Special Report

100 Most Talked About Scandals of the Decade

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31. Cowell’s love child
> Year: 2013

Music impresario and “America’s Got Talent” and “X-Factor” judge Simon Cowell and New York socialite Lauren Silverman became parents of a love child.

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32. Deen caught using N-word
> Year: 2013

Celebrity chef Paula Deen was fired by the Food Network for using the N-word.

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33. Armstrong admits to doping
> Year: 2013

After years of denials, champion bicyclist Lance Armstrong admitted to talk-show host Oprah Winfrey to doping to enhance his performance.

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34. NFL player Hernandez involved in murder
> Year: 2013

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez became suspected of murder. He was eventually charged with murder, found guilty, and committed suicide in jail.

35. JP Morgan accused of several misdeeds
> Year: 2013

JP Morgan was hit with various scandals in 2013, ranging from dubious recruiting forays in China, manipulation of electricity markets, to paying billions related to the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme.

36. Ill-fated cruise
> Year: 2013

About 4,000 passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph were stranded in the Gulf of Mexico for four days in February without power or working toilets, an unfortunate episode dubbed the “poop cruise.”

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37. Google execs in love triangle
> Year: 2013

The Google love triangle involved company co-founder Sergey Brin, who had a fling with the company’s marketing manager, who was involved with another Google executive.

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38. America’s Dad accused of serial sex assaults
> Year: 2014

Multiple women came forward, accusing comedian and “America’s Dad” Bill Cosby of sexual assaults that go back decades.

39. TV series actor admits child molestation
> Year: 2014

“7th Heaven” series actor Stephen Collins admitted in a tape made during a marriage therapy session that he molested children.

40. Ray Rice assault of woman of film
> Year: 2014

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was caught on video assaulting his wife Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator.