Hollywood "Nice" Guys Who May Be Hiding Something

While there are some celebrity men that most people can't stand for one reason or another (Justin Bieber, for example), there are others who manage to stay on everyone's good side. However, no one's perfect, and there's a chance that your favorite star might be into some shady business on the down low. Here are some Hollywood "nice" guys who may be hiding something.

Jim Carrey

At his best, Jim Carrey is an iconic comedian and actor whose career has spanned decades. But when his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White committed suicide in 2015, we got a more sinister look into Carrey's life offscreen. In August 2017, Daily Mail got a hold of text messages alleged to be between Carrey and White as well as notes from White's therapy sessions, which suggest her relationship with the actor was rather toxic. In her therapy sessions, White allegedly said that Carrey exposed her to an STD and verbally abused her.

In 2017, White's mother filed a wrongful death suit against Carrey, who, according to People, responded by calling the lawsuit a "shakedown." 

"I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved," Carrey said in a statement. "Cat's troubles were born long before I met her and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyone's control." People notes that Carrey will face a trial in April 2018.

James Franco

Back in 2014, James Franco had us raising our eyebrows when he allegedly tried to hook up with a 17-year-old through Instagram. However, he's since redeemed himself by supporting Hollywood's "Time's Up" movement at the 2018 Golden Globes—or has he? 

When Franco won an award for The Disaster Artist, his Time's Up pin started a controversy when actress Violet Paley called out his alleged hypocrisy on Twitter and accused him of sexual assault. Since then, five women total have come forward alleging Franco of sexual misconduct.

After the allegations surfaced, Franco appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers and discussed the allegations against him, saying the tweets he read concerning the alleged misconduct "were not accurate." He went on to say that he's holding back his side of the story because he believes in the Time's Up movement and is willing to "take a knock" in order for women to continue having this crucial conversation.

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck is one of the most well-known actors in Hollywood and got his start in large thanks to his appearances in Harvey Weinstein-produced films like Good Will Hunting. When the many allegations against Weinstein got mainstream attention in 2017, many men in Hollywood released statements criticizing Weinstein's actions and calling for change in the industry, including Affleck. Via Twitter, Affleck wrote that he was "saddened and angry," asking men to do better when it comes to "protecting" women.

However, it wasn't long before actress Hilarie Burton came forward to accuse Affleck of being a hypocrite–and to remind him of the time he himself acted inappropriately. Affleck apologized to Burton on Twitter in a very brief tweet and went on to (awkwardly) address his actions on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, claiming that while he "doesn't remember" allegedly groping Burton (despite the video evidence), he believes Burton and apologizes for his actions.

Matt Damon

Like Affleck, Matt Damon is a very sought-after actor whose early films were often Weinstein productions. For the most part, he's managed to stay out of the line of fire when it comes to Hollywood scandals. However, his prior working relationship with Weinstein seemed to end his "good guy" streak as critics began questioning just how much Damon knew about Weinstein's alleged history of sexual harassment.

In a 2017 Good Morning America interview, Damon revealed that Weinstein's "legend" was that he was a "bully." He refuted claims that "everybody knew" about Weinstein's behavior, saying that he knew Weinstein was a "womanizer," but was not aware of the "level of sexual predation" despite knowing about Weinstein's alleged harassment of Gwyneth Paltrow.

To the dismay of many women, Damon's since gone on to regularly share his opinion on the topic, which has landed him in some hot water. In a December 2017 interview with Peter Travers, Damon said that while "all of that behavior needs to be confronted...there is a continuum" when it comes to sexual harassment, leading some Hollywood women like Minnie Driver to express their frustration with the actor. After receiving more backlash, Damon told Kathie Lee, "I really wish I'd listened a lot more before I weighed in on this," adding, "I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while."

Tom Cruise

While it's well-documented that Tom Cruise is a little...odd (who can forget his strong Scientology connections, or that one time he jumped all over Oprah's couch?), most of his airtime is rather positive. But in a Reddit AMA, fellow actor Leah Remini claimed that under the surface, Cruise is "diabolical."

Over the years, inside sources have given further proof that Cruise may not be the nicest person in the world. In September 2017, a source told In Touch that Cruise hasn't seen his daughter Suri in four years –by choice. "Tom rarely talks about her," a source said. There are also rumors that his divorce from Katie Holmes included some rather strange clauses, including that she had to wait five years post-divorce to publicly date anyone, according to Radar Online. Cruise hasn't addressed any of the claims against him.

Ashton Kutcher

Well-known for his philanthropic work, Ashton Kutcher seems like a pretty good guy. However, in the period leading to his breakup with Demi Moore and subsequent marriage to Mila Kunis, he's been plagued by cheating rumors. 

In 2017, he addressed these rumors head on twice. In April of that year, while accepting the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award, Kutcher joked that he was "probably the first person to get this award" who had been "splashed across every gossip magazine as an adulterer, like, five years ago." 

Just a couple of months later, a gossip mag went for him again when they accused him of cheating on Kunis after photographing him with another woman. It wouldn't be too hard to believe, concerning how often he'd appeared in the tabloids in the past. However, Kutcher fired back on Twitter–claiming that the woman was his cousin.

Tom Brady

One of the most iconic NFL players there is, Tom Brady's football career hasn't been without some scandal. The biggest to date is the Deflategate scandal that plagued Brady during the 2014-15 NFL season. The scandal surrounded allegations that Brady conspired to rig that season's AFC Championship game by intentionally under-inflating the Patriots' footballs for that game, which would supposedly make them easier to play with.

Brady's alleged role in the scandal earned him a four-game suspension, among other penalties for the Patriots team as a whole. Brady's agent, Don Yee, called the suspension "ridiculous," claiming that "there is no evidence that Tom directed footballs be set at pressures below the allowable limits."

Aziz Ansari

As more and more stories of sexual harassment at the hands of celebrities reach the surface, it's sadly becoming less shocking to see how pervasive the problem actually is. However, a disheartening story about actor and comedian Aziz Ansari broke in January 2018, which left a lot people stunned. 

Ansari has publicly called himself a feminist, so when a woman going by the pseudonym "Grace" came forward with an account of her date with Ansari in which he allegedly sexually assaulted her, the internet basically broke. Grace's story became very divisive, as many people interpreted Grace's story as an example of "bad sex" while just as many others echoed Grace's claims that it was assault. Days after the story broke, think pieces both defending and decrying the comedian circulated across the internet. 

Ansari eventually released a statement, writing that, for him, "everything seemed okay" on the night the alleged sexual misconduct took place. However, he "took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said." 

While other actors who found themselves in the same position have lost their jobs and largely disappeared from the public eye, we have yet to see how these allegations could affect Ansari's career.

Pharrell Williams

A writer, producer, and singer, Pharrell Williams has proven himself to be a huge force in the music industry. Be honest: his song "Happy" has probably been in your head since its release in 2014. And though he's managed to remain clear of public controversy throughout his long career, he's racked up some trouble behind the scenes. 

In 2015, a judge ordered Williams and singer Robin Thicke to pay the estate of Marvin Gaye over $7 million dollars in damages after finding the duo guilty of copyright infringement for their song "Blurred Lines," after the Gaye estate alleged it was a rip-off of Gaye's 1977 song "Got to Give it Up." 

It's not the only time Williams has been accused of copyright infringement, either. In March 2015, Billboard reported that the Gaye family planned to go after Williams again, this time for the aforementioned "Happy," alleging that it's a copy of Gaye's song "Ain't that Peculiar." 

Meanwhile, in January 2017, yet another artist sued Williams and his former The Voice co-star Gwen Stefani for their song "Spark the Fire." According to The Hollywood Reporter, neither Stefani nor Williams have responded to the suit.

Justin Timberlake

The former NSYNC band member has had it pretty well throughout his career. While other stars who grew up in the spotlight ran into trouble with drugs, alcohol, and other controversies, Timberlake has remained virtually drama-free. However, it seems behind the scenes he's gotten himself into some copyright trouble. 

In 2016, Timberlake faced two copyright infringement lawsuits. In February of that year, PK Performance Group sued Timberlake and Will.I.Am for their song "Damn Girl." According to People, the lawsuit claims that "a substantial part of the drum, conga drum, organ, bass guitar, electric quitter and saxophone parts in 'Damn Girl,' were all copied from 'A New Day Is Here At Last,'" a 1969 song by J.D. Davis. In July 2016, Timberlake filed a motion to dismiss the case. Then, in March 2016, Cirque Du Soleil went after Timberlake and his song "Don't Hold the Wall," claiming it "borrowed" from a song off their 1997 album QUIDAM.