It’s been little over a month since the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal exploded into public view. After multiple women, including actresses like Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Judd, accused the Hollywood mogul of sexual misconduct, similar allegations have been levelled against some of the most powerful men in the industry.
More women from the industry who found it extremely difficult to remain silent, have spoken up against at least 10 powerful men from Hollywood.
Here’s a list of the high-profile men in Hollywood including Weinstein’s brother Bob and Hollywood actors Charlie Sheen and Kevin Spacey who have been accused of sexual harassment in the post-Weinstein era.
As soon as the Weinstein controversy broke out, Ben Affleck, who has a long association with the producer, condemned the incidents and said he was shocked. But soon Ben too found himself on the other side of the table with Weinstein when actress Hillary Burton spoke about the actor groping her in the middle of an interview in the early 2000s. Hillary said she was a child back then and was taken aback by his behaviour. Soon Ben apologised to Burton for his inappropriate behaviour. Soon, make-up artist Annamarie Tendler said she would also like him to apologise to her for he groped her at a Golden Globes party in 2014.
Anthony Rapp, a Broadway veteran, accused the House of Cards star of sexually harassing him when he was 14. Kevin Spacey was quick to respond and said he might have been drunk and chose to come out of the closet. How Spacey handled the allegations, using it as an excuse to come out, was slammed by many on social media. While Netflix cancelled the popular show House Of Cards, Christopher Plummer replaced Spacey in All the Money in the World. In an unprecedented step, Spacey’s scenes from the completed film will be reshot with Plummer. Apart from Rapp, Harry Dreyfuss, an actor and son of Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss, accused Spacey of groping him back in 2008.
Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick was accused of rape by actress Kristina Cohen three years ago. In a Facebook post, Cohen said Ed raped her in his house. Here is her post:
Replying to the allegation, Ed tweeted:
— Ed Westwick (@EdWestwick) November 7, 2017
But Kristen wasn’t the only one. Actress Aurélie Wynn also shared a Facebook post saying she was raped by Ed in July 2014 while she was taking a nap. To this the actor tweeted:
— Ed Westwick (@EdWestwick) November 9, 2017
Emmy-award winning comedian Louis C.K. was accused of sexual misconduct by at least 5 women. The incidents happened almost 15 years ago, and Louis’ publicist said in a statement that he would not comment on the matter. But Louis spoke on the matter saying all the allegations are true. A part of his statement read:
These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was O.K. because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.
Sexual harassment charges were levelled against Hollywood producer Brett Ratner by at least 6 women including actresses Olivia Munn, Katharine Towne, Jamie Ray Newman, Natasha Henstridge, Jorina King, and singer Eri Sasaki. In the light of the allegations, Ratner decided to step away from all Warner Bros activities. His attorney, Martin Singer, refuted all the allegations. Now fresh reports suggest Gal Gadot, who essayed the role of Wonder Woman, has said she would be a part of the sequel only when Brett’s association with the project will end.
Two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman was accused of sexual misconduct by Anna Graham Hunter, then 17 years old, and Playwright Wendy Riss Gatsiounis in 1991. While Anna said he used sexually explicit language with her, Riss said he suggested they should go to a nearby hotel. After the allegations, Hoffman told in an interview he had the utmost respect for women and his actions were not reflective of him.
Two actresses- Portia de Rossi and Rae Dawn accused Steven Seagal of sexual misconduct. Other women also claimed Seagal behaved inappropriately around them but Seagal has yet not commented on it.
Screenwriter and director James Toback has been accused of sexual harassment by as many as 200 women including Selma Blair, Rachel McAdams and Julianne Moore. Actress Ellen Pompeo recalled her unpleasant interaction with James in which the disgraced director asked her if she would get naked in a movie? She put him in his place instantly, the Grey’s Anatomy actress said. Denying the allegations, Toback said he never met them or if he did it was for not more than five minutes. Citing diabetes and a heart condition, Toback said it was biologically impossible for him to engage in such behaviour.
Actor Jeremy Piven has been accused of sexual misconduct by actresses Ariane Bellamar, Cassidy Freeman and Tiffany Bacon Scourby. James denied all the allegations and even said he is ready to take the lie detector test to prove his innocence.
Many women came forward to accuse Terry Richardson, a celebrity photographer of sexual misconduct during shoots. Post this, the photographer has been banned from working with Vogue. His spokesperson said Richard was innocent and said:
He is an artist who has been known for his sexually explicit work so many of his professional interactions with subjects were sexual and explicit in nature, but all of the subjects of his work participated consensually.
The Two and a Half Men star was accused of rape by a friend of late child actor Corey Haim. Haim’s friend and fellow actor Dominick Brascia made an explosive allegation against Sheen, which the latter denied. Now in a new twist, Corey Haim’s mother has insisted not Charlie but someone else abused her son on the set of Lucas.
Soon after Harvey’s brother, Bob called him out for his sick behaviour, Amanda Segel, an executive producer who works with him alleged he tried to sexually harass her on more than one occasion.
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