8 Celebrities Who Successfully Recovered From Scandals
Everyone knows that celebrities are governed by a different set of rules than the rest of us. It’s amazing the kind of bad behavior we are willing to forgive and forget from someone who is rich and famous. Here are 8 celebrities who, despite being involved in scandals, have continued to have illustrious careers.
Basketball fans recently said goodbye to one of the greatest legends of the court, Kobe Bryant. The celebrated LA Laker played the final game of his career earlier this April in front of a sold out stadium of fans, while admiration and accolades piled in from commentators, other athletes and celebrities. But aren’t we forgetting about something?
In 2003, Bryant allegedly raped a 19-year-old female hotel employee in Colorado. The woman claims that Bryant requested a personal tour of the hotel and afterwards invited her into his room where she says he choked and assaulted her. Bryant himself admitted to having relations with the woman but insisted it was consensual; however, evidence suggests otherwise: not only did the woman show signs of having been choked and raped, but her blood was found on Bryant’s shirt.
After being identified and subsequently raked over the coals by the police, the media and the public, the woman withdrew her accusations and the charges were dropped. Bryant publically apologized to the woman (strange, since he claims to have done nothing wrong), settled out of court in a civil suit and famously bought his wife a $4 million “apology ring” which, sadly, is what most people now remember most about the scandal.
This homemaking queen may have done hard time, but somehow career survived more or less intact. Martha Stewart was at the height of her success in 2001 with her own magazine, TV show, cookbook series and line of home products, all under the umbrella of the publically traded Martha Stewart Living Inc. that had Stewart herself at the helm. However, her daydream of domestic bliss nearly ended when Stewart was found guilty of insider trading.
After following a tip from a Merrill Lynch employee, Stewart sold her shares in biotech company ImClone Systems after hearing the company was on its last legs. “Isn’t it nice to have brokers who tell you these things?” Martha reportedly said at the time. Turns out it’s not, because what seemed like a helpful tidbit of information landed Stewart in prison for 5 months. Stewart was, of course, a model prisoner and did her time with grace and dignity.
Today she may not be the household name she once was, but she at least she’s back on TV baking brownies and swapping prison stories with Snoop Dogg. “And that’s a good thing.”
Back in the ‘90s, sad-eyed British heartthrob Hugh Grant had it all, and nearly lost it all too. Riding high after starring in the wildly successful worldwide hit Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Grant, who was married to fellow beautiful Brit Elizabeth Hurley, was arrested in Los Angeles in 1995 for “lewd conduct” in public, AKA having sex in his car with a prostitute. The press of course had a field day and soon Grant’s sheepish and shameful mugshot along with exclusive “tell-all” interviews with the sex worker, a woman named Divine Brown, were splashed across the front page.
Grant got off relatively easy and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and take an AIDS education course while Brown, who had priors, was sentenced to 180 days in jail. After a brief apology tour that featured lots of grovelling and giving props to the patient and supportive Hurley, Grant was able to leave the scandal behind and went on to become the rom-com star we know and love today. Grant and Hurley’s relationship is no longer, but interestingly enough she insists the end was caused not by his sex scandal but rather by his uncontrollable moods.