Top Scandals of 2011
Penn State abuse case
Sexual abuse accusations against a former assistant football coach at the Big Ten school brought a premature end to the career of its legendary head coach. Get the latest news on the case.
Herman Cain allegations
Amid sexual harassment allegations from several women, and another woman claiming a 13-year affair with the Republican presidential nominee contender, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO dropped out of the race.
Bieber paternity suit
The “Mistletoe” singer vehemently denied claims by a 20-year-old woman that he was the father of her baby.
Anthony Weiner's photo troubles
The married New York representative claimed his account was hacked before ultimately admitting to having sent lewd photos and messages to women, then stepping down from office.
Chris Brown’s outburst
The “Run It!” singer apparently took issue with the questions “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts asked about his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, and got violent with a studio window.
Charlie Sheen’s meltdown
The TV star began the year with a trip to the emergency room, gave a series of bizarre interviews with and without his “goddesses,” and saw his popular “Two and a Half Men” character killed off. How?
Solyndra goes under
The California solar panel company came under fire when it filed for bankruptcy after receiving a multimillion-dollar federal loan. Get the latest news on the case.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn accusations
The former head of the International Monetary Fund was accused of rape by a New York hotel maid, and a French journalist said he attempted to rape her in 2002. Where is he now?
Hank Williams Jr. fired
The longtime “Monday Night Football” theme song performer found himself without a job after he made an analogy to a hated dictator while discussing President Obama. Listen to the song he wrote about it.
News Corp. phone hacking
The media scandal that has rocked Britain has entangled a movie star, the royal family,the family of a murdered child and a pie-in-the-face attack.
Operation Fast and Furious
Sen. Chuck Grassley began investigating the “gunwalking” practices of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after being contacted by whistleblowers. The head of the ATF later stepped down. Get the latest news on the case.
Sam Hurd busted
The now-former Chicago Bears wide receiver was accused of making a high-dollar drug deal with an undercover agent. Get the latest news on the case.
The former Illinois governor was convicted on corruption charges and received a hefty prison sentence. How many years did he get?
Schwarzenegger's love child
The movie star and former California governor shocked everyone – including his now ex-wife – when he revealed he had fathered a child with the family housekeeper 10 years earlier.
An FBI crackdown ensnared a Florida man accused of hacking into dozens of celebrities’ email accounts and leaking intimate photos of Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis. How did Johansson respond?
Tracy Morgan’s harsh words
The “30 Rock” star stirred up controversy with an anti-gay rant during a stand-up act but later apologized. What did Tina Fey say about it?
The three-term Italian prime minister resigned amid his country’s financial crisis and is facing trials on corruption and underage sex charges.
The “Mean Girls” actress’s troubles continued with theft accusations, jail stints and missed interviews, while her next career move left some shaking their heads.
The Republican senator resigned amid an ethics investigation connected to his affair with a former staffer. What were his parents accused of?