Celebrity hooker scandals are not limited to just movie, TV, and music stars, though the incidents with actors Hugh Grant, Eddie Murphy, Charlie Sheen, and Danny Bonaduce are among the most well known, with many walks of life (allegedly) turning to the ladies of the night for some action. Perhaps most notably, politicians are frequently the center of these scandals with the Eliot Spitzer, Barney Frank, Silvio Berlusconi, and even the United States Secret Service all coming under fire for their political sexcapades.
Top professional athletes are no different. Few can forget the Tiger Woods hooker scandal or when baseball player Alex Rodriguez was linked to a prostitute. Heck, several members of the Minnesota Vikings NFL team did their deed (again, allegedly) en masse during a boat party in 2005.
Though not all of these prostitution scandal claims have been confirmed, each of these celebrities, be them singers, actors, athletes, or world leaders have all been in the news at one time or another for accusations of paying for sex. One thing is for sure though. They're not the first and certainly not the last celebrities to be caught with hookers.
In the early 1990s, Heidi Fleiss, the infamous Hollywood madam, was busted for running a prostitution ring. Although Fleiss never named names, she had some un-cashed travelers checks from Charlie Sheen in her purse when she was arrested. In 2011, RadarOnline reported that Sheen spent over $25,000 on a wild weekend with three prostitutes.
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In 1995, Hugh Grant was arrested for lewd conduct after being found by L.A.P.D. with a prostitute named Divine Brown. Grant pleaded "no contest" to the charges and was ordered to pay a small fine and face two years of probation. Grant did an interview on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno less than a week after his arrest. He said, "I think you know in life what's a good thing to do and what's a bad thing, and I did a bad thing. And there you have it."
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In 2009, it was revealed that Tiger Woods had extramarital affairs with more than 12 women. The New York Post reported that Tiger Woods regularly contacted a madam and paid over $60,000 for sex with different prostitutes. Woods's wife filed for divorce in 2010. He also lost large endorsement contracts with AT&T, Gatorade, and General Motors.
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The Daily News reported that Alex Rodriguez regularly hired prostitutes from madam Kristin M. Davis in 2006 and 2007. The paper also obtained personal and intimate emails that Rodriguez and Davis had exchanges. In 2013, the book House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World's Most Powerful Address claims that A-Rod ordered pairs of hookers at least twice a week.
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In 2007, it was reported that the rapper Eve spent an evening with a female prostitute when she was spending time in Miami. Eve has denied the allegations stating, "First of all, I think that's ridiculous and number two, if I wanted to have sex with somebody, then I definitely wouldn't order a prostitute."
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In 2008, The New York Times revealed that Eliot Spitzer had spent over $80,000 on prostitutes from an exclusive escort club. Spitzer resigned his post as the Governor of New York after the scandal was reported. Later, it was revealed that Spitzer used campaign funds to pay for prostitutes on several occasions.
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In 2010, a French newspaper reported that Ne-Yo spent one night with a 16-year-old prostitute when he was in France. Ne-Yo has not spoken to the media about the allegations.
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In 1982, Jerry Springer ran for Governor of Ohio. He ran television ads in which he admitted to paying a prostitute with a check, saying that he is "not afraid of the truth, even if it hurts." He did not win the election, but he did win high ratings with his scandalous talk show "The Jerry Springer Show," which debuted in 1991.
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