He cheated, she forgave
Sen. Gary Hart
The confessed cheater: Presidential candidate Gary Hart
Details of the affair: Despite having his wife’s support, the Democrat dropped out of the 1988 presidential race after reports of his dalliances surfaced. See the photo that sunk his campaign.
The alleged mistress: The aspiring actress parlayed her notoriety into a short-lived modeling career. Where is she now?
The confessed cheater: Former “Monday Night Football” broadcaster Frank Gifford
Details of the affair: The NFL Hall of Famer – whose wife co-hosted a popular morning show – was literally caught with his pants down in 1997. How?
The alleged mistress: A tabloid reportedly paid the flight attendant thousands to seduce Gifford.
President Bill Clinton
The confessed cheater: President Bill Clinton
Details of the affair: After denying extramarital “sexual relations” in 1998, the president later apologized to the country for his indiscretions.
The alleged mistress: The former White House intern – who wasn’t the first other woman connected to the president – was secretly recorded by the co-worker she had confided in.
The confessed cheater: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant
Details of the affair: The 13-time All-Star admitted his infidelity as his wife sat by his side at a 2003 news conference. See the $4 million ring he purchased to make up for the infidelity.
The alleged mistress: Bryant was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting the 19-year-old woman in Colorado. What happened to the case?
Pastor Ted Haggard
The confessed cheater: Pastor Ted Haggard
Details of the affair: The former megachurch leader – whose wife wrote a memoir about their ordeal – reportedly paid a man for sex over three years and bought but did not use drugs. Haggard confessed in 2006 to “sexual immortality” and to being “a deceiver and a liar,” the Associated Press reported.
The alleged other man: The former prostitute also went on to write a book about their relationship. Was he the only one?
Sen. David Vitter
The confessed cheater: Sen. David Vitter
Details of the affair: The Louisiana Republican – with his wife by his side in 2007 – admitted calling an escort service but denied links to another scandal.
The alleged mistress: The woman convicted for running a Washington, D.C., escort service died before her sentencing hearing.
Sen. John Edwards
The confessed cheater: Presidential candidate John Edwards
Details of the affair: The former senator eventually came clean about his affair in 2008 but his then-wife – who died last year – didn’t leave until another bombshell was dropped.
The alleged mistress: A staff member claimed he helped hide Edwards’ relationship with the onetime campaign videographer. See images of her controversial photo shoot with GQ magazine.
Gov. Eliot Spitzer
The confessed cheater: Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer
Details of the affair: The Democrat resigned in 2008 with his wife by his side after it was revealed he had used a high-dollar escort service.
The alleged mistress: The call girl turned out to be an aspiring singer, became a newspaper columnist and appeared on a VH1 reality show.
Sen. John Ensign
The confessed cheater: Former Nevada Sen. John Ensign
Details of the affair: The Republican senator resigned in 2009 amid Senate and FBI investigations connected to his extramarital relationship from 2006 to 2007. His parents paid thousands to his mistress. How much?
The alleged mistress: The campaign staffer and her husband were longtime friends of the Ensigns. Who is she?
The confessed cheater: “Late Show” host David Letterman
Details of the affair: The late-night funny man – who married his camera-shy longtime partner in 2009 – shocked viewers when he revealed his pre-marriage affairs during his show. Why did he do it?
The alleged mistress: The woman at the center of the scandal was a popular staff member who often appeared on the show.
The confessed cheater: “Bones” star David Boreanaz
Details of the affair: Boreanaz confessed in 2010 to cheating on his Playboy Playmate wife after he accused his mistress of extortion.
The alleged mistress: While Boreanaz admitted to an affair, he’s denied being involved one of Tiger Woods’ alleged mistresses. Who is she?
Rev. Marcus Lamb
The confessed cheater: Televangelist the Rev. Marcus Lamb
Details of the affair: The Dallas-based broadcaster and his wife used their TV pulpit to confess his sins after an alleged blackmail attempt in 2010.
The alleged mistress: A lawsuit claimed the mistress was an executive at the Lambs’ Christian television network who received “hush money” to leave the state.
Rep. Mark Souder
The confessed cheater: Former U.S. Rep. Mark Souder
Details of the affair: The married Republican resigned in 2010 after admitting to an affair with a staff member.
The alleged mistress: The other woman was a part-time aide who worked for Souder in his home state.
The confessed cheater: Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Details of the affair: The French economist – who was cleared of rape charges earlier this year – has been linked to several women during his 20-year marriage to Anne Sinclair.
The alleged mistresses: A New York City hotel maid and a French journalist accused the Frenchman of assault.
Rep. Anthony Weiner
The confessed cheater: Former N.Y. Rep. Anthony Weiner
Details of the affair: The Democratic congressman first denied sending a lewd photo via Twitter before changing his story and apologizing to his wife and resigning in June.
The alleged mistress: The woman who received the photo claimed it was a mix-up, but a porn star, a single mom, a cheerleading coach and a blackjack dealer all claimed online sexual relationships with Weiner.