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An Incomplete (And Constantly Expanding) List Of Powerful Men Accused Of Sexual Harassment And Assault Since Harvey Weinstein


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Another day, another sexual harasser (finally) getting called out and revealed to the masses in the aftermath of the Weinstein storm and the #MeToo campaign that it sparked. BUST has rounded up an incomplete (because many predators are still lurking in the shadows and remain unnamed) and constantly expanding (because a new name is being dropped every minute, it seems) list of all the famous, and powerful, men who have been accused of various degrees of sexual harassment and assault in the past month. From Weinstein to Polanski (again!) and basically everyone in between.

Please note: This list is only focusing on accusations made since October 5, 2017, when the New York Times' piece on Harvey Weinstein was published. We are adding names of past accused abusers if people come forward with new allegations — that's why Roman Polanski and R. Kelly are here and Woody Allen is not.

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Harvey Weinstein

Producer & Founder of The Weinstein Company

On October 5, The New York Times published an expose revealing that Hollywood mega-mogul and producer-of-basically-all-the-Oscar-winning-movies-you-like, Harvey Weinstein, had been paying off and bringing nondisclosure agreements to women who had accused him of sexual harassment and assault (including actresses Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd) for decades. After the initial revelation, more than 30 additional women have stepped forward with their own stories of being sexually harassed and assaulted by Weinstein, including Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cara Delvingne and Kate Beckinsale. Weinstein was fired from his own company The Weinstein Company after these allegations became known.

 

Andy Signore

ScreenJunkies Founder

On October 6, ScreenJunkies founder and Senior Vice President of content for its parent company Defy media Andy Signore was suspended from both companies after several women recently came forward on Twitter to accuse him of sexual misconduct. Read the five different women’s stories talking about Signore’s behavior here, here, here, here, and here.

 

Roy Price

Head of Amazon Studios

On October 12, Amazon Studios’ head Roy Price was accused of sexual harassment by Isa Hackett, producer of Amazon TV show Man in the High Castle. Hackett says she was repeatedly harassed by Price while working for Amazon. Price was suspended from Amazon right after the accusations became known, and resigned a few days later.

 

Matt Mondanile of Real Estate

Guitarist

Guitarist of rock band Real Estate Matt Mondanile was dismissed from the band because of “unacceptable treatment of women,” the remaining band members told SPIN and Pitchfork on October 13. A few days later, on October 16, SPIN and Pitchfork published seven different women’s experiences of being sexually harassed and assaulted by Mondanile. On October 20, according to Pitchfork, Mondanile acknowledged "inappropriate behavior" and apologized, but also said that "much of what has been written and talked about is false and defamatory."

 

Twiggy Ramirez

Marilyn Manson Bassist

On October 20, lead singer in rock band Jack Off Jill and Scarling, Jessicka Addams, wrote a lengthy Facebook post detailing her account of being raped and abused by Ramirez when she was in a relationship with him back in the 1990s. Addams wrote that the reason she had waited so long to come forward was because of being warned by her own record label that if she made these allegations public, her band would risk being rejected by “concert promoters, radio programmers, and other bands and their managers.” 

John Besh

Chef

On October 21, New Orleans-based celebrity chef John Besh was publicly accused of sexually harassing 21 women who had been working for him, according to a months-long investigation done by NOLA-based newspaper the Times Picayune. Besh has stepped down from his own company following the accusations.

 

James Toback

Director and screenwriter

On October 22, the Los Angeles Times reported that 38 women have accused Oscar-winning director and screenwriter James Toback of sexual harassment and assault. By November, that number had grown to over 200, with many others coming forward, including Ellen Pompeo, Selma Blair, Rachel McAdams, and Julianne Moore. Toback has denied all allegations.

R. Kelly

Rapper

Back in July, BuzzFeed reported that rap-singer R. Kelly was allegedly “holding women against their will in a cult,” where he had been abusing and raping them. On October 23, a new woman stepped forward to talk to Rolling Stone about being sexually abused by R. Kelly. The woman, former radio host Kitti Jones, recalled how Kelly was extremely abusive towards her, tried to control every aspect of her life, and punished her physically if she didn’t obey. “I was putting my hand over my face and telling him I was sorry,” Jones said. “He would start kicking me, telling me I was a stupid bitch [and] don’t ever get in his business.”

 

Roman Polanski

Director

Roman Polanski has been accused, and previously charged with, sexual abuse in the past. On October 23, another woman stepped forward to say she was sexually asasulted by the director in 1975, when she was 10 years old. Marianne Barnard, a California-based artist, told The Sun that Polanski took nude photographs of her on the beach, and had then had proceeded to molest her. “But then he wanted me to take my bikini bottoms off — I started to feel very uncomfortable. Then at some point I realized my mom had gone. I don’t know where she went and I didn’t really register her leaving but she was no longer there. Then he molested me,” Barnard said.

 

Ethan Kath of Crystal Castles

Musician

On October 24, Alice Glass, the former lead singer of electronic-pop band Crystal Castles, accused her bandmate Ethan Kath of sexually and psychologically abusing her since she was was 15 years old; she is now 29. In a blog post, Glass describes how Kath drugged her, got her drunk, and proceeded to rape her. Glass left the band in 2014 and says this is why she left. Kath has denied the claims and is suing Glass for defamation. 

 
George H. W. Bush

Former American President

On October 25, actress Heather Lind said that former president George H. W. Bush groped her during an event for the series Turn: Washington's Spies. In an Instagram post, she shared a photo of Bush shaking hands with Obama, and  wrote, "When I got the chance to meet George H. W. Bush four years ago to promote a historical television show I was working on, he sexually assaulted me while I was posing for a similar photo. He didn't shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side. He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again. Barbara rolled her eyes as if to say 'not again.'" She added that staff told her she should not have stood next to Bush. A second woman, actress Jordana Grolnick, then came forward with a similar story, while Deadspin added that the "dirty joke" was Bush saying his favorite magician was "David Cop-A-Feel" while groping the women.

On November 13, in an article published by TIME, Rosyln Corrigan said Bush grabbed her buttocks at a CIA event in 2013. Corrigan was 16 years-old at the time and is now the sixth woman to accuse Bush of groping since Lind. “I don’t know, maybe it never really hit people that I was a child at the time and that goes beyond a guy being inappropriate in the workplace to a peer or somebody in his age range,” Corrigan said. “I was a child.”

Bush's spokesperson responded, saying, "The president routinely tells the same joke — and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.” 

Mark Halperin

Journalist

On October 26, in a report made public by CNN, five women have come forward to accuse longtime journalist, political analyst for NBC News, and former political director for ABC News Malk Halperin of sexually harassing them while they were working alongside him. The five women, who anonymously spoke to CNN, have accused Halperin of various degrees of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, ranging from "propositioning employees for sex to kissing and grabbing one's breasts against her will," several of the women told CNN. Three women also detailed how Halperin, without their consent, tried to press his crotch against their legs. Additionally,  journalist Emily Miller stepped forward on Twitter a few hours after the news broke, adding that she too had been harassed by Halperin while working as a junior at ABC, and tweeting, "I did not report Halperin to ABC because I thought I was the only one, and I blamed myself, and I was embarrassed and I was scared of him." NBC has since announced that Halperin will no longer have his role as political analyst for the network. 

Knight Landesman

Co-publisher of Artforum

On October 26, a lawsuit was filed against Knight Landesman, the longtime publisher of the  influential art trade publication Artforumfor sexual harassment. The lawsuit, filed by former Artforum employee Amanda Schmitt, came one day after an initial report from ArtNet detailed several women's and men's stories of being sexually harassed and assaulted by Landesman for years whilst working alongside him. The 27-page lawsuit against Landesman include complaints about unconsensual groping, touching, inappropriate sexual text messages, request for massages and professional punishments if his advances were rejected. "Landesman engages in unlawful sexual harassment and retaliation, preying upon young women and using Artforum’s power within the industry as leverage to empower himself and harm and silence others," the lawsuit, as quoted by Artsysays. On the evening of October 26, after the lawsuit was filed, Landesman resigned as publisher of Artforum.

Kevin Spacey

Actor

On October 29, Kevin Spacey was accused of having sexually harassed actor Anthony Rapp when they were both working on the same Broadway show back in 1986; Rapp was 14 at the time and Spacey was 26.  Rapp, who came forward to BuzzFeed News to publicly accuse Spacey for the first time on October 29, recalls how Spacey tried to make sexual advances on him when Rapp was left alone in the bedroom at Spacey's apartment in New York after a party.

"He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp told BuzzFeed News. “I don't know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.” Rapp felt encouraged to come forward with the accusations in the aftermath of the Weinstein scandal and the wave of people going public with stories about famous sexual harassers. "To try to shine another light on the decades of behavior that have been allowed to continue because many people, including myself, being silent. … I'm feeling really awake to the moment that we're living in, and I'm hopeful that this can make a difference," Rapp told BuzzFeed News.

Kevin Spacey later responded to the accusations in a statement posted on Twitter, saying, "I honestly do not remember the encounter," and blaming it on his "deeply inappropriate drunken behavior." Others have since come forward to say that Spacey sexually assaulted them, for a total of 14 accusers including actor Roberto Cavazos, who says Spacey groped him; Daniel Biel, who says Spacey exposed himself to him when Biel was 19; Justin Dawes, who says Spacey invited him to Spacey's apartment and played pornography when Dawes was 16; Mark Ebenhoch, who says Spacey asked a crew member to solicit him for sex; actor Harry Dreyfuss, who says Spacey groped him when he was 18; Tony Montana, who says Spacey groped him; Kris Nixon, who says Spacey groped him; and six anonymous men, two of whom say Spacey assaulted them when they were underage.

On November 16th, The Washington Post reported that investigators employed by the Old Vic Theatre in London had heard from 20 people who accused Spacey of a range of “inappropriate behaviors” during his tenure as artistic director from 2004 to 2015. These allegations range from “making people feel uncomfortable to sexually inappropriate behavior.” Spacey has not commented on the report.

 

Brett Ratner

Director and Producer

According to a Los Angeles Times report, director and producer Brett Ratner has been accused of sexual harassment or abuse by six women in the entertainment industry, including Natasha Henstridge, Katharine Towne and Olivia Munn. Ratner is a known for his work on the Rush Hour franchise, both Horrible Bosses movies and X-Men: The Last Stand.

Henstridge claims that Ratner forced her to perform oral sex on him in the early 1990s when she was a 19-year-old model, while Towne said he aggressively came on to her and followed her into a bathroom in 2005. Olivia Munn alleges several incidents of harassment, including Ratner emerging from the bathroom in his trailer while “furiously masturbating” in 2004. In 2011, he also claimed to have slept with her, “I banged her a few times ... but I forgot her,” he said during a TV appearance. He was later forced to apologize after Munn asserted that they had never had an intimate relationship.

 Jaime Ray Newman, Eri Sasaki, and Jorina King have also accused Ratner of sexual harassment. Unsurprisingly, Ratner has bragged about his friendships with the Roman Polanski and James Toback in the past. Through his attorney, Ratner strongly denied the allegations. 

 

Jeremy Piven

Actor

 In a series of tweets, actress and reality TV star Ariane Bellamar claimed that Entourage actor Jeremy Piven sexually harassed her on two seperate occasions. "Hey @jeremypiven! ‘Member when you cornered me in your trailer on the #Entourage set? ‘Member grabbing my boobies on the [couch emoji] without asking??" Bellamer wrote. "‘Member when I tried to leave; you grabbed me by the ass, looked at yourself in the mirror, & said what a ‘beautiful couple' we made? #MeToo." She also claims Piven sent her "abusive, explicit" messages and that other employees at HBO enabled his inappropriate behavior. Piven denied the allegations to E! News.

In an interview with People, Tiffany Bacon Scourby, an advertising executive, said Piven assaulted her at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in 2003. Scourby said, “he jumped on top of me. I tried to push him off and he forced me to the ground.” Scourby said Piven then exposed himself and rubbed his genitals on her until he ejaculated on her sweater.

On November 22, Buzzfeed News reported two more women have accused Piven of sexual assault. Actress Anastasia Taneie said Piven grabbed her breasts and genitals while he pushed her up against the wall of a dark hallway. Taneie said was working as an extra on the set of Entourage in 2009 at the time of the incident. Amy Meador said Piven assaulted her at her home in 1995. She said that Piven came to her home uninvited months after a planned date in which he never showed up. “If you’ve come to get laid, you’ve come to the wrong door,” Meador said she told him. “Don’t waste your time. Nothing is happening here.” Meador says that Piven then forced himself on Meador as she attempted to fight him off. She says that nce she was able to kick him off of her, she locked herself in the bathroom for twenty minutes and was then able to kick him out of her home.

 

Andy Dick

Comedian

According to The Hollywood Reporter, comedian Andy Dick has been fired from his latest film due to accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct on set. Two sources, who were witnesses but not victims of the incidents, allege that Dick had engaged in inappropriate behavior including groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking, and sexual propositions of at least four people on the set of the independent film Raising Buchanan.

Dick denied the allegations of groping. "I didn't grope anybody. I might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them. That's my thing — I licked Carrie Fisher at a roast. It's me being funny. I'm not trying to sexually harass people," he said. "Of course I'm going to proposition people," he added.

 

Michael Oreskes

Journalist

NPR has placed its senior vice president for news, Michael Oreskes, on leave after accusations that he sexually harassed two women when he worked at The New York Times in the late 1990s. According to The Washington Post, on two separate occasions, Oreskes suddenly kissed two female journalists while they were speaking with him about working at the newspaper. Both women said he kissed them on the lips and stuck his tongue in their mouths.

A current NPR employee has also reported that she filed a formal complaint with the network's human resources division in October 2015. Rebecca Hersher says that, when she was a 26-year-old assistant producer, Oreskes made her feel uncomfortable by dominating what started as a career conversation with overly personal content for three hours. Oreskes has not responded to the allegations.

 

Kirt Webster

Publicist

Country music publicist Kirt Webster has been accused by a former client named Austin Rick of drugging and sexually violating him over several months in 2008. Webster is the publicist for Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels and Kenny Rogers. On Rick's GoFundMe page, where he is crowdfunding for legal fees, he wrote that Webster “sexually assaulted me repeatedly, he drugged and sexually violated me, he offered me publicity opportunities and magazine columns in exchange for sexual acts. He paid me to keep my mouth shut.”

News4 TV in Nashville says that they have spoken to a former Webster employee who raises similar charges. Webster denied the allegations, saying he had a consensual relationship with Rick, but Webster Public Relations has announced on their website the company is "no longer is business."

 

Dustin Hoffman

Actor

In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, Anna Graham Hunter alleged that Dustin Hoffman sexually harassed her when she was a 17-year-old intern working on his TV movie Death of a Salesman in 1985. She says that Hoffman started to ask about her sex life and "felt [her] ass four times," as well as engaging in other inappropriate behavior.

Hoffman has apologized, both when Hunter confronted him at the time and in a recent statement. "I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am," he said.

 UPDATE Dec. 8 2017: Another woman, actress Kathryn Rossetter, has come forward alledging that Hoffman groped her and made unwanted sexual advances towards her while she was working with him on the Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman back in 1984. Rossetter, who wrote about the events in a first-person essay in The Hollywood Reporter, mentioned how Hoffman had repeatadly tried to slip his hands inside her costume backstage, and had asked her for foot massages on a numerous occassions  throughout the show's run, and how Hoffman's advances became more serious very fast. "He kept it up and got more and more aggressive. One night he actually started to stick his fingers inside me. Night after night I went home and cried," Rossetter wrote in the The Hollywood Reporter essay. 

Steven Seagal

Actor

At the end of October, actor Steven Seagal was accused by entertainment journalist Lisa Guerrero of having sexually harassed her in his home back in 1996 — during a meeting he framed as being a "private audition" for his movie Fire Down Below. “When I read about Harvey Weinstein, the reports of him appearing in a robe triggered me,” Guerrero said in an interview with Newsweek. “That’s exactly what Steven Seagal did. I found out later that he was notorious for this,” she added. Guerrero became the second woman to accuse Seagal of sexual harassment, almost 20 years after actress Jenny McCarthy, in 1998, recalled having been forced to audition naked for a role in Seagal's movie Under Siege 2. Actress Julianna Margulies has since come forward to say that Seagal showed a gun to her during a late-night script read-through, and actresses Portia DeRossi and Rae Dawn Chong both said that Seagal exposed himself to them during their separate auditions.

Michael Hafford

Journalist

At least three women have publicly stepped forward on Twitter to accuse male writer and one of the major columnists for VICE's feminist platform Broadly of having sexually assaulted and physically abused them on several occasions in the past. In the beginning of October, Helena Donahue, a former writer for VICE, tweeted a series of mirror selfies showing her own bruised neck and chest area, along with the caption, "sux men in media hate women yet write abt feminism n masquerade as allies but its sadder this happens. 2015 i screamed @ my own reflection." Since then, more women added their own stories. Writer Deirdre Coyle retweeted Donahue's tweet, adding, "these bruises came from the same guy who physically forced me to do cocaine during sex." Another woman, who tweets under the name "Dilaria," wrote, "This is the same guy who choked me at the foot of his stairs until I passed out and then repeatedly punched me in the face." 

These women, along with a fourth anonymous woman, told Jezebel that their abuser is journalist Michael Hafford. Hafford (sadly and ironically) was the writer of Broadly's "Male Feminist" column.  

 

Jon Grissom

Actor

In the beginning of November, former child actor Corey Feldman appeared on the Dr. Oz show and named one man he had previously accused of sexually abusing him back in the '80s; Feldman had previously used a false name to describe the abuse. The man is actor Jon Grissom (also known as Cloyd Jon Grissom), who appeared with Feldman in the movies License To Drive and Dream a Little Dream. Grissom has a previous criminal record, including a 2001 arrest on child molestation charges. E! Online writes that the LAPD is investigating Grissom.

 

Hamilton Fish

Publisher of The New Republic

Hamilton Fish, publisher and president of the magazine The New Republic, has been accused of sexually harassing several women working alongside him at the magazine, writes Deadline. On November 3rd, a few days after the initial complaints were put forward, Fish resigned as publisher of The New Republic.  In a statement, Fish said, “felt the controversy swirling around us could cause irreparable harm to the magazine, and that the only way to protect The New Republic and its employees was for me to separate from the organization.”

 

Adam Venit

Agent and head of talent/media agency WME

In the beginning of October, actor Terry Crews tweeted about being groped by a high-level executive at a Hollywood function a year ago, and now, almost a month later, several sources told Variety that this is Adam Venit,  the longtime head of media/talent agency WME, where Crews is a client. Venit's list of clients also include Dustin Hoffman and Brett Radner (both who have also been accused of sexual harassment recently) as well as Emma Stone, Adam Sandler and Diane Keaton.Variety reported that Venit is on leave from the company while WME investigates the allegations.

 

Jack Latvala

Florida Senator (R)

Six women who work in Florida Capitol alongside Senator and Budget Chairman Jack Latvala have accused him of groping and sexually harassing them, Politico reported on November 3rd.  The six women have all so far remained anonymous, but told independent, stories of how Latvala had non-consensually groped them and made insluting comments on their weight and breast size. Latvala has denied these claims, saying in a statement posted on Twitter that he "will take all legal actions neccessary to clear my name." He also denounced Politico, which he calls a "fake news entity." 

David Corn

Bureau Chief for Mother Jones magazine

The D.C. bureau chief of the highly renowned political magazine Mother Jones is being investigated for sexual harassment. Politico writes that Mother Jones re-opened an investigation from 2014 after new emails have approached that detailed Corn alleged non-consensually touching his female co-workers, making rape jokes, and commenting on "women's sexuality and anatomy." Corn, who is also an MSNBC political analyst, was first accused with sexual assault and sexual harassment in 2014 when a female co-worker said that Corn “came up behind me and put his hands and arms around my body in a way that felt sexual and domineering,” according to Politico. In a statement to Politico, Corn denied the claims and said he is an "exuberant person" and that he has "been known to pat male and female colleagues on the shoulder or slap them on the back, but always in a collegial or celebratory way." 

 

Ed Westwick

Actor 

On November 6, actress Kristina Cohen wrote a lengthy Facebook post in which she alleged that actor Ed Westwick (aka Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl) raped her three years ago. Cohen writes that she was invited to Westwick's house for a dinner with her boyfriend at the time, who was a producer and Westwick's friend. Cohen described the events in her Facebook post, starting with how Westwick, early on in the evening had, suggested that they'd all "fuck." She continues to say that when she wanted to leave, telling them she was tired, her boyfriend instead suggested she would go and rest in Westwick's bedroom — which she did, and fell asleep. Cohen writes that she was woken up a while later by Westwick climbing on top of her and forcing his fingers in between her legs. "I told him to stop, but he was strong. I fought him off as hard as I could but he grabbed my face in his hands, shaking me, telling me he wanted to fuck me," Cohen wrote in the Facebook post, and added, "I was paralyzed, terrified. I couldn’t speak, I could no longer move. He held me down and raped me."

She then writes that her boyfriend had stopped her from speaking out, telling her that it was partly her own fault and that it would be impossible for her to get new acting jobs if she spoke out. Cohen writes, "And for the longest time, I believed him. I didn’t want to be 'that girl.' I now realize the ways in which these men in power prey on women, and how this tactic is used so frequently in our industry, and surely, in many others." Westwick responded with a statement on Twitter, saying that he did not know Cohen and has never committed rape.

On November 9th, former actor Aurélie Wynn made a statement on Facebook, where she described a "very similar ordeal" with Westwick in 2014. Wynn alleges that she was at a party at Westwick's house when he sexually assaulted her. "I said no and he pushed me face down and was powerless under his weight. I was wearing a one-piece bathing suit that he ripped, I was in complete shock," she wrote.

A third woman, Rachel Eck, came forward on November 15th, telling Buzzfeed that Westwick sexually assaulted her at a Hollywood hotel in 2014. Westwick “asked me to invite a friend to hang out with the three of us,” she said, but it was late and her friends were asleep. “When I didn’t bring a girl for him he turned his sights on me.” Westwick has denied all the allegations.

 

Charlie Sheen

Actor

On November 8, Dominick Brascia, an actor who was close friends with the late Corey Haim, told the National Enquirer that Charlie Sheen, then 19, had raped Haim, then 13, on the set of the 1986 film Lucas. Corey Feldman, another friend of Haim's, has previously said that both he and Haim had been sexually abused as child actors in Hollywood. A spokesperson for Charlie Sheen told People, "He absolutely denies the claim."



 Jeffrey Tambor

Actor

On November 8, Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor was accused by his former assistant Van Barnes of sexual harassment, according to Deadline. Van Barnes is a transgender woman who has worked on I Am Cait and the Amazon documentary miniseries This Is Me, and she made the allegations in a private Facebook post. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to Deadline that the company has initiated an investigation. Tambor vehemently denied Barnes' claims, calling her "a former disgruntled assistant," and called the allegation “baseless." Transparent creator Jill Soloway told the Hollywood Reporter that they are cooperating with the investigation. 

On November 16, Transparent star Trace Lysette also alleged that the actor made lewd, sexually suggestive and unwelcomed remarks to her on a number of occasions, according to Deadline. She also reported that Tambor physically pressed up against her in a sexually aggressive manner during a break in filming. Tambor denied this, saying that although he has "flaws," he is not a "predator." Amazon has reportedly added this new allegation to their investigation. 

On November 19, Tambor told Deadline that he will not return to the show, saying, "This is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago,” and adding, "I've already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue." 

 

Louis C.K.

Comedian

On November 9, the New York Times reported that five women have said that Louis CK nonconsensually masturated, or requested to masturbate, in front of them — rumors of which have followed Louis C.K. for many years and were well-documented on GawkerTig Notaro spoke out about the allegations earlier this year. Additionally, two of the five women, comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, told the New York Times that Louis C.K.'s manager, Dave Becky, threatened them after they attempted to tell others that he had nonconsensually masturbated in front of them in 2002 and that their careers were subsequently damaged. Louis C.K. later a statement in response to the New York Times article in which he states, "these stories are true." The statement continues by saying he wielded his power "irresponsibly" over women who "admired" him. The statement ends with C.K. saying, "I have brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother. I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen." His statement does not include an apology to the women he admitted masturbating in front of.

 

Benjamin Ginnochio

Former Art Fair Director

On November 8, The New York Times reported five women said Benjamin Genocchio, an influential member of the art world, touched them inappropriately. Genocchio was the executive director of the Armory Show, a top international art fair. He has since been replaced as executive director by deputy director Nicole Barry. Eight employees total have said Genocchio made sexually inappropriate comments. Genocchio issued a response in which he denies being inappropriate with employees.

 

Roy Moore

Nominee for U.S. Senate

On November 9, The Washington Post published the statements of three women who were pursued by Roy Moore in the ‘70s when they were teenagers and Moore was in his 30s. Leigh Corfman said Moore took her out on two occasions after getting her number outside an Alabama courthouse when she was 14 years old. On the second visit, Corfman said Moore touched her over her bra and underwear, then tried to get her to touch his genitals over his underwear. Moore has denied the claims and continues to be a candidate in the election for Alabama’s U.S. Senate spot. “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore said.

 

Gary Goddard

Producer

On November 10, actor Anthony Edwards published an essay on Medium detailing sexual abuse he and his friends experienced from producer Gary Goddard. Edwards wrote, “I met Goddard when I was 12, and he quickly became a dominant force in my life. He taught me about the value of acting, respect for friendship, and the importance of studying. Pedophiles prey on the weak...My vulnerability was exploited. I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him — and this went on for years. The group of us, the gang, stayed quiet.” Goddard’s representative released a statement which calls Edward’s story, “false allegations.”

 

Richard Dreyfuss

Actor

On November 10, writer Jessica Teich published an article on Vulture in which she writes that actor Richard Dreyfuss harassed her for between two and three years while they worked together in the 1980s. Teich writes Dreyfuss took out his erect penis during what Teich thought was a meeting in his dressing room. Teich said Dreyfuss also tried to kiss her, passed her notes, and said inappropriate comments during work. She writes, “I trusted him. That’s what’s always so weird. I liked him. That’s part of why it’s so painful, because of the level of innocence one brings to these things. I felt responsible, that I must have indicated in some way that I was available for this.” Dreyfuss responded to Vulture, denying he exposed himself. He also said, “I did flirt with her, and I remember trying to kiss Jessica as part of what I thought was a consensual seduction ritual that went on and on for many years. I am horrified and bewildered to discover that it wasn’t consensual. I didn’t get it. It makes me reassess every relationship I have ever thought was playful and mutual.”

 

Andrew Kreisburg

Producer

On November 10, Variety reported that Andrew Kreisberg, an executive producer on multiple CW shows, has been suspended from Warner Bros. and is being investigated by the studio for inappropriate behavior. 19 people, who remain anonymous, made statements to Variety about Kreisberg’s inappropriate touching and, “a constant stream of sexualized comments.” Kreisberg denies the allegations.

Star of the CW show Supergirl, of which Kreisberg is an executive producer, Melissa Benoist, tweeted, “So this week, I’ll head back to Supergirl even more committed to being a part of changing the norm by listening when people speak up, and refusing to accept an environment that is anything less than a safe, respectful and collaborative space.” Kreisberg is also an executive producer of the show Arrow.

One of the stars of Arrow, Emily Bett Rickards tweeted, “To the men who committed harassment, who perpetuated rape culture, who turn a 'blind eye', and complain about 'reverse sexism': you are weak and complicit. To the women who found the strength to speak up. To the women who supported one another and to the women finding their voice: You can. You are heroines.”

On November 29, Kriesburg was fired.


 Jesse Lacey of Brand New

Musician

A number of women have accused Jesse Lacey, the singer of Brand New, of sexual misconduct, including a woman who said Lacey manipulated her into sending nude pictures when she was 15 years old. On November 11, Lacey published an apology to the band’s Facebook. Brand New has canceled their European tour.

 

 George Takei

Actor

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published on November 11, former model and actor Scott R. Brunton said George Takei sexually assaulted him in 1981. Brunton recalls going to dinner with the actor and returning to Takei’s apartment for drinks the same night. Brunton says he passed out and awoke to Takei taking off his pants and attempting to grope Brunton’s genitals. Takei has denied the allegations on Twitter.

 

Peter Aalbaek Jensen and Lars Von Trier

Producer and co-founder of Lars Von Trier's production company Zentropa

Danish producer and co-founder of director Lars von Trier's production company Zentropa, Peter Aalbaek Jensen is being investigated by Danish authorities for sexual harassment after nine women have come forward with allegations that Jensen sexually harassed, groped, and bullied them at work. The women first made their allegations public in Danish newspaper Politiken on November 11, saying, “sexual harassment have long been part of the work environment for many employees,” and that Jensen, among other things, “would grope their breasts time and again” as well as “arranged sexually degrading acts on stage at the company Christmas party in front of guests from the film industry.”

Lars von Trier has also indirectly been accused of sexual harassment by singer Björk, who earlier in October wrote a Facebook post detailing how, an unnamed, Danish director had, "humiliated" and "harassed" her when she was working on his movie (Björk has only worked with one Danish director, appearing in Von Trier's 2000 movie Dancer in the Dark.) Von Trier has since denied these allegations.

 

John Travolta

Actor

In a police report that was published on Radar Online on November 13, actor John Travolta has been accused of "sexual battery" by a male masseur who gave him a massage back in 2000. Travolta, accordiing to the masseur, “kept removing the towel… and exposing his buttocks” throughout the massage, something the masseur felt uncomfortable with. He attempted to leave after Travolta kept insisiting that he'd “soap up” his back when he showered. Travolta also, allegedely, had kept on asking the masseur private questions about his sex life and various sex acts. This is not the first time Travolta has been accused of sexual harassment; in May 2012, two different masseurs filed lawsuits against the actor, claiming that he had been sexually harassing them whilst they were giving him massages. Travolta has denied all allegations.

 

Al Franken

U.S. Senator, Comedian And Writer

On November 16, model, sports commentator and news anchor Leann Tweeden wrote an open letter on KABC Radio, alleging that Senator Al Franken forcibly kissed her on camera and groped her breasts without her consent while she was sleeping. This happened back in 2006, when she was working with him on a USO Tour to entertain U.S. Troops in the Middle East. According to Tweeden, Franken wrote a sketch and informed Tweeden that he would at one point kiss her in the sketch, something she was reluctant to perform but eventually agreed to do. However, when they rehearsed the sketch, Franken, "came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth," Tweeden writes.

Tweeden writes that she proceeded to push him off of her and ran to the bathroom, and never told anyone about these events. However, when the tour was over and Tweeden was looking through the official photos from it, she saw one of Franken grabbing her boobs with his hands, smiling into the camera, while she was visibly asleep. Tweeden felt angered and embarrassed, but remained silent in fear of what it would do to her career as a newscaster — until now. She writes on KABC Radio, "Senator Franken, you wrote the script. But there’s nothing funny about sexual assaul [...] You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping and had someone take a photo of you doing it, knowing I would see it later, and be ashamed."  On November 16, after the initial allegations from Tweeden, Sen. Al Franken said in a statement, "I respect women. I don't respect men who don't. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed." 

On November 20, a second woman has come forward accusing Senator Al Franken of groping her when she had her photo taken with him at the Minnesota State Fair back in 2010. The woman, 33-year old Lindsay Menz, reached out to CNN just a few hours after Leann Tweeden went public with her accusation against the Senator, recalling how Franken had, "Put his hand full-fledged on my rear, it was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek."  On December 6, a another woman,, a former Democratic congressional aide who remained anonymous, told Politico that Franken forcibly kissed her after a taping of his radio show in 2006. She was the seventh woman to come forward with sexual harassment and assault accusations against Franken.

On December 7, he resigned. "I of all people am aware that there is some irony that I am leaving, while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has preyed on underage girls is running for the Senate with the full support of his party,” he said. "But this decision is not about me, it’s about the people of Minnesota."

 

 Sylvester Stallone

Actor

On 17th November, the Guardian reported that Sylvester Stallone had been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in 1986. According to a verified police report, an unnamed woman said the actor’s bodyguard, Michael De Luca, gave her keys to a hotel room. She had sex with Stallone, and when De Luca also became involved she was “very uncomfortable”. The report claims, "she did not want to have any type of sexual contact with the bodyguard, but felt she had no choice in the matter... [Afterwards] Stallone made the comment that they were both married men and that she could not tell anybody about the incident and if she did, that they would have to beat her head in."

The woman decided not to pursue charges against Stallone and De Luca at the time because she felt “humiliated and ashamed” by the incident, the report states. Stallone has denied any knowledge of the incident.

 

Mark Schwahn

Showrunner

According to Variety, One Tree Hill  creator Mark Schwahn has been accused of sexual harassment by former cast and crew members of the series. Audrey Wauchope, who was a staff writer on One Tree Hill, first spoke out on Twitter, and her allegations were followed by an open letter signed by 18 women who worked on the show, including Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, and Bethany Joy Lenz. Shwahn has been suspended from his series The Royals at the E! network following the allegations.

"Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally. More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress. Many of us were put in uncomfortable positions and had to swiftly learn to fight back, sometimes physically, because it was made clear to us that the supervisors in the room were not the protectors they were supposed to be. Many of us were spoken to in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, too traumatizing, to downright illegal. And a few of us were put in positions where we felt physically unsafe,” reads the letter.

 

Nothing But Thieves 

Band

On 13th November, multiple allegations of sexual harassment surfaced across social media against members of UK band Nothing But Thieves, including requesting nude pictures from underage fans over text and physically "taking advantage" of young women. According to BBC, a gig the band was scheduled to headline for NME in London was canceled due to the allegations and support act July Talk have pulled out of the remaining dates, but their national tour continues.

Nothing But Thieves have released a statement on Twitter that disputes the claims. "We 100% deny any wrongdoing in the false allegations brought against us," it reads. "We will consider taking appropriate legal action against all slanderous claims. We have the utmost respect for women and would never treat them in the ways that we have been accused of."

 

Ryan Seacrest 

American Idol Host/Entertainment Host 

On November 17, the American Idol host, TV personality and former E! News host Ryan Seacrest came out to preemptively clear himself of an allegation of sexual harassment put forward by a wardrobe stylist who worked for him at E! News when he was a host at the network from 2006-2012. “Recently, someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News, came forward with a complaint suggesting I behaved inappropriately toward her,” Seacrest said in a statement. “If I made her feel anything but respected, I am truly sorry.” 

The stylist, who remains anonymous, had been asking Seacrest for a "substantial amount of money to keep quiet,” according to Deadline. E! News has said that they are investigating the allegations internally and Seacrest also said that he will, "Cooperate with any corporate inquiries that may result,” according to his statement. 

 

Murray Miller

Writer and Producer on HBO show Girls. 

On November 17, actress Aurora Perrineau told The Wrap that Murray Miller, a writer and producer on HBO show Girls, had raped her after a party back in 2012. Perrineau, who has filed a report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, recalled the incident in a statement obtained by The Wrap how she was 17 at the time and attended a party at The Standard Hotel in L.A. when Miller had started flirting with her, to which she "told him repeatedly that I was 17 years old." Perrineau said that later in the evening, Miller had asked her friend for a ride back to his house because he was too drunk to drive himself; she agreed and after some persuasion, Perrineau joined two friends at Miller's house. A few hours later Perrineau woke up naked in Miller's bed and recalls in her statement how, "He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray." 

On November 17, after Perrineau's allegations, Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, the co-creators of Girls, issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter defending Miller, writing that, "While our first instinct is to listen to every woman's story, our insider knowledge of Murray's situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year." Dunham later released an apology for her statement on Twitter, saying, “Every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely, and our relationship with the accused should not be part of the calculation anyone makes when examining her case." 

 

Russell Simmons

Businessman and Music Producer  

Music producer Russell Simmons allegedly sexually assaulted at the time 17-year old model Keli Claussen Khalighi back in 1991 while director Brett Ratner (who was earlier in November accused of sexual assault and harassment by several women) looked on. Khalighi told the Los Angeles Times that Simmons had, "started taking off her clothes and making sexual advances towards her" when she was having dinner with him and Ratner at Simmons' apartment in New York. Khalighi recalled trying to get support from Ratner, but the look on his face made her quickly realize that, "They were in it together," she told the LA Times

Khalighi also said that Simmons proceeded to coerce her into giving him oral sex, and later, when she was in the shower, approached her from behind and penetrated her without her consent — all while Ratner watched.  Simmons released a statement denying these allegations and claiming that Khalighi had consented to these actions at the time: "Everything that happened between us 26 years ago was completely consensual and with Keri’s full participation," he said.

On November 30, screenwriter Jenny Lumet pubished an open letter to Simmons in the Hollywood Reporter, detailing how Simmons sexually harassed her for years beginning in 1987, culminating in Simmons forcing Lumet to go home with him and raping her in 1991, when she was 24.  Simmons responded, saying that Lumet's memory of that evening is "very different from mine" and "While I have never been violent, I have been thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades, and I sincerely apologize."

On December 14, both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times published additional reporting on Simmons, in which four more women accused him of rape, one woman accused him of attempted rape, and three additional women accused him of sexual harassment, including one incident of exposing himself. “I have re-dedicated myself to spiritual learning, healing and working on behalf of the communities to which I have devoted my life,” Simmons said in a statement. “I have accepted that I can and should get dirt on my sleeves if it means witnessing the birth of a new consciousness about women. What I will not accept is responsibility for what I have not done. I have conducted my life with a message of peace and love. Although I have been candid about how I have lived in books and interviews detailing my flaws, I will relentlessly fight against any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a man of violence.”

Update, December 15: "America's Next Top Model" star Kelly Cutrone has also accused Simmons of attempted assault at a party in 1991. "He pushed me into his apartment and then threw me down on the floor and literally tried to take my clothes off of me," Cutrone told Page Six"I started kicking him really, really hard, screaming, telling him to get the f-ck off of me. I remember running out the door and getting a cab and all I remember was that I got in a cab and I remember a feeling - which was so crazy - of, 'Oh my god. Somebody just tried to rape me. What do I do?'" She said Simmons' recent "#NotMe" post on Instagram inspired her to share her story.

 

 Wesley Goodman

Ohio State Lawmaker

On November 17, The Washington Post published an article alleging that Republican Ohio lawmaker and rising GOP politician Wesley Goodman non-consensually groped and made unwanted sexual approaches towards a male 18-year-old student back in 2015. The student had accompanied his parents to a fundraising event that Goodman held at the Ritz Carlton in Washington in the fall of 2015. He said that later at night he was approached by Goodman in his hotel room, where the lawmaker "unzipped his pants and fondled him in the middle of the night," The Washington Post wrote. The teenager was in shock and ran out of his hotel room and told his parents immediately, and they demanded action from the Council for National Policy, which had organized the event. No action was taken, and Goodman's actions have remained publicly unknown until now.

Goodman resigned abruptly the week before this report was made public on November 17, which the legislative House Speaker said was due to Gooman's "inappropriate behavior related to his state office," according to The Washington Post. Goodman – who has been known as a major anti-LGBT lawmaker in Ohio – has also engaged in consensual sexual encounters with men, The Washington Post reported. In a statement, Goodman said, “I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service,” 

 

Charlie Rose

Journalist, host of CBS This Morning

On November 20, eight women came forward in The Washington Post saying that the longtime television host, interviewer and co-host of CBS This Morning sexually harassed and assaulted them for years. The eight women were all either employed at were aspiring to work on Charlie Rose between the late 1990s and 2011. All of the women gave lengthy (and similar) accounts of Rose's actions to The Washington Post, detailing actions including "putting his hand on their legs, sometimes their upper thigh, in what they perceived as a test to gauge their reactions" and walking naked in front of them after taking a shower when they were on business travel with him. One woman said that Rose "groped her buttocks at a staff party."

A few hours the allegations were made public, Charlie Rose was taken off the air by PBS and Bloomberg LP. CBS has also suspended Rose from the network as they are investigating these accusations. Rose issued an apology the same evening, saying in a statement to The Post, "It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed," and adding, "I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken."

 

Glenn Thrush

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On November 20, Vox published a report where four female journalists alleged that the New York Times reporter and White House correspondent Glenn Thrush harassed them on multiple occasions. Three of the women wanted to remain anonymous and the fourth, Laura McGann, published the article on Vox describing her experience. The allegations against Thrush include unwanted kissing and touching. 

After the report was published, the New York Times suspended Thrush, stating, "The behavior attributed to Glenn in this Vox story is very concerning and not in keeping with the standards and values of The New York Times," and adding that they "Intend to fully investigate and while we do, Glenn will be suspended.”

Thrush has also released a statement apologizing for his inappropriate actions and, according to the New York Times, saying, "Any behavior that makes a woman feel disrespected or uncomfortable is unacceptable."

 

John Conyers

Congressman

On Nov. 20, BuzzFeed News published an article detailing the story of a woman who had been sexually harassed by Michigan Democratic Congressman John Conyers back in 2015 and was later paid $27,000 by Conyers office to stay silent about the events. The woman, who remains anonymous, also told BuzzFeed News that she had been fired from Conyers' Washington staff after she had refused his sexual advances. Several other former staff members of Conyers' staff have released affidavits detailing how Conyers "repeatedly made sexual advances to female staff that included requests for sex acts, contacting and transporting other women with whom they believed Conyers was having affairs, caressing their hands sexually, and rubbing their legs and backs in public," according to BuzzFeed News.

On Nov. 21, Conyers was contacted by the Associated Press at his home in Detroit where he opened the door and immediately denied these allegations, saying, "I have been looking at these things in amazement,” he said, referring to allegations of sexual harassment and assault being made against politicians and others."

On November 26, CNN reported Conyers has stepped down from his position on House Judiciary Committee position. He was formerly ranking member, the second-most senior member of the committee. There is currently a congressional investigation into the claims of sexual harassment and workplace abuse against Conyers.

On December 5, Conyers  announced his resignation amid multiple sexual harassment allegations a few weeks prior and is endorsing his son, John Conyers III,  to take over his seat in House. 

 Larry Nassar

Gymnastics physician

Gabby Douglas, three-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics, said in an Instagram post on Nov. 21 that former gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar, sexually abused her. In her statement, she writes, "I didn't publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent and some things were extremely painful. I wholeheartedly support my teammates for coming forward with what happened to them."

Douglas’ statement comes after two of her teammates, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, also said that Nassar sexually abused them when they were on the U.S. gymnastics team. According to the Lansing State Journal, Nassar has pled guilty to three charges of child pornography and currently faces a pending federal lawsuit for criminal sexual abuse. Over 100 women and girls have filed lawsuits against Nassar. 

On January 15th, Simone Biles, winner of the 2016 Olympics gold metal in gymnastics, added her name to the growing list of over 140 female athletes who were sexually abused by Nassar, reported CNN. The allegation came out on  the eve of Nassar’s sentencing. In an earlier trial covered by CNN, he was sentenced to 60 years in prison. 

  

John Lasseter 

Pixar co-founder

According to a Nov. 21 article from the Hollywood Reporter, John Lasseter, an executive at Pixar and Walt Disney Animations, has been accused of constant grabbing, kissing, and making comments about the physical appearance of employees. It is reported that employees actively tried to prevent Lasseter from kissing them or putting his hand on their legs.  Per the Hollywood Reporter, Lasseter is said to be on a six-month leave.

It was originally reported by the Hollywood Reporter that Rashida Jones and her writing partner, Will McCormack, left Toy Story 4 due to “unwanted advances” from Lasseter. In a statement to the New York Times, the pair said: “The breakneck speed at which journalists have been naming the next perpetrator renders some reporting irresponsible. We did not leave Pixar because of unwanted advances. That is untrue. We parted ways because of creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences. There is so much talent at Pixar, and we remain enormous fans of their films. However, it is also a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice.”

 

Nick Carter

Musician

In a post on her blog, former member of the pop group Dream, Melissa Schuman, wrote that when she was 18 years old, a former member of Backstreet Boys, Nick Carter, raped her. Schuman describes going to Carter’s apartment after being cast together in a made-for-television movie. Carter reportedly trapped her in a bathroom in his office, performed oral sex on her while she repeatedly asked him to stop, forced her to perform oral sex on him, and then raped her. Schuman says her label later had her perform a duet with Carter.

In her blog post, Schuman talked about how victim shaming is a major reason why victims don’t speak up about abuse. She writes, “There is nothing worse than being victimized and having others call you a liar. Or claim you are looking for 15 mins of fame. Let me ask this simple question. Who the hell wants to be famous for being raped?”

 

Evan Stephens Hall of Pinegrove 

Musician

Evan Stephens Hall, the frontman of the band Pinegrove, responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by posting a statement on the band’s Facebook page. In the statement, he writes, “I am about to talk about something serious and I want to begin by saying that my actions have caused someone I care about deep emotional pain and I am so sorry. I have been accused of sexual coercion.” Pinegrove has canceled the rest of their ongoing tour.

 

Richard Branson

Founder of the Virgin Group 

On November 24, Antonia Janae, in an interview with the Sun, said entrepreneur Richard Branson assaulted her on his private island. Janae was on a trip to Branson’s Necker Island with Joss Stone, who she was a backup singer for at the time. Janae said Branson harassed her to pose topless throughout the day, and later in the night stuck his face in her boobs.

“We were by the bar and he was saying bye to everyone. He came up to me and put his face in my breasts. He went ‘brrrrrr’ and just walked away. It was surreal, totally out of the blue,” Janae said. “Joss and I were like, ‘What the hell was that?!’ Everyone was wondering why I wasn’t angry because I’m usually a firebrand. But I was just too shocked.”

Stone has not commented. In a statement, a representative of Virgin said, “Richard has no recollection of this matter and neither do his family and friends, who were with him at the time. There would never have been any intention to offend or make anyone feel uncomfortable in any way and Richard apologizes if anyone felt that way during their time on the island."

 

 Don Burke

"Burke's Backyard" host

In what has been described as Australia's "Weinstein moment," TV presenter Don Burke has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment including making crude comments in the workplace, groping, bullying and psychological abuse. Burke hosted Burke's Backyard, a popular weekly gardening show, from 1987 to 2004 and was even a spokesperson for a campaign against violence against women in 1993. According to a report from the Sydney Morning Herald, Burke has been called "a high-grade, twisted abuser," who took advantage of his prominent position at the Nine Network to harass dozens of women.

The allegations against Burke have been considered somewhat of an open secret in the Australian TV industry, however network executives who knew of his behavior took no action to curb his abuse. Burke has denied all the allegations. After the Burke story broke, journalist Tracey Spicer tweeted that at latest count 670 women had come forward to her with stories of harassment and abuse by prominent public figures in Australia and 200 more women had spoken to fellow journalist Kate McClymont, indicating that this flood of women's stories is just getting started.

 

Matt Lauer

"Today" news anchor

On 29th November, NBC fired morning news anchor Matt Lauer over a sexual harassment accusation, according to the New York Times. While the details of the allegation remain unknown, NBC News president Andrew Lack sent a memo to staff explaining that Lauer had been accused of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace" by a colleague. "While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident,” Mr. Lack said. NBC News confirmed that the alleged behavior took place during the 2014 Sochi Olympics and continued after the games.

 

Garrison Keillor

Minnesota Public Radio host

On 29th November, the Associated Press reported that Garrison Keillor, the former host of A Prairie Home Companion, has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of inappropriate behavior. In a statement, Keillor said he was fired over “a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.” Kiellor recently wrote an opinion column for the Washington Post calling the idea of firing Al Franken "absurd" and criticizing "judging past actions by present standards."

 

Israel Horovitz

Playwright

On November 30, the New York Times published an article in which nine women accused playwright Israel Horovitz of sexual harassment and assault. Many of them said that the assaults occured when they were teenagers and Horovitz was in his 40s or 50s. One woman, Jocelyn Meinhardt, said Horovitz raped her when she was 19 and doing a fellowship at his theater company in 1989. Another, Maddie Corman, said Horovitz forcibly kissed her backstage when she was 16 and upset about her dying mother; she was an actress in one of Horovitz's plays in 1986. In a statement, Horovitz said he has “a different memory of some of these events, I apologize with all my heart to any woman who has ever felt compromised by my actions, and to my family and friends who have put their trust in me. To hear that I have caused pain is profoundly upsetting, as is the idea that I might have crossed a line with anyone who considered me a mentor.” Horovitz's son, Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys, said, “I believe the allegations against my father are true, and I stand behind the women that made them.”

 

James Levine 

Conducter, Metropolitan Opera House 

On December 2, longtime conducter at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, James Levine, was accused of sexual misconduct and sexual abuse against teenage boys. Three men have come forward with allegations that Levine had been abusing them as teenagers, back in the 1980s. The allegations, first published by The New York Post  with additional reports from The New York Times, detail a police report filed in 2016, where one man accused Levine of repeatedly mastrubating in front of him as well as touching his genetalia. The man says the unwanted sexual contact went on for many  years with a start in 1985, when the man was 15 and Levine was 41. Two other men also describe to the The New York Times how Levine masturbated in front of them in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when they were 17-year-old music students at the Meadow Brook School of Music in Michigan, where Levine was a faculty member at the time. The Metropolitan Opera announced on December 3 that they are suspending Levine while they investigate these reports. 

 

John Hockenberry

Radio Host WNYC

On December 1, former radio host of  New York public radio WNYC's show The Takeaway John Hockenberry was accused of sexual misconduct by several of his former female colleagues at the station, as well as a female writer he interviewed back in 2014. The writer, Suki Kim, wrote in the New York Magazine's The Cut about how Hockenberry, who resigned from WNYC in August 2017, started emailing her in fall 2015, one year after she had been on his show to promote her book. The emails started out with repeated suggestions from Hockenberry about taking her for coffee and lunch dates, to which Kim professionally replied but always politely declined. The emails, however, quickly escalated  and in summer 2016, Hockenberry sent her an email with the subject line, "Need anoher dose of you," Kim details in her article. She didn't respond, and he kept on sending her increasingly pressing, and personal, emails, and eventually started asking her for her home address so he could send her letters instead. After the Weinstein scandal broke in October, Kim decided to reach out to Hockenberry's former colleagues to see if her instance of being creeped out by the host had been isolated, and after only a few phone calls, she understood that that was not the case. Several of Hockenberry's former female colleagues detailed various accounts of sexual harassment from Hockenberry, including sexually explicit  notes to them on social media and non-consensual kisses in the workplace.  

Peter Martins 

Choreographer, Artistic Director and Chairman at the New York City Ballet.

On December 4, Peter Martins, artistic director at the New York City Ballet, was removed from teaching his weekly class a the School of American Ballet, after an accusation of sexual harassment have emerged, according to The New York Times. The accusation was made via an anonymous letter which stated that Martins had committed acts of, as per The New York Times, "sexual harassment in the past," both at the New York City Ballet and at the School of American Ballet.  Martins has a history of criminal behavior, including an incident in 1992 in which he was charged with third-degree assault against his wife. The New York City Ballet has hired an independent law firm to investigate the new allegations against Martin. 

 

Chase Igliori

On December 5, Hellogoodbye and Into It. Over It. manager Chase Iglori resigned after being accused of sexual assault by Hilary J. Corts, reports Alternative Press. In a Facebook post, Corts wrote, " I think it is incredibly important to shed some light on the fact that it is not just rock stars who are guilty of inappropriate behavior, but those behind the scenes as well" and described how Iglori sexually assaulted her after a show in 2013. Corts wrote that she told Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. who "told me to shut up and 'play nice' if I still wanted to work for him." Corts wrote that because of the assault, she decided to stop pursuing touring jobs. In a statement, Igliori said, "I have a different recollection of the events that took place, but that doesn’t change the fact that anyone felt the way that they did, and for that I am deeply sorry. I have never sexually assaulted anyone, and I have always treated all people in my life with the upmost respect and as equals."

 

Dylan Howard

The National Enquirer editor

On December 5,  Dylan Howard, top editor for the National Enquirer, Us Weekly, and other publicaitons owned by  American Media Inc., was accused of "discuss[ing] female employees’ sex lives and forc[ing] women to watch or listen to pornographic material," reported The Associated Press. 12 former employees came forward with information about a 2012 internal inquiry of Howard, after which he quit but was rehired with a promotion after one year. In a statement, Howard said the accusations were "baseless."

Update Dec. 8: Dylan Howard was also investigated for sexual misconduct at celebrity gossip site Celebuzz, while he was the editor-in-chief in 2012. Several female colleagues told The Associated Press and Huffington Post that Howard had made various remarks to them with sexual and threatening undertones, and that he had, amongst other things, called a female employee into his office and berated and yelled at her for how a, different, woman he had been sleeping with had been on her period. “Right off the bat, he made every woman in the office feel incredibly uncomfortable,” a Celebuzz producer told the Associated Press. 

 

Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz

WNYC Hosts

On December 6, WNYC hosts Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz were "put on leave effectively immediately pending investigations into allegations of inappropriate conduct," WNYC announced. In a statement, Laura Walker, President and CEO of New York Public Radio, said that WNYC "takes these kinds of allegations very seriously and is reviewing these matters promptly" and that "NYPR is committed to taking all appropriate steps to ensure a respectful, equitable, inclusive and harassment-free workplace for everyone."

 

Lorin Stein

The Paris Review editor

On December 6, The Paris Review editor Lorin Stein resigned "amid an internal investigation into his behavior toward female employees and writers," reported the New York Times.  “At times in the past, I blurred the personal and the professional in ways that were, I now recognize, disrespectful of my colleagues and our contributors, and that made them feel uncomfortable or demeaned,” Stein wrote in a statement. “I am very sorry for any hurt I caused them.”

 

Bryan Singer

Director

On December 7,  the New York Times reported that director Bryan Singer is accused of sexually assaulting Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, then 17, at a yacht party in 2003. Sanchez-Guzman filed a lawsuit against Singer and in it described how Singer showed him the yacht's master bedroom, "demanded sex," and when Sanchez-Guzman refused, "pushed him on the bed and sexually assaulted him." Sanchez-Guzman said that Singer later threatened his career; the lawsuit reads, “Later, Bryan Singer approached Cesar and told him that he was a producer in Hollywood and that he could help Cesar get into acting as long as Cesar never said anything about the incident. He then told Cesar that no one would believe him if he ever reported the incident, and that he could hire people who are capable of ruining someone’s reputation.”

Through a representative, Singer said he "categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end. [...] Once Bryan prevails, he will pursue his own claims for malicious prosecution.”

 

President Donald J. Trump 

President of The United States of America

On December 8, a new woman came forward accusing President Donald J. Trump of sexual misconduct. Former Fox News anchor Juliet Huddy recalled that in 2005, Trump took her for lunch at the Trump Tower in New York and, as they left in the elevator, suddenly tried to kiss her on the mouth. "Rather than kiss me on the cheek he leaned in to kiss me on the lips.” Huddy told Page Six. Huddy is the latest woman joining the the already long list of women who have previously accused President Trump of sexually assaulting and harassing them over the span of decades. Trump has denied all allegtions.  

 

Judge Alex Kozinski

Appeals Court Judge

On December 8, the Washington Post reported that six women have come forward to accuse appeals court judge Alex Kozinski of sexual harassment, including showing employees porn; publicly commenting on female employees and female judge's bodies, including telling one employee she should work out naked; and making "sexually inappropriate comments." Previously, in 2008, the Los Angeles Times reported that Kozinski had an email list of sexually explicit jokes and a website of pornographic images that was publicly accessible. Kozinski denied the accusations, saying, "I would never intentionally do anything to offend anyone and it is regrettable that a handful have been offended by something I may have said or done.”

 

Trent Franks 

Politician/House Representative (R)

On December 8, congressman Trent Franks was accused of offering his female employees fees of up to $5 million to serve as surrogates for his potential children. The women he asked told The New York Times that they were "worried that the lawmaker wanted to have sex as a means of impregnating them." Franks, who is a Representative of Arizona, has resigned from his House seat following these accusations. 

 

 

Mario Batali

Celebrity Chef 

On December 11, renowned chef Mario Batali was accused of sexual misconduct by four different female chefs. The stories told by the women follow a a similar pattern. They describe Batali groping them and compelling them "to straddle him," as one woman reported to Eater. Another woman recalled how she had met Batali at a party 10 years ago, and after someone accidentally spilled wine on her blouse, Batali, in an effort to "help" her, started to grope and fondle her breasts. The allegations, which are all of similar nature, describing groping and unwanted sexual appraoches, span over the course of two decades. As recent as a few months ago, Batali was reprimanded by the restaurant company he owns, B&B, for "inappropriate behavior in the workplace," according to Eater. Following these new allegations, Batali has withdrawn from the day-to-day operations of his restaurants, and ABC has also reported that they have asked him to step away from the TV show The Chew, which Batali hosts, while they investigate these allegations. 

On December 12, three more women came forward to The Washington Post with allegations against Batali. Actress Siobhan Thompson, who once worked as a hostess at one of his restaurants, also told CBS News that Batali groped her.

On December 19, Batali sent out an apology via newsletter. He wrote: "I have made many mistakes and I am so very sorry that I have disappointed my friends, my family, my fans and my team. My behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility." He then ended the apology with a recipe for cinnamon rolls, which disturbed everyone.

 

Ryan Lizza

Journalist (The New Yorker, CNN) 

On December 11, journalist and writer Ryan Lizza was fired from his position as Washington correspondent at The New Yorker following a filed report accusing him of improper sexual misconduct against a female colleague. Lizza denied these allegations, saying, "I am dismayed that The New Yorker has decided to characterize a respectful relationship with a woman I dated as somehow inappropriate." But both The New Yorker and the lawyer hired to represent the woman accusing him are saying these allegations are accurate. "In no way did Mr. Lizza’s misconduct constitute a ‘respectful relationship’ as he has now tried to characterize it," the woman's lawyer, Douglas H. Wigdor, said in a statement to The New York Timesand added that the woman has chosen to come forward to hold Lizza accountable for his actions and to possibly inspire other potential victims to come forward as well. Lizza has also been a political commentator on CNN, and the company said in a statement that they would keep him off the air while looking into the matter.

 

 

Dan Johnson

Kentucky state representative

On December 11, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published a report detiling sexual harassment and assault accusations against Rep. Dan Johnson, including forcibly kissing underage girls at parties he threw and sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in the church where he served as a pastor. The piece also described"history of hate speech, racist Facebook posts and general derision for African-Americans and Muslims." On December 14, NPR reported that Kentucky Rep. Dan Johnson committed suicide in response to the accusations. He left a note on Facebook that says, "The accusations from NPR are false," and that America "will not survive this type of judge and jury fake news." (NPR adds that they did not report on the allegations.)

 

 

Larry King

TV and radio host

On December 12, Terry Richard — ex-wife of singer Eddie Fisher — told the Daily Maily that King had groped her twice while taking photos together, once in 2005 and again in 2006. "Larry King is a groper. He groped me twice. He gets a thrill doing this in front of the camera, knowing I couldn't do anything," Richard said, adding that the first time King groped her, he put his hand beneath her backless dress; and the second time, he grabbed her butt so hard she bruied. King's lawyer said, "'Mr. King did no such thing then or ever." 

 

Ken Friedman

Restaurateur

On December 12, the New York Times reported that ten women have accused restaurateur Ken Friedman, owner of New York restaurants including the Spotted Pig and the Breslin, of sexual harassment: "groping them in public, demanding sex or making text requests for nude pictures or group sex. Many others also said that working for him required tolerating daily kisses and touches, pulling all-night shifts at private parties that included public sex and nudity, and enduring catcalls and gropes from guests who are Mr. Friedman’s friends." Mario Batali, also accused of sexual harassment, spent a lot of time at the Spotted Pig and employees said Batali often harassed women there, with Friedman's knowledge. In a statement, Friedman said, "Some incidents were not as described, but context and content are not today’s discussion. I apologize now publicly for my actions.”

 

 

Johnny Iuzzini

Celebrity chef

On December 13, ABC announced that it is pulling its upcoming show the Great American Baking Show from its schedule in response to "sexual misconduct" accusations against judge Johnny Iuzzini. “In light of allegations that recently came to our attention, ABC has ended its relationship with Johnny Iuzzini and will not be airing the remainder of ‘The Great American Baking Show’ episodes,” an ABC spokesperson told Variety. Eight former employees have come forward to describe sexual harassment, sexual assault, and physical assault to Mic, including groping; throwing an empty liquid nitrogen container at a pastry chef; threatening employees; hiring a sex worker to perform in front of employees; filming sex acts without consent; and offering career help in exchange for sex acts. Iluzzini told Mic the allegations are "simply untrue." 

 

Tavis Smiley

TV host

On December 13, PBS announced that it is indefinitely suspending the show Tavis Smiley because of "sexual misconduct" accusations against the show's host, reported Variety. Variety writes that PBS conducted an investigation, which "found credible allegations that Smiley had engaged in sexual relationships with multiple subordinates," and that some witnesses "expressed conern that their employment status was linked to the status of a sexual relationshiop with Smiley." Witnesses also described "a verbally abusive and threatening envrionment" and expressed concerns about retaliation. In a statement shared on Facebook, Smiley denied all allegations and said he had had " a consensual relationship with a colleague years ago."  

 

Morgan Spurlock

Filmmaker

On December 13, Morgan Spurlock posted a statement via Twitlonger titled "I Am Part Of The Problem," in which he described an instance in which a girl he slept with in college accused him of rape (though Spurlock insists the sex was consensual) and a past sexual harassment settlement after he nicknamed a female assistant "sex pants" (though Spurlock insists it wasn't "gropy feely harassment"). Spurlock writes, "I am part of the problem. We all are. But I am also part of the solution. By recognizing and openly admitting what I’ve done to further this terrible situation, I hope to empower the change within myself. We should all find the courage to admit we’re at fault." Spurlock went on to retweet people praising him for the post.

 

 

Eric Alexander Hewitt 

Classical Musician 

On December 13, three Boston music schools have cut ties with high-profile classical musician and professor Eric Alexander Hewitt after allegations came forward accusing him of "abusive behavior and sexual improprieties," according to the Boston GlobeAmongst the schools cutting ties with Hewitt is famed music school The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, telling the Boston Globe that, "He will not be returning to the conservatory." In multiple interviews made with The Boston Globe, four former female students of Hewitt at the Boston Conservatory detail various degrees of sexual advances made by Hewitt, including "bullying, lewd phone calls and text messages, propositions, and, in one incident, sexual assault," as the Boston Globe reports. The other schools cutting their ties with Hewitt after these allegations have come forward, are the Philips Exeter Academy (where Hewitt was an adjunct professor) as well as the Boston College High School. 

 

Carter Oosterhouse 

TV Personality

On December 14, HGTV network host and star of TLC's Trading Spaces, Carter Oosterhouse, was accused of sexual misconduct by a former makeup artist who worked with him on HGTV back in 2008. The makeup artist, Kailey Kaminsky, said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he tried to coerce her into giving him oral sex on multiple occasions and that she at one point, "was so worn down from his advances, so I did: that day, on that occasion. It was the first time," and added, "Then thereafter it was most every time we would shoot — 10 to 15 times he put me in this position." 

Oosterhouse said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter  that he at the time had, "an intimate relationship," with Kaminsky and that, "it was 100 percent mutual." Kaminsky, however, denies this and says that she repeatedly rebuffed his advances and that she, "identifies as a lesbian." 

 

Terry Richardson

Photographer 

On December 14, another model came forward accusing photographer Terry Richardson of sexually assaulting her when working with her. The model, Caron Bernstein, told the Daily News  that her first shoot in Richardson's Lower East Side studio quickly went from professional to him forcing himself on her sexually. He placed her in a chair, took a few photos of her and then, "Exposed his penis and forced himself into her mouth," Bernstein told the Daily News. She added, "It was like literally being shot with a stun gun. My brain just went on pause, I wasn't doing anything. I wasn't performing as a model."  This is not the first time Richardson has been accused of sexually assaulting women he's worked with. It's something that has long been an open secret in the fashion industry, with at least eight women having previously accused him of sexually harassing or assaulting them.  

 

Gene Simmons

Bassist in KISS

On December 15, a lawsuit was filed against KISS bassist Gene Simmons by a female radio reporter, who wishes to remain anonymous, who interviewed him as recently as November 2017. The lawsuit, filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court, details how immediately as the interview began, Simmons reached for the reporter's hand and, "forcefully, placed it on his knee and held it on his knee," according to Billboard. Soon after, Simmons, "forcibly flicked/struck," the woman's throat, something he later provided an, "incoherent explanation" for doing, the file stated, according to Refinery29.  Simons has denied all allegations, even though they were allegedly caught on camera. The radio reporter's lawyer, Willie W. Williams, told The San Bernadino Sun in a telephone interview, that the reason her client filed the suit against Simmons is, "Because she wanted to make a strong statement that this behavior is unacceptable and she wants to see an end to this type of behavior."

T.J. Miller

Actor

On December 19,  a woman told The Daily Beast that she was sexually assaulted by Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller while both were studying at George Washington University. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, was in a romantic relationship with Miller, and alleges he choked her to the point of suffocation and  punched her in the face during sex without her consent; on later occasions, he penetrated her without consent. Five other GW students, who heard the assault taking place and/or heard about it firsthand from the woman or Miller, came forward to corroborate her story. Though The Daily Beast reports that three people who have worked with Miller recall him privately joking about committing violence towards women, he released a statement denying the allegations.

The same day, adult film star Dana DeArmond shared on Twitter that was also harassed by Miller. "I’ve been saying Tj was an asshole for years," she wrote. "So there you go."

 Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Director

Adult film star Dana DeArmond shared on Twitter that was sexually harrassed by Vogt-Roberts and actor T.J. Miller (see above) while on set shooting Comedy Central's Mash Up. "After wrapping mash up he invited me for drinks. I thought he was polite when he walked me to my car," she wrote. "He leaned in for a kiss. I said 'no thank you' he replied 'don't make this weird' and kissed me anyway."

 

Don Hazen

AlterNet executive

On December 21, Buzzfeed reported that five women have come forward to accuse Don Hazen — an executive at the left-leaning political website AlterNet and a former Mother Jones publisher — of sexual harassment. They described Hazen "touching them inappropriately, discussing their sex lives, making unwanted advances, sending explicit emails, and showing them explicit photographs — including one of his naked, erect penis," writes BuzzFeed. In a statement, AlterNet's parent company, the Independent Media Institute, said that they have placed Hazen on “indefinite leave” as they investigate the accusations. In a statement, Hazen said “In the atmosphere of lots of discussion about editorial topics like sex and drugs, I lost track of some boundaries I needed to keep. I had personal conversations with staff I should not have had, made comments I should not have made, and take responsibility for failure to recognize the implications of my position and age in supervising people at that period." In an earlier statement, he said, “I deny most of allegations as have been presented to me by Buzzfeed, and I believe that others have been mischaracterized.”

 

Danny Masterson

Actor

On December 21, actress Bobette Riales, who dated Masterson in in the early 2000s tweeted,  “I stayed quiet long enough. Danny Masterson repeatedly raped me. All I seek is justice and to prevent this from ever happening to anyone else as it has for some time. My truth will be heard." She joins four other women who accused Masterson of rape in early 2017. After months of inaction, Netflix fired Masterson in early December 2017. 

 

James Franco

Actor

Back in 2014, James Franco made headlines after pursuing a 17-year-old girl through Instagram DMs and text messages. On January 7, after Franco won a Golden Globe, several women took to Twitter to share additional experiences with sexual assault and harassment at his hands. Violet Paley accused him of pushing her head to his exposed penis without consent, and called him out for repeatedly coming onto underage girls. Ally Sheedy also called out Franco and Christian Slater in a series of vague tweets that have since been deleted.

On January 11, the Los Angeles Times reported that five women have come forward to accuse Franco of sexual harassment or assault: Four former students at Franco's film school, which suddenly closed last fall, and another who said Franco was her mentor. Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a former student, said Franco removed the plastic guards covering actress' vaginas while stimulating oral sex while filming a nude orgy scene with her and others. Two other actresses said Franco became angry with actresses after they refused to take their tops off in a shoot at a strip club. "I felt like I was selected for something based on my hard work and my merit, and when I realized it was because I have nice [breasts], it was pretty clear that was not the case," Hilary Dusome, who was a student of Franco's in 2012, said. "I don't think he started teaching with bad intentions, but he went down a bad path and damaged a lot of people in the process." Another student, Katie Ryan, said Franco often used the promise of acting work as a way to coerce students: he "would always make everybody think there were possible roles on the table if we were to perform sexual acts or take off our shirts," she said.

 

Franco has denied the initial allegations in a January 9 appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, saying, "Look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I have done. I have to do that to maintain my well being. The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate. But I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So I don’t want to shut them down in any way. If I have done something wrong, I will fix it — I have to.”

 

Robert Knepper


Actor

 

On December 5th, five women, including veteran costume designer Susan Bertram, accused Robert Knepper of sexual assault, according to an article published by the Hollywood Reporter. Bertram claims that Knepper forced himself upon her, grabbing her vulva, and threatening to rape her while on the set of the 1991 film Gas Food Lodging. The other four women have lodged similar, violent, reports, accusing Knepper of threatening rape them, attacking them, and using force to make them engage in sexual activity ranging from kissing to oral sex. Their allegations start in the 1980's and span several decades. The actor, best known for his role in Prison Break and iZombie, has denied the allegations. 

 

Max Landis


Screenwriter


On December 23, Max Landis, the screenwriter for Netflix’s first blockbuster film, Bright, was  accused of sexual abuse and assault by several women, according to the Daily Beast. The women, who include actress Anna Akana, comedy writer Siobhan Thompson, and videogame developer Zoe Quinn, voiced their allegations on twitter, calling him out as a rapist and predator. According to the article, Max Landis, The son of Animal House director John Landis, has been called out for saying problematic and incendiary things before allegations surfaced, and his history of sexual assault is considered an open secret in Hollywood. While Landis has yet to respond to the allegations, other writers, including Jake Weisman, have validated the women’s words, calling him a “psychopath” on twitter. Netflix has also booted him from the Bright sequel. 

 

 

Aziz Ansari


Actor


 On January 13th, Aziz Ansari, creator of the Netflix series Master of None, was accused of sexual misconduct and coercive sexual behavior in an article published by online newssite Babe. An anonymous, 23-year old brooklyn photographer, who Babe calls “Grace” went on a date with Ansari on September 25th. She said Ansari’s sexual advances became aggressive and coercive when they returned to Ansari’s apartment at the end of the date. She reported using both verbal and nonverbal ques to fend off Ansari’s advances, asking him to slow down and going limp during the encounter: “I was physically giving off cues that I wasn’t interested. I don’t think that was noticed at all, or if it was, it was ignored.” He remained aggressive and pushy, pulling her hand towards his penis and repeatedly asked her “where do you want me to fuck you?” She didn’t want to have sex at all, and after much unwanted physical activity, left the apartment in tears. She texted Ansari the following day, saying “Last night might’ve been fun for you, but it wasn’t for me. You ignored clear non-verbalcues; you kept going with advances.I want to make sure you’re aware so maybe the next girl doesn’t have to cry on the ride home.” While she didn’t categorize the events as assault, they left her feeling as if she had been taken advantage of, that she and her desires were ignored.


Ansari’s team has since released a statement denying any sexual misconduct.


Joel Kramer


Stuntman


On January 13th, Hollywood stuntman, Joel Kramer, was accused of sexual assault and child molestation, according to an article in Vulture. Eliza Dushku, said Kramer molested her while the two were working together on the set of True Lies in 1994. Dushku was 12 at the time, and her report has been verified by her mother, brother, and agent. Two other women came forward on January 15th, following Dushku, Laura Albert and another professional stunt woman who remains anonymous. Albert, a stunt-woman, claims that while she was employed under Kramer in 1995 on the set of Virus, Kramer exposed himself to her then 15-year old sister, and had sex with her sister’s 16-year old friend. The encounter occured in North Carolina, where the age of consent is 16. Kramer, who was 39 at the time, admits to the event, but misrepresents some of the details, namely her age; he recalls her being 17. The third woman claims Kramer assaulted her in the late 70’s or early 80’s. They met at an industry event and decided to carpool. Kramer exposed himself to her in the car, and forced her to perform oral sex. He has denied these allegations. 

...sadly, to be continued.   

 

Top photo of Harvey Weinstein: by David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons 

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