Forgotten celebrity scandals

Published 9:36 AM ET, Tue February 18, 2014
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Celebrity scandals come with the territory in Hollywood, and the stars often find themselves becoming as infamous as they are famous. But some scandals have come and gone to the point that fans may have forgotten about them. Here are a few that may make you go, "Oh yeah, that did happen." TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
Woody Allen and his then-partner Mia Farrow pose with their blended family, from left, Misha, Dylan (in Farrow's arms), Fletcher and Soon Yi, in New York in 1986. Allen is back in the news after renewed allegations that he molested Dylan, which he denies. More people remembered the revelation of his affair with Soon Yi in 1992 than they did the molestation accusations. Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
"Ferris Bueller" star Matthew Broderick has been married to "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker for years now. But in the late 1980s, when he was dating actress Jennifer Grey, the two were involved in a car crash in Ireland that killed a mother and daughter. Grey told CNN in 2012 that the accident marked "a loss of my innocence." Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage
He's as cool as can be now with the starring role in the "Iron Man" franchise (he may actually BE Tony Stark) and his duet with Sting. But there was a time when Robert Downey Jr. was having tons of legal trouble because of substance abuse. Here, he arrives to make an appearance at Malibu Municipal Court for a bail hearing in July 1996. He was arrested again in November 2000 for alleged drug possession in Palm Springs, California, three months after being released from prison and relaunching his career. Stewart Cook/Online USA/Getty
Hugh Grant was riding high as a leading man in the movies when he was arrested and accused of soliciting sex from prostitute Divine Brown on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood in June 1995. Online USA/Getty
Domestic goddess Martha Stewart has moved on from July 2004, when she was flanked by U.S. Marshals after her sentencing at Manhattan federal court in New York. Stewart received five months in prison and five months of home confinement for lying about a stock sale. Bebeto Matthews/AP
Nicole Richie has transformed from Paris Hilton's bestie to a wife, mother and fashionista who does lots of charity work. Things were different in July 2007 when she pleaded guilty in a Glendale, California, court to driving under the influence of drugs after a 2006 incident. She was sentenced to 90 hours in jail and three years probation. The judge noted Richie was lucky no one was killed when she drove the wrong way down a Los Angeles freeway. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
David Letterman apologized to his wife in October 2009, days after revealing on air that he had been sexually involved with female staffers from his television show, "Late Show with David Letterman." CBS/AP
In 2005, a British paper published photos of what they claimed showed model Kate Moss using cocaine. She was not charged, but did enter drug rehab after the allegations. Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images
In July 1991, "Pee Wee Herman" star Paul Reubens was arrested and accused of indecent exposure in a pornographic movie theater in South Florida. In 2002, he was arrested again and vintage erotica was seized in his home; he pleaded guilty to possessing obscene materials in 2004. Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Vanessa Williams has enjoyed her career as an actress in the past few years, starring in "Ugly Betty" and "666 Park Avenue." Things were less successful for her in July 1984 when she had to resign her Miss America title after nude photographs of her and another woman surfaced. Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images
In November 2006, "Seinfeld" star Michael Richards went on a racist rant while doing stand-up. He later appeared as a guest on the Rev. Jesse Jackson's radio show, "Keep Hope Alive," to apologize. He said he was "shattered" by the comments he made to black men during a tirade at a Los Angeles comedy club. Some said the apology was "not enough." Rev. Jesse Jackson's "Keep Hope Alive,"/AP
In July 2005, Jude Law admitted to cheating on fiancée Sienna Miller with his kids' nanny, Daisy Knight (the pair is seen here on the set of "All the King's Men" in Louisiana in February 2005 with one of Law's children). In February 2014, Miller was quizzed about her relationship with Law when she took the stand as part of Britain's phone hacking trial.
Singer George Michael came out as gay to CNN in 1998 after he was booked for investigation of misdemeanor lewd conduct following an incident in a Beverly Hills park restroom. TIM ROOKE/REX USA
Sinead O'Connor's career took a nosedive after her appearance on "Saturday Night Live" where she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II after performing a song about racism, class disparity, child abuse and other topics. NBC-TV/AP
Rob Lowe was part of a group of celebs in Atlanta in 1988 for the Democratic National Convention when he was recorded having sex in a hotel room with a 16-year-old and her 23-year-old friend. In 2011, the "Parks and Recreation" star told Oprah Winfrey that he had no idea at the time that one of the young women was underage. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
In 1979, singer Elvis Costello got into a drunken argument at a Columbus, Ohio, Holiday Inn and referred to singers Ray Charles and James Brown as "n***ers." He later apologized and talked about it to Rolling Stone magazine in 1982. Estate Of Keith Morris/Redferns
Before she married John Travolta, actress Kelly Preston was the main squeeze of Charlie Sheen. In 1990 Preston was injured when a gun discharged in the couple's home and the pair soon ended their engagement. In 2011, Sheen went on record to say he didn't shoot Preston, but that his revolver accidentally went off after it fell out of a pair of his pants she picked up in the bathroom. Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage
Eddie Murphy said he was being a "good Samaritan" in May 1997 when he was pulled over with a transsexual prostitute in his car in the early morning hours in West Hollywood, California. The prostitute was arrested and Murphy was allowed to leave the scene. "I did nothing wrong," he said. Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage
The late Michael Jackson stirred a great deal of controversy when he dangled his then 8-month-old son Prince Michael II over the balcony of the Adlon Hotel in Berlin in November 2002. Olaf Selchow/Getty Images
Lots of country radio stations refused to play tunes by the Dixie Chicks in March 2003 after lead singer Natalie Maines said during a concert in London that she was "ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas." Images
Comedic actor Fatty Arbuckle was accused of manslaughter in the brutal death of Virginia Rappe in November 1921 after a party the pair attended. The first trial ended in a hung jury, as did the second. Though Arbuckle was acquitted in the third trial, the scandal destroyed his career. Mitchell/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski (shown here with his lawyers in May 1977) pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl that same year, but fled the United States soon after. In 2012, Switzerland arrested Polanski but refused to extradite him to the United States. Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty