Britney Spears to Armie Hammer: Celebs who got mired in controversies in 2021

Written By: Pragati Awasthi

Hollywood celebrities are no strange to controversies, from Britney Spears' bombshell testimony to Bill Cosby who walked free after spending three years in prison over sexual assault charge, here is a list of celebrities who have been in the news for the wrong reasons. 

Bill Cosby

The comedian Bill Cosby, who built a name in the entertainment empire by playing a fatherly figure from his famous show 'Cosby Show' on NBC to the animated 'Fat Albert' series, walked free after spending three years in prison.

A US court overturned a comedian's conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 15 years ago, allowing his release from prison, in a blow to the #MeToo movement.

Cosby was convicted in 2018 of assaulting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

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Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson has been facing multiple allegations of sexual assault. Starting with actress Evan Rachel Wood, who shared details of alleged sexual abuse she experienced during her relationship with Manson earlier this year. 

'Game of Thrones' actress Esmé Bianco and Model Ashley Morgan Smithline accused the singer- whose real name is Brian Warner- of sexual assault.

Apart from sexual assault allegations, Manson has reportedly agreed to surrender to Los Angeles police on an arrest warrant for allegedly assaulting a videographer at a 2019 concert in New Hampshire.


James Franco

American actor James Franco, who was facing sexual assault allegations by two former film students have settled the case and he along with his associate will pay $ 2.2 Million in a lawsuit settlement. 

The lawsuit accused Franco, as well as Vince Jolivette and Jay Davis, of fraudulently running the Rabbit Bandini production companies and Studio 4 film school for their personal and financial benefit.

The two complainants- former students Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, alleged claims of sexual harassment, exploitation, and coercion.


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Former couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt don’t seem to let bygones be bygones as they continue to get embroiled in a bitter legal battle over custody of their kids. Pitt was recently awarded joint custody of his children whom he shares with ex-wife Jolie. While Pitt seems to be happy with the judgement, Jolie is reportedly "bitterly disappointed" with the outcome which wasn't in her favour, and later claimed that three of her children had hoped to testify against him in the ongoing custody battle. 

Jolie and Pitt started dating in 2005 and got married in 2014. The couple separated in 2016. They share six kids together. 

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Armie Hammer

Hollywood star Armie Hammer, who is best known for his performance in the 2017 film 'Call Me By Your Name' but have been in the news for the wrong reasons.  Hammer's name become the trending topic after screengrabs of private chats allegedly from the actor's account got leaked on the internet. The handle which appears to have Hammer's name on it chats extensively talk about sex and cannibalism among other shocking and strange interests. 

Reacting to the DM's controversy, many of Armie's ex accused him of sexual abuse. 


Chrissy Teigan

American model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen have been facing a major backlash following her bullying scandal. Chrissy was accused of cyberbullying by reality stars Courtney Stodden, Farrah Abraham, Lindsay Lohan. This all started after Courtney Stodden alleged in a Daily Beast interview that the cookbook author used to send her DM on Twitter back in 2011 telling her to “kill” herself. 

Following the backlash, the model has been dropped out from the Netflix series, 'Never Have I Ever' and recently stepped back from her safely brand. 


Britney Spears

Britney Spears appeared in a dramatic hearing for her controversial conservatorship battle. Spears gave an emotional and explosive speech and demanded an end to the 13-year long arrangement as she appeared for the first time for a hearing at the Los Angeles Superior Court. 

This was her first public statement about the court-approved legal arrangement first put in place in 2008 when she suffered a mental health breakdown. The arrangement made her father Jamie Spears as her and her estate's conservatory, which literally made him take control of her life for all these years. 

The 39-year-old singer spoke uninterrupted about how her life has been under the conservatorship of her father and alleged that the conservatorship holds her back and she just wants her ''life back,".  During the hearing, the singer revealed that she was not allowed to get marry and have kids was forced to take Lithium and to do a 2018 LA tour. 


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