8 Of The Wildest Celebrity Scandals Of 2019
Let's be real, 2019 was wild.
From Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin being at the centre of the college admissions scandal to Kylie Jenner's BFF Jordyn Woods hooking up with Khloe Kardashian's baby daddy, 2019 was one hell of a year when it came to celeb news.
As the year comes to a close, we take a look at the most insane, shocking and jaw-dropping celebrity scandals that went down over the last 12 months.
Tati Westbrook Vs James Charles
You may be screaming out "who?!" but I can guarantee that to the YouTube community, the Tati Westbrook vs James Charles saga was definitely one of the juiciest dramas.
It all kicked off when Tati -- a well-known makeup artist -- posted a 40-min video exposing a whole lot of problematic behaviour by her former pal and fellow beauty guru, James Charles.
As the video quickly went viral, James' follower count dropped by a whopping 3 million followers, while Tati's grew as the video was shared far and wide.
After the drama subsided, James spoke out about the effect of "cancel culture" on mental health, saying that he was fortunate to have a strong support network during his dark time.
"To have the whole world against you, how mentally f*cking that is. That's not normal," he said. "It's so awful, too, because that's something that like -- so many kids do feel suicidal and so many kids deal with depression and feel anxiety."
Jordyn Woods Hooks Up With Tristan Thompson
It can be confusing trying to keep up with all the Kardashian drama, but there's no doubt that Kylie Jenner's BFF hooking up with Ky's big sister Khloe's baby daddy -- Tristan Thompson -- was up there with some of the more shocking dramas of the year.
Despite being inseparable from Kylie (Jordyn even lived with the reality star), the relationship between Jordyn and the KarJenner clan came crashing down in February when news broke that Woods had been getting ~cosy~ with Khloe’s man.
Since the bombshell was dropped, Khloe has dumped Tristan, publically shamed Jordyn for destroying her family, Jordyn has moved out of Kylie's mansion, and she has since been banished from the Kardashian inner circle.
Jussie Smollett's Alleged Assault Revealed As A Hoax
'Empire' star Jussie Smollett made headlines earlier this year when he claimed that he had been the victim of a racial and homophobic attack in Chicago after two white men allegedly poured bleach on him and tied a noose around his neck.
It was later revealed that the actor had actually paid two Nigerian-American brothers to stage a fake hate crime assault on him. Smollett was later charged, however, his defence team reached a deal with prosecutors where all charges were dropped in return for Smollett performing community service and forfeiting his $10,000 bond.
Still maintaining his innocence, Jussie said at a Chicago courthouse in March: “I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of."
He added, "This has been an incredibly difficult time, honestly one of the worst of my entire life, but I am a man of faith and I’m a man that has knowledge of my history, and I would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through a fire like this.”
Despite the case being dismissed, Smollett's career took a dive, with 'Empire' co-creator Lee Daniels announcing in June that the star would not be returning to the series.
Teen Mom Trouble
After 'Teen Mom 2' star Jenelle Evans' French bulldog was shot dead by her husband, David Eason, for allegedly biting their two-year-old daughter, fans demanded Eason be held accountable for his actions, with many citing various other worrying incidents that had taken place prior to shooting the pet.
After the pair's daughter, Ensley, and Jenelle's other children, 10-year-old Jace and 5-year-old Kaiser, were briefly removed from the couple's care, Jenelle soon announced that she and the children would be separating from her now-estranged husband.
"The kids and I have moved away from David," she wrote in an Instagram post. "Nobody gets into a marriage expecting it to end but I know that's best for me and my kids. Today I've filed papers to start that process."
After admitting that she feared for her life and her children's well-being, a temporary restraining order was issued on Jenelle's behalf, listing 11 alleged incidents of violence.
College Admission Scandal
Back in March, 'Desperate Housewives' star Felicity Huffman and 'Full House' star Lori Loughlin were both indicted in a major college admissions scam, named 'Operation Varsity Blues', which saw more than 40 adults charged for allegedly using bribes to get their children into elite colleges.
Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison (she served 11 before being released) after she pleaded guilty to fraud, conspiracy and admitted to paying $15,000 to cheat on her daughter’s SAT exam.
Upon receiving the sentence, Huffman told the court:
“I’m sorry to you, judge. I am deeply sorry to the students, parents and colleges impacted by my actions. I am sorry to my daughters and my husband. I have betrayed them all."
“My mind keeps returning to the 30-minute drive to the testing centre. I kept thinking, ‘Turn around,’” she said.
Meanwhile, Lori Loughlin -- who allegedly paid $500,000 for her two daughters to be admitted into the University of Southern California -- will likely find herself behind bars for a longer stint than Huffman, the U.S. attorney prosecuting the cases warned.
Liam Neeson's Racist Rant
In a bizarre revelation that he later branded as an "impulsive recounting" while doing promo for a film back in February, actor Liam Neeson sparked outrage after revealing he "wanted to kill a black man" after a friend was raped.
“She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way,” he said. “But my immediate reaction was … I asked, did she know who it was? No. What colour were they? She said it was a black person,” he told the Independent.
Neeson continued, “I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by somebody -- I’m ashamed to say that -- and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could… kill him.”
Following the major backlash to the shocking comments, he late apologised, saying that after reflecting on his statement, he "failed to realise that this is not about justifying my anger all those years ago, it is also about the impact my words have today,” he said.
Taylor Swift vs Scooter Braun
Scooter Braun -- best known as Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande's manager -- felt the wrath of the Swifties after he purchased Swift's old label, Big Machine Label, in a blockbuster $300 million-plus deal which would see him own the rights to the singer's most recent six albums.
Upon hearing the news, Tay-Tay vented her frustrations over Tumblr, explaining that she was "sad and grossed out" over the move.
“For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead, I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in," she began.
"I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future. I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past. Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums," she wrote in the lengthy post.
Fast forward, and Swift was about to be honoured as Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards and wished to perform her classic songs -- but she claimed that the duo wouldn't let her sing them.
They eventually relented on the conditions, and Tay had the crowd going off with an epic 11-minute medley alongside Camilla Cabello and Halsey.
R. Kelly Allegations
Not so much a scandal as it was some truly horrific allegations, singer R. Kelly -- real name Robert Kelly -- hit headlines after allegations against him resurfaced following the airing of confronting docu-series 'Surviving R Kelly'.
Kelly’s alleged kidnappings and sexual assaults against adolescent girls go back as far as 20 years, and in February, a judge sent out a no-bond warrant for the singer’s arrest, which included ten separate counts of felony sexual abuse.
The 'Ignition' rapper will also face a second trial on sex abuse charges in New York in May 2020. R Kelly has consistently denied the claims.
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