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10 Scandals From 1998 That Make 2018 Look Better Already

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If you thought the last couple years were bad, it's because you probably tried to forget about all the things that went down during the 90s.

As we start a new year, we tend to think about what the future has in store, and that can be worrisome. So, I'm here to remind you that the world wasn't all that different 20 years ago, and people, especially celebrities, were just as scandalous as (maybe worse) than they are now.

Here are 10 stories from 1998 that made the front page news for the wrong reasons:

1. George Michael arrested for lewd conduct in public

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Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, better known as George Michael, was arrested in a Beverly Hills park in April 1998 after he was caught engaging in a "lewd act" by an undercover officer in a public bathroom. The Wham! singer was released on bail, and gave his first exclusive interview just a week after the misdemeanor. It was during that interview with CNN that he came out as gay, but refused to discuss specifics about his arrest.

2. Rob Pilatus overdosed

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One of the biggest scandals to come out of the music industry was Milli Vanilli being outed for lip-synching. The disgraced duo even won a Grammy Award for their work, but their fame did not last. In the wake of the scandal, one half of the duo, Rob Pilatus, died by overdosing on a cocktail of pills and alcohol in a Frankfurt hotel room.

"Milli Vanilli was not a disgrace," said Pilatus’s musical partner Fabrice Morvan. "The only disgrace is how Rob died — all alone, internally destroyed from the rapid rise then sudden fall."

3. Toni Braxton went broke

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As one of the biggest female R&B artists of the early 90s, it came as a shock when Toni Braxton filed for bankruptcy 20 years ago. The Grammy-winner placed blame on her record label for underpaying her, but those close to her said it was her expensive lifestyle that caused her financial woes. Even Oprah called the singer out for her extravagant taste.

"I hear you have Gucci flatware; I'm Oprah Winfrey, and I don't have Gucci flatware," the host said on her show.

4. Gary Coleman punched a woman

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The late Diff'rent Strokes star had a lot of financial troubles throughout the 90s and went on a downward spiral. He once punched a woman multiple times in the face while shopping for a bulletproof vest for his job as a mall security guard. Why did he do it? Apparently the woman was talking smack about his failed career after he refused to give her an autograph.

5. Oprah sued by the U.S beef industry

NY Daily News

Oprah's influence saw bounds, and apparently it was harming the beef industry. Cattle farmers in Texas sued the talk show host after she made some remarks about the United States beef industry during a 1996 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Apparently beef sales slowed down and she was responsible. Thanks to free speech, she was never charged, and she later told reporters that she was "still off hamburgers."

Believe it or not, there are even bigger scandals that occurred in 1998...

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