Celebrities Who Have Done Bad Things That Were Forgotten About

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Celebrities Who Have Done Bad Things That Were Forgotten About

They are only human.

Sean Penn

This acclaimed actor has won two Academy Awards. One for his role in the mystery drama Mystic River and the other for his betrayal of Harvey Milk in the biopic Milk. Do you remember his darker past though? 

He was once married to pop singer Madonna. The two starred in Shanghai Surprise and Madonna even dedicated the album 'True Blue' to him. The relationship however was quite dark. There were several violent outbursts against the press, including one incident when Penn was arrested for assaulting a photographer on a film set. Madonna filed for divorce from him but then withdrew the papers, only to file them again in January 1989. 

Madonna reportedly filed an assault complaint that she was beaten in her Malibu, California, home by her Sean, but in January 1989, the Associated Press reported that she had "dropped assault charges." Penn was alleged to have struck Madonna on multiple occasions, but in 2015 Madonna stated the allegations were "completely outrageous, malicious, reckless, and false". 


Karl "The Mailman" Malone

Karl Anthony Malone was a professional basketball player who has now retired. Nicknamed "The Mailman", he played with the Utah Jazz for 18 seasons and formed a formidable duo with his teammate John Stockton. Although he reached the NBA Finals three times during his 19 years in the NBA he never captured a title. He is also the NBA's second-leading scorer of all time, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and arguably the greatest power forward ever. Although his Utah fanbase loves him, some may remember him for something else. 

During his time in college, Malone would fathered a child with a neighbor who was a thirteen-year-old girl in his hometown. This is obviously statutory rape and most people would go to jail for it, but Malone managed to get off without any sort of criminal punishment.

The main reason being that the family didn't press charges. Their reasoning was that if Malone went to jail he wouldn't be able to provide for his child. Later on, however, while being in the NBA and making millions, Malone refused to pay $125 a week to help support the kid.


Dr. Seuss/Theodor Geisel

I think we all know who this famous author is. Known as Theodor Geisel, he even has a national day on his birthday. What you may not know is the story about his first wife. 

Dr. Seuss was having an affair while his wife was battling depression and cancer. When she committed suicide she left him a note that said...

Dear Ted, What has happened to us? I don't know. I feel myself in a spiral, going down down down, into a black hole from which there is no escape, no brightness. And loud in my ears from every side I hear, 'failure, failure, failure...' I love you so much ... I am too old and enmeshed in everything you do and are, that I cannot conceive of life without you ... My going will leave quite a rumor but you can say I was overworked and overwrought. Your reputation with your friends and fans will not be harmed ... Sometimes think of the fun we had all thru the years ...

The person he had the affair with would become his second wife.

Matthew Broderick

We might know him as Ferris Bueller and the actor married to Sarah Jessica Parker but a small town in Ireland remembers him very differently. 

In 1987 Margaret Doherty, 63, and Anna Gallagher, 28, a mother and daughter were killed in Northern Ireland when their brown Volvo crashed head-on into a rented red BMW driven by Mathew Broderick. The road was reportedly straight and simple, spurring speculation the actor may have begun to drive on the wrong side of the road by habit.


Boy George

We might remember him for his 80s hit Karma Chameleon but he has a dark past riddled with drug abuse. 

On 16 January 2009, George was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment for handcuffing a male escort to a wall and beating him with a metal chain. The judge condemned his "premeditated", "callous", and "degrading" drug-fuelled actions which "traumatised" his victim. He was given early release after four months for good behaviour. 

A movie about his life and career is in the works at MGM.


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