26 May 2011 9:38 PM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

As Strauss-Kahn succumbs to house arrest, Schwarzenegger deals with a possible criminal probe, and John Edwards faces indictment, The Daily Beast ranks which sex scandals hit the wallet hardest.

In the realm of politics and celebrity, the era of open secrets is over. Not only are private dalliances not publicly accepted, they're a valuable commodity in media circles. Before the news of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged attack on a hotel housekeeper could be digested, the vague details of Arnold Schwarzenegger's extramarital, lovechild-rearing affair became a national sensation. And, just as John Edwards' name had all but disappeared from the tabloid's lexicon, it was reported earlier this week that the former presidential hopeful is seeking a plea-deal to avoid a grand-jury indictment.

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Gallery: 10 Most Expensive Sex Scandals

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