7 Biggest Black Celebrity Scandals of the 2000s You Probably Don’t Remember

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With fame comes scandal. Black celebrities have found themselves in some of the most year-defining moments – being arrested for drunk driving, getting caught in secret affairs, or being accused of sexual assault. Continue reading to learn about the seven biggest black celebrity scandals of the 2000s you probably don’t remember. 

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R Kelly Sexual Assault Scandal

R Kelly in court for sexual assault hearing. Video Credit: @livenowfox

After nearly 20 years of misconduct and sexual assault allegations against R Kelly, he was indicted in 2019 and gave an intense interview a month later with CBS’ Gayle King. In his interview, he claimed that he was innocent and that his accusers were lying. 

The documentary series titled ‘Surviving R. Kelly‘ detailed troubling sexual assault accusations levelled against the singer. Since his indictment, he has remained in jail while fighting many legal wars surrounding these allegations. Check out the ‘Surviving R. Kelly documentary series on Amazon.

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Kanye West Interrupts Taylor Swift at VMAs

In 2009, during the MTV Video Music Awards Kanye West infamously interrupted winner Taylor Swift’s speech to shower praises on Beyonce. The incident stirred up a years-long feud between Kanye West and Taylor Swift.

Chris Brown and Rihanna Assault 

Singer Chris Brown pleads guilty to Rihanna assault, arrivals, court interiors. Video Credit: @APArchive

A night before the 2009 Grammy Awards, Chris Brown was charged with a felony for hitting Rihanna, his then-girlfriend. The incident left the female singer bruised and bloody, and photographs of her battered face were leaked to the media. 

Chris Brown pledged guilty and was given five years probation and 1,400 hours of community service. 

Kelvin Hart Controversy Over Past Homophobic Tweets and Comments

In 2018, Kelvin Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscar following controversy over his past homophobic comments and Tweets. The actor tendered a public apology after the tweets resurfaced. During his SiriusXM show, he said “Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community

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Drake Child Scandal

Pusha T Exposed Drake’s Secret Son. Video Credit: @LifeStoriesByGoalcast

Rapper Pusha T released a diss track titled ‘The Story of Adidon‘ in 2018. In the track, the rapper claimed that Drake was hiding a secret son he had with a former pornstar, Sophie Brussaux. In June of that same year, Drake released an album titled ‘Scorpion,’ where he confirmed having a son called Adidon. 

Bill Cosby Sexual Assault

Nine women sue Bill Cosby, accusing him of sexual assault. Video Credit: @NBCNews

In 2014, dozens of women accused Bill Cosby of sexual harassment. After Bill was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, he was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison. 

In June 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court came forward to say that it had accepted Bill Cosby’s appeal. Hence, allowing future overturns. 

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Elevator Incident 

Solange Attacks Jay-Z – Discussion With Wendy Williams. Video Credit: @iheartny2001

In 2014, leaked security footage showed a physical altercation between Jay-Z and Solange Knowles (Beyoncé’s sister). The incident raised many questions about Beyonce and Jay-Z’s marital love. 

However, the trio ended up releasing statements to clear the air. In the statement, Jay-Z, his wife, and the sister-in-law said “We love each other, and above all, we’re family. We’ve put it behind us, we hope every other person does the same too.”

Once you become a celebrity, people want to know what goes on in your daily life. Celebrity scandals show the complexity of fame and the public’s fascination with the lives of celebrities. For more celebrity scandals visit Amazon.

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Uchenna Agwu
Uchenna Agwu
Hi there! I’m Uchenna Agwu, and I love to write. When I’m not writing, you can usually find me reading books or watching documentaries (I’m a bit of a nerd). But I also like to get out and explore – whether that means going on hikes or checking out new restaurants.

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