Breaking Down This Summer's Hottest Scandals
HULK HOGAN'S RACIST RANT
The scandal: Eight years ago, wrestling champion Hulk Hogan raged about his daughter Brooke, then 19, and her choice of romantic partners. Hogan, 62, used the n-word multiple times during the tirade, and admitted, "I mean, I am a racist, to a point." Unfortunately for the WWE star, the conversation was recorded, and in July, the National Enquirer published a transcript of the highly offensive discussion.
The aftermath: Hogan was scrubbed from the WWE Hall of Fame after the tape's release, and although his reps claim he resigned from the organization, the WWE maintains he was fired. The athlete quickly apologized for his "unacceptable" words and his daughter spoke out about his "tender heart" in a Facebook post. Recently, Hogan told PEOPLE his "devastating" remarks were the result of his "daily environment" growing up in Port Tampa, Florida.
JARED FOGLE'S ARREST
The scandal: Fogle was once an inspirational example of extreme weight loss as the face of Subway restaurants. But in July, the FBI raided his home in Zionsville, Indiana. After the investigation, the former spokesman pled guilty to the charges against him: having sex with at least two minors and obtaining and distributing pornography of 12 other children, some as young as 6 years old. Two weeks later, the executive director of Fogle's charity, Russell Taylor, admitted to 13 counts of sexual exploitation of a child and distribution of child pornography, some of which he shared with Fogle.
The aftermath: Fogle will be sentenced on Nov. 19, and is facing five to 12½ years in prison and fines up to $500,000. He has already agreed to pay $1.4 million in restitution to his 14 victims. The 38-year-old is currently in home detention, and his wife, Katie, is seeking a divorce. Subway wrote they "no longer have a relationship with Jared" on Twitter, and the company has re-launched an investigation into whether any of their employees had knowledge of Fogle's crimes.
RACHEL DOLEZAL'S RACIAL CONFUSION
The scandal: Dolezal became president of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP in 2014. In June, her parents contacted the media to allege that the 37-year-old "disguised herself" as a black person for years. "Unfortunately, she is not ethnically by birth African American. She is our daughter by birth," Dolezal's white father Larry told The Washington Post. A media storm erupted over the activist's darkened skin, braided hairstyles and claim that a black man was her father. Dolezal later went on Today to defend herself, still claiming to "identify as black."
The aftermath: Dolezal resigned from her position with the NAACP, was asked to step down from a police oversight commission and her teaching contract in Eastern Washington University's Africana studies program was not renewed. During a July interview with Vanity Fair, Dolezal said "[I lost] friends and the jobs and the work and – oh, my God – so much at the same time." But she still maintained her self-identity: "I do know that from my earliest memories I have awareness and connection with the black experience, and that's never left me."
THE ASHLEY MADISON HACK
The scandal: In August, hackers posted the information of around 32 million users of Ashley Madison, a site designed to orchestrate extramarital affairs. Data including login details, email addresses, payment transaction history and passwords exposed millions of people who were looking to cheat.
The aftermath: A number of high-profile figures were implicated in the leaked information, including Josh Duggar, Real Housewives of New York City husband Josh Taekman, YouTube's Sam Rader and Snooki's husband Jionni LaValle. Toronto police said two suicides were possibly linked to the hack, too. Noel Biderman, the CEO of the site's parent company Avid Life Media, resigned from his post in the wake of the attack. Meanwhile, a $576 million class action lawsuit accusing the company of negligence, invasion of privacy and emotional distress has been filed in California. The FBI is currently investigating the data breach.
JOSH DUGGAR'S CONFESSIONS
The scandal: The first wave hit in May when Josh Duggar's family admitted that he'd molested young girls, including four of his sisters, as a teenager. "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret," he said in a statement to PEOPLE. Just as the dust was settling, the Ashley Madison hack led to Josh confessing to being "unfaithful to my wife" and "viewing pornography on the Internet" while harboring a "secret addiction."
The aftermath: TLC canceled the Duggars' show 19 Kids and Counting after the molestation revelation, and Josh resigned from his position on the Family Research Council. Members of both and his wife Anna's clan have spoken out against him since news of his infidelity broke. Duggar checked into rehab in late August to work toward "wholeness and recovery." The scandals have raised many questions about the massive family's lifestyle and structure.
DONALD TRUMP'S MEGYN KELLY ATTACK
The scandal: During a Fox News GOP presidential debate in August, host Megyn Kelly questioned Donald Trump on his history of making derogatory remarks about his female opponents, including calling them "disgusting animals," "slobs" and "fat pigs." While speaking with CNN the next day, the candidate said of Kelly, "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever." Responding to accusations that the statement was misogynistic, Trump said would interpret his words as having sexiest connotations. "I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism," Kelly said on her show in response to Trump's criticism. This wasn't the first time Trump ignited controversy this summer: he was accused of making about immigrants during his campaign announcement speech, and subsequently Univision canceled its telecast of the Miss USA pageant.
The aftermath: Because of the comments, Trump was disinvited from speaking at a conservative event in Atlanta. In a statement, Fox News Chief Roger Ailes called Trump's "attack" "unacceptable," "disturbing," "crude" and "irresponsible." Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called Trump's words "offensive" and "outrageous." Trump stood by his opinion that the questions Kelly had asked him at the debate "were totally inappropriate" during an interview on Today, and has continued to make enemies on the campaign trail.
BEN AFFLECK AND THE NANNY
The scandal: In a joint statement to PEOPLE in June, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their decision to divorce after 10 years of marriage. News of the Hollywood couple's demise was heartbreaking, but things got worse in July when sources confirmed to PEOPLE that the family's nanny, Christine Ouzounian, said she had an affair with the 43-year-old actor. "Christine is in love with him," one of Ouzounian's friends said. Affleck staunchly denied the affair, and his rep called the accusation "complete garbage and full of lies." Friends of the family told PEOPLE that Garner viewed the infidelity as "the ultimate betrayal."
The aftermath: The former spouses planned to still live together after the divorce, but in August a source close to the family said that Garner has been "rethinking their living situation." Affleck and Garner have been spotted together on family outings since the divorce announcement, and their family spent most of the summer in Atlanta where she was filming Miracles from Heaven. Upon her return to Los Angeles, Garner was seen without her wedding ring.
KIM DAVIS' REFUSAL TO ISSUE MARRIAGE LICENSES
The scandal: In a landmark decision at the end of June, the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the United States. One Kentucky clerk was definitely not happy about the ruling. Citing her religious beliefs as an Apostolic Christian, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky. After a judge ordered her to resume issuing licenses, she asked him to stay the ruling while she appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. After both a federal appeals court and a lower court ruled against her, Davis said she would turn to the Supreme Court to intervene. She denied one couple, James Yates and William Smith Jr., a license three times.
The aftermath: Davis was found in contempt of court for refusing to comply with the judge's ruling and was consequently arrested. Before U.S. Marshals escorted her out of the courtroom, U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning told Davis "the idea of natural law superseding this court's authority would be a dangerous precedent indeed." According to the New York Times, Judge Bunning will soon be considering a request that Davis be released if she finally agrees to "not interfere" with same-sex couples seeking licenses.