It’s been a scandalous year for many celebrities. Out of the top ten most Googled famous people, only three weren’t involved in some major scandal. And even worse, most scandals are serious crimes. So let’s see who did what, to whom, and why this list is a prime example that #MeToo isn’t going anywhere. P.S. We are going to use allegedly more than we ever thought possible!
The NFL star was accused of sexual harassment and rape. He is currently a free agent without a team, but he got more famous than ever. Does that count for something? Sadly, yes.
Soccer superstar allegedly punched and raped a woman. So far, he lost sponsors, but the case was dropped due to a lack of evidence. He never got any bad press in his native Brazil, a soccer nation. Depressing, but it got even more disturbing twist: The woman who accused Neymar of raping her has been charged with fraud, extortion, and slander by Brazilian police,
The 19-year-old YouTube beauty blogger lost three million subscribers over more (alleged) sexual harassment. Charles had survived multiple controversies in the past, but this whole case of fighting influencers is hard to explain. Too much power and youth are a losing combination.
Smollett, the star of the Empire series, reported one night to Chicago police that he had been attacked on the street. And for a little while, we all thought he was a victim of a racist attack. But, as soon as the investigation started, something was off.
It turned out that Jussie Smollett knew the attackers. Smollett was accused of faking his attack, the police filed a complaint against him, and he ended up in jail. The saga doesn’t end here. The actor decided to sue the police for the pain they caused and all the financial and career losses. But the police then filed a counterclaim, and it’s a mess, let’s leave it at that.
In addition to cheating on his pregnant wife, Kevin Hart was accused of writing homophobic tweets that came up when it was announced that he would be hosting the Oscars. Hart didn’t get the job, but he did apologize. Then there was a tragedy: Hart nearly died in a car accident in September. Hart recorded his recovery, physical therapy, getting back on his feet, family relationships, and everything surrounding these events in the Netflix documentary Don’t F ** k This Up.
A girl in an oversized hoodie with green hair has conquered the music scene and the world while defying the rules and norms of how a woman should look or act. It seems some people are still shocked by a teen girl not wanting to bare it all. So much for the progress.
Greta Thunberg drew attention wherever she appeared. Despite the adoration and bullying she experienced, she succeeded in one thing: people started talking about preserving the planet. We hope that they will do something about it.
8. R. Kelly
Surviving R. Kelly documentary came out, as many young women decided to speak up after decades of silence. Many of the alleged victims were underaged. Why didn’t anyone react before? After the documentary and accusations, R. Kelly ended up in jail with new charges pending, including using bribery to marry Aaliyah when she was only 15 years old.
The actor didn’t attack anyone, but he is among the most searched celebrities, thanks to the exceptional role of Joker. Oh, and it did help that he seems to be in a committed relationship with Rooney Mara, his fiance. Will he get an Oscar nomination? Let’s wait and see.
KUWTK fans know all about this drama. Jordyn Woods, who was Kylie Jenner’s best friend, was accused of sleeping with Tristan Thompson, who is Khloé Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend. Even worse, they share a child. Everyone from the Jenner / Kardashian clan unfollowed Jordyn on Instagram (there’s a scandal!), Khloé accused her of tearing up her family. Bear in mind the power this family has. Woods defended herself with all the weapons she could think of, including a lie detector. This drama is finally over, allegedly; let’s leave the sexist narrative about women tearing families apart in 2019.