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An Incomplete (And Constantly Expanding) List Of Famous 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.

Harvey Weinstein

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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.

 

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.

 

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 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 highly renowned poltical magazine Mother Jones is being investigated for sexual harassment. Politico writes that Mother Jones re-openened an investigation from 2014 after new emails have approached that detailed Corn alleged unconsensually 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 commited 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.

 

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.”

 

 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."  Franken has not yet responded to Tweeden's allegations. 

 

 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, to 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 cancelled 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 wrong doing 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."

...sadly, to be continued.  

 

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

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