9 Best Celebrity Mea Culpas
Tiger Woods joins David Letterman, Mel Gibson, more
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2010 1:56 PM CST

(Newser) – Tiger Woods’ public apology today joins the ranks of other famous—and extremely public—celebrity mea culpas. E! rounds up the top nine:

  • Mel Gibson: After his DUI arrest, he tried to explain his sexist and anti-Semitic tirade to Diane Sawyer.
  • Michael Richards: Used the N-word during a standup bit, and later apologized for it during Jerry Seinfeld's Late Show spot.

  • Christian Bale: Called Los Angeles DJs Kevin and Bean to apologize for his expletive-filled rant on the set of Terminator: Salvation.
  • Kobe Bryant: The charge against him for allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel employee was ultimately dropped, but Bryant still apologized for what he called consensual sex.
  • John Mayer: Stopped his Nashville concert to apologize for using the N-word during a Playboy interview.
  • Alec Baldwin: Apologized, via The View, for calling daughter Ireland a "rude, thoughtless pig."
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