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Unexpected firings, messy custody battles, tax evasion and lots of sexual misconduct have all defined 2017 for the entertainment industry. As we brace ourselves for what 2018 will bring in this arena, let's have a look at 2017's biggest celeb scandals.

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The year started with a bang: the firing of Bárbara Bermudo, after almost two decades at Univision. It seems to be ending with the growing list of celebrities and anchors who have allegedly sexually abused women.

But in the middle of the year, Luis Miguel was arrested and A.B. Quintanilla also ended up behind bars. Here are the biggest celebrity scandals of 2017. Get ready to be shocked.

 

Bárbara Bermudo's departure from Univision was the first scandal of 2017. 1

After almost 20 years with the network, Bárbara Bermudo was ousted without even being allowed to say goodbye on air to her fans on Primer Impacto. She and her husband Mario Andrés Moreno blamed the whole thing to a personal vendetta inside Univision news.

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Roberto Tapia's sexual abuse allegations shocked all of us. 2

Roberto Tapia's sexual abuse allegations shocked all of us.

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A teenager and her mom accused Mexican singer Roberto Tapia of sexual misconduct and sexual abuse on January 14.

On April 28, It became clear that it was all a lie. "I'm in love with him and he is with somebody else," said the 16-year-old girl. Her name was never revealed to the media.

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Marjorie de Sousa and Julián Gil's custody battle still rages on. 3

Marjorie de Sousa and Julián Gil's custody battle still rages on.

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Their baby, Matías, was born on January 27 and a few weeks later, instead of giving us their wedding date, his famous parents started one of the biggest public custody battles in Latino entertainment history.

They have sued and counter-sued each other several times. It's been rough to watch, so it's impossible to guess how hard it has been for both of them. Luckily, De Sousa has started to work again, on Telemundo's telenovela Al otro lado del muro, while Gil is getting ready to star on a novela of his own with Ana Brenda Contreras in 2018.

Jose Emiliano Aguilar was arrested for human trafficking. 4

Iconic Mexican singer Pepe Aguilar's older son was arrested in California during in March while trying to smuggle into the U.S. undocumented immigrants from China in the trunk of his car.

After pleading guilty of human trafficking, he was sentenced on September 15, to three years probation with the promise of good conduct.

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Luis Miguel's legal problems were well known, but none of us ever thought they would get this far. 5

Luis Miguel's legal problems were well known, but none of us ever thought they would get this far.

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On May 2, the Mexican singer was arrested in California and then released on a $1 million dollars bail. He ended settling a couple of other millionaire lawsuits and is now gearing up for the launch of a new album and a Netflix/Telemundo series about his life.

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Pablo Montero tried to start a new career on 'Mira Quién Baila.' 6

The Mexican singer and actor has been at the center of many scandals throughout his public life, which include drugs, alcohol, sex tapes, and infidelities. His last bout of bad behavior allegedly provoked his firing from the telenovela El Vuelo de la Victoria in June.

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On June 7, Univision announced the firing of William Valdés. 7

On June 7, Univision announced the firing of William Valdés.

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The Cuban celebrity was the face of the social media presence of morning show Despierta América. There has been a lot of speculation about the reasons for his firing, but nothing concrete. His fans are still waiting for an explanation from Univision, which is not likely to happen.

Ninel Conde has been at the center of a few scandals during her career. 8

But the second portion of 2017 has been awful, including serious clashes with her baby daddy Giovanni Medina, who is suing her for the custody of their son Emmanuel and acussing her of being a selfish party girl.

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On August 9, Rafa Márquez and Julión Ávarez saw the end of the world as they knew it. 9

On August 9, Rafa Márquez and Julión Ávarez saw the end of the world as they knew it.

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That day, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that all their assets in this country were frozen and forbade every American person or company to do business with them.

Allegedly, they acted as front men for Mexican drug dealer Raúl Flores Hernández.

We all knew about Kate del Castillo's professional relationship with Sean Penn. 10

But the Netflix and Telemundo star shocked the world when she revealed on national TV that they had slept together, while planning to visit Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán.

"I never fell for him. We had sex," she said on Good Morning America this past October 20, while promoting her documentary The day I met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story. "We’re both adults, single and something was going on, but that was it. It was business."

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Lili Estefan's announcement on live TV that she was separating from Miami businessman Lorenzo Luaces. 11

The breakup after 25 years of marriage shocked her fans and the Latino entertainment world. But nothing could have prepared La Flaca and her kids for the reason behind the decision, which she called, on September 14, "the biggest pain I've felt second to my mother's death when I was a child."

According to Univision.com, La Flaca made the decision to leave Lorenzo, weeks after their 25th wedding anniversary, when she learned that there were photos of her husband and another woman.

Alicia Machado's comments about Lili Estefan's painful separation from her husband, after a 25 year marriage, were awful. 12

"With a man or with a woman?" Machado asked on the Instagram feed of Telemundo's Ana María Canseco, who reported the news of the separation due to an alleged infidelity.

Estefan's fans and even Canseco herself couldn't believe it. What an epic social media fail.

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Cristian Castro's super short marriage was too much, even for him. 13

The "Azul" singer started divorce proceedings from his third wife, Carol Victoria Urbán, 28 days after their wedding. On October 5, he revealed in Argentina that a text message from one of her exes caused the breakup.

Donald Trump's disregard towards the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico has been appalling. 14

Seeing him throw paper towels while visiting the island and listening to his attack of Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, was basically unbearable. But even worse: Even though Hurricane Maria tore through the island on September 20, neither electricity nor water service has been restored in full, almost three months later.

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A.B. Quintanilla was arrested for failing to pay child support. 15

On August 16, Selena Quintanilla's older brother was taken into custody after failing to make his child support payments and spending several days trying to escape the law.

The dad of eight spent two weeks behind bars and was released after agreeing to pay $87,000 in late payments.

The death of Mexican comedian Karla Luna brought back the scandal of her divorce. 16

Karla Luna's husband, Américo Garza, and her artistic partner, Karla Panini, had an affair that caused the breakup of Luna's marriage.

On October 5, soon after Luna's death, her oldest daughter (who is not Américo's child) accused Luna's ex of kidnapping when he moved Luna's two youngest daughters to the home he shares with now-wife Panini. The Mexican justice gave him full custody of the girls. It's been a very sad year for that poor family.

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On Wednesday, October 11, Mexican actor Eduardo Yañez completely lost control. 17

On Wednesday, October 11, Mexican actor Eduardo Yañez completely lost control.

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Paco Fuentes, a reporter from El Gordo y la Flaca, asked Yañez a question about his complicated relationship with his son and instead of gracefully brushing the question off or refusing to answer, Yañez planted a violent punch on Fuentes' face that we will not soon forget.

This wasn't a clandestine encounter. It happened during a Red Carpet in L.A. Although Yañez apologized all over the place, Fuentes has sued him.

Chyno and Nacho broke up professionally in March. 18

Chyno and Nacho broke up professionally in March.

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But the real fight played out on TV and social media in early November. It was all related to comments made by Chyno on El Gordo y la Flaca when Nacho was stuck in Venezuela after having problems with his passport. "Immigration has told me that he can come into the United States without problems, just with his [legal residence]," Chyno said.

Those comments got Nacho fired up, he called him, "animal," "beast" and other terms, firing back and saying that he needed the passport to get out of Venezuela and that he wasn't away from his kids for two months because he felt like it. It all has gotten very nasty since then.

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While we were still making sense of Hollywood sex scandal, the accusations against Mexican American Louis C.K. rocked the comedy world. 19

While we were still making sense of Hollywood sex scandal, the accusations against Mexican American Louis C.K. rocked the comedy world.

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Five women revealed his serious sexual misconduct to The New York Times. On November 10, the comedian released a very impactful apology letter and withdrew from the public eye.

Although the whole thing started with revelations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, other Latino stars, like director Brett Ratner and Jennifer López's manager Benny Medina, have also been acussed of sexual misconduct.

Shakira has had a year in the eye of the gossip storm. 20

Shakira has had a year in the eye of the gossip storm.

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The news--yes fake news, so far--about her breakup from partner and daddy of her babies, Gerard Piqué, have surfaced several times. Unfortunately, not all controversies have been fake.

The journalistic investigation Paradise Papers revealed that the singer transferred $30 million in musical rights to an offshore account in Malta, and is among a number of other celebrities who are using offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes on portions of their fortunes. The account lists Shakira as a resident of the Bahamas even though she lives in Spain. According to her lawyer, none of it is illegal, but it's still pretty damn shady.