The 7 Most Shocking Celebrity Scandals of 2014, Ranked
By Raphael Chestang
Hollywood is no stranger to scandal, and 2014 had some of the biggest to date. ET takes a look at the celebrity scandals that rocked our world over the past year.
7. Teresa Giudice:The Real Housewives of New Jersey star was sentenced to 15 months in prison for fraud charges stemming from a 39-count indictment filed in July 2013. Teresa and her husband Joe pleaded guilty to charges of bank fraud, mail and wire fraud and bankruptcy fraud in March 2014. Joe was ordered to serve 41 months in jail and pay $414,000 in restitution. Teresa will serve her sentence beginning on Jan. 5, while Joe will serve his time after her release. The judge agreed to stagger the sentences so that their four daughters would not be parentless.
6. Donald Sterling: The former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers was brought down after telephone recordings leaked online featuring the billionaire making racist remarks to his former assistant V. Stiviano. In the recordings, Donald expresses his displeasure with Stiviano for posting pictures of herself with black people on Instagram. After the backlash from the recordings, Donald was banned from the NBA for life and his wife Shelly was cleared by a Los Angeles judge to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO.
5. Justin Bieber: The international pop star had a particularly tumultuous year. Back in January he was suspected of DUI in Miami and alleged to have been drag racing, which led to a glassy-eyed mugshot. The next month, Bieber's jet was held at a New Jersey airport for a pot odor, but no drugs were found. In June, a four-year-old video was released showing Bieber singing the N-word. Bieber later apologized for the video after tweeting several Bible verses. "Facing mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I've ever dealt with," said Bieber. "But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger. Once again, I am sorry for all those I have let down and offended."
4. June "Mama June" Shannon: The former Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star lost her reality show after photos surfaced showing her with convicted sex offender Mark McDaniel, whom she used to date. Mama June's eldest daughter Anna "Chickadee" Cardwell later spoke out to People, saying that she was molested by McDaniel when she was eight years old. TLC canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after the report that Mama June was spending time with McDaniel again.
3. Elevator Fights (Solange/Ray Rice): Security footage played a big part in two of this year's scandals. Solange Knowles was caught attacking brother-in-law Jay Z in an elevator the night of the Met Gala. The incident was reportedly sparked by a conversation that Solange had earlier in the night with designer Rachel Roy. According to People, Roy, ex-wife to Jay Z's ex-business partner Damon Dash, told Solange about her "history" with Jay Z, which upset Solange. Beyonce reportedly broke up the argument between Solange and Roy, but couldn't keep Solange from taking a few shots at Jay Z later on. Things seem to be patched up with the family now. Just days later, they released a joint statement, saying, "We love each other and above all we are family." In Atlantic City, cameras were rolling on NFL running back Ray Rice when he punched his wife Janay in the face on Feb. 15. Janay, his then-fiance, was knocked unconscious from the blow. Ray was suspended indefinitely for his actions but he successfully appealed the suspension after an arbitrator concluded that Ray came clean to the NFL about the incident before the video was leaked.
2. Nude Hacking: Jennifer Lawrence, Kaley Cuoco and Kate Upton were among a group of more than 100 stars whose nude or intimate private pictures were stolen and then leaked on the Internet this year. And stars weren't the only hacking victims. Sony Pictures fell victim to the biggest hack of the decade when embarrassing emails, documents and videos were leaked online. The incident sparked an international controversy over The Interview after threats of retribution were made, leading to the cancelation of the film's original Christmas Day release. Sony eventually did release the film to a handful of theaters and online. The film wound up making $18 million in four days.
1. Bill Cosby: A firestorm of controversy surrounded the comedian after multiple allegations surfaced, claiming that he sexually assaulted numerous women, with alleged incidents dating as far back as 1969. Many of the women echoed similar claims of being drugged and sexually assaulted. One of his accusers, supermodel Janice Dickinson, came to ET with her allegations, claiming that Cosby contacted her after she got out of rehab in 1982 and convinced her to travel to Lake Tahoe to have dinner and discuss a possible job opportunity. After the dinner she alleged that he gave her a pill meant to help with menstrual cramps. "The next morning I woke up, and I wasn't wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man," she alleged. "Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain."