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Bill Cosby Inundated with Sexual Assault ClaimsBill Cosby has always had a murky history with women, but in November, a campaign by his PR team to create a #CosbyMeme sparked an online storm of rape-themed images accusing the Cosby Show star of sexually assaulting women. In the months that followed, over 20 women came forward alleging that the star had raped them.
Rapper Earl Hayes Commits Murder-Suicide Because of Trey SongzA tragic scene played out in early December when distraught rapper Earl Hayes called boxing champ Floyd Mayweather. The musician was enraged over his wife's relationship with Trey Songz.
According to TMZ, "around 2 years ago he separated from Stephanie [Moseley] because of what he says was her affair with Songz. They got back together but, as one friend put it, "He was crushed and never got over it." We're told he frequently brought up Songz."
Hayes shot Stephanie and then himself in their Los Angeles home, all while Mayweather was forced to watch via FaceTime. Songz has not commented on the rumors, but did tweet, "R.I.P babygirl. Once an angel on earth, now watching over us from Heaven. You'll b missed but never forgotten. Love".
Ray Rice Knocks Out Girlfriend in ElevatorIn perhaps the biggest domestic abuse scandal ever, video of Baltimore Raven Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee in the face and knocking her out in an elevator first surfaced in September.
But the real scandal occurred when the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell punished Rice with a puny 2-game suspension. After outrage from the public, Rice was eventually suspended indefinitely. He was dropped from the Ravens but reinstated to the league in late November.
Naya Rivera Shames Kim KardashianAfter watching Kim Kardashian's now infamous Paper Magazine butt pic #breaktheinternet, Glee's Naya Rivera had some choice words for the reality star. She commented on Kim's photo on Instagram saying, "I normally don't. But . . . you're someone's mother . . . "
The pointed comment caused reaction from Kim's friends. Kim's BFF Jonanthan Cheban publicly dissed Naya on his blog. "As expected, [Naya's] getting some press and when all else fails, use Kim. I'm personally disgusted that after badgering Kim all year and trying to hang out and do business together, she goes and tries to make a statement like this."
"We all know you want to be Kim," he concluded. "But you don't got it, boo...the only cover you will be gracing is the Single White Female 2 straight to DVD box set."
The derriere drama continues.
Celebrity Nude Photo LeakIn a scandal that rocked dozens of female celebs, online hackers released several nude photos of the world's most famous ladies.
Images originated on a 4chan thread that featured naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, and Kate Upton (among others). The massive leak was dubbed "Celebgate" or "The Fappening."
Amanda Bynes Claims She Was Molested by Her Father, Has a Microchip in Her BrainPerennially troubled child star Amanda Bynes took to Twitter to accuse her father of abuse in October. "My dad was verbally and physically abuse to me as a child," she said.
Known for being mentally unstable, the star later retracted her statements, claiming they were due to a chip in her brain. "My dad never did any of those things The microchip in my brain made me say those things but he's the one that ordered them to microchip me."
She was put back on 5150 psychiatric hold soon after.
Stephen Collins Confesses to Child MolestationIn October, 7th Heaven star Stephen Collins admitted on audiotape that he had exposed himself to young girls three separate times. The confession was recorded by his estranged wife during a therapy session.
However, the 67-year-old will most likely not be prosecuted since the crimes occurred decades ago and the victims have not pressed charges.
Bette Midler Calls Ariana Grande a Whore, then BacktracksIn November, lady icon Bette Midler gave an interview to the Telegraph where she discussed rising starlet (and Queen of the High Pony Tail) Ariana Grande, saying:
"It's always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous. I mean, it's silly beyond belief and I don't know who's telling her to do it. I wish they'd stop. I wish they'd stop. But it's not my business, I'm not her mother. Or her manager. Maybe they tell them that's what you've got to do. Sex sells. Sex has always sold. ...Trust your talent. You don't have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead. You really don't."
Ariana, obviously, was none too pleased. She responded with a tweet that said, "Bette was always a feminist who stood for women being able to do whatever the F they wanted without judgement! not sure where that Bette went but i want that sexy mermaid back!!! always a fan no matter what my love."
Before the throngs of teenage fans could storm Midler's house and demand justice, Bette backtracked on her original statements, tweeting, "About my screed on @arianagrande, all I can say is, "Spoken like a reformed old whore! She does have a beautiful voice, on a couch or off."
Bloodshed was narrowly avoided. For now.