The 10 Most Notorious Hollywood Sex Scandals
From Fatty Arbuckle to Charlie Sheen, Hollywood has had its share of sex scandals.
When Swiss police apprehended director Roman Polanski (Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby) after he’d spent more than thirty years as a fugitive from justice, they couldn’t have known that the arrest would set off a fiery international debate between those who see Polanski as an important cultural figure who is being persecuted, and those who can’t believe that anyone would rush to the defense of a convicted child molester. Since the arrest, some of the attention Polanski had been involuntarily hogging has shifted to David Letterman, whose confession of infidelity — delivered in front of his live studio audience as part of a damage-control strategy against an extortion plot — was actually reviewed as “brilliant television” by jaded TV critics. Both cases serve as a handy reminder that sex scandals, from Fatty Arbuckle to Charlie Sheen, have always been part of the show-business circus, and that one can tell a lot about shifting mores by charting the careers of those caught in the spotlight with their zippers down. Read more