News just broke that Love Guru’s Verne Troyer has joined the list of celebrities whose private acts were caught on tape. At least he’s in good company. Looking back at all the celebrities whose privacy has been invaded (though originally by their own voluntary videotaping) reveals an A-list who’s who of Hollywood. So here are the top 10 celebrity scandals caught on tape, including now Verne Troyer:
10. Paris Hilton
Ms. Hilton‘s private “love” tape is probably the hardest to watch with all its green night vision photography. That is only balanced out by the hype it made when it first debuted online, and later as a legitimately marketed video in the adult business. Perhaps this is the only thing Hilton does not think is hot.
9. Verne Troyer
Sheer curiosity alone will propel Mr. Troyer‘s recent embarrassment into Hollywood lore. While he is most famous for the Mini-Me character, Troyer is a legitimate A-lister with TV and film credits, thus lending street cred to the one who found and released the footage.
8. Dustin Diamond
Everyone loves the story of a former child star fallen on hard times. The release of Saved by the Bell’s Dustin “Screech” Diamond’s sex tape came during a string of financial and social troubles for the actor. Let’s hope the net points he earned from authorizing its release keeps him off the streets.
7. Colin Farrell
He probably has more box office dollars to his name than the rest of this list combined. And of all the A-list actors who have been caught on tape, he is probably the least surprising. He was already labeled a bad boy.
6. Pamela Anderson and Brett Michaels
This sex tape received a bit less fanfare because it was already the second for Ms. Anderson. Also, it’s not like the former Playboy centerfold has left much mystery to her intimate life.
5. Kim Kardashian
One of the more recent video tapes to come to light makes it a hot topic of the moment. Like many others, Ms. Kardashian certainly didn’t need any, er, extra exposure to forward her business ventures. However, like her young socialite co-horts, it just seems par for the course.
4. Tom Sizemore
Honestly, of all the trouble Sizemore‘s gotten into over the years, a sex tape is relatively mild. It actually just fuels his legend, so perhaps that makes it more noteworthy. One could debate whether the embarrassment outweighed the mystique builder.
3. Tonya Harding
The timing of this one was just so perfect. Just as Harding was caught trying to “get rid” of her figure skating competition, her husband/accomplice Jeff Gillooly released their “wedding night” video. Regardless of when the tape was actually filmed, it marks the love connection that ultimately led to criminal conspiracy.
2. Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee
It’s hard to top the original Pamela Anderson tape. Of course, the sequels are never as good as the originals. Granted, she had already exposed all of herself, but seeing how boring her hardcore activities were put everyone’s sex life in perspective. Mr. Lee’s performance remains impressive.
1. Rob Lowe
Miraculously, Lowe’s career recovered from his early sex scandal, with a stint on The West Wing. That makes Rob Lowe the No. 1 most notorious and greatest comeback in video scandal history.