Whether it’s inappropriate photos, raunchy text messages, or weird e-mails, nowadays it seems like everyone from Senators, to celebrities, and even high school seniors have been busted by the high tech tools they swear by. Everyday, a new person becomes the media focus for their misuse of technology — trying to lie, cheat, and extort their way out of trouble. If you’re worried about the “Mel Gibson” or “Tiger Woods” in your life, it’s time to battle the abuse and fight technology with technology.
5. Mel Gibson: most recently, Mel Gibson has been in the media for his insane outbursts at former girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva. The smoking gun in this case? Mel’s weakness for text messages. The star sent Grigorieva incriminating text messages stating that he “wasn’t safe” for her during their meeting the night before when he allegedly attacked Grigorieva. Aside from incriminating himself via text, Mel commissioned his body guard to send Grigorieva a text ‘warning her that she couldn’t talk about the incident and that she should “disappear” for a price.’
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4. Tiger Woods: we all know about the Tiger Woods saga that revealed hundreds of voicemails, text messages, and affairs with women ranging from the girl next door, to a triple X star, none of whom were his wife. Tiger’s downfall? His pension for leaving voicemails. Immediately before the story broke, Woods called his then-mistress Jamie Grubbs pleading her to remove his name from her list of contacts in case his wife decided to call her. The saved voicemails have proven to be the silver bullet in the adultery case against Tiger.
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3. Jesse James: Sandra Bullock’s nightmare hubby, James was recently outed for his affairs with multiple women. Busted on photo evidence, James’ alternative choice in women shocked the media and his wife.
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2. Senator Mark Foley: California Senator Mark Foley was exposed in 2006 for his explicit interaction with underage males that worked as Congressional pages in Congress. Foley was accused of sending sexually explicit instant messages to the teenage male employees, which he was later busted for and ultimately led to his resignation from Congress.
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1. Edward Furlong: the Terminator 2: Judgment Day star is currently under scrutiny for leaving his estranged wife, Rachael Kneeland threatening and verbally abusive voicemails. The child star is facing charges and a restraining order thanks to his cell phone voicemail antics.
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