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A scandal 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:

Classes of scandals:

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