At The Height Of His Fame, Errol Flynn Faced A Scandal That Could Have Ended His Career For Good

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Errol Flynn rose to fame in the Golden Age of Hollywood as the ultimate romantic swashbuckler. However, behind the dashing, heroic persona lay a darker side to his character that regularly got him into hot water. And during Flynn’s heyday, a scandal broke that had the potential to tarnish his career forever.

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Yes, although Flynn was already renowned as one of Tinseltown’s bad boys at the time, the allegations that faced him on this occasion were alarming. In 1942 the one-time Robin Hood was accused of having raped two teenage girls in separate incidents, and the stunning claims subsequently prompted a media circus. Flynn vehemently denied the assertions during the 1943 trial, however.

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And while Flynn was eventually acquitted in court, he nevertheless suffered reputational damage by way of the trial’s revelations. Perhaps as a result, then, the star didn’t enjoy anything like his pre-war success following the conclusion of the trial. Here’s a look at the story that changed how the actor would be seen forever.

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