Respected Musicians Who Were Disrespectful Dudes in Real Life

We hear a lot of stories about abuses of power. That's the basis of most MeToo revelations whether you're reading about Kevin Spacey and fourteen-year-old boys or any of the stories of actresses entertained in Harvey Weinstein's hotel room. But it's not just sexual misconduct that destroys a celebrity's aura. Sometimes, their attitude and arrogance get in the way. Some act like divas and need to be brought back down to earth. Others take their celebrity and throw it away through stupidity and errors of judgment. Let's take a look at some of the most disrespectful musicians of all time, starting with one of the most revered.

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He sang that "You ain't nothing but a hound dog". Was that autobiographical? This musical legend, who's still loved by many, had relationships with very young girls that were not exposed at the time. When Priscilla, his future wife, met Elvis, he was 24, and she was 14. We're not saying that anything sexual happened between them when she was so young, but you never know. Biographers suggest that he lost interest in Priscilla after giving birth to Lisa Marie at the age of 19 and turned his attentions to a 14-year-old named Reeca Smith.

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Frank Sinatra

Old blue eyes himself had a temper. He punched a journalist in 1948 and faced assault and battery charges as a result. It was also reported that he threw a phone at a businessman in a Beverley Hills Hotel. Of course, we're not talking about some lightweight iPhone, are we? Getting a big old desk-bound phone thrown in your direction's got to hurt. Then there's the story of his wife Ava Gardner and the champagne bottle he threw at her so hard that it cracked the bathroom sink. He didn't just attack people. He also liked to ruin stuff, including a Norman Rockwell painting that he shredded and a TV that he threw from a window at Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. He also smashed a car radio when The Doors' "Light My Fire" came on.

Cee Lo Green

The story that Cee Lo Green allegedly gave a woman ecstasy and then had sex with her without her consent definitely affected the singer's career. He pleaded no contest and got three years' probation and 45 days of community service. The rape charges disappeared because there was no evidence. Green should have left it there, but he couldn't resist giving his views on social media. He was speaking to his accuser when he wrote, "People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!". That's not the case if you've been pumped full of recreational drugs. He also wrote, "If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! So WITH Implies consent." We're not sure what that's supposed to mean. We agree with the first part, but what's the "With implies consent" thing supposed to mean? And why did he feel the need to speak about this on Twitter?

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This guy really rates himself. He's also very vocal about stuff he should keep his mouth shut about. In 2007, he talked about the "death of Britishness" in an article. He denied being racist or xenophobic, but that's hard to believe when he said things like, "Although I don't have anything against people from other countries ... the price (of immigration) is enormous. Travel to England and you have no idea where you are." Let's put this in context. You might not realise he's the son of Irish immigrants and that he immigrated to the USA. Let's just end this section on Morrisey with his best (or worst) quote – "You can't help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies."


We haven't mentioned Michael Jackson. We all know his story of sexual abuse and paedophilia. We could have talked about Ike Turner's domestic abuse or Ian Dury's drunken antics, or R Kelly grooming young girls. Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is another creepy fella we could have mentioned. And stories of James Brown and domestic abuse would also have put that musical legend in a bad light. The industry seems to allow these guys to act as if they're untouchable. These are behaviours the entertainment industry continues to turn a blind eye to.

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