Guilty of: Being a playboy, stripping women in 'auditions'
Who's this guy?
THE single most famous actor of the silent film era. Even small children who have never heard of his name inevitably remember his hat-and-cane image.
What's his story?
Chaplin was obsessed with young women, having confessed to having had sex with over 2000 women. He would find young women to star in his movies, oftentimes just teenagers, seduce them, and then drop them for the next one as soon as the girl began to fall in love. When they would get pregnant, he would tell them to get abortions and show his contempt for them. One girl, whom he married in secret after she became pregnant, was standing outside on the platform of the back of train after the ceremony, and Chaplin walked up to her and said, "This would be a good time to put an end to your misery – why don't you jump?"
According to film historian Kevin Browning, "Charles would only communicate with the actress he was auditioning via caption cards and mime, supposedly to test their ability to 'perform' in silent movies. The cards would become ever more lewd and suggestive as he got them to undress, and he would fondle their breasts in an exaggerated silent movie acting manner..."
What's more, at the end, Chaplin would make them stand naked while he threw pies at them. If they cried out, they failed the audition because, apparently, that made them unfit to mime.