10 Most Toxic Celebrity Couples

Kiri Blakeley | Jun 18, 2013 Celebrities
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Nigella Lawson
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Nigella Lawson's husband, Charles Saatchi, was caught choking her and pulling on her nose in a crowded cafe during lunch time. Saatchi was eventually questioned by police and given a "warning." Nigella reportedly has moved out of their home with her children but didn't press charges. 

Unfortunately, this is hardly the first celebrity couple who have had a reputation for violence. Here are 10 more.

  • Chris Brown & Rihanna

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    Fans of both were stunned when Chris Brown was arrested after battering his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, in 2009. After pictures surfaced of Rihanna's badly bruised face, Brown was persona non grata. But a couple of years later, the couple reunited -- only to break up again.

  • Mel Gibson & Oksana Grigorieva

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    Mel Gibson was slammed in the press after a recording of his four-letter-word and threat-filled tirade against his daughter's mother, Oksana, became public. She also accused him of hitting her and spitting on her in front of their child and of waving a gun at her.

  • Chad Johnson & Evelyn Lozada

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    NFL star Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson and Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada were married for a mere month when Chad headbutted her during an argument. She filed for divorce three days later. Pictures of her horrific injury have recently hit the press.

  • Charlie Sheen & Everyone

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    Charlie Sheen has been accused of abusing practically every woman he's ever been with, including former fiancee Kelly Preston, former wife Denise Richards, other former wife Brooke Mueller, and porn star Capri Anderson, whom he allegedly locked in a closet. Amazingly, Charlie still manages to get girlfriends.

  • Madonna & Sean Penn

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    It's hard to believe Madonna would put up with any abusive behavior, but that's apparently what went on with first husband Sean Penn. He allegedly beat her with a baseball bat, tied her to a chair and beat her, threatened to shave her head, and once chased her out of a hotel room. She wised up and divorced him.

  • Pamela Anderson & Tommy Lee

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    Back in 1998, rock star Tommy Lee was sentenced to six months in jail for beating his wife and mother of his two children and co-star of his sex tape, Pamela Anderson. Pam was apparently holding their infant son at the time the abuse occurred.

  • Diane Lane & Josh Brolin

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    Just four months after they were married, Josh was arrested at their home and charged with spousal abuse. Diane claimed that Josh hit her. She did not, however, want to press charges and their spokesperson called it a "misunderstanding." They divorced this year.

  • Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne

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    Ozzy and Sharon have lately been considered the perfect couple, but their marriage has been filled with violence. Ozzy reportedly once knocked out Sharon's teeth, and he also admitted to trying to strangle her during a drug binge. They recently reunited after a months-long separation.

  • Phil & Brynn Hartman

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    Saturday Night Live star Phil Hartman and his wife Brynn had a volatile relationship -- friends said that Brynn was the abusive one -- that cultimated when Brynn shot Phil while he slept after an argument in which he threatened divorce. She then killed herself.

  • O.J. Simpson & Nicole Brown Simpson

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    In probably the most famous abusive relationship of all time, O.J. Simpson was tried for stabbing his wife, Nicole Brown, and her pal, Ronald Goldman, to death outside of her home. He was later acquitted of the murders. He is now in jail on unrelated charges.

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