Famous people who fell from grace

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Phil Robertson

After 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch Phil Robertson got suspended for comments he made, check out these folks who have fallen out of public favor. See gallery

"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson is off the show indefinitely after condemning gays as sinners in a magazine interview. In a statement Wednesday,  Dec. 18, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to read Robertson's comments in GQ magazine.

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Lance Armstrong

Few stories in sports inspired fans quite like cyclist Lance Armstrong overcoming testicular cancer and winning the Tour de France seven times. But Armstrong's fall from grace was swift and hard. On June 29, 2012, the United States Anti-Doping Agency accused him of using, trafficking and encouraging other cyclists to use performance-enhancing drugs — accusations that had long dogged him. Armstrong didn't appeal the charges and later admitted doping.
 

Bing: The latest on the scandal

Search: Watch Armstrong admit doping to Oprah

Find: Life-changing consequences for the former cyclist

 

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Kevin Clash (voice of Elmo)

Kevin Clash's expert puppetry was a staple of childhood television for millions of children who watched his character Elmo come to life on "Sesame Street" (watch clips). But in late 2012, when a 23-year-old man said he had been in an improper relationship with Clash since he was 16 years old, Clash was forced to resign.
 

Bing: The latest on the scandal

Search: A recent honor for Clash, despite the allegations

Find: Watch Clash talk about being Elmo on 'Nightline'

 

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John Edwards

For a while during the 2008 campaign for president of the United States, John Edwards was second only to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in terms of Democratic voter support for his nomination. That support wouldn't last, however, when it was revealed that he had fathered a child with a campaign staffer and had conducted a complicated cover-up to hide the affair. With his wife dying of cancer at the time, Edwards became a hated figure and was eventually charged with numerous felony crimes relating to the cover-up.
 

Bing: Was Edwards ever convicted of the charges?

Find: Watch Edwards admit the affair

 

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Tonya Harding

For a time, Tonya Harding was known as a champion figure skater and the first American female to perform a triple-axel jump. But in 1994, she conspired with her former husband and her bodyguard to assault rival skater Nancy Kerrigan by breaking her leg and making her unable to skate. The attack, which was carried out by a hired man, failed to break Kerrigan's leg but resulted in a media firestorm as focus turned on Harding's involvement.
 

Bing: What were Harding's consequences?

Search: How she later made money

Find: Harding appears as a guest on 'Oprah'

 

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Anthony Weiner

Sex scandals have long been a bane to politicians, but former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner brought his dalliances into the 21st century when he was caught in May 2011 tweeting photos of his penis to a woman other than his wife. While initially claiming this, Weiner eventually fessed up to sending similar messages to numerous other women.
 

Bing: Does he want to give politics another go?

Search: Are he and his wife still married?

Find: Watch Weiner admit to sending tweet and resigning

 

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Oscar Pistorius

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius made history in the 2012 Olympic Games when he ran in the men's 400-meter dash and 4×400 relay (watch clips), becoming the first double-amputee to compete in the Olympics. Less than a year later, however, the sprinter shocked the world when he was charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in their home.
 

Bing: When is the murder case set to go to trial?

Search: Pistorius' defense?

Find: Watch Pistorius break down in court

 

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Marion Jones

Sprinter Marion Jones burst onto the national sports stage in 2000 when she racked up five medals — three gold — at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. By 2004, however, rumors that she had used performance-enhancing drugs became widespread when the owner of disgraced steroid distribution company BALCO said he had personally given her banned substances.
 

Bing: What did Jones have to say about the allegations?

Search: Her consequences?

Find: Watch her admit steroid use

 

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Richard Nixon

Former President Richard Nixon's resignation from office after the Watergate scandal brought a new low point to American politics. The scandal took place at the Watergate Hotel, where Nixon had people secretly place recording devices to spy on the Democratic National Committee headquarters and then staged an elaborate cover-up to hide the actions. Facing almost certain impeachment, Nixon resigned Aug. 9, 1974, though he was pardoned of any crimes by his successor, Gerald Ford.
 

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David Petraeus

Once a beloved and seemingly infallible leader of the U.S. military, Gen. David Petraeus' fall from grace was unique in that, publicly, it happened in the course of one day. Far from unique, however, was the fact that an extramarital affair was the reason for his demise. Petraeus carried on a sexual relationship with biographer Paula Broadwell for several months in 2011 and 2012.
 

Bing: How did the affair become known?

Find: Watch Petraeus admit to the affair and resign

 

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Joe Paterno

Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno achieved nearly godlike status among Nittany Lions faithful over the course of his 45-year, 298-win career (409 before an NCAA ruling). But it all came crashing down in late 2011 when he was revealed to have performed less than due diligence in relaying a report of assistant coach Jerry Sandusky molesting a child in a locker-room shower. Fired by the university, Paterno died a few months later of complications related to lung cancer.
 

Bing: Another consequence for the former coach?

Find: Watch Penn State announce the firing of Paterno

 

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn

French economist Dominique Strauss-Kahn fell from the top echelons of global financial management when he resigned as the head of the International Monetary Fund in 2011 after allegations that he raped a housekeeper in a New York hotel room.
 

Bing: Are the charges still outstanding?

Find: Watch Strauss-Kahn being arrested for sexual assault

 

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James Frey

Author James Frey's 2003 book, "A Million Little Pieces," was a best-selling work that portended to illustrate his long and tragic substance addiction and was celebrated by many addicts as representative of their own struggles. Unfortunately, many parts of the book turned out to be exaggerations or outright fabrications.
 

Bing: What did Frey have to say about the accusations?

Search: How did his publisher react?

Find: Watch Frey talk about the 'truth' and controversy of the book

 

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Jeffrey Skilling

Jeffrey Skilling was arguably the most infamous figure to go to prison after the 2001 collapse of energy and commodity corporation Enron. Skilling eventually was convicted of 19 counts of fraud charges relating to his tenure as president and CEO of the company, sentenced to 24 years and four months in prison, and fined (how much?).
 

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Jimmy Savile

Former longtime BBC television host Jimmy Savile (see photos) died in October 2011 as a beloved figure of a generation of Britons who grew up watching his children's show, "Jim'll Fix It" (clips). But since his death, Savile has become known for something else entirely: being potentially one of the most prolific sexual predators in British history.
 

Bing: How many allegations against Savile are investigators dealing with?

Search: How has the BBC handled the scandal?

Find: Video clip about the 'evil side' of Savile

 

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Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart

A 2010 book by superstar U.S. economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff titled "This Time Is Different" has been made into a cornerstone for the push toward fiscal "austerity" policies — slashing government spending during times of economic stress — which have been used by several debt-ridden countries in attempts to turn their economies around.
 

Bing:What happened in 2013 that undermined these groundbreaking conclusions?

Find:Get the latest on fallout over Reinhart and Rogoff's mistake

 

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