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Daniel Radcliffe’s Groupie Sex and Biggest Controversies (Photos)

A look at Daniel Radcliffe’s biggest controversies.

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Daniel Radcliffe was just a tender 11-year-old kid when the British actor was introduced on a global stage in the first of eight Harry Potter films in 2001. But as the star has grown up over the last decade, the list of controversies around him has grown, as well. With Radcliffe recently admitting to having slept with groupies in the past, we take a look at his biggest headline-grabbing slip-ups.

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Hooking up with groupies? Yes he did!

 With a grown-up role in the new movie The Woman in Black, Radcliffe, now 22, seemed to have the urge to open up about his past childish ways. He told The Mirror of sleeping with groupies in the past. “I have ... I mean, that has happened, but generally speaking I’ve known the person. Apart from a few times when I was drinking. Besides, I like having a girlfriend.” Radcliffe has been dating Rosie Coker, who was a production assistant on the final Potter movie, for over a year.

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Daniel defends Lana Del Rey’s ‘SNL’ flop

Radcliffe threw himself under the Lana Del Rey bus when he defended the new artist’s Saturday Night Live performance, which got panned by critics and fans alike. "It was unfortunate that people seemed to turn on her so quickly," Radcliffe said of the negative crowd reaction, adding that the Del Rey’s performance didn’t deserve “anywhere near that reaction.” Radcliffe reasoned: "If you read what people are saying about her online, it's all about her past and her family, and stuff that's nobody else's business."

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Radcliffe admits to filming Harry Potter scenes drunk

Can you figure out which scenes?! While Radcliffe clarified earlier in 2012 that he never actually drank on set during the filming of Harry Potter, he revealed that there were a few scenes that made the cut where the young wizard had had a few real-life mugs of spiked Butterbeer in his system. “I can honestly say I never drank at work on Harry Potter. I went into work still drunk, but I never drank at work … I can point to many scenes where I’m just gone. Dead behind the eyes.”

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… And to a greater drinking problem

Before Radcliffe admitted to being drunk at work, he had come clean about his struggle with alcohol. Radcliffe said that his alcohol consumption had turned him into “a recluse at 20” and that his drinking had reached such a problematic point that he would “black out” every time he drank. “The drinking was unhealthy and damaging to my body and my social life. That’s beyond question,” Radcliffe said. “I was living in constant fear of who I’d meet, what I might have said to them, what I might have done with them, so I’d stay in my apartment for days and drink alone.” Needless to say, Hermione … er, Emma Watson, was not amused.

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Daniel lashes out at Oscar snub

Daniel doesn’t feel recognized for his work in Harry Potter. No, really. "There's a certain amount of snobbery [for Oscars selection],” Radcliffe said. “It's kind of disheartening. I never thought I'd care. But it would've been nice to have some recognition, just for the hours put in." So why the rejection? Daniel has his guesses. "I don't think the Oscars like commercial films, or kids' films, unless they're directed by Martin Scorsese. I was watching Hugo the other day and going, 'Why is this nominated and we're not?' I was slightly miffed."

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Radcliffe creates Hollywood vs. Broadway spat

It’s a tough life when you’re a crossover star. In the summer of 2011, Radcliffe was in the midst of his acclaimed run as the lead in the Broadway musical How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying when the production team wouldn’t release him to do publicity for the final Harry Potter movie. The solution? Warner Bros., the studio behind Potter bought out the theatre for five nights at the cost of $500,000. Radcliffe’s representative shooed away any controversy. “With all productions there are scheduling issues but everything has all been worked out. Warner Bros. is very supportive of Dan, and there is no issue." 

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Did Daniel really smoke pot?

Leave it to the British tabloids to deem Daniel “Harry Pothead.” They did just that in 2009 when photos surfaced of Radcliffe at a party smoking what appeared to be a rolled joint of marijuana. But Daniel denied the claims, saying it was just rolled tobacco. "Daniel does smoke the occasional roll-up cigarette, but he was not doing anything more than this," his spokeswoman told The Daily Mail. Radcliffe’s case wasn’t helped by the fact that he had allowed a fellow partygoer to scribble all over his face in thick black marker.

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Daniel bares it all on Broadway

Before Broadway, Radcliffe’s biggest controversy had been the rumor that he and co-star Emma Watson were more than just colleagues. But in 2008, the boy who played Harry truly became a man by getting nude—completely nude!—on stage in the play Equus. Though Radcliffe had played the role in London, he still had pre-show jitters for the New York crowd. "It was funny because tonight I didn't expect to be nervous … But I was terrified before we went out. I was like, `Omigod, this is it.' "