The year in celebrity scandal

As 2010 draws to a close, here is a recap of the gossip we gasped over this year.

JANUARY

The year began on a tragic note as socialite Casey Johnson was found dead at 30 — and fiancee Tila Tequila gratuitously documented her grief via Twitter. And Lindsay Lohan tweeted for the new year that she was leaving “the bad people, habits, and negative energy behind” in 2010.

FEBRUARY

Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler played the “new-couple alert or publicity stunt” game. Shiloh Jolie-Pitt’s short haircut shocked the nation (pfff). And Lindsay Lohan declared that she had “hit rock bottom” with substance abuse in 2007 and was now clean.

MARCH

Weeks after he applauded her Oscar win, Sandra Bullock was devastated by revelations that husband Jesse James was having an affair with a tattoo model (or two, or three). And Lindsay Lohan sued E-Trade over an ad she claimed defamed her.

APRIL

Sandra Bullock announced that she was divorcing Jesse James and adopting baby Louis. Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva announced their breakup. Bret Michaels suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. And Lindsay Lohan found herself in probation trouble for missing court-ordered alcohol-education classes.

MAY

Gary Coleman died after a fall. Bret Michaels suffered a stroke. And a warrant was issued for Lindsay Lohan’s arrest after she missed a court date to go to Cannes, France. As a condition for bail, she was ordered to wear an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet.

JUNE

Gary Coleman’s widow sold photos of his deathbed scene to tabloids. Jeremy London claimed he was kidnapped and forced to do drugs. And Lindsay Lohan’s bail was increased to $200,000 after her alcohol-monitoring bracelet went off.

JULY

Shocking tapes of Mel Gibson’s alleged angry, racist rants to Oksana Grigorieva were leaked. Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston became engaged again, then called it off again. Sandra Bullock’s divorce was finalized. Paris Hilton was detained for alleged marijuana possession at the World Cup, but she said it was not hers. And, oh yeah, Lindsay Lohan went to jail.

AUGUST

Fantasia Barrino attempted suicide after her boyfriend’s wife named her in divorce papers. Jesse James and Kat Von D announced that they were dating. Paris Hilton was busted when cops said cocaine fell out of her purse during a Vegas traffic stop, but she said it was not hers. And Lindsay Lohan was released from jail, then entered and was released from rehab.

SEPTEMBER

Courteney Cox and David Arquette announced their separation — then proceeded to share TMI love-life details with the public. “American Idol” finally announced long-rumored new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. And Lindsay Lohan failed a drug test and went back to jail.

OCTOBER

A blitzed Charlie Sheen trashed a hotel room (naked) while an escort cowered in the bathroom (naked), then was escorted to a hospital by cops. Christina Aguilera filed for divorce. Mariah Carey finally admitted that she is pregnant. And Lindsay Lohan entered rehab again after a judge ruled that she could remain there rather than jail.

NOVEMBER

Demi Lovato entered rehab for emotional issues after punching a dancer. Eva Longoria and Tony Parker announced their divorce. Prince William and Kate Middleton finally became engaged. And Lindsay Lohan lost what was to be her comeback role in an adult-film star biopic.

DECEMBER

Miley Cyrus smoked from a bong. Nicole Richie and Joel Madden finally made it official. Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens split up. And Lindsay Lohan awaited her Jan. 3 release from the Betty Ford Center. We cannot wait to see what La Linds does in 2011!

Kitty Raymond is an entertainment writer and astrologer. She welcomes feedback at kitty@media-darling.com.

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