Actress Lindsay Lohan was ordered to appear in court following media reports that she may have violated the terms of an alcohol education program imposed for a 2007 drunk driving case. Lindsay attends a progress report hearing for her 2007 drunk driving case at a courthouse in Beverly Hills, California on October 16, 2009.
Film director Roman Polanski was arrested in Zurich after US authorities sought to have him extradited to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. Polish-born director Polanski awaits a public talk in Potsdam on February 19, 2009.
Talk show host David Letterman admitted on his show that he had sex with women who worked on the programme. Letterman gestures during a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman in New York on September 21, 2009.
R&B singer Chris Brown was sentenced to five years' probation and 180 days of community labor for beating up his then-girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna. Brown leaves his sentencing hearing in Los Angeles on August 5, 2009.
Rap singer Kanye West interrupted 19-year-old US singer Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards with an on stage outburst. Kanye West takes the microphone from best female video winner Taylor Swift as he praises the video entry from Beyonce at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, on September 13, 2009.
Tennis Player Serena Williams yelled at a line judge during her semi-final match at the US Open tennis tournament in New York. Serena (L) of the US talks with tournament referee Brian Earley (2nd,R) and an official as a line judge (R) stands by during the match against Kim Clijsters of Belgium at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, on September 12, 2009.
US auto industry General Motors filed for bankruptcy and was the largest ever in US manufacturing. Four 2009 Ford Focus vehicles sit with a 'Sale' sign under their hoods at a Ford dealership in Royal Oak, Michigan on March 19, 2009.
Financier Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison for perpetrating Wall Street's biggest and most brazen investment fraud. Accused swindler Madoff exits the Manhattan federal court house in New York on January 14, 2009.
Former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore received a life time ban for ordering driver Nelson Piquet to crash at last year's Singapore Grand Prix. Renault Formula One team Managing Director Briatore is seen at the Nuerburgring F1 race track on July 11, 2009.
Music producer Phil Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison after he was found guilty of the murder of a Hollywood actress in his LA area home. Spector sits in court at the Los Angeles Superior Court, for his sentencing for the February 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson on May 29, 2009.