Welcome to the worst celebrities, 2019 edition. Unfortunately, these days there is no shortage of disappointing famous people, from actors to politicians, and if you love a star they're bound to break your heart. Whether they sling offensive remarks, espouse hateful political stances, participate in abhorrent behind-the-scenes behavior, or get plain arrested, this list of famous falls from grace in 2019 is bound to leave you questioning whether every celebrity you admire is secretly a terrible person.
Disappointing celebrities make you wonder whether you can ever truly enjoy their work again, not even from a moral level, but because you'll be thinking about how they messed up every time you see it. When one celebrity proves themselves to be the worst you'll often see other celebs fall in their wake, either by defending a severely problematic celebrity or otherwise getting swept up in the scandal. Although some celebrities who screwed up in 2019 may make a comeback, others will likely never walk the red carpet or run for office again. Some celebrity scandals of 2019 could start to mend with only an apology and some PR work, but many 2019 falls from grace are the result of truly unforgivable behavior and people that will never change.
If you're prepared to question everything you know about the celebrities you love, then read up on the biggest scandals of the year. Wondering how this year's scandals compare to the last? Check out this list of 2018 celebrity falls from grace. You can also make your predictions for celebrity scandals in 2019 or see who is swimming in 2019's career comeback pool.
Early on January 29, 2019, actor Jussie Smollett checked himself into the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and reported that he had been attacked and called slurs related to his race and for being gay. Over the next month, different accounts and issues with the case began to unfold, revealing inconsistencies and problems with Smollett's story and casting doubt on how or if it truly occured. On February 20, Smollett was arrested.
Currently acting on Empire, Smollett's scenes on upcoming episodes of the popular Fox drama have been reduced, though the network provided no statement if the action was related to the inconsistencies in the alleged attack.
Lori Loughlin was indicted for taking part in a large college admissions fraud scheme and was one of over a dozen arrested on March 12, 2019. According to the indictment, Loughlin paid $500,000 to secure her two daughters a place as recruits on the USC crew team, though neither played the sport, padding their extracurricular activity records. Along with the other parents involved, Loughlin is charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.
On February 6, 2019, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax released a second statement in response to recent allegations of assault, saying they were "surprising and hurtful." The allegations first became widely public on February 3, with a full statement from Dr. Vanessa Tyson released on February 6. Now a part of a wave of scandals currently affecting the top three elected Democrats in Virginia, Tyson had not planned to go public with her statment but felt her hand was pushed after a private message on Facebook was published by the conservative website Big League Politics.
If Virginia Governor Ralph Northam were to step down in, the path of sucession for the office of Virginia Govenor then falls to the Lieutenant Govenor.
After several massage parlors were raided on February 19, 2019, Robert Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting. The owner of the New England Patriots is one of "nearly 200" people the police claim have been arrested as part of the sting. Kraft is also one of the few of those arrested who has also been charged.
Actress Felicity Huffman was one of over a dozen indicted and arrested on March 12, 2019, for taking part in a large college admissions fraud scheme. According to the indictment, Huffman paid for someone to take the SAT test for her oldest daughter, paying $15,000 for the service. Along with the other parents involved, Huffman is charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. Huffman's husband, William H. Macy, is not mentioned by name in the indictment.
On February 1, 2019, Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam both confirmed and apologized for the 1984 yearbook photo of a person in blackface standing next to someone in a white KKK costume. In his explanation a day later he said he was not either of the people in the picture, but that he did wear blackface to impersonate Michael Jackson. Nearly a week later, Northam continued to resist the demands that he step down from the position of Governor.
Allegations have recently arisen that Justin Trudeau's advisers pressured his former attorney general to "go easy" in the prosecution of a large Canadian engineering firm. The former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, brought testimony against Trudeau and his aides, saying that they were regularly and strongly trying to influence her judgement towards outcomes that would be beneficial for the party and Trudeau.
Though Trudeau has not denied that he and his aides have spoken to Wilson-Raybould, he claims their conversations stayed within the bounds of rules and law. Nonetheless, Trudeau has been called on to resign by the leader of the opposition - as well as many other political leaders asking for a deeper investigation into the incident.
On February 13, 2019, an article in The New York Times detailed the singer's history an a "pattern of manipulative behavior" including the accounts of seven women who say Adams offered them support in their careers, only to then attempt to damage the same careers when they spurned his advances. A day later, the FBI began looking into Adam's communication with an underage fan that became explicit.
In the wake of the allegations, musician and actor Mandy Moore shared her history with Adams who she was married to from 2009 to 2016. On the WTF With Marc Maron podcast episode, Moor said of the relationship: "it was so untenable and unsustainable and it was so lonely. I was so sad. I was lonely with him."
On February 6, 2019, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring admitted that he had worn blackface as part of a rapper costume for a party in 1980. Herring stated: "It sounds ridiculous even now writing it. But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes -- and because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and perspectives of others -- we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup."
His admission came days after his call to Virginia Govenor Northram to resign. The path of sucession for the office of Virginia Govenor falls to the Lieutenant Govenor, then the Attorney General.
In a statement released on February 7, 2019, Virginia Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment confirmed he was the managing editor of the Virginia Military Institute's 1968 yearbook, a publication that contained numerous causal slurs for students of other races and images of white students in blackface or holding Confederate flags. Norment is the first Virginia Republican to become part of the growing scandal that had already touched multiple Virginia Democrats.
During a press Junket for the 2019 film, Cold Pursuit, while discussing the primal nature of revenge, Liam Neeson admitted to The Independent that he once "roamed the streets" in pursuit of the "black b*stard" who assaulted someone very close to him, even though he had no idea who the man actually was. He followed the statement by saying "It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that... It's awful. But I did learn a lesson from it."
A day later, on February 5, 2019, Neeson tried to explain himself on ABC's Good Morning America, saying that he was trying to get people "To talk. To open up."