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Top 10 sex scandals of 2009

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4. Roman Polanski

Not so much a new sex scandal as the revival of an oldie but goodie — Polanski, who fled the U.S. in 1978, just before he was about to be sentenced for having illegal intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in 1977 — was arrested on an international warrant in Zurich, Switzerland, on Sept. 26. The filmmaker then spent two months in a Swiss prison and posted bail of $4.5 million, allowing him to move into his luxurious Swiss Alps chalet, albeit tethered to an electronic tagging system to ensure he stays put. So what's an indicted sex offender to do while cooling his heels in a Swiss chalet, with children Elvis, 9, Morgane, 16, and wife Emmanuelle Seigner, a French actress? Finish editing his latest movie, of course. It's called "Ghost," and is reportedly already an official selection at the next Berlin film festival.

5. Frederic Mitterrand

Frederic Mitterrand, France's culture minister and a nephew of the late president, Francois Mitterrand, in October denied paying underage boys for sex in Thailand. Mitterrand, a gay activist, writer and former TV presenter whose appointment was seen as a coup for President Nicolas Sarkozy, revealed in his 2005 autobiography, "The Bad Life," that he had paid for encounters with "young boys" in Bangkok. As if that admission weren't enough — and, for the record, he condemned sex tourism as a "disgrace" and said he'd never participated in pedophilia "in any way" — Mitterrand was among the first to leap to the defense of film director Roman Polanski, calling his arrest "terrible." In fact, this spirited defense prompted Jean-Marie Le Pen's Front National to look into Mitterrand's past, et voila! 

6. John Edwards

He admitted the extramarital affair with a 42-year-old campaign employee, and admitted to repeatedly lying about it, but John Edwards has strenuously denied being involved in paying the woman hush money or fathering her newborn child. The former Democratic U.S. senator from North Carolina is locked in an ongoing money battle with Rielle Hunter, 45, whom Edwards has admitted bedding even as his wife, Elizabeth, discovered she had a recurrence of cancer. But he never admitted to fathering little Frances Quinn Hunter, now almost 2 years old. However, recent reports suggest http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2009/12/17/2009-12-17_court_doc... ">the failed presidential hopeful is the baby's daddy — and he may soon have to pay up big-time. According to friends of Hunter, Edwards met her at a New York city bar in 2006. His political action committee later paid her $114,000 to produce campaign website documentaries despite her lack of experience. Edwards said the affair began during the campaign after she was hired. For the record, Edwards made a point of telling Bob Woodruff, in an interview aired on ABC in August, that his wife's cancer was in remission when he began the affair with Hunter.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/general/091224/sex-scandals-2009