2012 Celebrity Sex Scandals & Nude Photo Leaks

December 25th, 2012 8:00am EST

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Real life often mimics soap operas, and 2012 was no exception. Several celebrities were embroiled in sex scandals and nude photo leaks. As much as these stars try to keep some things to themselves, sometimes their private moments result in a media frenzy.

In September, a video featuring Kanye West getting down and dirty with a woman looking very similar to his girlfriend Kim Kardashian was being shopped around. RadarOnline reported that they viewed the 20-minute sex tape and posted a non-nude screen shot from it. The video was allegedly made before the rapper started dating the reality star.
Sex tapes, cheating stars, and topless photo leaks are just the tip of the iceberg...

Kristen Stwewart cheated on Robert Pattinson with her "Snow White & The Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders (far right), who was married with two children. Photos surfaced in July of Stewart and Sanders kissing and cuddling in a Los Angeles park. The actress later issued a public apology for her indiscretion. She and Pattinson broke up and later rekindled their relationship.

In June, candid shots of Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi surfaced, and her publicist confirmed the photos, which featured the "Jersey Shore" star completely naked and in an untied robe, were of her client. A representative told E! News, "Clearly these are old and personal photos that were not meant for the public. It's a shame someone decided to leak them for obvious personal gain."

In August, leaked photos showed a completely nude Prince Harry and a female guest engaged in a game of strip billiards at Steve Wynn's Encore Hotel in Las Vegas. Just a month later Kate Middleton was photographed topless while vacationing in France. A French magazine published photos of the duchess and Prince William on the terrace of a private house in Provence, and Middleton was shown removing her bikini top. Oops!

In the spring, four masseurs stepped forward and accused John Travolta of sexual misconduct. One man claimed the actor "touched his genitals" and offered up sexual propositions during a massage. A second accuser said that the 58-year-old star inappropriately touched him and masturbated during an appointment at a resort in Atlanta, Georgia. A former Royal Caribbean cruise ship employee alleged that Travolta offered him $12,000 to have sex with him back in May 2009. And an employee at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City claimed the actor was banned for more than three years because of "inappropriate behavior" around spa staff.

A sex tape featuring Hulk Hogan and his (former) friend Bubba The Love Sponge's wife Heather Clem was released in October. The wrestler sued Bubba as well as Clem (for knowingly filming the act) and Gawker (for showing parts of the video).

Fred Willard ("Arrested Development") was arrested for allegedly masturbating while watching a porn film at Hollywood's Tiki Theater in July, but he insisted it was all a big misunderstanding. The actor managed to reach a deal with authorities to avoid formal prosecution after completing a court-ordered sex education course.

The Newsroom star Alison Pill accidentally posted a topless photo of herself on Twitter in September. The actress quickly deleted the image and apologized to her fans - but not before it circulated before millions of people. "Yep. That picture happened," she tweeted. "Ugh. My tech issues have now reached new heights, apparently. How a deletion turned into a tweet... Apologies."

In November, Kevin Clash, the man behind beloved "Sesame Street' character Elmo, was accused of having relations with a 16-year-old boy when he was 45. Clash was subsequntley hit with three additional lawsuits for engaging in sex with underage boys.

In July, reports surfaced that Minka Kelly, 32, shot a sex tape with an ex-boyfriend in New Mexico in 1998, but it was only recently being shopped around to the highest bidder. The actress was purportedly underage when the film was made.

In October, country singer Jason Aldean was photographed kissing former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr outside a bar in Los Angeles, and he subsequently released a statement apologizing for acting "inappropriately" and "embarrassing" his wife, Jessica Ussery, and their kids. He wrote on his website, "The truth is that I s**ewed up. I had too much to drink, let the party get out of hand and acted inappropriately at a bar. I left alone, caught the bus to our next show and that's the end of the story."

Rumors circulated in October that Jessica and Ashlee Simpson's father Joe was secretly gay. RadarOnline linked him to a 21-year-old man and claimed the relationship led to the end of Joe's marriage with wife Tina Simpson. Joe denied the gossip, telling friends and family the rumors were "ridiculous."

A purported nude photo of Justin Bieber leaked online, and the pop star claimed his computer and camera had been stolen backstage at a concert. However, it all turned out to be a publicity stunt for his music video "Beauty and the Beat."

After getting beat up by Chris Brown on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009, Rihanna reconnected with her ex over the last year. The on-again, off-again couple posted several photos of themselves on Twitter, including one in which the Barbadian beauty straddled Brown and kissed him on the head. Brown reportedly broke up with his girlfriend Karrueche Tran for Rihanna. The couple has been highly criticized - him for the attack and her for going back to him.

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