A sex scandal is a scandal involving allegations or information about possibly-immoral sexual activities being made public. Sex scandals are often associated with sexual affairs of movie stars, politicians, famous athletes or others in the public eye, and become scandals largely because of the prominence of the person involved, perceptions of hypocrisy on their part, or the non-normative or non-consensual nature of their sexuality. A scandal may be based on reality, the product of false allegations, or a mixture of both.
While some commentators see sex scandals as irrelevant to politics, particularly where "professional performance [does] not seem to be impaired", Gene Healy of the Cato Institute views them as not just "great fun", but a reminder "that we should think twice before we cede more power to these clowns."
See also 
- Casting couch
- Celebrity sex tape
- Deviancy amplification spiral
- Heidi Fleiss
- List of international political sex scandals
- List of federal political sex scandals in the United States
- List of state and local political sex scandals in the United States
“The performance of the sports celebrity in the field of play does appear to directly impact the perception of whether an event is scandalous or not, influenced by the extent to which an event impacted the performance of the individual on the field of play” 
- Juliet A. Williams (21 May 2011). "Why the Strauss-Kahn and Schwarzenegger scandals don’t go together". Washington Post.
- David Lamb (1 August 1976). "Sex and scandal are old partners in Washington". The Tuscaloosa News. p. D3.
- Gene Healy (6 June 2011). "Weinergate reminds us not to give these clowns more power". Washington Examiner.
- Hughes, S.; Shank, M. (2005). "Defining scandal in sports: media and corporate sponsor perspectives". Sports Marketing Quarterly 14 (4): 207–216.
- Beaucoup B.S. - Christopher Hitchens
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