Biggest Scandals of the Year
Incidents involving sexual misconduct dominated scandals in 2018.
Following the start of the #MeToo movement in October 2017 after revelations of sexual assault by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein by women in the entertainment industry, more women went public, sharing stories of sexual abuse by powerful men in other businesses. Disclosures of such misconduct in 2018 led to more indictments against Weinstein, jail time for the once-beloved comedian Bill Cosby, and the resignation of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
The scandal involving sexual abuse of female gymnasts involving former team physician Larry Nassar reached the upper echelons of the US. Gymnastics team, forcing its CEO to resign over her mishandling of the situation.
Sexual impropriety and alleged misuse of campaign funds led to the resignation of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL seen as a rising star in the Republican Party. President Donald Trump has not escaped the taint of sexual misconduct in 2018. Porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal filed suits to void non-disclosure agreements pertaining to trysts with the president.
Online search engine Google has come under scrutiny over how it has handled sexual misconduct issues, which led to an employee walkout at Google company locations worldwide.
Aside from sexually unacceptable behavior, it was also a challenging year for social media companies Facebook and Twitter, which scrambled to contain damage related to misuse of their data and technology platforms.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed news reports involving incidents in the United States and other countries to determine the biggest scandals of the year.
Here are the biggest scandals of 2018.