Well what do you know?! The National Enquirer was right: John Edwards has finally come forward to confess to cheating on his wife Elizabeth Edwards in 2006, with some blond lady named Rielle (pronounced Riley) Hunter. Hunter and Edwards apparently met in a bar in New York City, and she later produced videos for his campaign. Edwards spilled his shamed guts to ABC News last night, in an interview that conveniently aired at the same time as the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics. Smart move, Johnny! We’ve rounded up the most pertinent deets in the scandal below. Enjoy.
John Edwards has admitted to having an affair with Rielle Hunter, but says he did not father her child and wants to take a paternity test. We smell an Oprah ep!
The former Sentator and VP nominee blamed the affair on his narcissism, and not on his perfectly coiffed hair.
Oh the perils of CCing all the wrong people. What should have been a private e-mail exchange on June 25 between a prominent Los Angeles business man/party king and a Beverly Hills madam arranging a $2,500 sex deal is making the rounds among the L.A. party circuit. Nearly 50 powerful men are shaking in their boots, because the madam appears to have exposed what may be her client list by CCing instead of BCCing the e-mail. The list includes a well-known movie producer, prominent club owners, restaurateurs, real estate tycoons, a politician, a sex tape king, an owner of a major sports team and a Prince. Although this e-mail appears to be authentic, we’ve blacked out the names of those involved. We will reveal, however, that the supposed prostitute is a gorgeous 28-year-old model who has graced the pages of several well-known magazines. After the jump, we’ve included screenshots of the entire e-mail exchange and we’ve also transcribed the highlights below.
Madam to client: “Hey, these are the new models and want to let you know Model X is in town!
Client to madam: “How much for Model X? I’m on X’s boat in Cape Cod.
Madam apologizes for copying her e-mail list.
Madam to client: “OK so Model X she is 2500-when do you get back?”
Client to madam: “OK to Model X. She knows me so it might be best not to use my name and let her just show up at X Drive (guardhouse) and ask for #X. What do you think? I’m back tomorrow. How about fri night?”
Poor Pat O’Brien. Car accidents, overdoses, violent standoffs with police — these are more-than-acceptable reasons for a lifelong drug addict to finally seek professional help. But the release of pornographic voice mail messages? That’s awfully hard to glamorize.
The host of TV’s The Insider and long-time sports commentator was once associated with awkward attempts at being hip (remember Diddy‘s “Bad Boy For Life” video?), but thanks to some unfortunate drunk dialing in 2005, Pat will go down in history as the guy who wanted to “go f*cking crazy,” inviting his anonymous crush to join him and “Betsy” for a sex romp. So graphic were the messages that “Get another woman up, hire a hooker. Let’s get crazy, get some coke” is the kid-friendly part.
Pat followed his rehab stint with a Dr. Phil primetime special, but the self-help guru’s advice wasn’t enough to keep him from heading back less than three years later. Though the mockery of his sexploits continues (“I am so f*cking into you. You have to pay attention to Betsy, but let’s have fun!”), Pat’s career hasn’t taken too much of a hit. He’s still hosting The Insider and recently announced plans to marry his girlfriend of five years … Betsy. The couple that goes f*cking crazy together stays together!
The most surprising thing about Paul Reubens‘s 1991 arrest wasn’t what he got busted for — namely, exposing himself in a Florida adult movie theatre — but what he was watching at the time: an XXX film called Nurse Nancy. Huh? Wasn’t Reubens gay? What was next? News that Pee Wee Playhouse‘s Chairy was a tranny?
Legally, the incident was no biggie: Reubens pleaded no contest and was fined $135. Professionally, it was a different story. Reubens’s arrest sparked public outrage, since he was known primarily as the host of the kid-friendly Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. And the incident seemingly marked the death-knell for his once-beloved character. The show was immediately yanked from the air, and Pee-Wee Herman dolls were tossed from toy-store shelves.
But a Pee-Wee comeback might be on the horizon. A big-screen version of Playhouse has reportedly been greenlighted by Paramount, with a projected 2009 release. Ruebens’s next stint at a movie theater is bound to go better than his last.
Nowadays the Rolling Stones look like something out of The Nightmare Before Christmas. In 1967, though, the “Gimme Shelter” rockers were Public Enemy No. One, thanks to their affinity for sex and drugs. It was only a matter of time before the cops came knocking. Following a tip-off from the tabloid press, 20 police officers raided Keith Richards‘ Redlands estate in England. Richards and Mick Jagger were charged with possession of LSD and other narcotics, but the raid became legendary for a candy bar involving singer Marianne Faithful.
Cops on the scene swore they interrupted Jagger eating a Mars Bar wedged into his girlfriend’s holiest of holies before hauling him away for possession. “A cop’s idea of what people do on acid!” sniffed Faithfull, denying all in her autobiography. Even so, the story remains one of rock’s most celebrated myths. — Charles Bottomley
Vanessa Hudgens became a hit with the tween set by starring in Disney’s wildly popular made-for-TV movie series High School Musical, but it wasn’t until her nudie pics hit the Internet that she became a household name. In the most notorious photo, a full-frontal naked shot, taken when Vanessa was only 15 years old, she’s standing erect with her legs spread open suggestively and a sassy, coming-of-age smile on her face.
Landing on computer screens worldwide on September 6, ’07 (just a few days before HSM 2 premiered on TV), the photos made national headlines and dashed Vanessa’s G-rated image almost overnight. To combat the media scrutiny, she apologized to the public: “I am embarrassed over this situation and regret having ever taken these photos.” Turns out, Vanessa photographed herself in her bedroom and supposedly sent the pornographic results to torture a boy toy that she’d dumped. “It was like she was saying: ‘Look what you’re going to miss,’” her then-boyfriend Adam O’Neal told The National Enquirer.
Disney stuck by its star, and Vanessa’s career is now on fire. Not only does she endorse Marc Ecko‘s clothing line, but she has a second pop album in the works and is landing Hollywood roles. In fact, she’s set to play a 15-year-old girl who gets tangled up in a romance in Will. When the movie’s released next year, she’ll be 21. So this time you can look.
Angelina Jolie‘s career was on fire when she shockingly open-mouth-kissed her older brother James Haven at the 2000 Oscars ceremony. She accepted the Academy Award for Girl, Interrupted and then, from the stage of the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, proceeded to gush about how much she was “in love with” James.
Rumors circulated that the siblings were having an incestuous affair, and many didn’t put the possibility past the 24-year-old actress, who had proudly admitted to a proclivity for sexual experimentation — from a lesbian affair with her female co-star Jenny Shimizu to S&M fun with her first husband, Jonny Lee Miller. “You’re young, you’re drunk, you’re in bed, you have knives — shit happens,” she said of her relationship with Miller.
Still, the siblings insisted that their little game of tonsil hockey was blown way out of proportion. As Angelina explained, “Friendship between siblings of divorced parents is very close.” [Photo: Getty]
Karrine “Superhead” Steffans doesn’t just shake her booty in your favorite rap videos. She’s also slept with most of your favorite rap stars. The list includes Lil’ Wayne, Method Man and even a few ringers like Shaquille O’Neal and Bill Maher. And her acrobatic tongue eventually earned her the nickname “Superhead.”
Steffans blew the lid off her love life in the memoir Confessions of a Video Vixen, which landed on bestseller lists in 2005. The pneumatic 25-year-old told of breathless encounters with DMX, Diddy, Jay-Z, Xzibit, Dr. Dre, Ice T, Usher, Bobby Brown and Vin Diesel during her years in Hollywood. Breathless, that is, until the morning after, when Steffans would discover that she was left with more crabs than self-respect.
In the sequel, The Vixen Diaries, Steffans was at it again, alleging that ex Darius Morgan cheated on her with Tyson Beckford. In his own tell-all published in 2008, Bobby Brown downplayed Steffans’ contributions to literature. “I’ve spent several nights at her house,” he wrote. “But she was only good for what her nickname stood for.” — Charles Bottomley
As the first NBA player drafted right out of high school, Kobe Bryant was living the epitome of a perfect life — Prom with Brandy! Hot teenage wife! $40 million a year in pay and endorsements! — when he suddenly and stupidly f*cked up all his fame and fortune in an instant. On July 18, 2003, while in Colorado for surgery, Kobe banged a 19-year-old former cheerleader working at his hotel. Shortly after the incident she came forward and charged the Lakers star with sexual assault, throwing a wrench into his perfect world.
Bryant admitted to the adultery, and — in the most pathetic and pricey attempt at an apology ever — bought his wife a $4 million 8-carat diamond ring so she could wear his shame on her finger. Everything from the victim’s semen-stained panties to Kobe’s kinky fetishes (such as grabbing the victim’s neck while penetrating her from behind, then asking permission to ejaculate on her face) was fair game in the trial. But the baller denied the charges of assault, and the case was dropped when the victim refused to testify. She later brought a civil suit against Kobe, which was “resolved to the satisfaction of both parties.” In other words, she got some cash ya’ll!
As the scandal dust settled, Kobe’s star rose again thanks to his MVP status and his feud with former Lakers teammate Shaquille O’Neal — and, of course, that massive diamond ring.
In October of 2004, conservative Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was sued for sexual harassment by Fox News producer Andrea Mackris. According to Mackris and her attorneys, O’Reilly’s abusive conduct included talk of vibrators, phone sex, a ménage a trois, the size of “not-so-little-Bill,” vivid sexual fantasies involving hot falafel-on-vagina action, and how the guy that runs Fox News was going to have Al Franken assassinated.
According to the lawsuit, on at least one occasion, O’Reilly used the vibrator on himself while on the phone with Mackris. It doesn’t say how exactly he used the vibrator on himself, but putting it in his butt and/or fellating it are not explicitly ruled out in the filing.
Much of the abuse detailed in the lawsuit allegedly happened after Mackris returned to Fox News after a brief stint at CNN. Mackris and her attorney never admitted to having taped any of these conversations, but based on the detail contained in the lawsuit, Fox most likely believed O’Reilly had been caught in the act. It’s doubtful that the following passage where O’Reilly gets a loufa confused with a falafel could have been made up:
“So anyway I’d be rubbing your big boobs and getting your nipples really hard, kinda’ kissing your neck from behind … and then I would take the other hand with the falafel thing and I’d put it on your p*ssy but you’d have to do it really light, just kind of a tease business…”
O’Reilly eventually settled out of court, agreeing to drop his own extortion suit (which was actually filed first) against Mackris and her attorneys. O’Reilly never admitted guilt and never apologized.