Top 10 Most Shocking Celebrity Stories of 2012
Another year has passed with jaw-dropping reports from entertainment industry throughout the past twelve months. From the sudden passing of an A-lister to a mass shooting in a movie theater, and from a secret wedding to a scandalous affair, these stories grabbed the headlines and caused several famous figures to get more attention than others for quite some time.
Capping off 2012 AceShowbiz presents its annual top 10 picks of Most Shocking Celebrity Stories of the Year. Angus T. Jones publicly slamming "Two and a Half Men, Kristen Stewart cheating on Robert Pattinson with a married man, and Tony Scott jumping to his death are some of them which make the list.
#10 Angus T. Jones' 'Two and a Half Men' Rant
Out of nowhere, Angus T. Jones slammed his show "Two and a Half Men" on which he has starred for nine years. He branded the long-running sitcom filth and urged people not to watch it in a video testimony made for Christian group the Forerunner Chronicles, making his mother worried that he's being exploited by the church. Rainn Wilson and Matthew Perry didn't let the hot issue go away without giving their take on it, releasing the spoofs while promoting their own series. A few days after, the teen actor issued a statement to express his apology and even praise the show cast and crew. As CBS' CEO Les Moonves called Jones rant a piece of cake compared to that of Charlie Sheen back in 2011, Angus is expected to stay on the show at least until the end of the currently airing season 9.
#9 Johnny Lewis Killing Landlady Before Falling to His Death
Johnny Lewis wasn't an outstanding actor during his life, but his name suddenly became a trending topic when his body was found lifeless on the driveway of a Los Feliz neighborhood building on September 26. He was alleged to be beating his landlady, 81-year-old Catherine Davis, to death before meeting his own demise. Wendy Feldman, who worked with him on a potential alternative sentence that would keep him out of jail, later revealed that the former "Sons of Anarchy" star had been battling a mental issue, psychopathy or bipolar disorder, during his life. Two months later, a report from the Los Angeles County coroner's office determined that his death was accidental and said that the ex-boyfriend of Katy Perry apparently lost his balance or struck an object during his attempt to escape the crime scene.
#8 Jenni Rivera's Plane Crash
Near the end of 2012, a plane crash claimed the life of another musician.A U.S.-registered Learjet 25 carrying American-Mexican singer Jenni Rivera from Monterrey to Toluca, Mexico was found badly destroyed in the northern state of Nuevo Leon. It was believed that no one survived the accident, but it wasn't until a few days later that her and the other passengers' remains were found. Her brothers quickly identified it was the 43-year-old singer by only watching the pictures and cremated her body without waiting for the DNA test results. Making the pain worse for the family, Jenni's items were stolen from the crash scene and alleged footage of the singer's remains was leaked onto the Internet.
#7 Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' Hush-Hush Wedding
It was less than a year since Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were first reported dating when news broke out that the "Green Lantern" co-stars tied the knot on September 9. The private ceremony took place t Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., just outside of Charleston, with a white tent set up at the plantation. Only family members and close friends attended the wedding, including the "Gossip Girl" actress' best friend, singer Florence Welch, who serenaded the groom and the bride. Though details of their special day were dished out by various sources, the couple never released an announcement regarding their status, let alone making an official public appearance as a married couple.
#6 Prince Harry's Naked Pictures Leaked
The U.K. royal family braved humiliation when naked pictures of Prince Harry leaked on the U.S. web last summer. The photos were taken inside his hotel room during a night of wild partying in Las Vegas, showing him buck naked with a nude woman. People at the St. James's Palace tried to do damage control by banning media outlets in the country from publishing the pictures despite the fact that they were available for viewing online around the world. The red-haired prince himself quickly returned to his home country and shied away from spotlight for a while until the buzzing news died down, including deleting his Facebook which was set up under the name of Spike Wells.
#5 Tony Scott's Suicide
The death of "Top Gun" director Tony Scott caught Hollywood off guard. The helmer jumped to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles on August 19 in the afternoon. He left a suicide letter at his office and another note containing his contact information inside a black Toyota Prius he parked near the bridge. Condolences were poured in from friends and colleagues alike including Tom Cruise. According to Los Angeles County Coroner, he had a therapeutic level of anti-depressant mirtazapine (Remeron) and sleep aid zopiclone (Lunesta) at time of his death. He died of "multiple blunt force injuries" with drowning as another "significant" factor.
#4 Kristen Stewart Cheating on Robert Pattinson With Married Director
Twihards' world was shattered when, in real life, Kristen Stewart who plays Bella Swan inÃ�ï¿½Ã�Â "Twilight" movie series couldn't stay faithful to Robert Pattinson who portrays Edward Cullen in the movie. It didn't help that the man whom she got cozy with was identified as Rupert Sanders, a married director and father of two who helmed her movie "Snow White and the Huntsman". She got more backlashes when people pointed out that Rupert's wife, Liberty Ross, was the one who plays her on-screen mother in the film. She apologized for the affair and has been reported rekindling romance with Robert after a brief breakup.
#3 "The Dark Knight Rises" Aurora Shooting
On July 20 midnight, movie lovers were eagerly flooding theaters across the U.S. to be the first ones to see one of 2012's most anticipated films "The Dark Knight Rises", but the first day of the public screening was marred by a tragic shooting at the Century 16 cinema in Aurora, Colorado. Twelve people were killed and more than fifty others were injured, leaving Hollywood shaken. Producers, directors and actors in the industry condemned what happened. James Holmes was identified as the gunman and arrested for the cold-blooded crime. He was slapped with 24 murder charges, 116 counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of explosives.
#2 Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' Divorce
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes looked like a portrayal of an American happy family. They had the fame, the money & the beautiful kid and even shared the same religious belief, but it turned out there's more to the story. Underneath the facade of the perfect family, some problems were brewing, leading the former "Dawson's Creek" actress to file for divorce from her actor husband after 8 years of marriage. The divorce was carefully planned by her, leaving him feeling blindsided. In the end, they agreed to settle it out of court for the sake of their daughter Suri. The little girl is placed under the primary custody of her mother with generous visitation from her father.
#1 Whitney Houston's Untimely Death
Music industry lost one of its great talents on February 9 when Whitney Houston was found dead in her hotel room in Los Angeles. The music icon was submerged in the bathtub of her suite just a few hours before she was supposed to attend Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party a couple floors down. Her death caused shock waves across the web. Fans and stars of all kinds poured condolence and paid homage to her brilliance. At the age of 48, she already had a long catalog of hits. Not only did she leave her marks in music but she also had a lasting legacy in movie despite starring only in a handful of films during her brief life.
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