Wednesday, December 31, 2008
TOP 8 EVENTS/SCANDALS OF 2008
1. America Elects It's First Multiraced President
2. JHud Family Murders
3. Britney's Bad Luck
The pop princess had one of the most scandalous years of all, and it all started on Jan. 3, when the singer was taken to L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and held for psychiatric evaluation. Soon after, she lost visitation rights with her sons and was put under the watchful eye of her father, Jamie, who became her conservator.
4. John Edwards Comes Clean
The former Democratic presidential hopeful admitted in August to a long-rumored affair with filmmaker Rielle Hunter. Edwards -- who has been married to wife Elizabeth since 1977 -- said the affair began in 2006 when Elizabeth's now-incurable cancer was in remission. He denied that he was the father of Hunter's baby daughter.
5. Mary-Kate Linked to Ledger's Death
When a masseuse discovered Heath Ledger's body on Jan. 22, she spent nearly 10 minutes making phone calls to Mary-Kate Olsen -- before ever dialing 911. The Olsen twin refused to speak about her involvement, and rumors circulated that she requested immunity. Federal prosecutors decided not to issue a subpoena for her to testify.
6. The Miley Cyrus Shoot
The Disney star caused a media frenzy when she appeared semi-topless in the June 2008issue of Vanity Fair. She even told Us that she was "so embarrassed" by Annie Leibovitz's photos. The news came shortly after Cyrus was criticized by parenting groups after photos showing her in a green bra surfaced online.
7. Madonna Becomes a Yankees Fan
In July, Madonna hosted late-night visits from Yankee player Alex Rodriguez at her apartment in New York City. A-Rod attended the singer's concert, and Madge went to a Yankees game and dressed her son Rocco in the team's shirt. The new relationship preceded the end of Madonna's seven-year marriage to director Guy Ritchie.
8. Jamie Lynn Spears Gives Birth
The teenage sister of Britney gave birth on June 19 to daughter Maddie. Jamie Lynn announced she was expecting a baby when she was only 16 years old. She and her boyfriend, Casey Aldridge, got engaged a few months later.
The Divorce Heard Round the World
Christie Brinkley and ex-husband Peter Cook. On the very first day of the bitter public trial, Cook and his former assistant, Diana Bianchi, detailed their affair. He recalled how he frequently had sex with Bianchi, then 18, paid her to presumably keep quiet and spent $3,000 monthly on web porn.
A Topless Tryst
Sienna Miller and the still-married Balthazar Getty got cozy on a boat in Positano, Italy, on July 12. When the photos leaked of a topless Miller kissing Getty, he announced he and his wife -- with whom he has four children -- had separated. Miller also took action, by suing the photo agencies for violating her privacy.
Anne Hathaway's Bad Boyfriend
Anne Hathaway's longtime boyfriend, Raffaello Follieri, was taken into police custody in early April after allegedly bouncing a $215,000 check. The star split with the Italian real estate developer, whom she said was "the love of my life," just hours before his arrest on charges of wire fraud and money laundering.
To Drink or to Drive
Before the Transformers star was arrested for suspicion of DUI after a car crash on July 27, LaBeouf spoke out against drunk driving and opened up about his struggles with alcohol in Details. "I don't know how to have one drink," he said. LaBeouf -- who injured his hand in the accident -- was never charged.