Top 10 Biggest Scandals of the Decade

Polanski was recently granted bail and released from prison under house arrest at his Swiss chalet, pending his extradition to the United States. Finally facing his past could free him once and for all from the scandal that has followed him for three decades.

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger's death in January 2008 from an accidental overdose of prescription pills took Hollywood by storm and, once again, shined the spotlight on prescription drug abuse.

"I had such great hope for him," Mel Gibson said at the time, echoing the sentiment of many. "He was just taking off and to lose his life at such a young age is a tragic loss."

The Australian-born Ledger was probably best known for his starring role in 2005's "Brokeback Mountain," about two cowboys who fall in love. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone's film critic and host of ABC News Now's "Popcorn," called Ledger's performance "one of the greatest performances of an actor from his generation."

But it was his final role as the Joker, which he had just completed filming for the Batman movie "The Dark Knight," that won him a posthumous Oscar in 2009 for best supporting actor.

Rihanna/Chris Brown

The real story of this year's Grammy Awards in February 2009 did not unfold on stage. Instead, pop couple Chris Brown and Rihanna, who had been scheduled to perform that night, were involved in an altercation that sent Rihanna to the hospital and Brown to the police station where he turned himself in for assault and criminal threats.

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The argument began when Rihanna read a text message on Brown's phone from another woman, according to the police affidavit. Brown shoved Rihanna into the window of his car, while driving. According to the police report, he punched her several times and said, "I'm going to beat the s**t out of you when we get home."

When Rihanna countered by calling her assistant's phone, Brown warned, "You just did the stupidest thing ever. I'm going to kill you," and threw her phone out the window, the report noted.

Brown eventually pleaded guilty to felony assault and was given community service, five years probation and an order to stay 100 yards away from Rihanna. After briefly reuniting, the couple has since steered clear of each other, giving their first interviews about what happened at the end of this year.

Rihanna told ABC News' Diane Sawyer, "He had ... no soul in his eyes. Just blank. ...He was clearly blacked out. There was no person when I looked at him."

Brown apologized and made no excuses for his behavior. "I was wrong for what I did," Brown told ABC News' Robin Roberts.

Jon and Kate Gosselin

After months of unfavorable tabloid coverage and speculation about the state of their marriage, Jon and Kate Gosselin announced on the June 22 episode of their TLC show, "Jon & Kate Plus 8," that they'd begun divorce proceedings.

The Gosselins, parents of twins and sextuplets, admitted then that they had been living increasingly separate lives for the past two years, and Kate said the breaking point in the marriage was not a result of the show or tabloid scrutiny.

"I believe it is a chapter that would have probably played out had the world been watching or not," Kate said.

But the world did watch as the couple argued in the media about everything from money to child care to infidelity. The only thing the world wasn't watching was the show, which suffered a slide in the ratings after the big divorce announcement.

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