11Guns N' Roses Sex Scandal
In 1987, Axl Rose, the lead singer of Guns N' Roses, recorded himself having sex with the girlfriend of the band's drummer, Steven Adler, and used the recording in their hit song "Rocket Queen." When Adler found out, he was understandably upset. To cope with the guilt, the woman involved turned to drugs and alcohol, developing an addiction. Axl Rose was also known to have brutally beaten his girlfriend, Erin Everly, on multiple occasions. He even brought a gun when proposing to her, threatening to kill himself if she declined.
12Seinfeld's Controversial Relationships
Jerry Seinfeld began dating a 17-year-old high schooler named Shoshanna when he was 38. He met her in a park and pursued a relationship with her despite the significant age gap. Later, his current wife, Jessica, was married to theatrical producer Eric Nederlander in 1998. Shortly before the wedding, Jessica met Seinfeld and began dating him after returning from her honeymoon with Nederlander. Nederlander filed for divorce just four months after marrying.
13Mother Teresa's Radical Views
Mother Teresa's view on 'suffering' was controversially criticized by the medical press. She believed it was beautiful for the poor to accept their lot and that the world was helped by their suffering. She also secretly baptized dying patients of other religions and asked them if they wanted a 'ticket to heaven'. Her nuns were also forbidden to express themselves or buy new things, and those who left often reported psychological distress.
14Henry Ford's Anti-Semitism
Henry Ford, who revolutionized the automobile industry and made cars more affordable for Americans, held anti-Semitic views and supported Nazi Germany. He used his company, money, and influence to spread and legitimize these views, blaming Jews for national problems ranging from strikes to depressions. He was even awarded Nazi Germany's Grand Cross of the German Eagle in 1938, which was given to foreigners sympathetic to Nazism.
15Marlon Brando's Violent Past
Marlon Brando, a legendary actor known for his performances in films such as "The Godfather," had a history of abusive behavior towards women. He admitted to assaulting his co-star, Maria Schneider, during the filming of "Last Tango in Paris." Brando was also once sued for $40,000 for punching a paparazzi photographer in the face, breaking his jaw and knocking out five teeth. The same photographer later attempted to photograph Brando again, wearing a football helmet to protect himself.
16Woody Allen's Accusations
Prolific filmmaker, Woody Allen faced accusations of sexual abuse by his adopted daughter. Mia Farrow ended her 10-year relationship with Woody Allen when she found naked pictures of Soon-Yi Previn, in his room. He later married her when he was 56 and she was 21. They first met when she was 10. In 1992, Farrow also publicly accused Allen of sexually abusing their other adopted daughter, the 7-year-old Dylan Farrow. These incidents have led to widespread debate and controversy over his continued career and reputation.
17Earhart's Last Distress Calls
Amelia Earhart, the famous pilot, likely survived her 1937 crash and sent distress signals for weeks. However, authorities immediately presumed them to be hoaxes and did not investigate further. A Florida teenager and her father may have overheard her post-crash distress calls on a shortwave radio for hours, writing them down in a notebook that is now with Earhart's crash investigators. Current evidence supports a theory that she crashed on a remote island and was eaten by coconut crabs.
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18Sean Penn's Domestic Abuse
In 1988, while married to Madonna, Sean Penn tied Madonna to a chair for nine hours and physically and verbally abused her. The incident only ended when she escaped to a police station. Madonna also accused him of hitting her with a baseball bat and forcing her head into an oven. In addition, he once shot at a paparazzi and hung another paparazzi by his ankles from a ninth-floor balcony.
19Ted Kennedy's Chappaquiddick Incident
Ted Kennedy was involved in a car accident in 1969, in which his car plunged off a bridge into a channel, resulting in the drowning death of his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. Kennedy left the scene of the accident and did not report it for several hours, which has led some to question his actions and motives. While he eventually pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident, Kennedy's role in the tragedy remains a subject of controversy and speculation.
20Bill Murray's Drug Bust
In 1970, Bill Murray was arrested at Chicago's O'Hare Airport for trying to smuggle 10 pounds of cannabis, which he had allegedly intended to sell. Murray was convicted and later sentenced to probation. He was a pre-med in college but had dropped out after being arrested. Later, he joined the National Lampoon Radio Hour with Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, and Gilda Radner.