35 Famous People’s Darkest Secrets

Found on AskReddit. Note that most of these are based on unsubstantiated rumors.

1. Ricky Martin

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Ricky Martin got his start in a Puerto Rican boy band called Menudo. There were multiple members of Menudo that later claimed they were molested by Jose Menendez, a record exec who orchestrated Menudo’s fame in the U.S. Jose Menedez would later be murdered along with his wife, by their two sons, Lyle and Erik Menendez. The brothers would claim in court, it was years of sexual abuse at the hands of their father that led them to commit the murders.

2. Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick was in a car accident, which killed two people – the cause was never determined, but he was charged with ‘careless driving’ and paid a small fine.

3. Tim Allen

Tim Allen was arrested for trying to smuggle cocaine in the late 70s.

4. Shelley Malil

Shelley Malil – The younger Indian guy from The 40-Year-Old Virgin is in jail for being a horrific human being. He stabbed his ex-girlfriend 20 times.

5. Sean Penn and Chris Brown

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Sean Penn raped and beat Madonna. Probably would’ve killed her if she hadn’t managed to escape.

Many people (choose to) think Chris Brown just slapped Rihanna once. He strangled her, bit her fingers and ear, slammed her head against the dashboard and window (yeah he was DRIVING while doing this, the police report says Rihanna could feel the car swerving) and said he was going to kill her when they got home. He had, in a previous argument, thrown her against a wall. He beat her in the car because she discovered he was talking to an ex and wouldn’t drop the issue. He only stopped because she began screaming for help. He left her screaming in the car and ran home. Nobody came to help her, one person called 911 from their house nearby after hearing her screams.

6. Scott Hall

Scott Hall AKA “Razor Ramon” killed a guy when he was 18, while working as a bouncer at a nightclub. He talked about it briefly in an ESPN mini-documentary, that’s the first I heard of it.

7. Duckie, from The Land Before Time

The voice actor that played Duckie, from The Land Before Time, was brutally murdered by her father.

8. Bill O’Reilly


Bill O’Reilly sexually harassed his secretary for a long time. He would call her and masturbate over the phone… She eventually sued, and Bill paid a lot of money to make the bad press go away. This was right around the time Bill was writing books telling people how to live their lives.

9. Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee witnessed a man being executed by guillotine.

10. Jack Nicholson

The woman Jack Nicholson thought was his sister for over three decades was actually his mom.

11. Dan Schneider

Dan Schneider played Dennis (the fat guy) on Head of the Class, but now he’s best known for creating all these pre-teen sitcoms for Nickelodeon – and it’s an open secret in Hollywood that the most dangerous place in town, if you’re an underage girl, is in a room alone with him.

12. Jeffrey Jones


Jeffrey Jones, Principal Ed Rooney from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off who also starred in Beetlejuice, The Hunt For Red October, and Sleepy Hollow, is a big ol’ pervert.

13. Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson’s father was a convicted hitman.

14. Anne Perry

Popular mystery author Anne Perry was, as a girl, involved with the murder of her friend’s) mother. The movie Heavenly Creatures is based on the killing.

15. Alice Walker

It’s not really a “secret,” but Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, is a David Icke follower. Yep, the lizard-people guy.

16. Tom Daley

Tom Daley had sex with Louis from One Direction. Friend works for Tom Daley’s PR team and this was before he recently came out.

17. Laura Bush

Laura Bush killed a man.

18. Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa let orphans suffer because she thought it brought them closer to god.

19. Ian Watkins

The front man of the band Lostprophets, Ian Watkins, was recently sentenced to 35 years for a string of child sex offenses including the attempted rape of a baby.

20. Joe Son

Joe Son, the Asian with the hat in Austin Powers is convicted rapist. He and a friend kidnapped a 19-year old woman on Christmas eve and raped her several times for hours before they threw her naked out of the car (in the cold). He is also charged with murder of a prison inmate.

21. Charlize Theron

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Charlize Theron’s mother killed her alcoholic father in self defense.

22. Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge, leaving his pregnant mistress to drown. He took a shower, shaved, slept, and then reported the accident. At least he died slowly and painfully from brain cancer.

The Chappaquiddick incident occurred on July 18, 1969, in which Mary Jo Kopechne, a female passenger of U.S. Senator Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy, was killed when he accidentally drove his car off a bridge and into a tidal channel on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. Kennedy swam free and left the scene, not reporting the accident within nine hours, but Kopechne died in the vehicle. In the early hours of July 19, Kopechne’s body and the car were recovered. Kennedy pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury and received a two-month suspended jail sentence. The incident became a national scandal, and may have influenced Kennedy’s decision not to campaign for President of the United States in 1972 and 1976.

23. Joe Biden

My former boss used to be a budget director for Joe Biden’s senatorial election campaigns. So he got to see expenses come through and approve them for payment. He said that Joe’s hotel bills were so loaded with pay per view porn that the only way it was possible was if he turned it on the moment he entered his room and kept it running until the moment he left in the morning.

24. William S. Burroughs

The notorious beat poet William S. Burroughs shot his wife in the face and killed her.

25. Martin Luther King Jr.

Since it’s now 3 minutes after Martin Luther King day… The man (allegedly) cheated on his wife a lot.

26. Laurence Fishburne

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Morpheus’ daughter does porn.

27. R. Kelly

R. Kelly has paid off dozens of families after sexually abusing girls aged 12-15. He picks them up in impoverished areas, humiliates them sexually, then bribes the families who go to the police. He is nearly bankrupt from doing this.

28. Rebecca Gayheart

Rebecca Gayheart killed a kid in a hit and run. She was never really punished for it. I have no idea why not.

29. Lyndon Johnson

Lyndon Johnson was a total pervert. I don’t have a source at the moment, but I read somewhere that he would expose himself to the White House secretaries.

30. Gandhi

A lot of people ignore the fact that Gandhi was very racist against Africans, and was so adamant about his ideals that he condemned victims of a massacre for trying to run away, and said the Jews should have just let the Nazis kill them to shame them.

31. Nick Carter

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Nick Carter – the tall blonde pretty boy from the Backstreet Boys – is rumored to have been molested by obese manager and convicted fraud Lou Perlman.

32. Jay Z

Jay Z shot his brother over a dispute about jewelry.

33. Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg is a huge racist and used to beat up Vietnamese men for fun. He blinded one man when he was sixteen.

34. Rob Schneider

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Rob Schneider goes down to Home Depot and pays the migrant workers to go to his house and choke him in the shower.

35. Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel was a Nazi agent. It was commonly known in France and thus she was looked down upon, but because Britain and America glorified her fashion line, her involvement has been completely overlooked. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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