It’s been a scandalous year, wouldn’t you say? From stories that left us scratching our heads to leaving our stomach in knots, it’s pretty safe to say that 2014 was full of jaw-dropping moments in Hollywood. Below we’ve recapped the wildest dramas over the year. Take a peek below to see the 11 celebrity scandals that made headlines in 2014.
1. The Punch Heard Around The World
It was the classic actor/pop star feud of 2014. In July, 37-year-old Orlando Bloom allegedly threw a punch at 20-year-old Justin Bieber in Ibiza, Spain, following the rumors that the singer had relations with Bloom’s ex-wife Miranda Kerr. According to The Post, Bieber antagonized Bloom after the actor refused to shake his hand. That’s when Bieber pulled out the big guns, allegedly saying, “She was good,” in reference to the mother of Bloom’s child.
2. The Infamous Elevator Fight
In May a video of Solange Knowles attacking Jay Z on an elevator at the Met Gala leaked. It showed Beyonce’s sister viciously hitting her brother-in-law until the group was forced to exit the elevator. Since the bizarre altercation, Solange has stated that she feels “at peace” with what happened. “What's important is that my family and I are all good," the singer said in a statement to Lucky magazine. Beyonce has also addressed the odd occurrence in the remix of her hit song “Flawless.”
3. Sarah Hyland’s Restraining Order
The “Modern Family” actress filed for a restraining order against her longtime boyfriend Matt Prokop in 2014, claiming that she feared for her life. According to the actress, Prokop verbally abused her and once held her throat with a “grip so tight that [she] could not breathe or speak.”
Hyland has since spoken out about her abusive relationship during an interview with Meredith Vieira. “There are two quotes that I want to say. One is a Dylan Thomas poem: ‘Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light,’ which is one of my favorite poems," Hyland said. "It just strikes a chord in me; and also Robert Frost: 'The only way out is through. People have to go through things in order to become the person they are today, and that's that.”
4. Real Drama Of The New Jersey Housewives
Joe and Teresa Giudice of the hit Bravo series “Real Housewives of New Jersey” were sentenced to prison after being found guilty of multiple fraud charges. Joe is facing 41 months and Teresa is facing 15 months. In addition to getting sentenced, the Giudices will have to pay $414,000 in restitutions.
During an interview with Andy Cohen for the Bravo show “Watch What Happens Live,” Teresa revealed her response to the sentence a day after the court hearing.
"I was so nervous ... and I was shaking," she explained. "My nerves were pulling. At one point, I couldn't even move my fingers, they were, like, stuck. ... Like, my nerves were shot. You know, I've had sleepless nights. I was shocked. I mean, it was very unexpected."
5. Man, I Feel Like A Woman
After divorcing Kris Jenner in September 2014, Bruce Jenner seemed to be coping from his lengthy relationship through pampering – and a lot of it. In fact, Bruce was looking so polished that some thought the Olympian was transitioning from a man into a woman. “It’s silly. They’ve been saying that since the ‘70s,” Kris said about her ex-husband allegedly becoming a female.
However, others claim that Bruce’s manicures aren’t just for a cuticle cleanup. Since the divorce he reportedly feels free to become his “true self.” “His goal is to live as a woman and look as much like one,” a source told Us Weekly. “He has been struggling for a long time with his feelings about being a woman inside.”
6. The Cause Of Joan Rivers’ Tragic Death
Joan Rivers was confirmed dead at the age of 81 on Thursday, Sept. 4. According to Us Weekly, the comedian died after an unplanned biopsy, which sent her into emergency hospitalization. It was revealed that the doctor who performed the biopsy wasn’t certified at the New York City clinic where the procedure took place. CNN added an even more horrifying addition to this tragic story, reporting that a staff member at the clinic saw the uncertified doctor taking a photo with an unconscious Rivers (who was under anesthesia) while she was in the procedure room.
7. Mama June’s Dating Nightmare
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” was canceled following reports the Mama June Shannon was dating a registered sex offender, Mark McDaniel. McDaniel allegedly molested Mama June's daughter, Anna Marie "Chickadee" Cardwell, when she was younger. The matriarch then opened up to ET during an exclusive interview to share that McDaniel wasn’t the only sex offender she had dated.
"I have nothing to hide, I have nothing to lose," Mama June told ET. "I just want, honestly, to tell my side of the story and let’s move on." According to Mama June, the second sex offender, Michael Anthony Ford, is also the father to her daughter Pumpkin.
In August 2014 a slew of private, personal photos from celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Gabrielle Union and Kate Upton leaked on the Internet. The hacking of the nude selfies was known as “The Fappening” and sparked an outrage among those who were targeted.
“It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting,” Lawrence said to Vanity Fair in regard to the 500 images that were leaked. "The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside."
9. Stephen Collins
The “7th Heaven” actor found himself in the middle of a major scandal October, when an audiotape of Collins' incriminating past was released to TMZ. In the tape, which was recorded by the actor’s estranged wife Gaye Grant unbeknownst to Collins during the couple’s therapy session, Collins confessed to sexually molesting three underage girls within a 20-year span.
"Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since,” Collins said in a statement released to People magazine, adding that as “difficult” as it is for the actor to discuss, he wants “people to know the truth.”
10. Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby made headlines in 2014 when multiple women accused "The Cosby Show" actor of sexual assault. Those who came forward included Janice Dickinson, Beverly Johnson and most recently Katherine McKee, Sammy Davis Jr.’s ex-girlfriend.
McKee told the New York Daily News that while delivering some barbecue to the sitcom star she was raped by Cosby. “It was so fast and so shocking and so unbelievable,” she stated. “I never said a word. I was too uncomfortable about it.”
11. CeeLo Green Shares His Views On Rape
CeeLo Green’s TBS reality show, “The Good Life,” was canceled following the singer’s offensive tweets about rape, which have since been deleted. The former “Voice” coach, who was accused of rape in 2012, took to social media to explain what he thought was the difference between sexual assault versus consensual sex.
"If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! so WITH implies consent," Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, said. "People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" Buzzfeed posted screen grabs of the tweets before they were deleted.
CeeLo then apologized for his “idiotic” tweets on Twitter. "I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter," he wrote. "Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe."