The 8 Most Scandalous Moments in Getty Family History
J. PAUL GETTY REFUSES TO PAY GRANDSON'S RANSOM
When one of his grandsons, John Paul Getty III, is kidnapped by Italian gangsters, J. Paul publicly refuses to pay the ransom until a very chilling moment: the captors cut off the teen's ear and mail it to the cops.
J. PAUL GETTY MARRIES AND DIVORCES FIVE WOMEN
Not to mention the tycoon's countless affairs. J. Paul Getty, who made his multibillion-dollar fortunes in oil, is at one point the world's richest private citizen – and easily the most eccentric.
GEORGE FRANKLIN GETTY DIES OF AN OVERDOSE
J. Paul's eldest son is found dead after consuming a lethal mix of drugs and alcohol in 1973.
SIR JOHN PAUL GETTY JR.'S WIFE DIES OF HEROIN OVERDOSE
Another of J. Paul's sons struggles with depression and addiction until his 2003 death – but it's his wife, model Talitha Pol, who dies of a drug overdose (heroin) in 1971.
ANDREW GETTY IS FOUND DEAD
In March 2015, the 47-year-old grandson of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty is discovered bleeding in the bathroom hallway of his Hollywood Hills mansion. Andrew's ex-girlfriend, Lanessa DeJonge – whom Getty had filed a restraining order against just two weeks prior – finds his body, though the police don't believe there was any foul play. Andrew, who collected puppets, skulls and prehistoric bird skeletons recreationally, struggled with drug addiction and high blood pressure his whole life.
GORDON GETTY SECRETLY HAS THREE KIDS OUT OF WEDLOCK
Andrew's father – the son of J. Paul Getty – is a prominent philanthropist ... and a former philanderer. In 1999, it's revealed that Gordon secretly had three kids out of wedlock. (Miraculously, his wife Ann stays with him through the very public ordeal.)
BALTHAZAR GETTY HAS AN AFFAIR WITH AN ACTRESS
J. Paul's great-grandson, Balthazar, has an affair with Sienna Miller in 2008, while married to his wife, Rosetta. The two separate, though have since reconciled.