Shocking Celebrity Confessions

PHOTO: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford arrives to talk on his weekly radio show, Nov. 3, 2013, in Toronto.
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Rob Ford

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted today that he had smoked crack cocaine while in a "drunken stupor" that he did not remember.

The stunning admission came after months of reports that Ford had been videotaped inhaling from a crack pipe. Reporters from the Toronto Star newspaper and Gawker said they watched a clip of the video and saw Ford smoking from the pipe.

"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," Ford told reporters at an impromptu news conference at City Hall today. "Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately a year ago."

Ford maintained that he would not step down from office. He was elected in 2010 to a four-year term.

Ford is the latest in a lengthy A-list of politicians and celebrities laid low by bad behavior and forced to make public and sometimes painful confessions.

PHOTO: Global cancer advocate Lance Armstrong, chairman and founder of Livestrong, speaks, Aug. 29, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France champion who has been hailed as one of America's greatest athletes, confessed to cheating in January after a years-long investigation by anti-doping authorities found the 42-year-old cyclist used banned performance-enhancing substances. Facing a lifetime ban from athletic competition and ample evidence compiled by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he used banned substances.

PHOTO: President Bill Clinton pauses a moment while being asked about former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, in the White House in Washington, DC.
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Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton made what is perhaps the most infamous confession of sexual impropriety by a U.S. politician in history. In January 1998, soon after reports surfaced that Clinton had an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, he emphatically said, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." By August, as a congressional investigation grilled Lewinsky and she turned over a DNA-stained dress, Clinton made a televised address to the nation, and admitted to an "improper physical relationship" with her. The House of Representatives voted to impeach the president for perjury, but he was subsequently acquitted.

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David Petraeus

Gen. David Petraeus, a decorated war hero, resigned as director of the CIA in November 2012 after an FBI investigation uncovered an extramarital affair he had with his biographer. "After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair," Petraeus confessed in a letter to CIA staff.

PHOTO: Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey volunteers for Exodus Transitional Community at the Church of Living Hope in Harlem, New York City.
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Jim McGreevey

New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey found himself in 2004 at the center of a salacious scandal that would ultimately end his marriage and political career. At a dramatic news conference McGreevey resigned his position and admitted to being a "gay American." McGreevey confessed to a lengthy affair with an Israeli man, whom the governor had appointed to his homeland security team. Before officially resigning, McGreevey was briefly the first, and subsequently only, out gay man to be a governor.

PHOTO: Musicians Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan of Milli Vanilli attend the Milli Vanilli Press Conference on Nov. 20, 1990, at Ocean Way Recording Studios in Hollywood, Calif.
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Milli Vanilli

Pop-music sensation duo Milli Vanilli was forced to return Grammy awards in 1990 after the performers confessed to taking credit for an award-winning album on which they did not actually sing. After an LA Times reporter discovered the ruse, Germans Fab Morvan and Rob Politus were forced to return their Best New Artist award and admit they had not contributed any vocals to the best-selling album "Girl You Know It's True."

PHOTO: Lori and Jim Bakker are seen at their home in Fort Mills, South Carolina, Dec. 15, 1999.
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Jim Bakker

Televangelist Jim Bakker was convicted in 1989 for fraud after a newspaper discovered and prosecutors investigated that millions of dollars in donations to his popular PTL Club were being used improperly, including to pay hush money to a church secretary with whom he had an affair. Bakker admitted to having "sinned" and later penned the memoir, "I Was Wrong." After serving five years of a 45-year sentence, Bakker was paroled in 1994.

PHOTO: Marion Jones gives a brief statement to the press after she leaves court Jan. 11, 2008, in White Plains, New York.
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Marion Jones

Marion Jones, an Olympic track star and player in the WNBA confessed in 2007 to using performance-enhancing drugs. As a result, Jones was stripped of five medals she had won seven years earlier at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Jones was prosecuted for perjury as part of an investigation into BALCO, a California company linked to supplying steroids to athletes. Jones pleaded guilty and served five months in prison.

PHOTO: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford speaks during a press conference at the State Capitol on June 24, 2009, in Columbia, South Carolina.
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Mark Sanford

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford told staffers he was "hiking the Appalachian trail" when he disappeared from the state for a week in June 2009, without letting anyone, including his family, know his whereabouts. Confronted by a reporter at the Atlanta airport after returning on a flight from Argentina, Sanford held a news conference and confessed to an affair. He said of mistress Maria Chapur that he "had met his soul mate." Sanford was censured by the state's legislature, but completed his term.

PHOTO: Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announces his resignation, June 16, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
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Anthony Weiner

Anthony Weiner, a promising young congressman from New York, was forced to make an embarrassing confession in 2011 after it was revealed that he had sent sexually suggestive and explicit images to several women via the Internet. The newlywed Democrat resigned from Congress after first trying to deny the images were of himself and alleging that his Twitter account had been hacked. "I am here today to again apologize for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused," he said in his resignation speech.

PHOTO: Pastor Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelical Christians, defends Mel Gibson's vision in the making of the film 'The Passion of The Christ,' at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, Feb. 24, 2004.
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Ted Haggard

Ted Haggard was the influential pastor of Colorado's New Life Church, a charismatic megachurch with more 10,000 members, before a sex scandal that led to his 2006 confession of using gay prostitutes and crystal meth. Haggard helped elect President George W. Bush and supported an amendment to the Colorado constitution that would ban gay marriage. In a 2006 letter to members of his church, Haggard admitted to "sexual immorality" and called himself a "sinner and a liar." He was removed from the leadership of the church, and has since founded a new church and supports same-sex marriage.

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