(YAHOO!FINANCE) — It’s hard to imagine now, but back in 2008, John Edwards, a handsome presidential hopeful with a populist agenda and a devoted wife who was battling cancer, seemed to have a bright future. That was before his affair — and resulting love child — with Rielle Hunter became public. Now the fallen politician faces corruption charges for allegedly mishandling campaign funds to cover up his extramarital affair. It may be cold comfort for Edwards, who’s now a political pariah, but he’s certainly not alone in the world of scandal. Here are other public figures who have weathered the storm of controversy, and what their missteps have cost them.

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