assault and false imprisonment of Audun Carlsen, a Norwegian model who initially stood for a photography session with George, but on their next meeting George handcuffed him to a wall, beat him with a chain and threatened him with sex toys. Audun Carlsen managed to free himself and ran to a police station in his underwear for help. George was sentenced to 15 months of imprisonment for these offenses.
Floyd Mayweather has a long history of domestic violence. He has been accused of violence against women with alarming frequency. He pleaded guilty in two of those incidents, and in another, he was convicted only to have the charges dismissed four years later. Mother of one of his victims claimed, he “swung open a car door, hitting her jaw, pushed her into the car and punched her several times in the face and body.”
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler took legal custody of 16-year-old Julia Holcomb. He got her mother to sign her over to him under the pretense of enrolling her in a better school. They immediately became an item, and Tyler moved her into his apartment in Boston and conceived a child with her. Tyler pressured her into getting an abortion, at roughly five months, a week within the limit at that time.
In 1985, Johnny Cash was responsible for starting a wildfire in Los Padres National Forest in California which destroyed several hundred acres of national condor reserve and killed forty-nine of the refuge's 53 endangered condors. To put it in perspective, before the fire there were 110 California Condors anywhere in the world. Johnny Cash killed almost half of them. Cash claimed that the fire was caused by sparks from a defective exhaust system on his camper, but his nephew thinks that Cash started a fire to stay warm and in his drugged condition failed to notice the fire getting out of control. When a judge asked Cash why he did it, he said, “I didn't do it, my truck did, and it's dead, so you can't question it.”
In 1956, Elvis Presley was billed as “the Nation’s Only Atomic-Powered Singer” but people hardly know about King's troubling obsession with virginal girls. Shockingly, he preferred girls who were barely more than children. He would meet up with the heads of his fan club, who were primarily underage girls for “slumber parties” where he allegedly molested them. He also met his future wife Priscilla when she was 14 and he was 24. They began dating pretty much straight away, to the horror of her parents. They maintained they did not have sex until their wedding night, when she was 22.
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Carrey believes that MMR vaccine causes autism, which is contrary to scientific consensus. In 2009, he wrote an article questioning the merits of vaccination and vaccine research for The Huffington Post. With former partner Jenny McCarthy, Carrey led a “Green Our Vaccines” march in Washington, D.C., to advocate for the removal of toxic substances from children's vaccines, out of a belief that children had received "too many vaccines, too soon, many of which are toxic".
In a 1998 documentary on VH1 Behind the Music, singer Ted Nugent openly admitted having affairs with several underage girls. He said “I was addicted to girls. It was hopeless. It was beautiful.” He legally adopted an underage girl, who legally became his daughter. He later had a relationship with her and admits to having sex with her. He gave her STDs and even released a song titled “Jailbait” which is about his love of underage girls as young as 12 and 13. Singer Courtney Love claims that she was raped by Ted Nugent at the age of 12.
In 1963, wife of President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, at the age of 17th ran a stop sign and struck another car, resulting in the death of a boy. The boy was her ex-boyfriend and a high school star athlete. She was known for her recklessness behind the wheel.