10 Celebrities Who Have Been Victims Of Domestic Violence

by
Sameera Ehteram
Domestic violence is a sad, sordid reality. Domestic violence is a reality which many people shy away from, but this is a nightmare which is seeped into reality.

Pictures of celebrity Chef Nigella Lawson being choked by her husband made the internet sizzle with emotion earlier this year.

Sad as it may sound, Nigella Lawson is not the only celebrity to be manhandled and physically abused by their partner or family members.

Domestic violence is not just physical violence but rather all forms of violence including physical, emotional, verbal, economic and sexual abuse, constitute domestic violence.

However much we try and put celebrities on a pedestal, they are no different than us. Here are ten celebrities who have shared Nigella’s fate and perhaps, even worse:

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron spent her childhood with an abusive, alcoholic father who threatened to kill her and her mother. When Charlize was 15, her mother, Gerda, shot and killed her father in self-defense.

Madonna

Madonna

Many think twice before doing anything that may upset the Material Girl. But it has not been so always. 1980s was a tough time for her when she was crushed by then-husband Sean Penn and his volatile temperament, who at one time allegedly beat her for nine straight hours in one incident.

Rihanna

Rihanna

Chris Brown and Rihanna apparently can’t be without each other. That is not to say all is well in their love story. In fact it is riddled with violence.

Rihanna

Brown pleaded guilty in June 2009 to assaulting Rihanna, in February of that year.  

But amazingly, Rihanna not only revealed to Oprah that she still "feels protective" of Brown at times but also got back together with him.  

Yet, four years after the violent event, the couple made a very public and cozy appearance together at the Grammy's 2013 sitting next to one another.

Aishwariya Rai

Aishwariya Rai

Bollywood celebrity and one-time Miss World has not been spared as well. She was a victim of domestic violence during her relationship with Bollywood macho man Salman Khan. After she broke up with him, Aishwariya talked about Salman’s alcoholism and his abuse when he was drunk.

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

The Bay Watch babe was a victim of abuse by her husband and Singer Tommy Leewho later admitted to the charges,

Lee received a three-year suspended prison sentence, was required to spend 180 days in jail and ordered to pay a total of $6,200 to a shelter for battered women.

Anderson filed for divorce shortly after the incident.

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

The late pop icon's marriage to Bobby Brown resulted in a number of tragedies, one of which was a history of abuse. Bobby Brown was arrested in 2003 for domestic violence, but not unlike Rihanna, Whitney couldn’t be away from Brown.

Houston's spokesperson later released a statement that read, "Bobby Brown is very apologetic about what happened and hopes his wife forgives him."

However, the couple divorced in 2007.

Nicole Brown

Nicole Brown

O.J. Simpson’s wife Nicole Brown was found murdered at her home in 1994, and the suspicion fell on her ex-husband O.J. Simpson, who had been accused of violence in the past. O.J. was ultimately acquitted of Nicole's murder. However, no one could deny that their life had been riddled with domestic violence.

Tina Turner

Tina Turner

In 1974, husband-and-wife singing duo Ike and Tina Turner got into a vicious spat before a concert in Dallas. Ike allegedly started the fight by slapping the back of her head. It got so bad that when the two emerged from the limousine, they each were severely bloodied and bruised with Tina's eyes almost sealed shut and Ike's nose bloodied. Tina described it as the one time she fought back against her husband and decided to call it quits.

She divorced her abusive husband in 1976. 

"I took everything God gave me for granted: Tina, my family, my career," Ike said later.

La Toya Jackson

La Toya Jackson

LaToya Jackson’s husband and manager Jack Gordon actually beat her up and left her for dead.

The couple divorced in 1997, after which La Toya’s message to other women since, has been: "If he hits you once, I promise you he will hit you again, so please walk away, please."

Robin Givens

Robin Givens

Volatile Mike Tyson’s wife Robin Givens literally became a punching bag for him. She has since become a big propagator of women speaking out. Mike Tyson however, denied he "beat" or "hit" her. "I grabbed my wife and hold my wife, you know what I mean? I shake my wife up. I never totally struck my wife."

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