Washington (ANI): Recession and climate change worries may have dominated 2009, but the year will also be remembered for some-high-profile sex tape scandals. This year's cast of characters ranges from a champ golfer to California's most embarrassed fifth grade teacher.
The top ten list has its share of politicians, beauty queens, porn stars and athletes, but also regular people who never imagined their sexual escapades would make the front page.
CBS's Top 10 Sex Tape Scandals of 2009 are:
1. Tiger Woods
"By far the biggest sex scandal of 2009 was the sordid tale of Tiger Woods and his seemingly unending supply of alleged mistresses. After a November car crash, Woods apologized for infidelity, but didn't name names. That didn't stop the tabloids, which dug up more than 10 women who might have had sex with Woods, including porn stars, escorts, and cocktail waitresses."
2. Carrie Prejean
"In 2009, Miss California USA Carrie Prejean said she stood for something: a strong belief in God and a dislike for gay marriage. In June, when she was fired from her post, she sued the pageant for religious discrimination. They countersued over her unpaid breast implants. But, according to NBC, the legal battle imploded when pageant organizers uncovered a sex tape featuring the religiously devout beauty queen."
03: Grey's Anatomy Three-way
"This year, Grey's Anatomy star Eric Dane lived up to his "McSteamy" nickname, with the help of his wife Rebecca Gayheart and former beauty queen Kari Anne Peniche, who were caught frolicking naked together in a video released to the web August 2009. The couple said the video was "personal and private" and sued Gawker for posting it. Gawker responded "If you don't want a sex tape on the Internet don't make one."
04: School Teacher Gave Sex Tape to 5th Graders
"A class of fifth graders in California got a shocking crash course in the birds and the bees courtesy of their teacher, Crystal Defanti, and an x-rated home video she accidently sent to their parents. Surprisingly, the children's parents came to her defense saying that the woman is a good teacher who made an honest, but embarrassing mistake."
05: Ashley Greene
"Ashley Greene, the fresh-faced actress who played Alice Cullen in the box-office hit "Twilight," went on the offensive this summer when nude photos of the 22-year-old surfaced on the Web. Greene's lawyer confirmed the authenticity of the shots and threatened to sue anyone who published them, claiming that the photos are illegal and displaying them is unlawful."
06: Grady Sizemore
"Cleveland Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore managed to make his own waves in 2009, when a series of racy images of the baseball all-star found their way to Web sites in November. Sizemore claimed the shots, including one where he is naked except for a well-placed tea cup, were "stolen" from the e-mail of his girlfriend, Playboy playmate Brittany Binger."
07. Michael Duvall
"In July 2009, California Assemblyman Michael Duvall was caught detailing his sexual conquests on an open mike at an assembly meeting. During the recorded conversation, the married lawmaker talked about spanking his "bad girl" mistress and expressed a liking for her "little eye-patch underwear."
08: Cops Cruising for Love
"Ohio police chief Timothy Escola and his amorous subordinate, Janine England, felt the heat once a dashboard cam video of their steamy antics came out. It didn't help that there was a prisoner in the back seat. The infamous video, shot on June 2, 2009, shows the two making out. England touches the chief on the neck and face, and kisses him."
09: Miss Universe Trinidad
"Anya Ayoung-Chee, Miss Universe Trinidad and Tobago 2008, found herself in a pickle this year when a sex tape surfaced which featured the beauty queen in a minage a trois with her boyfriend and another woman. The boyfriend, Wyatt Gallery, claimed the video was stolen from his laptop while it was at a repair shop in Trinidad."
10: Shauna Sand
"Former playmate Shauna Sand got into a fight with Vivid Video when the adult movie firm announced they had acquired several tapes of the buxom blonde having sex with her boyfriend. Sand said the company had no legal right to distribute her private footage."