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Jul 1, 2009

Worst web scandals

Wonder which are the hottest celebrity videos online? Lots, but the biggest hits are the ones which catch them in not-so-accepted public behaviour: yelling in public, using racist abuses, or engaging in raunchy sex acts.

Here are ten celebrity videos which went on to become Web scandals. These videos though became huge hits online also created outrage among fans and in many cases forced the celebrity to offer public apology.

Britney Spears

A video that became a major hit on web was that of pop princess Britney Spears being wheeled out of her home on a stretcher by paramedics.

In 2008, the singer had to be wheeled out of her Beverly Hills mansion and taken to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on a "medical hold" after police found her under the influence of an "unknown substance". The video showed her surrounded by six police cars and a fire engine.

Spears was suffering due to "mental stress and anguish" over the custody battle for her two children with ex-husband Kevin Federline. Reports suggested that Spears refused to hand over her boys to Federline’s bodyguard as scheduled after their visit at her Studio City Los Angeles home. The cops were called an hour later to mediate the dispute.

Paris Hilton and Rick Solomon

Internet was abuzz when Paris Hilton and her ex-boyfriend Rick Solomon's private home video mysteriously went public in 2004.

Socialite Paris Hilton is shown engaging in sexual relations with her ex-buea. Later, Red Light District Video said that it acquired the rights from Hilton's ex-boyfriend to distribute the full 45-minute video under the title "One Night In Paris."

Later, Hilton is said to have sued her ex-lover for releasing the tape and demanded $400,000. However, she later claimed that she never took the money, "I never received a dime from (the video). It's just dirty money and (Salomon) should give it all to some charity for the sexually abused or something."

Prince Harry

A racist controversy surrounding Prince Harry landed him in trouble when he was caught calling an Asian squaddie 'our little Paki friend'.

The prince, who is third in line to the British throne, made the comments in footage shot while training as an officer at the Sandhurst military academy in 2006, a year after being forced to make a public apology for wearing a Nazi swastika at a fancy dress party.

In the video, prince calls an officer from the Pakistani army, who was on the course with him, "our little Paki friend" and, when he sees another officer cadet wearing a camouflage veil, he says: "F*** me, you look like a raghead."

He also mocks the Queen, the commander-in-chief of the British army, during a pretend mobile phone call to the late Queen Mother. Later Prince Harry apologised for the act.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse faced ruin after being caught on camera revelling in sex in a public place, and singing a racist chant. The scenes were filmed by the troubled singing star's husband Blake Fielder-Civil.

In a sequence shot around May 2007, weeks after the couple eloped to wed in Miami, they are in a dingy crack den with Delboy-style bamboo patterned wallpaper. Amy and a friend Sarah giggle as they sing a string of racist lines set to the tune of kiddies' favourite ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes'. However they replaced the words with 'Blacks, pakis, gooks and nips' followed by: 'And deaf and dumb and blind and gay'.

In another clip Blake, asks Amy to perform a sex act on him in the public stairwell of a hotel. This is followed by a confused sequence showing shots of the steps and carpet.

Christian Bale

The Batman Begins star Christian Bale's outburst during shooting for the action movie sequel in July 08 was caught on tape. The four-minute long audio, in which he uses the F-word 35 times, leaked onto the Internet in early February this year. The video became an instant online hit, getting more than 10 million plays.

In the video, Bale can be heard angrily reprimanding and hurling abuse at a director of photography who distracted him during a scene. The recording attracted much criticism and the actor was forced to apologise for his behaviour.

The actor admits he still feels bad about the incident and hopes his fans won't punish him by deserting his films. A film magazine quoted Bale saying, "I did what I did. I'm not hiding that. I went overboard. You'll often try things and they're abysmal, sometimes they're embarrassing beyond belief but you've got to be able to try them and trust that it's not going to be put out there and mocked."

Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand

Last October, BBC Talk show hosts Jonathan Ross and comedian Russell Brand were at the center of a row after they attempted to contact comedy actor Andrew Sachs for an interview on Brand's weekend Radio 2 show. They left obscene messages on the answering machine of the veteran actor. During the series of phone calls, the duo also joked that Sachs might kill himself on hearing the news.

Later Brand resigned taking complete responsibility of his actions. Ross was suspended from all broadcasting for 12 weeks after BBC Trust, the sovereign body of the organization, met to discuss the calls. The suspension costed Ross $2.43 million.

David Hasselhoff

Former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff was caught on camera by his 16-year-old daughter drunk, slurring his words and stuffing his face with a hamburger.

According to reports his daughter leaked the tape to media. The footage shows him lying on the floor of a hotel room, shirtless and with nothing else on than just a pair of blue jeans.

David's daughter, Taylor, can be heard telling her father: 'Dad, look what this is doing to you. You have to stop drinking alcohol, promise me you won't drink anymore.

Vinnie Jones

Soccer player turned Hollywood star Vinnie Jones was at the centre of a punching controversy after he was caught on CCTV brawling in a pub throwing punches at his hapless victim.

The footage starts looking down a corridor, with the victim, the 26-year-old Juan Barrera, walking away from the camera towards the door at the top of the picture. Jones enters with a couple of guys behind him, before launching fist first at his target and landing with a punch.

Jones' victim, dazed, manages to regain composure, and uses his size to throw the movie star to the floor. However, the accompanies goons get better of Barrera, throwing him out of the door, with Jones seen stumbling to his feet with blood down his face.

Kerry Katona

Reality TV star Kerry Katona was caught in a controversy as she slurred her way through a TV interview. The former Atomic Kitten star, who had a highly-publicised battle with drugs, repeatedly stumbled over her words as she was quizzed by This Morning hosts Fern Briton and Philip Schofield.

The video shows her under some influence of alcohol or drugs and the star got angry with the show’s presenters when they asked her about her drinking habits. Her husband Mark Croft later said that the only drinks she had consumed before the programme were "cups of tea".

Heather Mills

Heather Mills was ditched by her divorce lawyers after ranting and weeping her way through bizarre TV interviews.

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