Celebrity News The biggest star scandals of 2019, from R. Kelly to Lori Loughlin, Matt Lauer and more

491
SHARES
1.4k
VIEWS

Celebrity News

CLOSE

As the year winds down, we’re reflecting on 2019 highlights in the world of home entertainment: the great, the bad and the scandalous.

Some stars in particular got involved major scandals over the course of the year. Some were accused of sexual attack, like R. Kelly and Matt Lauer, or involved legal battles, like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. Others were slammed for insensitive comments, like Liam Neeson, or for shady unfaithful rumors, like Jed Wyatt of “The Bachelorette” and Tristan Thompson, Khloe Kardashian’s now-ex.

These are a few of the greatest celeb scandals of2019 Click through the gallery here for the full list.

Celebrity News R. Kelly claims

” Making It Through R. Kelly,” the documentary series that started airing Jan. 3, detailing unpleasant accusations of sexual assault and misconduct against the singer. Kelly has actually spent the majority of this year wrapped up in multiple legal fights associated with sex criminal activities

After almost 20 years of allegations versus him, Kelly was prosecuted in February and offered an intense interview a month later with Gayle King, throughout which he screamed and sobbed while emphatically keeping his innocence.

Timeline: R. Kelly’s history of sex-abuse arrests, indictments and lawsuits throughout the years

‘ I’ve been assassinated’: R. Kelly screams and cries as he claims he’s innocent

Celebrity News Jussie Smollett reports attack

Jussie Smollett gathered compassion around the nation after stepping forward on Jan. 29, declaring he was the victim of a brutal racist, homophobic attack in Chicago.

Details later emerged that told a much various story: the ” Empire” star was accused of managing the entire attack to get acknowledgment and enhance his career.

After being suspended from ” Empire,” Smollett has dealt with a claim from the city of Chicago, seeking a six-figure civil fine for presumably wasting cops time on an alleged hoax hate-crime claim.

Initial story: ‘Em pire’ star Jussie Smollett: Attackers yelled, ‘This is MAGA country’ throughout pounding

Shifting the trajectory: FBI investigates whether Jussie Smollett had any function in threatening letter

Celebrity News Liam Neeson’s controverisal comments

In a stunning interview with The Independent on Feb. 4, star Liam Neeson recalled he when looked for vengeance for a loved one’s rape by looking for a black person to kill.

” My instant reaction was … I asked, did she understand who it was? No. ‘What color were they?’ She said it was a black person,” Neeson told the outlet. “I went up and down areas with a (nightstick), hoping I ‘d be approached by someone– I’m embarrassed to state that– and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and attempt me about something, you understand? So that I could– eliminate him.”

The remarks were satisfied with severe reaction, and Neeson made a look on “Good Early Morning America” the next day. “I’m not racist,” he informed host Robin Roberts, including he made the comments in the first location to open a challenging conversation about bigotry.

Original story: ‘ Liam Neeson is canceled’: Fans respond to star’s story of desire for racist vengeance

Troubleshooting: ‘ I’m not racist’: Liam Neeson talks strategy to eliminate black person on ‘Good Early Morning America’

Celebrity News Khloe Kardashian/ Tristan Thompson split

Reports began to emerge in Feb. that Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson’s relationship demise was assisted in part due to a cheating scandal with Kylie Jenner’s buddy Jordyn Woods.

Woods admitted to kissing Thompson on an episode of Jada Pinkett Smith’s “Red Table Talk,” however denied accusations that she was the reason the couple had actually divided. Kardashian slammed her remarks after the episode, blaming Woods directly as the reason her “family broke up” however later on said sorry.

How did we get here? A timeline of Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson’s relationship

The drama continues: Khloe Kardashian goes after Jordyn Woods following ‘Red Table Talk’ tell-all

Celebrity News Ryan Adams misbehavior accusations

A report emerged on Feb. 14 that FBI was examining singer/songwriter Ryan Adams amidst accusations he sexually harassed and manipulated female artists, including his ex-wife, Mandy Moore, who informed The New York Times that “music was a point of control for him.”

” His controlling behavior basically did block my ability to make new connections in the market throughout a really pivotal and possibly lucrative time– my entire mid-to-late 20 s,” she included.

Initial story: FBI supposedly looking into accusations Ryan Adams sexted with underage fan

Mandy Moore on marital relationship to Ryan Adams: ‘I seemed like I was drowning’

Celebrity News Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin charged

CLOSE

Operation Varsity Blues, as it became recognized, exploded on March 12 after charges were revealed versus 52 moms and dads accused of bribing college coaches and screening experts to help get their children into a few of the most elite schools in the nation.

Starlet Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty in April to paying $15,00 0 to have someone right responses on the SAT test of her earliest daughter. She was sentenced to 14 days of prison time and served 11 days in October.

Original story: Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin: What do feds declare they did and what happens next?

Felicity Huffman finishes jail sentence, released early

” Full House” star Lori Loughlin, together with partner designer Mossimo Giannulli, was implicated of paying $500,00 0 to get their two children wrongly categorized as crew employees to be admitted into the University of Southern California. The couple has actually kept innocence and are getting ready for trial.

What we understand about Olivia Jade, Lori Loughlin’s daughter captured up in admissions scandal

Lori Loughlin pleads innocent to brand-new charges in college admissions scandal

Celebrity News Woody Allen backlash

Director Woody Allen dealt with backlash in June after he claimed in an interview that he ought to be the face of the #MeToo motion because he’s worked with hundreds of actresses over 50 years and no one had ever “suggested any impropriety.”

Dylan Farrow, Allen’s adoptive child, in 2014 renewed the claim that Allen molested her in 1992 when she was 7 years of ages. Allen has long rejected the accusations. He was investigated however not charged. A number of actors have distanced themselves from Allen, raising questions about the future of the prolific filmmaker in a Hollywood recently sensitive to accusations of sexual misbehavior.

Allen settled in court with Amazon Studios in November after the studio ended its contract with him, claiming he breached the four-movie deal by making insensitive remarks about the #MeToo motion.

Woody Allen settles legal fight after Amazon scuttles his film over #MeToo controversy

Jeff Goldblum says he ‘would think about working with’ Woody Allen again, draws reaction

Celebrity News A$ AP Rocky imprisoned

Rapper A$ AP Rocky made worldwide headlines when he was convicted of assault in a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm, Sweden.

He said he tried to avoid a confrontation with 2 males who were following his entourage On Aug. 14, the rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, and his 2 bodyguards were offered “conditional sentences,” meaning they will not serve jail time unless they commit a similar offense in the future.

The scandal captured the attention of Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, along with President Donald Trump, who weighed in to support the Grammy-nominated recording artist.

After being released from Swedish custody, A$ AP Rocky thanked his supporters.

I’m ‘disappointed’: A$ AP Rocky breaks silence after guilty verdict in Sweden attack case

A$ AP Rocky to perform in Sweden numerous months after being jailed there, founded guilty of attack

Celebrity News Cuba Gooding Jr.’s lawsuit

Oscar-winning star Cuba Gooding Jr. was apprehended in June after a 29- year-old female said he squeezed her breast without approval at Manhattan night spot. Gooding has denied all claims of misdeed and pleaded innocent in October to an indictment that includes accusations from a brand-new accuser, alleging he likewise pinched a woman’s butts at a Manhattan nightclub in October 2018.

Initial story: Cuba Gooding Jr investigated by NY polices for allegedly groping lady in bar

Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads innocent to charges in sexual misbehavior case

Celebrity News Jedd Wyatt’s ‘Bachelorette’ reaction

Bachelor Country went wild over the summertime when “Bachelorette” candidate Jed Wyatt was exposed in an Individuals short article for being in a severe relationship straight before shooting Hannah Brown’s season of the truth dating show. Worse, the singer/songwriter wound up proposing to Brown, who didn’t understand about the claims until primary shooting for the program had concluded.

Wyatt ended up being a social media pariah, and Brown concluded the experience single as soon as again.

Initial story: ‘ Bachelorette’ star Jed Wyatt remained in a major relationship during the show, his ex claims

‘ Bachelorette’ finale recap: What went down in between Hannah and Jed after the last rose

Celebrity News Taylor Swift vs. Scooter Braun

Taylor Swift and music executive Scooter Bruan fell under an ugly back-and-forth in July after she declared his purchase of Huge Machine Label Group(and with it, her whole existing catalog of music), came as an unwanted surprise.

In a lengthy Tumblr post, Swift called the offer her “worst case situation,” accusing Braun of subjecting her to “incessant, manipulative bullying” for years and ” controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated” with him.

Braun and Huge Machine CEO Scott Borchetta knocked Swift’s remarks, arguing she really did have prior understanding of the sale and didn’t “discover it as it was announced to the world,” as she composed in the post.

In November, Swift again called out Braun and Borchetta, claiming they had actually given her a difficult set of conditions if she wants to play a collection of her old hits at the American Music Awards show later on that month. They rejected her allegations.

Who is Scooter Braun? A take a look at the guy who ended up being Taylor Swift’s ‘worst case circumstance’

Taylor Swift strikes back at Huge Machine after label rejected her claim she is blocked from performing old tunes

Celebrity News Scarlett Johansson’s declarations on acting roles

Scarlett Johansson raised eyebrows in July over questionable remarks she made about which roles she must be enabled to play.

” Performing goes through trends,” she said. “You know, as a star I need to be allowed to play anybody, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my task. There are a great deal of social lines being drawn now, and a lot of political correctness is being reflected in art.”

The “Avengers” star dropped out of the film “Rub and Tug” almost precisely a year prior, following a heavy reaction that argued a cisgender woman should not play a transgender man. In 2017, Johansson was likewise slammed for “whitewashing” Japanese manga with her function in ” Ghost in the Shell.”

She later on reacted to the backlash, arguing in a declaration to U.S.A. TODAY that the interview was “secured of context” and guaranteed to “continue to support” casting variety.

Scarlett Johansson protects casting: ‘ I must be enabled to play anybody, tree or animal’

‘ The View’ hosts slam Scarlett Johansson: ‘ She needs to be more understanding of her words’

Celebrity News Kevin Spacey case falls apart

Less than 2 years after William Little publicly accused Kevin Spacey of groping him at a Nantucket bar when he was 18, the criminal case collapsed after Little pleaded the fifth in the wake of his cellphone — they only essential piece of evidence — disappearing.

Massachusetts prosecutors dropped the case on July 17.

Spacey, among the first Hollywood figures to be implicated of numerous allegations of sexual misconduct at the start of the #MeToo motion, no longer has any pending U.S. cases. Police in London said over the summer season they’re examining allegations of sexual misconduct, but there’s been no public upgrade.

Kevin Spacey criminal groping case stopped by prosecutors due to accuser’s ‘unavailability’

LA prosecutors decline Kevin Spacey sex battery case because the accuser has died

Celebrity News Placido Domingo called out

An Aug. 13 report by the Associated Press exposed 9 allegations of unwanted sexual advances against long time opera star Placido Domingo that spanned three years. Because then, 11 more females have actually stepped forward with allegations of unwanted sexual advances or unsuitable, sexually charged behavior and of sometimes damaging their careers if they rejected him.

Domingo has rejected the allegations through a represenative. He’s since resigned from positions with the LA Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Tokyo Olympics.

Initial story: Women implicate opera legend Placido Domingo of unwanted sexual advances, retaliation in AP report

More claims: 11 more women accuse opera vocalist Placido Domingo of sexual harassment, improper habits

Celebrity News 16 Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson faced backlash on Aug. 4 after posting a tweet about then-recent shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that numerous thought fizzled.

” In the past 48 hrs, the U.S.A. horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings,” Tyson wrote, declaring, “typically, throughout any 48 hrs, we likewise lose … 500 to Medical errors 300 to the Influenza 250 to Suicide 200 to Cars And Truck Accidents 40 to Homicide by means of Handgun.”

” Typically our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data,” he added.

He said sorry the next day on Facebook, declaring he intended to use “objectively real info” about avoidable deaths, but acknowledged that he fizzled throughout a time when “lots of people are either still in shock, or attempting to heal — or both.”

‘ To start with, timing’: Trevor Noah criticizes Neil deGrasse Tyson’s panned tweet

‘ I got this one incorrect’: Neil deGrasse Tyson asks forgiveness for tweet about mass shootings

Celebrity News Prince Andrew’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew, the second child of Queen Elizabeth and daddy to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, entered into public questioning over the summer season throughout the arrest of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

Though the federal sex-trafficking charges brought against Epstein prior to his Aug. 10 death didn’t involve Prince Andrew in any way, the Duke of York was friends with Epstein and the scandal brought back up a 2015 accusation by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who accused Epstein and his employees of paying her, when she was 17, to sexually service Epstein, Prince Andrew, Harvard legal representative Alan Dershowitz ( then one of Epstein’s attorneys), and others of Epstein’s abundant good friends.

Andrew powerfully denied the claims at the time and issued a statement more recently to clarify his “previous association or relationship” with Epstein.

” During the time I understood (Epstein), I saw him occasionally and probably no more than just one or two times a year,” an August declaration from Buckingham Palace read. ” I have actually remained in a number of his residences. At no stage throughout the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or believe any behaviour of the sort that subsequently resulted in his arrest and conviction.”

In November, Andrew, attempting to include damage, sat down with the BBC in Buckingham Palace for a taped interview in which he once again emphatically rejected sleeping with one of Epstein’s declared “sex slaves” when she was 17 and declared he had “no recollection of ever fulfilling” the accuser. Royals generally do not comment on such controversy, and the PR headache continued for the palace.

Jeffrey Epstein accuser: states she was ‘trafficked’ to Prince Andrew: He was ‘an abuser’

Prince Andrew tells BBC he has ‘no recollection’ of picture with Jeffrey Epstein accuser

Celebrity News Chris Cuomo’s outrage over ‘racist slur’

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo went viral on Aug. 12 after he caught on video in a heated exchange with an unidentified guy who called him “Fredo,” which the CNN anchor called a racist slur towards Italians and compared it to the N-word.

” Punk (expletive) from the right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” the tv host stated during the NSFW video that was shared on Twitter. The journalist explained that the ” disparaging” term is from the 1972 film “The Godfather,” referring to Fredo Corleone, who Cuomo said is ” a weak bro.”

CNN used support for Cuomo following the video’s release, claiming the anchor was targeted in an “orchestrated setup.”

CNN stands by anchor Chris Cuomo after NSFW exchange with a heckler who called him ‘Fredo’

Trevor Noah lectures Chris Cuomo after journalist excuses NSFW ‘Fredo’ rant

Celebrity News Matt Lauer back in the headlines

News broke Oct. 8 that Ronan Farrow’s book “Catch and Eliminate” revealed a brand-new claims against the former “Today” show host from Brook Nevils, previously unnamed former NBC News worker whose preliminary problem caused Lauer getting fired from “Today” in November2017 The book likewise consisted of a claim he raped her at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

In a lengthy letter offered by his legal representative to Variety, Lauer rejected the accusations and painted the photo of an allegation filled with contradictions.

NBCUniversal verified to U.S.A. TODAY later that month that the network would not pursue a new investigation after 2 previous NBC News employees, Megyn Kelly and Linda Vester, required an outside company to examine

Initial story: Ex-‘ Today’ host Matt Lauer denies new rape claims; accuser tweets thanks for assistance

Ronan Farrow says there were ‘several’ allegations against Matt Lauer before Brooke Nevils

Autoplay

Program Thumbnails

Program Captions

Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2019/12/10/ taylor-swift-r-kelly-more-stars-involved-2019- s-biggest-scandals/4228847002/

Kenzie Patrick