The news that Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France victories, lost his Nike sponsorship and stepped down from his chairmanship of Live Strong has put an end to one of the longest running denials to date.
Tonya Harding denied knowledge of the kneecapping attack on her ice-skating rival, Nancy Kerrigan, at the 1994 Olympics. The incident ignited a media firestorm. Harding eventually admitted to taking part in the attack but thanks to a plea bargain she avoids jail time. She was, however, banned from figure skating for life.
Author James Frey wrote about his true-life decent into drug addiction in the best-selling book, A Million Little Pieces. The book was promoted heavily, and went on to become an “Oprah Book Club” selection. When it was revealed that Frey actually fictionalized some of his story, Winfrey lambasted him on national television.
Whitney Houston famously denied drug use in her 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer, declaring, “crack is wack.” Although the singer died due to “accidental drowning” in a Los Angeles hotel room, police reports also say that Xanax, alcohol and cocaine were found in her system, and an abundance of drug paraphernalia was found at the scene.
The duo known as singing sensation Milli Vanilli shot to Grammy-winning fame in 1990 for their hit album, Girl You Know It’s True. Not so fast. Producer Frank Farian outed them for lip synching the entire thing.
When news broke that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation was embroiled in a massive phone hacking scandal, editor Rebekah Brooks denied her involvement. After months of investigation (and the arrests of 22 others), Brooks and her husband were arrested.
Lindsay Lohan, the starlet who has taken denial to a whole new level, has blamed everything from hospital stints to car accidents on “exhaustion” and “dehydration.” (Of course, booze does dehydrate you.)
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie vehemently denied they were having an affair while making the film Mr. And Mrs. Smith together (while Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston). Some even believed the story, until years later, when Jolie said in an interview that it would be so nice for their kids to watch Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the movie where their parents fell in love. Oops.