R&B hitmaker Chris Brown is riding high. He recently played a set to a "Today Show" audience of over 18,000, easily giving him the attendance record for that show. It's welcome vindication for Brown, who's mounting a major comeback since making headlines for a shocking act of domestic violence against then-girlfriend Rihanna in February of 2009.
Brown has learned that everyone gets a second shot. Regardless of whether you think the public's treatment of Chris Brown was fair or whether he deserves to be racking up attendance records, he's not the first celebrity that the media has forgiven for a misdeed. Here's a look at a few other celebrities who rose from scandal to come out on top.
Don Imus - Radio legend Don Imus was accused of racism for his infamous "nappy headed hoes" comment, which led to a quick firing and some incredible heat from just about every group imaginable.
His detractors swore that he'd never work in radio again, but Imus's loyal fans and a change in his show's format got him back on the air. In fact, he came back pretty fast- -it turns out that radio fans are a fickle bunch, and whatever gave Imus his popularity allowed him to slide right back into a radio job.
Britney Spears - Who can forget when Britney sort of wigged out and shaved her head? She was on the cover of every gossip magazine in the country, and not in a good way. Her detractors accused her of being a druggie and a bad mother, although there wasn't any hard proof of either of those allegations. Nevertheless, it was clear that she was in trouble.
Britney's cleaned up nicely. She regained visitation rights for her two sons in 2008 and has steadily mounted a comeback. With a new album and tour this year, Britney has regained her space at the top of pop music, partially thanks to the gossip columnists cutting her some slack.
Mickey Rourke - Rourke became a laughingstock for a while due to serious drug and alcohol issues. He was arrested for a DUI on a Vespa in 2007, which was undoubtedly one of the biggest drops imaginable from a former Hollywood heart throb.
Rourke regained the public's favor the old-fashioned way: he acted really, really well. Rourke received an Oscar nomination for his role in the harrowing "The Wrestler," which immediately catapulted him back into the spotlight--and this time in a good way. True, he paid a drug-addled old man longing to relive his glory days in that movie, but he nailed it. Rourke's talent outshined his personal flaws, so Chris Brown had better keep working on his singing and dancing if he really wants the media to forget his past transgressions.
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