People Rocked By Sex Scandals

Bishop Eddie Long, senior pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia, was accused in September 2010 of seducing at least four young men using scripture and sleeping pills. Long is an outspoken opponent of gay marriage and was a strong George Bush ally for the former president's faith-based initiatives. Long denied any wrong doing. (credit: John Amis/Getty Images)
Bishop Eddie Long Bishop Eddie Long, senior pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia, was accused in September 2010 of seducing at least four young men using scripture and sleeping pills. Long is an outspoken opponent of gay marriage and was a strong George Bush ally for the former president's faith-based initiatives. Long denied any wrong doing. (credit: John Amis/Getty Images)
In his early law-making career, Strom Thurmond, as a Senator from South Carolina, made no apologies for his racial politics, stance against civil rights laws and belief in keeping the races separate. To put it bluntly, after Thurmond died in 2003, it became abundantly clear he didn't practice what he preached. When he was a young man of 22, he hooked up with his family's black maid, Carrie "Tunch" Butler who was then 16. The two had a child together. The Senator and his daughter, Essie Mae Washington-Williams never acknowleded their relationship while he was alive but he supported her financially well into her adult hood. (credit: AP)
Strom Thurmond In his early law-making career, Strom Thurmond, as a Senator from South Carolina, made no apologies for his racial politics, stance against civil rights laws and belief in keeping the races separate. To put it bluntly, after Thurmond died in 2003, it became abundantly clear he didn't practice what he preached. When he was a young man of 22, he hooked up with his family's black maid, Carrie "Tunch" Butler who was then 16. The two had a child together. The Senator and his daughter, Essie Mae Washington-Williams never acknowleded their relationship while he was alive but he supported her financially well into her adult hood. (credit: AP)
Louisiana State's head coach Pokey Chatman resigned May 9, 2007 when it was revealed that she was having an on-going sexual relationship with a former player. What got the school especially riled up, was that the relationship started when the unidentified player was playing under Chatman. Hmmm, in hindsight, that might be an unfortunate way of describing the affair. Chatman was considered one of the best female basketball coaches, ever, and won several Coach of the Year awards. Rumor had it that Chatman's assistant spilled the beans to school brass. Loose lips sink ships, indeed. (credit: AP)
Pokey Chatman Louisiana State's head coach Pokey Chatman resigned May 9, 2007 when it was revealed that she was having an on-going sexual relationship with a former player. What got the school especially riled up, was that the relationship started when the unidentified player was playing under Chatman. Hmmm, in hindsight, that might be an unfortunate way of describing the affair. Chatman was considered one of the best female basketball coaches, ever, and won several Coach of the Year awards. Rumor had it that Chatman's assistant spilled the beans to school brass. Loose lips sink ships, indeed. (credit: AP)
Formula One boss Max Mosley was involved in a sex scandal in March 2008 when it was reported that he was seen, caught on tape, engaging in sex acts with five, count 'em five, prostitutes. That wasn't the part that had people calling for his resignation. Mosley was shown in the video doing what has been described as Nazi role playing. [Obviously, Mosley outgrew a simple doctor/nurse fantasy.]  The Federation Internationale de Automobile (FIA), the Formula One governing body, is expected to vote June 2008 as to whether Mosley should keep his job or not.  (credit: AP)
Max Mosley Formula One boss Max Mosley was involved in a sex scandal in March 2008 when it was reported that he was seen, caught on tape, engaging in sex acts with five, count 'em five, prostitutes. That wasn't the part that had people calling for his resignation. Mosley was shown in the video doing what has been described as Nazi role playing. [Obviously, Mosley outgrew a simple doctor/nurse fantasy.] The Federation Internationale de Automobile (FIA), the Formula One governing body, is expected to vote June 2008 as to whether Mosley should keep his job or not. (credit: AP)
Soccer great Ronaldo, 31, so great he only needs one name, stepped in it big time when he decided to go on a wild romp with some hookers at a Rio de Janeiro motel. Athletes and hookers hook up all the time. No news here. But imagine Ronaldo's surprise when the ladies turned out to be dudes. Oops. The scandal got more juicy when Ronaldo claimed one of the ladies, uh, hookers tried to extort money from him to keep the scandal quiet. No suck luck. He paid two of the women, uh, dudes about $600 to, uh, keep their mouths shut. But he said the third wanted $30,000. Ronaldo said he had "no idea" the dudes were not ladies until they started to disrobe. Note to Ronaldo: in the future, if the woman has larger hands than you do, chest hair and an Adam's Apple...it's not a woman. (credit: AP)
Ronaldo Soccer great Ronaldo, 31, so great he only needs one name, stepped in it big time when he decided to go on a wild romp with some hookers at a Rio de Janeiro motel. Athletes and hookers hook up all the time. No news here. But imagine Ronaldo's surprise when the ladies turned out to be dudes. Oops. The scandal got more juicy when Ronaldo claimed one of the ladies, uh, hookers tried to extort money from him to keep the scandal quiet. No suck luck. He paid two of the women, uh, dudes about $600 to, uh, keep their mouths shut. But he said the third wanted $30,000. Ronaldo said he had "no idea" the dudes were not ladies until they started to disrobe. Note to Ronaldo: in the future, if the woman has larger hands than you do, chest hair and an Adam's Apple...it's not a woman. (credit: AP)
The New York Daily News reported in April 2008 that Roger Clemens' had a ten-year-long extra-marital affair with country singer Mindy McCready. If that wasn't scandalous enough, the paper reported that the affair started when McCready was only 15. Clemens denied the report and said through a lawyer that he and McCready were "just friends." For her part, McCready said she could "not" deny any of the paper's allegations. (credit: Brad Barket/Scott A. Miller/Getty Images)
Mindy McCready & Roger Clemens The New York Daily News reported in April 2008 that Roger Clemens' had a ten-year-long extra-marital affair with country singer Mindy McCready. If that wasn't scandalous enough, the paper reported that the affair started when McCready was only 15. Clemens denied the report and said through a lawyer that he and McCready were "just friends." For her part, McCready said she could "not" deny any of the paper's allegations. (credit: Brad Barket/Scott A. Miller/Getty Images)
Rep. Vito Fossella, 43, the only Republican congressman from New York City, got into hot water May 2008 when he was arrested on DWI charges while driving in a suburb of Washington, D.C. His blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. At the time of his arrest, his constituents were further shocked that the married father of three admitted that he fathered a child, now 3, during an extra-marital affair. Fossella says he has no plans to resign and apologized to his family and his constituents for "the deep wounds I have caused." (credit: AP)
Vito Fossella Rep. Vito Fossella, 43, the only Republican congressman from New York City, got into hot water May 2008 when he was arrested on DWI charges while driving in a suburb of Washington, D.C. His blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. At the time of his arrest, his constituents were further shocked that the married father of three admitted that he fathered a child, now 3, during an extra-marital affair. Fossella says he has no plans to resign and apologized to his family and his constituents for "the deep wounds I have caused." (credit: AP)
Mark Everson, former head of the IRS, was running the Red Cross when he was forced to resign November 2007. The Board of Directors discovered Everson -- a married father of two -- was providing comfort and aid to a subordinate female employee. Isn't that what the Red Cross is supposed to do? Provide comfort and aid? Well, yes, but not in this case. Translation: he was carrying on an extra-marital affair and the Board didn't like it. Or the publicity. Everson was the seventh head of the Red Cross in seven years. But lucky he wasn't. Well, not counting the affair... (credit: AP)
Mark Everson Mark Everson, former head of the IRS, was running the Red Cross when he was forced to resign November 2007. The Board of Directors discovered Everson -- a married father of two -- was providing comfort and aid to a subordinate female employee. Isn't that what the Red Cross is supposed to do? Provide comfort and aid? Well, yes, but not in this case. Translation: he was carrying on an extra-marital affair and the Board didn't like it. Or the publicity. Everson was the seventh head of the Red Cross in seven years. But lucky he wasn't. Well, not counting the affair... (credit: AP)
Radio executive Tom Athans, who is married to US Senator Debbie Stabenow (D- Mich.) was seen leaving a Residence Inn hotel (address Interstate 75 and Big Beaver) in February 2008 and admitted to police he was soliciting a prostitute he met on line on Craigslist. Athans, co-founder and former CEO of the liberal Democracy Radio, said he paid a 20-year-old hooker $150 to perform a sex act. The room was being watched by undercover cops and Athans left 15 minutes after arriving. Stabenow said she wanted to thank her constituents for "their prayers and support." For his part, Athans said in a statement, "My family and I are dealing with this matter in a personal and private way." (credit: CBS)
Debbie Stabenow & Thomas Athans Radio executive Tom Athans, who is married to US Senator Debbie Stabenow (D- Mich.) was seen leaving a Residence Inn hotel (address Interstate 75 and Big Beaver) in February 2008 and admitted to police he was soliciting a prostitute he met on line on Craigslist. Athans, co-founder and former CEO of the liberal Democracy Radio, said he paid a 20-year-old hooker $150 to perform a sex act. The room was being watched by undercover cops and Athans left 15 minutes after arriving. Stabenow said she wanted to thank her constituents for "their prayers and support." For his part, Athans said in a statement, "My family and I are dealing with this matter in a personal and private way." (credit: CBS)
Popular sportscaster Marv Albert coined the phrase "Yes!" while doing play-by-play on the basketball court. Because Albert did not take the word "No!" for an answer off the court he got in legal hot water. He went on trial for forcible sodomy and for reportedly biting a sex partner more than 15 times on her back. Wild revelations about Albert quickly emerged including threesomes, forced oral sex, and his wearing women's clothes during sex caused NBC to fire him. More than two years later, and having completed stints in counseling, Albert -- who also does sports commentary in hockey, tennis and baseball -- was hired back by NBC. (credit: AP)
Marv Albert Popular sportscaster Marv Albert coined the phrase "Yes!" while doing play-by-play on the basketball court. Because Albert did not take the word "No!" for an answer off the court he got in legal hot water. He went on trial for forcible sodomy and for reportedly biting a sex partner more than 15 times on her back. Wild revelations about Albert quickly emerged including threesomes, forced oral sex, and his wearing women's clothes during sex caused NBC to fire him. More than two years later, and having completed stints in counseling, Albert -- who also does sports commentary in hockey, tennis and baseball -- was hired back by NBC. (credit: AP)
Falcons, Eugene Robinson
Eugene Robinson Atlanta Falcons free safety Eugene Robinson was arrested in 1999 on the eve of the Super Bowl for soliciting a prostitute. Several players had reportedly visited a seedy section of Miami prior to his arrest for the same purpose but they didn't get caught. Robinson allegedly propositioned an undercover vice cop and offered her $40 to perform oral sex. Robinson insisted he was innocent but apologized to his friends and family for not maintaining "the high standards I've set for myself." Prior to his arrest, Robinson had been awarded the Bart Starr award, given to the player who exemplifies moral leadership on the field and off. Robinson said he would return the award.
Senator Robert William "Bob" Packwood hailed from Oregon and was a moderate Republican who often got into scrapes with pro-life groups, the pro-gun lobby and even his own party (namely when he refused to confirm Robert Bork or Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court.) He was first elected to the Senate in 1968 and rose to chair several powerful committees. But in 1992, rumors about Packwood sexually harassing, abusing and assaulting women began to surface. At least 29 women came forward and filed complaints. The Senate demanded he turn over diaries he had written and he submitted about 5000 pages. When it was revealed that he heavily edited the diary (leaving out another 3000-something pages) even his Senate friends were convinced he should go. By 1995 there was a call for public hearings about his behavior and Packwood resigned rather than face being kicked out. (credit: AP)
Bob Packwood Senator Robert William "Bob" Packwood hailed from Oregon and was a moderate Republican who often got into scrapes with pro-life groups, the pro-gun lobby and even his own party (namely when he refused to confirm Robert Bork or Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court.) He was first elected to the Senate in 1968 and rose to chair several powerful committees. But in 1992, rumors about Packwood sexually harassing, abusing and assaulting women began to surface. At least 29 women came forward and filed complaints. The Senate demanded he turn over diaries he had written and he submitted about 5000 pages. When it was revealed that he heavily edited the diary (leaving out another 3000-something pages) even his Senate friends were convinced he should go. By 1995 there was a call for public hearings about his behavior and Packwood resigned rather than face being kicked out. (credit: AP)
Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford was in hot water in 2008 for a charity he set up in 2000 which was being accused of possible mismanagement of funds, many of which supposedly found their way into the pockets of former gay porn star Ryan Idol, born Mark Anthony Donais. The charity, set up to provide computers for school kids, according to the Associated Press, was managed by a Langford friend named John Katopodis. Court documents said $30,000 earmarked for the charity was given to Idol for fixing computers, something he was not trained to do. (credit: CBS)
Larry Langford Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford was in hot water in 2008 for a charity he set up in 2000 which was being accused of possible mismanagement of funds, many of which supposedly found their way into the pockets of former gay porn star Ryan Idol, born Mark Anthony Donais. The charity, set up to provide computers for school kids, according to the Associated Press, was managed by a Langford friend named John Katopodis. Court documents said $30,000 earmarked for the charity was given to Idol for fixing computers, something he was not trained to do. (credit: CBS)
A month after endorsing his presidential bid, the New York Times suggested John McCain, left, and Vicki Iseman, a lobbyist, had an affair.  Ms. Iseman and McCain both have denied anything improper. The newspaper of record also said many McCain aides believed there was a relationship and, at the very least, tried to suggest to McCain that since she was a lobbyist the idea he was showing her clients special favortism could appear inappropriate to the public. McCain's people said they gave the Times a dozen examples of clients McCain did not show favor to but the paper ignored the information. (credit: Gary Knapp/Stephen Boitano/Getty Images)
John McCain & Vicki Iseman A month after endorsing his presidential bid, the New York Times suggested John McCain, left, and Vicki Iseman, a lobbyist, had an affair. Ms. Iseman and McCain both have denied anything improper. The newspaper of record also said many McCain aides believed there was a relationship and, at the very least, tried to suggest to McCain that since she was a lobbyist the idea he was showing her clients special favortism could appear inappropriate to the public. McCain's people said they gave the Times a dozen examples of clients McCain did not show favor to but the paper ignored the information. (credit: Gary Knapp/Stephen Boitano/Getty Images)
Thomas Jefferson served as president of the United States from 1801-1809. He said that "all men are created equal." Well, so much for the women. Thomas like many others who traveled in the worlds of politics and hypocrisy allegedly had a female mistress, Sally Hemmings, who was, incidentally, a slave. Back in the day, pretty much all of Washington was abuzz with rumors of their alleged relationship but nothing could be proven till hundreds of years later when the Jefferson family and the Hemming's families subjected themselves to a DNA test. Historians are still debating whether the two families are linked by Thomas Jefferson or, as is also possible, Jefferson's younger brother Randolph. (credit: CBS)
Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson served as president of the United States from 1801-1809. He said that "all men are created equal." Well, so much for the women. Thomas like many others who traveled in the worlds of politics and hypocrisy allegedly had a female mistress, Sally Hemmings, who was, incidentally, a slave. Back in the day, pretty much all of Washington was abuzz with rumors of their alleged relationship but nothing could be proven till hundreds of years later when the Jefferson family and the Hemming's families subjected themselves to a DNA test. Historians are still debating whether the two families are linked by Thomas Jefferson or, as is also possible, Jefferson's younger brother Randolph. (credit: CBS)
Seemingly minutes after winning the best original screenplay Oscar for "Juno", naked photos of scribe Diablo Cody hit the net. The one-time exotic dancer (born Brooke Busy-Hunt) appears in some rather provocative photos (including a bikini top made of whipped cream). No comment, yet, from Cody but sounds like the making of another funny screenplay to us. (credit: AP)
Diablo Cody Seemingly minutes after winning the best original screenplay Oscar for "Juno", naked photos of scribe Diablo Cody hit the net. The one-time exotic dancer (born Brooke Busy-Hunt) appears in some rather provocative photos (including a bikini top made of whipped cream). No comment, yet, from Cody but sounds like the making of another funny screenplay to us. (credit: AP)
"Star Trek: Voyager" actress Jeri Ryan divorced Illinois Republican Jack Ryan -- who was then running for the U.S. Senate in 2004 -- alleging that he boldly wanted to go to swinger's clubs in Paris, New York and New Orleans. Ryan -- who said he was faithful during his entire marriage -- only said they took the trips for "romantic getaways". He called her allegations (filed in court papers in 2000) "smut" and "ridiculous" but the damage was done and Ryan's political career hit the skids. (credit: CBS)
Jeri Ryan "Star Trek: Voyager" actress Jeri Ryan divorced Illinois Republican Jack Ryan -- who was then running for the U.S. Senate in 2004 -- alleging that he boldly wanted to go to swinger's clubs in Paris, New York and New Orleans. Ryan -- who said he was faithful during his entire marriage -- only said they took the trips for "romantic getaways". He called her allegations (filed in court papers in 2000) "smut" and "ridiculous" but the damage was done and Ryan's political career hit the skids. (credit: CBS)
In 2003, Kentucky Governor Paul Patton's administration was rocked by scandal when he acknowledged having an extra-marital affair with Tina Conner, a local businesswoman. Patton's popularity plummeted almost overnight. The Democrat whose career was on the rise, was head of the National Governor's Association and vowed not to resign. When Conner was accused of mail fraud (later pleading guilty) Patton resigned before the scandal threatened to become even more expansive. (credit: AP)
Paul Patton In 2003, Kentucky Governor Paul Patton's administration was rocked by scandal when he acknowledged having an extra-marital affair with Tina Conner, a local businesswoman. Patton's popularity plummeted almost overnight. The Democrat whose career was on the rise, was head of the National Governor's Association and vowed not to resign. When Conner was accused of mail fraud (later pleading guilty) Patton resigned before the scandal threatened to become even more expansive. (credit: AP)
Anti-gay lawmaker Richard Curtis was considered one of the State of Washington's most conservative members. He resigned his seat October 2007 after a male prostitute came forward with allegations that Curtis had sex with him in a hotel after they met at a XXX video store in Spokane. Curtis, married father of three, first said he was "not gay" and that the prostitute was trying to extort him. The prostitute also said Curtis liked cross-dressing (red stockings and a black sequin lingerie top) was "into rope and stethescopes" and promised him $1,000 for sex. (credit: AP)
Richard Curtis Anti-gay lawmaker Richard Curtis was considered one of the State of Washington's most conservative members. He resigned his seat October 2007 after a male prostitute came forward with allegations that Curtis had sex with him in a hotel after they met at a XXX video store in Spokane. Curtis, married father of three, first said he was "not gay" and that the prostitute was trying to extort him. The prostitute also said Curtis liked cross-dressing (red stockings and a black sequin lingerie top) was "into rope and stethescopes" and promised him $1,000 for sex. (credit: AP)
It's hard to believe now, but yes, America was that quaint and old-fashioned. Swedish actress/beauty Ingrid Bergman who starred in "Spellbound," "Notorious" and "Casablanca", fell in love with director Roberto Rossellini and had a child with him while being married to another man, Dr. Peter Lindstrom. The scandal rocked Hollywood and Bergman's career. The bashing got so bad (including being denounced on the Senate floor for all the things wrong with America), Bergman left the U.S. for seven years. (credit: AP)
Ingrid Bergman It's hard to believe now, but yes, America was that quaint and old-fashioned. Swedish actress/beauty Ingrid Bergman who starred in "Spellbound," "Notorious" and "Casablanca", fell in love with director Roberto Rossellini and had a child with him while being married to another man, Dr. Peter Lindstrom. The scandal rocked Hollywood and Bergman's career. The bashing got so bad (including being denounced on the Senate floor for all the things wrong with America), Bergman left the U.S. for seven years. (credit: AP)
Maybe Brad really did want out of his marriage to Jenn before he met Angelina. That wasn't Hollywood's first "oh-no-she-didn't" love triangle. Not even the one that got the most ink. Debbie Reynolds was America's sweetheart and her marriage in 1955 to crooner Eddie Fisher dubbed them "the perfect couple" in Hollywood. Eddie, Debbie and Liz Taylor were all so close in 1959...and Debbie would soon find out Eddie and Liz were a little too close. Liz's husband, showman Mike Todd, was killed in a plane crash, and Todd had also been Eddie's best friend. Eddie spent a lot of time consoling Liz. You know what happened next. Eddie left Debbie for Liz...America was shocked and they never really did forgive Eddie for breaking Debbie's heart. (credit: AP)
Debbie Reynolds Maybe Brad really did want out of his marriage to Jenn before he met Angelina. That wasn't Hollywood's first "oh-no-she-didn't" love triangle. Not even the one that got the most ink. Debbie Reynolds was America's sweetheart and her marriage in 1955 to crooner Eddie Fisher dubbed them "the perfect couple" in Hollywood. Eddie, Debbie and Liz Taylor were all so close in 1959...and Debbie would soon find out Eddie and Liz were a little too close. Liz's husband, showman Mike Todd, was killed in a plane crash, and Todd had also been Eddie's best friend. Eddie spent a lot of time consoling Liz. You know what happened next. Eddie left Debbie for Liz...America was shocked and they never really did forgive Eddie for breaking Debbie's heart. (credit: AP)
In 1992, Mia Farrow, his then-girlfriend, found nude Polaroids of another woman on Woody Allen's mantelpiece. She was shocked and hurt but even more so when she realized the photos were of her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, a then 21-year-old girl Allen had helped Farrow raise. Much of Hollywood was shocked and horrified by the scandal. Allen, who turns 72 on Dec 1, has mostly remained mum about his marriage to Soon-Yi (35 years his junior) but he told Vanity Fair in 2005 that their relationship "works like magic." (credit: AP)
Woody Allen & Soon-Yi Previn In 1992, Mia Farrow, his then-girlfriend, found nude Polaroids of another woman on Woody Allen's mantelpiece. She was shocked and hurt but even more so when she realized the photos were of her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, a then 21-year-old girl Allen had helped Farrow raise. Much of Hollywood was shocked and horrified by the scandal. Allen, who turns 72 on Dec 1, has mostly remained mum about his marriage to Soon-Yi (35 years his junior) but he told Vanity Fair in 2005 that their relationship "works like magic." (credit: AP)
Mississippi Senator Trent Lott announced his retirement from the Senate rather suddenly raising conjecture about the real reason he is stepping down. Several liberal blogs (including politico.com, popcrunch.com and the clevelandleader.com,) Tuesday suggest (well more than suggest) that Sen. Lott is about to face down a sex scandal involving a gay prostitute. The vocally anti-gay senator would surely raise eyebrows if he were involved with a man. Benjamin Nicholas, the escort, for his part, told thehuffingtonpost.com that there was nothing between him and the Senator and that they never had any personal dealings. (credit: AP)
Trent Lott Mississippi Senator Trent Lott announced his retirement from the Senate rather suddenly raising conjecture about the real reason he is stepping down. Several liberal blogs (including politico.com, popcrunch.com and the clevelandleader.com,) Tuesday suggest (well more than suggest) that Sen. Lott is about to face down a sex scandal involving a gay prostitute. The vocally anti-gay senator would surely raise eyebrows if he were involved with a man. Benjamin Nicholas, the escort, for his part, told thehuffingtonpost.com that there was nothing between him and the Senator and that they never had any personal dealings. (credit: AP)
Comic genius Eddie Murphy said he was merely being a good Samaritan in 1997 when he picked up a transvestite hooker in his car. He thought the hooker needed a ride (she was crying) but the dude -- Atisone Kenneth Seiuli -- was no dreamgirl. The hooker insisted Murphy was trying for a hook-up. Murphy insisted he was being a good egg. In 1998, Seiuli -- in lingerie -- was found dead outside on the sidewalk of her Los Angeles apartment. The autopsy blamed an accidental fall. (credit: CBS)
Eddie Murphy Comic genius Eddie Murphy said he was merely being a good Samaritan in 1997 when he picked up a transvestite hooker in his car. He thought the hooker needed a ride (she was crying) but the dude -- Atisone Kenneth Seiuli -- was no dreamgirl. The hooker insisted Murphy was trying for a hook-up. Murphy insisted he was being a good egg. In 1998, Seiuli -- in lingerie -- was found dead outside on the sidewalk of her Los Angeles apartment. The autopsy blamed an accidental fall. (credit: CBS)
The tabloids had a field day with the Richie Sambora-Denise Richards romance. For one thing, Richie was formerly married to Heather Locklear, who starred with Charlie Sheen on "Spin City." Heather and Denise became fast friends sharing all sorts of things like clothes, recipes and names of good gardeners. Heather did not expect Denise, her former bff, to also share in an exchange of bodily fluids with Sambora. Meanwhile, through their nasty divorce, Richards accused Sheen of all kinds of heinous things. He meanwhile says Richards wants to have another baby with him. (credit: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Denise Richards & Richie Sambora The tabloids had a field day with the Richie Sambora-Denise Richards romance. For one thing, Richie was formerly married to Heather Locklear, who starred with Charlie Sheen on "Spin City." Heather and Denise became fast friends sharing all sorts of things like clothes, recipes and names of good gardeners. Heather did not expect Denise, her former bff, to also share in an exchange of bodily fluids with Sambora. Meanwhile, through their nasty divorce, Richards accused Sheen of all kinds of heinous things. He meanwhile says Richards wants to have another baby with him. (credit: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Former "Insider" co-host Pat O'Brien created a media and Internet sensation in 2005 when the web featured a series of steamy calls the anchor made that he said were made while he was under the influence of too much booze. After the tapes were made public (and on them he discussed wanting coke -- and not the soda, wild sex romps, hookers and various sex acts) O'Brien entered rehab.(credit: CBS)
Pat O'Brien Former "Insider" co-host Pat O'Brien created a media and Internet sensation in 2005 when the web featured a series of steamy calls the anchor made that he said were made while he was under the influence of too much booze. After the tapes were made public (and on them he discussed wanting coke -- and not the soda, wild sex romps, hookers and various sex acts) O'Brien entered rehab.(credit: CBS)
For this story, he might have wanted a spin zone. No nonsense Fox host Bill O'Reilly (an outspoken Bill Clinton hater) was accused of sexually harassing one female producer who worked closely with him. Andrea Macris taped many of his late-night phone calls where O'Reilly talked about his prowess, his fantasies, masturbation, three-ways, marital aids and how he lost his virginity. (What? News never came up?) When Rosie O'Donnell mentioned his scandal on "The View" O'Reilly reportedly went ballistic. The suit was settled in Oct. 2004. (credit: AP)
Bill O'Reilly For this story, he might have wanted a spin zone. No nonsense Fox host Bill O'Reilly (an outspoken Bill Clinton hater) was accused of sexually harassing one female producer who worked closely with him. Andrea Macris taped many of his late-night phone calls where O'Reilly talked about his prowess, his fantasies, masturbation, three-ways, marital aids and how he lost his virginity. (What? News never came up?) When Rosie O'Donnell mentioned his scandal on "The View" O'Reilly reportedly went ballistic. The suit was settled in Oct. 2004. (credit: AP)
Pastor Ted Haggard, who often preached anti-gay sermons, was defrocked and forced to resign his post as head of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado -- a church he founded. Mike Jones, a former escort, said Haggard paid him for sex -- often -- and that the two also used meth on several occasions. Haggard first denied even knowing Jones but later acknowledged that, yes, he did do drugs and was involved with "sexual immorality." Post-scandal, Haggard told his congregation and church elders that he would seek counseling (he went three weeks) and was now completely "heterosexual." (credit: CBS)
Ted Haggard Pastor Ted Haggard, who often preached anti-gay sermons, was defrocked and forced to resign his post as head of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado -- a church he founded. Mike Jones, a former escort, said Haggard paid him for sex -- often -- and that the two also used meth on several occasions. Haggard first denied even knowing Jones but later acknowledged that, yes, he did do drugs and was involved with "sexual immorality." Post-scandal, Haggard told his congregation and church elders that he would seek counseling (he went three weeks) and was now completely "heterosexual." (credit: CBS)
Spokane Mayor Jim West, who ran on an anti-gay agenda and one of the country's most virulent and consistent anti-gay bill makers, was one of the most conservative Republicans in the Washington legislature. You know where this is going, no? West, it turns out, was forced out of office in scandal in 2005 when it was revealed he tried to use his office to entice a young adult man he thought was 18. (It was actually a computer expert working for a newspaper). West was also accused of molesting two boys when they were Boy Scouts, a claim he denied...West did acknowledge having several on-line relationships with men he met on gay.com. West, then 55, died in 2006 from complications from cancer surgery. (credit: AP)
Jim West Spokane Mayor Jim West, who ran on an anti-gay agenda and one of the country's most virulent and consistent anti-gay bill makers, was one of the most conservative Republicans in the Washington legislature. You know where this is going, no? West, it turns out, was forced out of office in scandal in 2005 when it was revealed he tried to use his office to entice a young adult man he thought was 18. (It was actually a computer expert working for a newspaper). West was also accused of molesting two boys when they were Boy Scouts, a claim he denied...West did acknowledge having several on-line relationships with men he met on gay.com. West, then 55, died in 2006 from complications from cancer surgery. (credit: AP)
It was a tender Sen. David Vitter who apologized to the media and his wife for "a very serious sin in my past". He made that statement after it was revealed that, when he was unmarried, the Louisiana Republican used the services of at least one (some say more) escorts on the payroll of the so-called "D.C. Madam." (credit: AP)
David Vitter It was a tender Sen. David Vitter who apologized to the media and his wife for "a very serious sin in my past". He made that statement after it was revealed that, when he was unmarried, the Louisiana Republican used the services of at least one (some say more) escorts on the payroll of the so-called "D.C. Madam." (credit: AP)
What is that old adage about people who live in glass houses? While former Speaker Newt Gingrich was practically leading the call for President Clinton's head during the Lewinsky scandal, it turned out the Newtster was carrying on his own extra-marital affair. Ouch! That wasn't his first run in with the tabloids, however. Newt divorced his first wife in 1981 (the one who put him through grad school) while she was recovering from uterine cancer. (credit: CBS/Face The Nation)
Newt Gingrich What is that old adage about people who live in glass houses? While former Speaker Newt Gingrich was practically leading the call for President Clinton's head during the Lewinsky scandal, it turned out the Newtster was carrying on his own extra-marital affair. Ouch! That wasn't his first run in with the tabloids, however. Newt divorced his first wife in 1981 (the one who put him through grad school) while she was recovering from uterine cancer. (credit: CBS/Face The Nation)
Clarence Thomas said she was a lame employee (although he hired Anita Hill twice) and denied he sexually harassed her. She maintained during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings that he said wildly inappropriate things in the workplace ...including comparing himself to porn star Long Dong Silver and how he found a pubic hair on his Coke can. His what? Huh? (credit: CBS/60 Minutes)
Clarence Thomas Clarence Thomas said she was a lame employee (although he hired Anita Hill twice) and denied he sexually harassed her. She maintained during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings that he said wildly inappropriate things in the workplace ...including comparing himself to porn star Long Dong Silver and how he found a pubic hair on his Coke can. His what? Huh? (credit: CBS/60 Minutes)
Dave Justice was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1990 and an Atlanta Braves all-star outfielder when he married actress Halle Berry in 1993. Their marriage lasted three years but ended after Justice was arrested in an area frequented by hookers. Justice (who also played for the NY Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Oakland A's) always maintained the couple was already separated and his arrest had nothing to do with the couple's divorce. Berry moved on to musician Eric Benet and claimed he was a sex addict and womanizer, a charge Benet later denied on "Primetime" saying "I am not a sex addict...I am a person who ...has made some really, really stupid, painful mistakes." (credit: AP)
David Justice Dave Justice was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1990 and an Atlanta Braves all-star outfielder when he married actress Halle Berry in 1993. Their marriage lasted three years but ended after Justice was arrested in an area frequented by hookers. Justice (who also played for the NY Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Oakland A's) always maintained the couple was already separated and his arrest had nothing to do with the couple's divorce. Berry moved on to musician Eric Benet and claimed he was a sex addict and womanizer, a charge Benet later denied on "Primetime" saying "I am not a sex addict...I am a person who ...has made some really, really stupid, painful mistakes." (credit: AP)
While he was never charged with her disappearance, the death of former Hill intern Chandra Levy wrecked the political career of Rep. Gary Condit. He acknowledged that they were "good friends" but friends of Levy's and her family said the politican was a lot more...Ironically, Condit was also an outspoken critic of Bill Clinton's during the Monicagate mess. (credit: CBS)
Gary Condit While he was never charged with her disappearance, the death of former Hill intern Chandra Levy wrecked the political career of Rep. Gary Condit. He acknowledged that they were "good friends" but friends of Levy's and her family said the politican was a lot more...Ironically, Condit was also an outspoken critic of Bill Clinton's during the Monicagate mess. (credit: CBS)
Vanessa Williams, the gorgeous former Miss America, was stripped of her crown when Penthouse revealed some pre-stardom photos of the lovely actress-singer in the nude. It wasn't really the nude shots that got Williams in hot water: it was the photos of Williams posed with another woman in suggestive and sexually active poses (she thought they were just artistic) that raised eyebrows. So much for a scandal ruining a career -- getting the crown ripped off her pretty head might have been the best thing that happened to her career. Can you name another Miss America? Didn't think so. America felt sorry for the talented Williams and gave her a second chance...making her a recording artist, Broadway star and celebrated TV actress ("Ugly Betty.")
Vanessa Williams Vanessa Williams, the gorgeous former Miss America, was stripped of her crown when Penthouse revealed some pre-stardom photos of the lovely actress-singer in the nude. It wasn't really the nude shots that got Williams in hot water: it was the photos of Williams posed with another woman in suggestive and sexually active poses (she thought they were just artistic) that raised eyebrows. So much for a scandal ruining a career -- getting the crown ripped off her pretty head might have been the best thing that happened to her career. Can you name another Miss America? Didn't think so. America felt sorry for the talented Williams and gave her a second chance...making her a recording artist, Broadway star and celebrated TV actress ("Ugly Betty.")
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Pee Wee Herman Pee Wee Herman, aka actor Paul Ruebens, was adored by millions of kids on TV and in movies. After being arrested, uh, pleasuring himself during a porn movie in Florida, his career got majorily sidetracked. Next time Pee Wee, we have a thought: home video. (credit: AP)
Monica Lewinsky (here, pictured with comic Tom Green) and a little stained blue dress almost bought down a presidency. Nor will cigar smokers ever be able to take a long puff without thinking about the scandal that rocked the Clinton White House. (credit: AP)
Monica Lewinsky Monica Lewinsky (here, pictured with comic Tom Green) and a little stained blue dress almost bought down a presidency. Nor will cigar smokers ever be able to take a long puff without thinking about the scandal that rocked the Clinton White House. (credit: AP)
The hunky British actor Hugh Grant was enjoying immense popularity and screen acclaim in June 1995 when he got busted one late night in Hollywood on the Sunset Strip with hooker Divine Brown in his car. Girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley, who was out of town at the time, was not amused. But Grant got many laughs when he went on "The Tonight Show" and Jay Leno deadpanned "What were you thinking?" (credit: CBS/The Early Show)
Hugh Grant The hunky British actor Hugh Grant was enjoying immense popularity and screen acclaim in June 1995 when he got busted one late night in Hollywood on the Sunset Strip with hooker Divine Brown in his car. Girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley, who was out of town at the time, was not amused. But Grant got many laughs when he went on "The Tonight Show" and Jay Leno deadpanned "What were you thinking?" (credit: CBS/The Early Show)
President Bush was a little embarassed, to say the least, when it was revealed that one of his invited White House guests...a Republican artist who presented him with a painting, was actually a former gay porn star who went by the name of Tony Sinatra. The White House continued their flirtation with gay sex, when it was revealed that Jeff Gannon, a "reporter" who often sat in on West Wing press conferences lobbing soft ball questions at the president, was actually a male escort on the side. (credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
George Bush President Bush was a little embarassed, to say the least, when it was revealed that one of his invited White House guests...a Republican artist who presented him with a painting, was actually a former gay porn star who went by the name of Tony Sinatra. The White House continued their flirtation with gay sex, when it was revealed that Jeff Gannon, a "reporter" who often sat in on West Wing press conferences lobbing soft ball questions at the president, was actually a male escort on the side. (credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Senator Larry Craig wasn't the first politician to be caught with his pants down in the bathroom. Lyndon Johnson's chief of staff, Walter Jenkins, was arrested in October 1964 engaging in sexual activity with a Hungarian man in a YMCA bathroom. Jenkins was forced to resign. Republican congressman Jon Hinson, from Mississippi, was arrested for committing a lewd act (exposing himself) at the Arlington National Cemetery in 1976. He blamed alcohol on his "homosexual tendencies" but denied he was gay. In 1981, he was charged with attempted oral sodomy with a male employee in the House of Representatives bathroom. After leaving office, he did a 180 and became a gay rights activist. He died in 1995 from complications due to AIDS. Staunch conservative and anti-gay Republican congressman Robert Bauman was charged with attempting to solicit sex with a 16-year-old male prostitute he paid $50. Bauman -- a married father of four -- blamed "acute alcoholism" for the incident. Gerry Studds, America's first openly gay elected official, a congressional Democrat from Massachusetts, was censured by fellow house members after Studds said he had had an affair with a 17-year-old page. The good news: they didn't meet in the bathroom. (credit: AP)
Caught In The Bathroom Senator Larry Craig wasn't the first politician to be caught with his pants down in the bathroom. Lyndon Johnson's chief of staff, Walter Jenkins, was arrested in October 1964 engaging in sexual activity with a Hungarian man in a YMCA bathroom. Jenkins was forced to resign. Republican congressman Jon Hinson, from Mississippi, was arrested for committing a lewd act (exposing himself) at the Arlington National Cemetery in 1976. He blamed alcohol on his "homosexual tendencies" but denied he was gay. In 1981, he was charged with attempted oral sodomy with a male employee in the House of Representatives bathroom. After leaving office, he did a 180 and became a gay rights activist. He died in 1995 from complications due to AIDS. Staunch conservative and anti-gay Republican congressman Robert Bauman was charged with attempting to solicit sex with a 16-year-old male prostitute he paid $50. Bauman -- a married father of four -- blamed "acute alcoholism" for the incident. Gerry Studds, America's first openly gay elected official, a congressional Democrat from Massachusetts, was censured by fellow house members after Studds said he had had an affair with a 17-year-old page. The good news: they didn't meet in the bathroom. (credit: AP)
Wearing a Red Sox cap when you come from NYC is the least of the scandals that have hit one-time Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani. He's been married three times...the first time to his first cousin (hey, it worked for the Roosevelts), the second wife...not a big fan. Actress Donna Hanover was watching TV when she saw her then-husband announce he was seeking a separation...which was news to Hanover. Hanover, feeling pretty scorned, lashed out and accused Rudy of numerous adulteries, the latest with a woman who is now his third wife. His third wife told the press she had been married once before...but, wait, not so fast...she was really married twice before, embroiling the former Mayor in yet another headline-grabbing story. (credit: CBS)
Rudy Giuliani Wearing a Red Sox cap when you come from NYC is the least of the scandals that have hit one-time Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani. He's been married three times...the first time to his first cousin (hey, it worked for the Roosevelts), the second wife...not a big fan. Actress Donna Hanover was watching TV when she saw her then-husband announce he was seeking a separation...which was news to Hanover. Hanover, feeling pretty scorned, lashed out and accused Rudy of numerous adulteries, the latest with a woman who is now his third wife. His third wife told the press she had been married once before...but, wait, not so fast...she was really married twice before, embroiling the former Mayor in yet another headline-grabbing story. (credit: CBS)
Jesse Jackson was instrumental in helping the Clintons patch up their marital woes once the Monica scandal broke. Apparently Jesse had some knowledge of how to handle a scorned spouse...it wasn't long after that it was revealed Mrs. Jackson got nasty when a long-standing affair between the good reverend and one of his former assistants came to light. (credit: CBS)
Jesse Jackson Jesse Jackson was instrumental in helping the Clintons patch up their marital woes once the Monica scandal broke. Apparently Jesse had some knowledge of how to handle a scorned spouse...it wasn't long after that it was revealed Mrs. Jackson got nasty when a long-standing affair between the good reverend and one of his former assistants came to light. (credit: CBS)
Before he presided over one of TV's most raunchy shows, Jerry Springer was mayor of Cincinnati. You could say he put the sin in Cincinnati after it was revealed he paid for a female escort...with a check. Most voters were madder at the fact that he didn't pay cash and left a paper trail. Not very smart there, Jer. In fact, a move as dumb as that, could land you as a guest on your show. (credit: AP)
Jerry Springer Before he presided over one of TV's most raunchy shows, Jerry Springer was mayor of Cincinnati. You could say he put the sin in Cincinnati after it was revealed he paid for a female escort...with a check. Most voters were madder at the fact that he didn't pay cash and left a paper trail. Not very smart there, Jer. In fact, a move as dumb as that, could land you as a guest on your show. (credit: AP)
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The Prince of Wales was married to the former Diana Spencer, who became the People's Princess and one of the world's most beloved women. While married to the delicate flower, Charles carried on an affair with his first love, Camilla Parker Bowles. By the time Diana told Martin Bashir "there were always three people in my marriage," the British press and people were angry with their possibly-future King for making a royal mess of the once storybook marriage that he had with Diana. (credit: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images)
Prince Charles & Camilla Parker Bowles The Prince of Wales was married to the former Diana Spencer, who became the People's Princess and one of the world's most beloved women. While married to the delicate flower, Charles carried on an affair with his first love, Camilla Parker Bowles. By the time Diana told Martin Bashir "there were always three people in my marriage," the British press and people were angry with their possibly-future King for making a royal mess of the once storybook marriage that he had with Diana. (credit: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images)
Dina Matos McGreevey wanted to stand by her man after the former Governor of New Jersey came out and said he was "a gay American" but Jim McGreevey resigned his office when it was revealed he put a boyfriend on the payroll in a job he wasn't qualified for...home security no less. The former Governor found less security at home when his now estranged wife wrote a scathing book about their marriage. credit: AP)
Jim McGreevey & Dina Matos McGreevey Dina Matos McGreevey wanted to stand by her man after the former Governor of New Jersey came out and said he was "a gay American" but Jim McGreevey resigned his office when it was revealed he put a boyfriend on the payroll in a job he wasn't qualified for...home security no less. The former Governor found less security at home when his now estranged wife wrote a scathing book about their marriage. credit: AP)
Televangelist Jim Bakker founded The PTL Club ("Praise The Lord") and preached on television with his wife, Tammy Faye. Church secretary Jessica Hahn said Bakker asked her to take more than dictation and his ministry was sunk. He was later convicted of fraud and served jail time for his role in the scandal. credit: Thomas Nelson Publishing)
Jim Bakker Televangelist Jim Bakker founded The PTL Club ("Praise The Lord") and preached on television with his wife, Tammy Faye. Church secretary Jessica Hahn said Bakker asked her to take more than dictation and his ministry was sunk. He was later convicted of fraud and served jail time for his role in the scandal. credit: Thomas Nelson Publishing)
Barney Frank, the popular Mass. congressman and outspoken gay liberal, survived a scandal when it was revealed that a live-in friend was running an escort service from the congressman's basement. An ethics probe found the congressman was clueless about his friend's illegal activity. credit: CBS)
Barney Frank Barney Frank, the popular Mass. congressman and outspoken gay liberal, survived a scandal when it was revealed that a live-in friend was running an escort service from the congressman's basement. An ethics probe found the congressman was clueless about his friend's illegal activity. credit: CBS)
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was talked about as a possible successor to Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Statehouse. Ditto, Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles. After sex scandals rocked both politicos (Newsome carried on an affair with the wife of a good friend and former aide), their political futures appear less predestined. (credit: MGN)
Gavin Newsom San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was talked about as a possible successor to Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Statehouse. Ditto, Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles. After sex scandals rocked both politicos (Newsome carried on an affair with the wife of a good friend and former aide), their political futures appear less predestined. (credit: MGN)
First reporters noticed that Mayor Villaraigosa wasn't wearing his wedding ring. When his wife filed for divorce, it raised the possibility that the mayor was seeing someone new. He was. Telemundo anchor Mirthala Salinas was named as "the other woman." Since their affair became public, Salinas and Telemundo have had a parting of the ways...and according to recent reports, so have the mayor and the stunning former anchor. (credit: CBS)
Antonio Villaraigosa First reporters noticed that Mayor Villaraigosa wasn't wearing his wedding ring. When his wife filed for divorce, it raised the possibility that the mayor was seeing someone new. He was. Telemundo anchor Mirthala Salinas was named as "the other woman." Since their affair became public, Salinas and Telemundo have had a parting of the ways...and according to recent reports, so have the mayor and the stunning former anchor. (credit: CBS)
In 1996, Michael Kennedy (RFK's son) was married to Victoria Gifford (daughter of Frank) when he became embroiled in a sex scandal when it was revealed that, years earlier, he had had an affair with the family babysitter who was only 14 at the time. The babysitter refused to press charges even though she was underage. But the fallout caused Michael's brother Joseph to pull out of the Massachusetts Governor's race. A year later, Michael (a father of three) was killed when he slammed into a tree during a New Year's eve skiing accident in Colorado. (credit: AP)
Michael Kennedy In 1996, Michael Kennedy (RFK's son) was married to Victoria Gifford (daughter of Frank) when he became embroiled in a sex scandal when it was revealed that, years earlier, he had had an affair with the family babysitter who was only 14 at the time. The babysitter refused to press charges even though she was underage. But the fallout caused Michael's brother Joseph to pull out of the Massachusetts Governor's race. A year later, Michael (a father of three) was killed when he slammed into a tree during a New Year's eve skiing accident in Colorado. (credit: AP)
Ultraconservative Sen. Larry Craig insists he is "not gay", but he was arrested in the summer of 2007 in a public bathroom where an undercover officer was conducting a sting of gay males soliciting sex. In December, an Idaho newspaper reported that eight men claimed to have sexual encounters with the senator -- or say he came on to them. One of the men, a former male escort, says Craig paid him $200 for sex. That escort, Mike Jones, is the same escort who said Pastor Ted Haggard paid him for sex forcing the pastor to resign when the scandal came to light. (credit: CBS)
Larry Craig Ultraconservative Sen. Larry Craig insists he is "not gay", but he was arrested in the summer of 2007 in a public bathroom where an undercover officer was conducting a sting of gay males soliciting sex. In December, an Idaho newspaper reported that eight men claimed to have sexual encounters with the senator -- or say he came on to them. One of the men, a former male escort, says Craig paid him $200 for sex. That escort, Mike Jones, is the same escort who said Pastor Ted Haggard paid him for sex forcing the pastor to resign when the scandal came to light. (credit: CBS)
Rod Majors, Matt Sanchez, porn, Falcon Studios
Rod Majors aka Matt Sanchez Conservative Matt Sanchez -- who is also an evangelical Christian -- was embraced by TV pundits (Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter particularly fawned over him) as an outstanding Marine and outspoken advocate for the Iraq war. In March 2007 Sanchez, accepted the "academic freedom award" from a right-wing group. Liberal bloggers thought Sanchez looked a bit familiar and outed him as a gay porn star and male escort. Through the 90s, Sanchez, who went by the name of Rod Majors (subtle, no?) appeared in 30-something gay titles like "Jawbreaker", "Idol Country" and "Lunch Hour 2: Sweating Grease" and advertised as a sex-for-sale massage therapist in NY gay publications until recently. Sanchez insists he is heterosexual. (credit: www.falconstudios.com)
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick went on TV in January 2008, with his wife at his side, to discuss charges of whether he lied to a prosecutor about whether or not he and an aide, former chief of staff Christine Beatty, had had an affair, which they both originally denied in a court of law. Fourteen thousand text messages between the two (she: "did you miss me, sexually?" he "Hell yeah, I want some more!") were sometimes steamy and released to the public. Kilpatrick said he would fight to keep his job despite calls for his resignation. Kilpatrick said he was "sorry" and apologized to his supporters and the people of Detroit for his "profoundly embarrassing" behavior. His wife said "my husband and I will get through this. I am angry and I am hurt and disappointed but there is no question I love my husband." On September 4, 2008, Kilpatrick accepted a plea deal: he will go to jail for 4 months and pay a $1 million fine. He'll also be on probation for five years. He also agreed not to run for public office during that five-year period. Kilpatrick also gives up his state pension. (credit: AP)
Kwame Kilpatrick Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick went on TV in January 2008, with his wife at his side, to discuss charges of whether he lied to a prosecutor about whether or not he and an aide, former chief of staff Christine Beatty, had had an affair, which they both originally denied in a court of law. Fourteen thousand text messages between the two (she: "did you miss me, sexually?" he "Hell yeah, I want some more!") were sometimes steamy and released to the public. Kilpatrick said he would fight to keep his job despite calls for his resignation. Kilpatrick said he was "sorry" and apologized to his supporters and the people of Detroit for his "profoundly embarrassing" behavior. His wife said "my husband and I will get through this. I am angry and I am hurt and disappointed but there is no question I love my husband." On September 4, 2008, Kilpatrick accepted a plea deal: he will go to jail for 4 months and pay a $1 million fine. He'll also be on probation for five years. He also agreed not to run for public office during that five-year period. Kilpatrick also gives up his state pension. (credit: AP)
Congressman Mark Foley ...as conservative as they go and an outspoken critic of Bill Clinton's during the Monica mess...championed child safety on the net and introduced legislation that would keep sexual predators away from kids. Come to find out, while Foley should have been voting on the Senate floor, he was up in his office sending inappropriate IMs to young men. (credit: AP)
Mark Foley Congressman Mark Foley ...as conservative as they go and an outspoken critic of Bill Clinton's during the Monica mess...championed child safety on the net and introduced legislation that would keep sexual predators away from kids. Come to find out, while Foley should have been voting on the Senate floor, he was up in his office sending inappropriate IMs to young men. (credit: AP)
New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, 48, came into office in 2006 with a dogged reputation of fighting crime and vowing to clean up New York from corruption. So it was a bit of a shock, to say the least, when the New York Times website reported on March 10, 2008 that Spitzer, New York's former attorney general, was linked as a high-profile client to the escort ring Emperors Club VIP, a web-based service that featured high-class call girls who charged as much as $5,500 an hour. Spitzer abruptly announced he had to spend more time with his family. (credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
Eliot Spitzer New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, 48, came into office in 2006 with a dogged reputation of fighting crime and vowing to clean up New York from corruption. So it was a bit of a shock, to say the least, when the New York Times website reported on March 10, 2008 that Spitzer, New York's former attorney general, was linked as a high-profile client to the escort ring Emperors Club VIP, a web-based service that featured high-class call girls who charged as much as $5,500 an hour. Spitzer abruptly announced he had to spend more time with his family. (credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
"Big Brother" contestant "Crazy James" joined the cast of BB9 saying he liked older women. What he didn't mention was that his repertoire also apparently includes men. Several videos of James in various states of undress -- and in solo action -- found their way onto the net within days of BB9's premiere. Days later, more hardcore fare showed up with James, uh, being active sexually with a male partner. Very hardcore. Very active. No word from the producers if they knew about the houseguest's steamy past. (credit: CBS)
Big Brother's Crazy James "Big Brother" contestant "Crazy James" joined the cast of BB9 saying he liked older women. What he didn't mention was that his repertoire also apparently includes men. Several videos of James in various states of undress -- and in solo action -- found their way onto the net within days of BB9's premiere. Days later, more hardcore fare showed up with James, uh, being active sexually with a male partner. Very hardcore. Very active. No word from the producers if they knew about the houseguest's steamy past. (credit: CBS)
Less than a full day after being sworn in as the new governor of New York, David Paterson told the New York Daily News that he and his wife both had extramarital affairs during a rough patch in their marriage. Paterson insisted during his weekly Friday trysts (including rooms at the Days Inn and food at TGIF's...hey big spender!) he always used his own money and not the taxpayers. However, on March 20, 2008 he admitted that at least one of the trysts might have accidentally been charged to his campaign as "constituent services." Paterson, of course, took over when Eliot Spitzer resigned in a sex scandal involving a high-class call girl ring. (credit: CBS)
David Paterson Less than a full day after being sworn in as the new governor of New York, David Paterson told the New York Daily News that he and his wife both had extramarital affairs during a rough patch in their marriage. Paterson insisted during his weekly Friday trysts (including rooms at the Days Inn and food at TGIF's...hey big spender!) he always used his own money and not the taxpayers. However, on March 20, 2008 he admitted that at least one of the trysts might have accidentally been charged to his campaign as "constituent services." Paterson, of course, took over when Eliot Spitzer resigned in a sex scandal involving a high-class call girl ring. (credit: CBS)
John and Elizabeth Edwards seemed like the perfect couple. Of course, in politics reality is rarely what it seems. Edwards shocked the country, much of his staff and the media on August 8, 2008 when he admitted to an affair the tabloids were long rumor-mongering on. Edwards said he had had an extramarital affair with a woman, Rielle Hunter, who was once hired by his staff to do promotional videos about the Senator. Edwards, however, vehemently denied that he fathered a child out of wedlock with the 42-year-old Hunter. That is until almost a year to the day when he acknowledged the affair, a report from CBS affiliate WRAL on August 12, 2009 said Edwards was ready to admit the child, a girl named Frances, was his progeny. (credit: CBS)
John Edwards & Rielle Hunter John and Elizabeth Edwards seemed like the perfect couple. Of course, in politics reality is rarely what it seems. Edwards shocked the country, much of his staff and the media on August 8, 2008 when he admitted to an affair the tabloids were long rumor-mongering on. Edwards said he had had an extramarital affair with a woman, Rielle Hunter, who was once hired by his staff to do promotional videos about the Senator. Edwards, however, vehemently denied that he fathered a child out of wedlock with the 42-year-old Hunter. That is until almost a year to the day when he acknowledged the affair, a report from CBS affiliate WRAL on August 12, 2009 said Edwards was ready to admit the child, a girl named Frances, was his progeny. (credit: CBS)
In October 2008, congressman Tim Mahoney, a Democrat in Florida, was implicated in a sex scandal after it was learned he paid off a woman he had had an affair with. Turns out, there was another woman. Mahoney admitted to "at least" two affairs but said he broke no laws and that he wouldn't resign his seat. Ironically, Mahoney admitted that one of the affairs began as he was running a "family values" campaign. Ha! Oh, and for more irony: Mahoney was running for the seat left vacant by Mark Foley, the Republican who resigned after the scandal broke that purported he was sending inappropriate and sexually-charged IMs and E mails to male pages. (credit: CBS)
Tim Mahoney In October 2008, congressman Tim Mahoney, a Democrat in Florida, was implicated in a sex scandal after it was learned he paid off a woman he had had an affair with. Turns out, there was another woman. Mahoney admitted to "at least" two affairs but said he broke no laws and that he wouldn't resign his seat. Ironically, Mahoney admitted that one of the affairs began as he was running a "family values" campaign. Ha! Oh, and for more irony: Mahoney was running for the seat left vacant by Mark Foley, the Republican who resigned after the scandal broke that purported he was sending inappropriate and sexually-charged IMs and E mails to male pages. (credit: CBS)
David Duchovny and Tea Leoni's marriage hit a rocky patch in 2008 when it was revealed the couple was separating. Reportedly, the star of Showtime's "Californication" (about a sex-obsessed writer) was in rehab for sexual addiction. In a statement, the former "X-Files" heart throb asked for "respect and privacy for my wife and children as we deal with this situation as a family." By the end of the year, one of Hollywood's more popular couples was publicly trying to patch up their imperfect union. (credit: AP)
David Duchovny & Tea Leoni David Duchovny and Tea Leoni's marriage hit a rocky patch in 2008 when it was revealed the couple was separating. Reportedly, the star of Showtime's "Californication" (about a sex-obsessed writer) was in rehab for sexual addiction. In a statement, the former "X-Files" heart throb asked for "respect and privacy for my wife and children as we deal with this situation as a family." By the end of the year, one of Hollywood's more popular couples was publicly trying to patch up their imperfect union. (credit: AP)
Openly gay Portland Oregon Mayor Sam Adams refused to resign his post in Janaury 2009 after admitting he lied about a sexual relationship with an underage male. Adams publicly apologized for lying about a sexual relationship with legislative intern Beau Breedlove who was 17 when he and the mayor met in 2005. Both men insist there was no sexual activity until Breedlove turned 18 but Breedlove said they kissed "twice" when he was a year younger. Adams also apologized for coaching Breedlove on how to lie about their affair when he was first approached by reporters. (credit: AP)
Sam Adams Openly gay Portland Oregon Mayor Sam Adams refused to resign his post in Janaury 2009 after admitting he lied about a sexual relationship with an underage male. Adams publicly apologized for lying about a sexual relationship with legislative intern Beau Breedlove who was 17 when he and the mayor met in 2005. Both men insist there was no sexual activity until Breedlove turned 18 but Breedlove said they kissed "twice" when he was a year younger. Adams also apologized for coaching Breedlove on how to lie about their affair when he was first approached by reporters. (credit: AP)
Alex Rodriguez, superstar third baseman for the New York Yankees, was already involved in a messy divorce when his now ex-wife accused the slugger of making time with the Material Girl. No stranger to sex scandals herself (remember the book "Sex"), Madonna and A-Rod denied they were anything more than friends. They did happen to run into each other an inordinate amount for people who just happened to be casual acquaintances. In March 2009, the New York Daily News threw more caution to the wind and reported that madam Kristin Davis -- who reportedly supplied one-time NY Governor Elliot Spitzer with prostitutes -- also supplied call girls -- at least a half dozen times to A-Rod! Well, he is, after all, the highest-paid player in major league baseball! He could just be spreading the wealth around. Davis says A-Rod dated her "for free." (credit: Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Alex Rodriguez Alex Rodriguez, superstar third baseman for the New York Yankees, was already involved in a messy divorce when his now ex-wife accused the slugger of making time with the Material Girl. No stranger to sex scandals herself (remember the book "Sex"), Madonna and A-Rod denied they were anything more than friends. They did happen to run into each other an inordinate amount for people who just happened to be casual acquaintances. In March 2009, the New York Daily News threw more caution to the wind and reported that madam Kristin Davis -- who reportedly supplied one-time NY Governor Elliot Spitzer with prostitutes -- also supplied call girls -- at least a half dozen times to A-Rod! Well, he is, after all, the highest-paid player in major league baseball! He could just be spreading the wealth around. Davis says A-Rod dated her "for free." (credit: Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Vince Shlomi, Sham Wow, Arrested
Vince Shlomi With one arrest, Vince Shlomi went from being the pitchman for ShamWow to being a guy known for ShamOwww! Police in Miami Beach say Shlomi took a hooker back to his hotel room in March 2009 -- a comely woman named Sasha Harris -- and gave her $900+ for fun and frivolity. For some reason, she bit Shlomi's tongue and refused to let go. Hence the shamOWW! He got mad and reportedly struck her several times. The fight escalated and both got arrested for aggravated assault. Police say neither will be charged. While Shlomi got off (sorry!) relatively lightly he will be the butt of jokes on late night TV and the Internet for several months to come, no doubt.
Father Alberto Cutie (his name is pronounced Coo-tay, but let's face it, he is rather a cutie) caused a scandal in May 2009 when photos of the popular Miami priest and TV personality were published in a Spanish-language magazine. The photos showed the priest cavorting with a woman on a beach...lots of kissing, fondling and other un-church-like actitivies. After the photos ran, Cutie confessed he was in love with the woman. He is now grappling with whether or not to leave the priesthood. He has already quit as head of the Catholic Church in Miami as well as president of Radio Paz and Radio Peace, two stations run by the diocese. The handsome priest was dubbed by Newsweek "Father Oprah" because of his worldly broadcast appeal. Cutie married his cutie girlfriend June 2009. (credit: CBS)
Father Alberto Cutie Father Alberto Cutie (his name is pronounced Coo-tay, but let's face it, he is rather a cutie) caused a scandal in May 2009 when photos of the popular Miami priest and TV personality were published in a Spanish-language magazine. The photos showed the priest cavorting with a woman on a beach...lots of kissing, fondling and other un-church-like actitivies. After the photos ran, Cutie confessed he was in love with the woman. He is now grappling with whether or not to leave the priesthood. He has already quit as head of the Catholic Church in Miami as well as president of Radio Paz and Radio Peace, two stations run by the diocese. The handsome priest was dubbed by Newsweek "Father Oprah" because of his worldly broadcast appeal. Cutie married his cutie girlfriend June 2009. (credit: CBS)
Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black poses in the press room with his best adapted screenplay award for 'Milk' at the 81st Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on Feb. 22, 2009, in Los Angeles. In June 2009, nude photos of Black, engaging in sex, were splashed all over the Internet. The gay community was mostly outraged that out blogger Perez Hilton also published the XXX photos and reported on an alleged sex tape. The photos were reportedly taken in 2006. Black who speaks about the importance of safe sex, was shown having unsafe sex. He later apologized to his fans and blasted the person who "is trying to profit from material which is clearly private." (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Dustin Lance Black Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black poses in the press room with his best adapted screenplay award for 'Milk' at the 81st Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on Feb. 22, 2009, in Los Angeles. In June 2009, nude photos of Black, engaging in sex, were splashed all over the Internet. The gay community was mostly outraged that out blogger Perez Hilton also published the XXX photos and reported on an alleged sex tape. The photos were reportedly taken in 2006. Black who speaks about the importance of safe sex, was shown having unsafe sex. He later apologized to his fans and blasted the person who "is trying to profit from material which is clearly private." (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Chip Pickering, who was a Republican congressman from Mississippi for 12 years, retired in Jan. 2009. His wife, Leisha Pickering, sued her husband's alleged mistress -- Elizabeth Creekmore Byrd -- for alienation of affection. The ex-Mrs. Pickering blamed Byrd for ruining her marriage and for destroying her husband's political career. The former congressman went on to be a lobbyist for Celluar South...which is, incidentally?...a telecommunications company owned by Creekmore Byrd's family. (credit: AP)
Chip Pickering Chip Pickering, who was a Republican congressman from Mississippi for 12 years, retired in Jan. 2009. His wife, Leisha Pickering, sued her husband's alleged mistress -- Elizabeth Creekmore Byrd -- for alienation of affection. The ex-Mrs. Pickering blamed Byrd for ruining her marriage and for destroying her husband's political career. The former congressman went on to be a lobbyist for Celluar South...which is, incidentally?...a telecommunications company owned by Creekmore Byrd's family. (credit: AP)
Nevada Sen. John Ensign was considered a rising star of the Republican party in June 2009, when it was revealed he had had an extramarital affair with a woman who worked on his campaign staff. The woman is also married to one of Ensign's former aides. Awkward! Reading from a prepared statement, Ensign said "I deeply regret and am very sorry for my actions." In a statement, Ensign's wife said the affair actually made them "stronger." Ensign, like Governor Mark Sanford, was an outspoken opponent of Bill Clinton's and called for the President to resign when his sexual scandal came to light. Ensign also called for fellow Senator Larry Craig to step down after he was arrested in an undercover sting. Ensign says he is committed to staying in the Senate. His affair reportedly lasted from Dec. 2007 - August 2008. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
John Ensign Nevada Sen. John Ensign was considered a rising star of the Republican party in June 2009, when it was revealed he had had an extramarital affair with a woman who worked on his campaign staff. The woman is also married to one of Ensign's former aides. Awkward! Reading from a prepared statement, Ensign said "I deeply regret and am very sorry for my actions." In a statement, Ensign's wife said the affair actually made them "stronger." Ensign, like Governor Mark Sanford, was an outspoken opponent of Bill Clinton's and called for the President to resign when his sexual scandal came to light. Ensign also called for fellow Senator Larry Craig to step down after he was arrested in an undercover sting. Ensign says he is committed to staying in the Senate. His affair reportedly lasted from Dec. 2007 - August 2008. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Republican South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford turned down the government's stimulus money, and to hear the late night comics tell it, he was getting his stimulus someplace else. Sanford went missing for 5 days in June 2009 -- his staff didn't know where he was. On father's day weekend, no less, the married father of four was actually in Argentina reportedly breaking up with a woman he had been having an affair, for a year, with. Sanford, of course, was one of Bill Clinton's leading critics during the Lewinsky affair. And Sanford is also a proponent of the Defense of Marriage Act and outspoken against same-sex marriage. Sanford also said one of his trips to Argentina was paid for with tax payer funds and he promises to pay it back. Wife Jenny wrote a best-selling book and divorced Sanford. (credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
Mark Sanford Republican South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford turned down the government's stimulus money, and to hear the late night comics tell it, he was getting his stimulus someplace else. Sanford went missing for 5 days in June 2009 -- his staff didn't know where he was. On father's day weekend, no less, the married father of four was actually in Argentina reportedly breaking up with a woman he had been having an affair, for a year, with. Sanford, of course, was one of Bill Clinton's leading critics during the Lewinsky affair. And Sanford is also a proponent of the Defense of Marriage Act and outspoken against same-sex marriage. Sanford also said one of his trips to Argentina was paid for with tax payer funds and he promises to pay it back. Wife Jenny wrote a best-selling book and divorced Sanford. (credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
Famed Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino reportedly told police that he was drinking at a Louisville restaurant in August 2003 when he had sex with Karen Sypher. She alleged in 2009 that Pitino had raped her at the restaurant and at another location. The Courier-Journal reported on their website in August 2009 that Pitino denied there had been a rape and that he also gave Sypher $3,000 for an abortion. He also accused Sypher of trying to extort him for $10 million. She denies the extortion charge. (credit: CBS)
Rick Pitino Famed Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino reportedly told police that he was drinking at a Louisville restaurant in August 2003 when he had sex with Karen Sypher. She alleged in 2009 that Pitino had raped her at the restaurant and at another location. The Courier-Journal reported on their website in August 2009 that Pitino denied there had been a rape and that he also gave Sypher $3,000 for an abortion. He also accused Sypher of trying to extort him for $10 million. She denies the extortion charge. (credit: CBS)
McSteamy indeed! Grey's Anatomy's "Dr. McSteamy" Eric Dane, his wife, actress Rebecca Gayheart, and Kari Ann Peniche turned up together in a naughty online video posted by Gawker.com on Aug. 16, 2009. The tape reportedly was in Peniche's possession. Various reports claimed the tape was stolen from her while Peniche appeared with room mate Mindy McReady on Dr. Drew's "Celebrity Rehab." TMZ quoted Marty Singer, lawyer for both Dane and Gayheart said they would sue anyone who published what is "a private, confidential tape." And he added, "From what I've seen, it's a naked tape, not a sex tape. At most, it's three people maybe wanting to have sex." (Or learn more about anatomy?) (credit: Gawker)
Eric Dane & Rebecca Gayheart & Kari Ann Peniche McSteamy indeed! Grey's Anatomy's "Dr. McSteamy" Eric Dane, his wife, actress Rebecca Gayheart, and Kari Ann Peniche turned up together in a naughty online video posted by Gawker.com on Aug. 16, 2009. The tape reportedly was in Peniche's possession. Various reports claimed the tape was stolen from her while Peniche appeared with room mate Mindy McReady on Dr. Drew's "Celebrity Rehab." TMZ quoted Marty Singer, lawyer for both Dane and Gayheart said they would sue anyone who published what is "a private, confidential tape." And he added, "From what I've seen, it's a naked tape, not a sex tape. At most, it's three people maybe wanting to have sex." (Or learn more about anatomy?) (credit: Gawker)
Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski fled California in 1978 after he entered a plea bargain for unlawfully drugging and having sex with a 13-year-old girl. (He maintained he panicked when he believed the judge was going to renege on the agreement.) Polanski, who was 44 at the time of the crime, is expected to be extradited from Switzerland to face justice in California for having sex with Samantha Gailey (now Geimer.) For her part, Geimer, who reportedly got a financial settlement from Polanski said she wished the entire ordeal could be "put to rest for both of us." She added, "I don't think he needs to be locked up forever. It's an unpleasant memory. (But) I can live with it." (credit: CBS)
Roman Polanski Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski fled California in 1978 after he entered a plea bargain for unlawfully drugging and having sex with a 13-year-old girl. (He maintained he panicked when he believed the judge was going to renege on the agreement.) Polanski, who was 44 at the time of the crime, is expected to be extradited from Switzerland to face justice in California for having sex with Samantha Gailey (now Geimer.) For her part, Geimer, who reportedly got a financial settlement from Polanski said she wished the entire ordeal could be "put to rest for both of us." She added, "I don't think he needs to be locked up forever. It's an unpleasant memory. (But) I can live with it." (credit: CBS)
KCAL 9 reporter Dave Lopez reported exclusively September 2009  about recorded audio tapes allegedly showing a conservative Republican O.C. Assemblyman, namely Michael Duvall, openly talking about at least two affairs on a hot open mic. Duvall was unknowingly recorded during a committee meeting in Sacramento. The sex reportedly occured with female lobbyists in the State Capitol. Lopez also reported that "much of the taped onversation (is too graphic) for television." Duvall, ironically, gets high marks -- 100% in fact -- from Capitol Resource Institute, for his "protection of strong family values." Lopez says Duvall turned down repeated requests for interviews. Duvall resigned his position the day after the scandal broke. The following day he wrote on his web site that he denied having sex but did admit to "engaging in inappropriate strorytelling." (credit: CBS)
Mike Duvall KCAL 9 reporter Dave Lopez reported exclusively September 2009 about recorded audio tapes allegedly showing a conservative Republican O.C. Assemblyman, namely Michael Duvall, openly talking about at least two affairs on a hot open mic. Duvall was unknowingly recorded during a committee meeting in Sacramento. The sex reportedly occured with female lobbyists in the State Capitol. Lopez also reported that "much of the taped onversation (is too graphic) for television." Duvall, ironically, gets high marks -- 100% in fact -- from Capitol Resource Institute, for his "protection of strong family values." Lopez says Duvall turned down repeated requests for interviews. Duvall resigned his position the day after the scandal broke. The following day he wrote on his web site that he denied having sex but did admit to "engaging in inappropriate strorytelling." (credit: CBS)
David Letterman reveals to his late night audience his affairs with several staffers on his show and the extortion plot against him in Manhattan on October 1, 2009. Robert Joel Halderman (known as Joe), a producer at "48 Hours" was accused of trying to extort $2 million from Letterman. Halderman reportedly lived for a time with Stephanie Birkitt, a former Letterman assistant often appeared on the show in comedy bits. (credit: CBS)
David Letterman David Letterman reveals to his late night audience his affairs with several staffers on his show and the extortion plot against him in Manhattan on October 1, 2009. Robert Joel Halderman (known as Joe), a producer at "48 Hours" was accused of trying to extort $2 million from Letterman. Halderman reportedly lived for a time with Stephanie Birkitt, a former Letterman assistant often appeared on the show in comedy bits. (credit: CBS)
ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips acknowledged having an affair with Brooke Hundley, an assistant at the cable network in October 2009, and has taken a leave of absence during the playoffs. The New York Post reported that after Phillips dumped Hundley she sent a letter to his wife detailing the most intimate aspects of their affair and the newspaper compared some of Hundley's post affair behavior with that of Glenn Close's character in "Fatal Attraction." Several days after the news of the affair broke, ESPN announced both Phillips and Hundley were both fired. Meanwhile, Phillips acknowledged he was entering a clinic to deal with sex addiction. (credit: AP)
Steve Phillips ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips acknowledged having an affair with Brooke Hundley, an assistant at the cable network in October 2009, and has taken a leave of absence during the playoffs. The New York Post reported that after Phillips dumped Hundley she sent a letter to his wife detailing the most intimate aspects of their affair and the newspaper compared some of Hundley's post affair behavior with that of Glenn Close's character in "Fatal Attraction." Several days after the news of the affair broke, ESPN announced both Phillips and Hundley were both fired. Meanwhile, Phillips acknowledged he was entering a clinic to deal with sex addiction. (credit: AP)
In a statement on his Web site on Dec. 2, 2009, Tiger Woods apologized to his family, friends and fans for "sins" and "transgressions." The apology came after a car crash in his front yard brought the glare of the media spotlight on the golf superstar's personal life. An apparent voice mail message from Woods to a woman who claimed they had had a 31-month affair was released earlier that day. Later, more than a dozen women stepped forward and claimed dalliances with the golf legend. Wife Elin filed for divorced and the couple was officially kaput August 2010. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods In a statement on his Web site on Dec. 2, 2009, Tiger Woods apologized to his family, friends and fans for "sins" and "transgressions." The apology came after a car crash in his front yard brought the glare of the media spotlight on the golf superstar's personal life. An apparent voice mail message from Woods to a woman who claimed they had had a 31-month affair was released earlier that day. Later, more than a dozen women stepped forward and claimed dalliances with the golf legend. Wife Elin filed for divorced and the couple was officially kaput August 2010. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger arrives at the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009, in Los Angeles, Calif. For the second time in two years, Roethlisberger found himself accused of sexual assault in 2010. First, a woman accused him of raping her in 2008 at a Lake Tahoe hotel. (He denied the charges and is counter-suing the woman.) In a second alleged incident, in March 2010, the NFL star is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a nightclub near his home in suburban Atlanta. (credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Eric Massa, congressman
Eric Massa Eric Massa, Democrat Representative of New York, resigned in March 2010 with, in his words, "a profound sense of failure." It was revealed that Massa was stepping down rather than face an ethics investigation involving a harassment complaint from a male staffer. During an exchange with sexual overtones, Massa said he used language that left no doubt that he was making his subordinate "uncomfortable." First citing his battles with cancer for the cause of his sudden resignation, Massa later revealed he didn't want to put his family (he is married) through the rigors, and embarassment, of an ethics probe. (credit: AP)
Roy Ashburn
Roy Ashburn Calif. State Senator Roy Ashburn was arrested for a DUI in March 2010. He was pulled over with a male companion in his car. This would normally not be that newsworthy, but Ashburn is a conservative Republican who ran on a family values, anti-gay platform...and when he was pulled over, he and the companion had reportedly just left a gay nightclub called Faces. Ashburn has voted against gay issues at every opportunity. Leading gay activists called Ashburn, the married father of four, "a hypocrite." About a week after his arrest, he came out. (credit: Sac. County Sheriff's Dept.)
Sandra Bullock, Jesse James
Sandra Bullock & Jesse James By all accounts, actress Sandra Bullock and her husband Jesse James were madly in love ... she said as much accepting her Golden Globe and Oscar for her work in the film "The Blind Side." But it was Bullock who was, apparently, blind-sided by magazine reports that her husband was cheating on her, for 11 months, with a tattoo model. Bullock canceled all personal appearances after the scandal broke (two weeks after the Oscars, no less) and James apologized to PEOPLE Magazine for his "bad judgment" and said he deserved "everything bad that is coming my way." (credit: Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Glenn Richardson
Glenn Richardson Glenn Richardson was a popular family-values Republican from Georgia and speaker of that state's state house. There was talk he could be Governor someday. He stepped down in December 2009 when his wife accused him of having an affair with a lobbyist. And at the same time he acknowleged a suicide try. His successor, Rep. Daniel Stout also admitted to having an affair. And, he too, is a family values advocate. Well, at least these days he is. Ten years ago, it was reported Stout had an affair...with his first wife's mother! Is he ready for "Jerry Springer" or what?? It gets better (or worse, depending upon your perspective.) To add another twist, his then wife was pregnant with their daughter! He told reporters that that "humbling experience changed my life dramatically." He also said his relationship with his mother-in-law "stopped short of sex." Good thing or those family picnics might have been a little awkward...to say the least. (credit: AP)
Mark Souder
Mark Souder Indiana Republican Rep. Mark Souder announced plans to resign from Congress because he had an affair with a staffer. In a statement issued on May 18, 2010, the politician who ran on a "family values" platform says he has "sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff." The part-time lover, uh, employee...Tracy Jackson...resigned the following day. (credit: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)
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