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Historical Figures You Didn’t Know Were Actually Terrible People

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Charlie Chaplin

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Who can forget the face and iconic persona of Charlie Chaplin or the impact he had on the early American film industry?

Bet you never knew about his scandalous marriages and *slight* womanizing, though. When Chaplin was 29, he married his first wife Mildred Harris because she claimed to be pregnant with his child. She was 17 at the time, and the couple married quietly to avoid controversy. Turns out she lied about the pregnancy, and they divorced several years later.

History would soon repeat itself when Chaplin got actress Lita Grey pregnant. He was 35 at the time and she was only 16, so he arranged for them to marry quickly in Mexico so that he could avoid statutory rape charges. They had a rough marriage and a very bitter divorce.

Charlie Chaplin (cont’d)

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When Chaplin was 43, he began a relationship with 21-year-old actress Paulette Goddard. She starred in two of his most famous films, but they ultimately divorced in Mexico.

Chaplin had yet another paternity suit with 24-year-old Joan Barry when he was 54. Barry took Chaplin to court, where he was forced to pay child support for the disputed daughter.

Only two weeks after this paternity suit, 54-year-old Chaplin married 18-year-old Oona O’Neill, daughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill. Although the difference in age is shocking, Oona was Charlie’s great love, and they had eight children together.

Ranking: Creepy

Benjamin Franklin

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Given the chance, I would LOVE to meet Benjamin Franklin. He’s a founding father of our country and the inventor of numerous contraptions we still use today. Unfortunately, he was also a huge pervert. In his older years, Franklin slept with countless old women and would brag of his elderly exploits.

He even wrote a younger friend a letter about how to choose a mistress that was still censored in the 20th century. Some of his reasons in the letter for sleeping with older women were that there was no risk of a pregnancy, they are more experienced, and they were grateful to be getting any attention from men.

Some reports talk about how Franklin would stand naked in the windows of his Paris home and expose himself to the women who would pass by. What a perv!

Ranking: Pervert