By Wyatt Earp | April 6, 2011
Writer Oscar Wilde is arrested after losing a libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry.
Wilde had been engaged in an affair with the marquess’s son since 1891, but when the outraged marquess denounced him as a homosexual, Wilde sued the man for libel. However, he lost his case when evidence strongly supported the marquess’s observations. Homosexuality was classified as a crime in England at the time, and Wilde was arrested, found guilty, and sentenced to two years of hard labor.
Homosexuality was classified as a crime? Good thing Justin Bieber made it big in 2010, huh? I’m just sayin’.