16 celebrities you didn't know were accused of sexual misconduct or abuse

Oct 5, 2016 at 4:29 p.m. ET
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There’s a darker side to celebrities who are “just like us.” As we saw in the explosive case of Bill Cosby, many of our favorite celebs (and even beloved TV dads) have been accused of committing sex crimes.

Bringing awareness to this issue is important, especially when it comes to prominent figures in the media. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes in the U.S. But because of lingering shame and a societal stigma, many victims are reluctant to come forward or don’t know who to ask for help. As a result, only six out of every 1,000 perpetrators of sexual crimes will see prison time.

1 /16: Nate Parker

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1/16 :Nate Parker

2 /16: Mike Tyson

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2/16 :Mike Tyson

3 /16: Sean Penn

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3/16 :Sean Penn

4 /16: Sean Kingston

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4/16 :Sean Kingston

5 /16: Al Gore

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5/16 :Al Gore

6 /16: Alex Da Silva

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6/16 :Alex Da Silva

7 /16: CeeLo Green

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7/16 :CeeLo Green

8 /16: Marilyn Manson

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8/16 :Marilyn Manson

9 /16: Rob Lowe

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9/16 :Rob Lowe

10 /16: Jeffrey Jones

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10/16 :Jeffrey Jones

11 /16: John Travolta

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11/16 :John Travolta

12 /16: Stephen Collins

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12/16 :Stephen Collins

13 /16: Britney Spears

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13/16 :Britney Spears

14 /16: Michael Fassbender

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14/16 :Michael Fassbender

15 /16: Chris Brown

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15/16 :Chris Brown

16 /16: R. Kelly

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16/16 :R. Kelly