Several famous musicians, actors, and athletes have been charged with sex crimes. Some of these celebrities were the victims of false allegations, while others were found guilty of rape and molestation. Which famous people have been accused of sex crimes? Whether indecent exposure as part of a prank, or much more serious crimes that left a lasting effect on their victims, like sexual assault, these celebrities have all been accused of some kind of sex crime.
Who is the most famous person who was charged with a sex crime? Bill Cosby tops the list. Dozens of women have accused the performer of drugging and assaulting them over the years. The Doors singer Jim Morrison, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, and many other musicians have all been charged with indecent exposure, as well as a few famous actors. In short, there's a surprising amount of celebrities accused of sexual assault and other similar crimes—just take a look below.
After you are done reading this list of Hollywood sex offenders, head on over and check out the list of famous people who have committed murder.
In 2004, Bill Cosby was accused of sexual misconduct by 13 different women. The civil lawsuit claimed he drugged and sexually assaulted the women. Cosby settled with undisclosed terms.
In April 2018, Cosby was tried for the 2004 rape of a woman named Andrea Constand. He was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault and faces up to 10 years in prison.
R. Kelly was charged with statutory rape and child pornography in 2002 after a video surfaced that appeared to show Kelly having sex and urinating on an underage girl. After several delays, Kelly was found not guilty in 2008.
In 2019, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of "aggravated criminal sexual [misconduct]" involving girls between the ages of 13 and 16. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx urged victims to come forward after a 2018 documentary, Surviving R. Kelly. At least two women reportedly responded.
In 2012, CeeLo Green was accused of sexually assaulting a woman whom he had eaten dinner with in Los Angeles. The LA District Attorney did not have enough evidence to bring rape charges, and Green was later charged with furnishing a controlled substance. He pled not guilty.(Source)
In 2014, X-Men director Bryan Singer was accused of sexually abusing a male teenager. The accuser has since filed additional lawsuits against other prominent members of the entertainment industry. Singer was also charged with raping a 17-year-old boy in 2017; the incident allegedly occurred in 2003.
In 1988, Sean Penn was charged with domestic violence for an incident involving his then-wife Madonna. Allegedly, Penn tied Madonna to a chair and gagged her before leaving the house to get alcohol. When he returned, he is rumored to have only untied the singer when she agreed to perform sexual acts.(Source)
Director Roman Polanski was charged with statutory rape, sodomy, and child molestation after he had consensual sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl. Most of the charges were dropped and Polanski pled guilty to statutory rape. The sentence was set to be probation, but when Polanski learned that the judge wanted to cause a media storm by sentencing him to jail time, he fled the United States.(Source)
Woody Allen has been suspected of having sexual relations with minors since 1992, when Allen was found with nude photos of his partner Mia Farrow's 20-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi. Allen and Soon-Yi were married in 1997. In 2014, Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, accused Allen of sexual assault.(Source)
In 2009, a civil lawsuit was filed when a woman accused Ben Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room. In 2010, it was revealed that the NFL player was also being investigated for another instance of sexual assault. Criminal charges were not filed in either case.(Source)