involves widely publicised allegations of wrong-doing, disgrace or moral outrage. A scandal may be based on reality, or the product of false allegations.
Some scandals are broken by a whistle-blower revealing wrongdoing within an organization or a group. Falsely alleged scandals can lead to a witch-hunt against the innocent.
Often, an attempt to cover-up a scandal ignites a greater scandal when the cover-up fails.
Examples of actual or alleged scandals:
Political scandals by country: