Blame it on Twitter. If the microblogging site did not exist, IPL commissioner Lalit Modi would never have tweeted about Twitter star Shashi Tharoor and there would have been no Kochi-IPL controversy. But, this is not the first time Twitter has got famous people into trouble.
HT City takes a look at five Twitter-troubled celebs.
Lindsay Lohan: While shooting a documentary on child labour in India last year, the Hollywood actor tweeted that she had “rescued 40 child workers, all in a day’s work.” Her claim was rubbished and she was panned for being “publicity hungry”.
Jim Carrey: The Hollywood star incurred the wrath of women when he wrote — “No wife is blind enough to miss that much infidelity… Elin had 2 b a willing participant on the ride 4 whatever reason. kids/lifestyle” — claiming that Tiger Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren must have known about his affairs. Last week, Carey issued a public apology, adding, “Now, I’m going to re-enter Twitter and see if there is anyone left to offend!”
Shashi Tharoor: Tharoor’s tweets have often left him eating his own words. Most famously, his “cattle class” comment (comparing people flying economy to cattle) left him fumbling for words.
Chris Brown: The R&B singer closed his Twitter account last year when his site became ground zero of his public split with singer Rihanna. “Honestly, Twitter has done nothing but get me into trouble,” he said, while shutting his account.
Kim Kardashian: The actress almost got an US Air Marshall fired when she tweeted, “I’m on the airplane… sitting next to an Air Marshall!” As per regulations, an Air Marshall’s identity is supposed to be undercover, and Kim blew it.
—Compiled by Damini Purkayastha.