2018’s Celebrity Scandals By Scott Cooper
The year 2018 was rife with star drama, from stars visiting rehabilitation, going bankrupt, or going off the deep end. From family feuds one of the British royals and American rock royalty to cinema icons dropping their countless, these are the biggest star scandals of 2018.
In case you thought Johnny Depp’s divorce was dramatic, you haven’t seen his checkbook.
Back in January 2017, Depp registered a $25 million lawsuit against his former managers, The Management Group, alleging fraud and mismanagement of his capital, asserting that they spent millions of dollars of his money without his consent for many years.
Depp’s lawsuit opened a massive can of worms about his finances The Management Group declared in papers he spent $30,000 a month on wine (which Depp later told Rolling Stone was considerably lower than what he actually spent), $3 million to launch late buddy Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes from cannon, and millions of dollars on property.
It produces a truth. Some of my biggest heroes were in silent movie. It had to be behind the eyes. And my perception is, that if there is no truth behind the eyesdoesn’t matter what the f–king phrases are.”
The”Pirates of the Caribbean” star also owed back taxes, interest and fees to the IRS.
Depp is estimated to have earned $650 million during his career, also Rolling Stone reported that all that money is gone, with Depp having spent an estimated $2 million each and every month.
The lawsuits were slated to proceed to trial in August 2018, but Depp and The Management Group reached a settlement in July.
“Johnny Depp is happy to have achieved a settlement arrangement with The Management Group following the legal actions he took against the business at January 2017,” a rep for Depp confirmed to Fox News.
“The litigation taken out against The Management Group — along with the subsequent settlement — is a further demonstration that Johnny is determined to take firm action to safeguard his artistic and personal reputation in the interests of his own family and his livelihood.”
Mel B revealed she entered rehab for post-traumatic stress disorder in July 2018 — but only after the former Spice Girl originally told The Sun she had been getting treatment for alcohol misuse and sexual addiction.
The move came only a month before she and ex Stephen Belafonte finalized their divorcein August 2018, together with Mel being arranged to pay Belafonte a $350,000 settlement plus $4,800 per month in child support for their daughter, Madison.
In September, it had been revealed the Mel B was ordered to undergo random alcohol and drug testing.
“I have been in therapy since my father got diagnosed with cancer two years back,” she confessed. “My treatment altered a little bit because I was in a very intense relationship, which you can read in my novel.”
Tristan Thompson got busted cheating on Khloe Kardashian right because she was about to give birth to his daughter, True.
In April 2018, movie footage surfaced of a man who looked a lot like the NBA star kissing another girl in a nightclub, as well as another clip of Thompson and yet another curvy beauty going to his hotel room in New York along with the woman leaving the resort the morning after. More footage appeared on TMZ of Tristan becoming very close with just two women in a club, apparently from October 2017 — that would have placed it at about three months into Kardashian’s pregnancy.
Following the scandal, Kardashian did not depart Thompson, but sources told Fox News he restricted his socializing in an effort to reconcile with his reality star baby mama.
“Khloe wants to show people the value of household and she just did not feel that moving from Tristan has been the best move for their kid, Authentic,” the source said. “Tristan has been incredibly forthcoming with Khloe since the scandal, and he still works really hard to build the trust not just with Khloe, but her family.”
“Kim and Kris are still his biggest critics, however, they value the efforts he’s showing to show that he’s grown up,” the source added. “Only time will tell.”
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values,” and we’ve opted to cancel her series,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey told Fox News.
Barr was also dropped from the ICM Partners talent service.
“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I ought to have known better. Forgive me my joke was in poor taste,” Barr tweeted at the time.
She’d later say her tweet wasn’t racist, but was”concerning the Iran deal” and blamed her posting on Ambien.
Despite John Goodman insisting Barr wasn’t racist,”Roseanne” remained off the air, but her co-stars and team were rehired to”The Conners,” a spinoff in which Barr’s once-titular character was murdered courtesy of the opioid epidemic.
Heather Locklear was hospitalized and put under psychiatric holds several times in 2018.
“Yesterday, Heather was at her house with her therapist and attorney and she just had a mental breakdown. EMTs were called for her house and it turned out to be a medical call, not a criminal telephone,” a source near the”Melrose Place” star told Fox News after her most recent incident. “The call was a mental health precaution and Heather’s family members and friends will continue to encourage her road to attaining a favorable mental health state.”
Locklear was arrested in February for allegedly assaulting police officers after a confrontation with her boyfriend. She reportedly overdosed following the June incident and checked into rehab for alcohol and mental health treatment.
Ben Affleck had a demanding 2018.
The”Batman V Superman” celebrity split out of his girlfriend of over a year,”Saturday Night Live” producer Lindsay Shookus, in August. Days later, he had been spotted cavorting using Playboy version Shauna Sexton.
On Aug. 23, the actor checked into rehabilitation, allegedly after an intervention from then-estranged wife Jennifer Garner after photos were published of the Oscar-winning actor having booze delivered to his Pacific Palisades, Calif., residence. It marked Affleck’s third period in treatment for alcoholism; his dad and Oscar-winning brother Casey have also suffered from and been treated for the illness.
Garner and Affleck, who discuss girls Violet and Seraphina and boy Samuel, settled their divorce after he got help.
Sexton reportedly seen Affleck in rehab in September, but by October, they had called it quits — only days after she posted snaps with Affleck to a vacation in Montana.
On July 24, Demi Lovato endured a harrowing drug overdose that reportedly nearly took her life.
While the medication Lovato used have not been revealed, reports indicated that she was revived with Narcan, a medication used to reverse opioid overdoses, before being hauled into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Sources maintained that Lovato had been besieged by enablers leading up to her overdose, along with the singer admitted in June that she’d relapsed, releasing single”Sober” about falling into her demons.
Lovato spent weeks at the hospital, then went to rehab for weeks. In late October, Lovato’s mother revealed the singer had been 90 days sober, and Lovato submitted a selfie at the voting booth on election day to celebrate her launch.
“I have always been clear about my journey with addiction. What I have learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It’s something I must continue to conquer and haven’t done yet,” Lovato stated in a statement following her hospitalization. “I wish to thank God for keeping me alive and well. In my fans, I’m forever grateful for all your love and support during this past week and past. Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult moment.”
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016, and over two decades after, the couple once known as Brangelina’s custody battle raged on until late November 2018.
In August 2018, Jolie filed records to finalize her divorce from the”World War Z” star, as well as to force him to pay child support. She’d formerly alleged that Pitt hadn’t paid any”purposeful child support” for their six children in their everyday arrangement because their separation, though his legal team refused her claim.
On Nov. 30, Jolie’s new lawyer, Samantha Bley DeJean said in a statement,”An custody arrangement was agreed two weeks ago, and was signed by both parties and the judge. The agreement, which relies upon the recommendations of the child custody evaluator, eliminates the requirement for a trial. The filing and details of the agreement are confidential to protect the best interests of their children.”
Thomas Markle Bails on the Royal Wedding
On May 4, Kensington Palace announced that both of Meghan Markle’s parents would be in attendance at her royal wedding to Prince Harry — but her father, Thomas, sent the royal world into a tizzy when it had been revealed he’d staged paparazzi photographs leading up to the event, and he continued the big moment.
The following day, Thomas reportedly changed his head and wished to come, but canceled again two days before the marriage, citing heart problems.
Tommy Lee and son Brandon’s FAMILY FEUD
In March 2018, Tommy accused Brandon of attacking him, and Brandon didn’t deny it, even posting social media images of Tommy unconscious on the floor after an alleged punch. The brawl reportedly happened over Tommy’s tweets insulting Anderson, whilst Brandon claimed it had been spurned by Tommy’s drinking.
For her role, the former”Baywatch” babe, who also shares son Dylan Jagger with Lee, said,”I stay out of it. The children are adults, and they create all their own conclusions. I look at the gaps in their characters and their fearlessness and their imaginations as well as their own clarity, and I am so proud of both of them”
In June, it was revealed that Brandon went into rehab on Tommy’s dime and provided to return the favor. It was only late November the Tommy and Brandon reconciled, with Tommy posting a photograph hugging his eldest son.