Other men who've been called out since Weinstein
In October 2017, The New York Times and The New Yorker published articles citing numerous allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape against Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein, the former co-chairman of The Weinstein Company. Weinstein was cast as an alleged predator who systematically used his power and influence to victimize actresses. Following the exposés, many more women came forward with accusations of their own against the Hollywood giant, but it didn't stop there. A Weinstein ripple effect has begun, and other famous men now stand accused of similar misconduct. Let's take a look.
Known for his Oscar-nominated screenplay for Bugsy and his frequent collaborations with Robert Downey, Jr., writer/director James Toback has been a staple in Hollywood since the '70s, but his career may be over.Last Jedi set for $215m opening in US
On Oct. 22, 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported that 38 women had accused Toback of sexual harassment or sexual assault, and since that article, more than 300 women have come forward to share their experiences with Toback. Actresses Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams spoke with Vanity Fair, and Julianne Moore took to Twitter to accuse Toback.
Despite each woman sharing nearly identical stories about Toback's alleged modus operandi, he provided a combative and profanity-laced rebuttal to Rolling Stone: "Anything like that is nauseating and disgusting. And I would never say anything like 'I'll get you a film role.' It's too stupid to dignify. It's pathetic lies. It's just too f*****g embarrassing and idiotic. And if I were you, I wouldn't go repeating it, unless you really knew it were true, because it isn't. So that's all I have to say. This is not worth wasting another second on."
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In an explosive Buzzfeed exposé, Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp alleged Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted him in 1986 during a party at Spacey's apartment. Rapp was 14 at the time. Rapp reportedly met Spacey during his Broadway run of Precious Sons; Spacey was starring in Long Day's Journey Into Night.
According to Buzzfeed: "Rapp recalled this all happening—Spacey appearing at the door, coming into the room, picking him up, and putting him on the bed—in one clumsy action, with Spacey landing at a slight angle on top of him. He said Spacey 'was, like, pressing into me,' and that he remembers Spacey 'tightening his arms.' But while he can't recall exactly how long Spacey remained on top of him, Rapp said he was able to 'squirm' away after a short period." Rapp said, "He followed me to the front door of the apartment, and as I opened the door to leave, he was leaning on the front door[frame]. And he was like, 'Are you sure you wanna go?' I said, 'Yes, good night,' and then I did leave."
Responding to the allegations, Spacey tweeted that he was "beyond horrified to hear" Rapp's story and that he owes Rapp "the sincerest apology" for "deeply inappropriate drunken behavior." Spacey also used the opportunity to address his sexuality, which he had previously kept private. "I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man," he tweeted. "I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior."Controversies rock Hollywood in 2017
MSNBC and NBC News political analyst Mark Halperin was accused of sexual assault by five women during his time at ABC News, according to an NBC News story published Oct. 26, 2017.
Two days later, four more women came forward. According to CNN, those accusations "include that Halperin masturbated in front of an ABC News employee in his office and that he violently threw another woman against a restaurant window before attempting to kiss her, and that after she rebuffed him he called her and told her she would never work in politics or media. The alleged incidents occurred while Halperin was in a position of significant authority at ABC News, while the women were young and had little power."Assault laws in focus amid Weinstein saga
In a statement to CNN, Halperin had this to say: "During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me. I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize. Under the circumstances, I'm going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation."
Halperin has since been suspended by MSNBC and has been removed from his Showtime documentary series The Circus.
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In a now deleted Instagram post dated Oct. 24, 2017, actress Heather Lind accused former President George H.W. Bush of groping her during a 2013 screening of the AMC series TURN: Washington's Spies. According to CNN, Lind said, "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, he touched me again."
Actress Jordana Grolnick also alleged a similar experience with Bush in August 2016 (via Deadspin): "He reached his right hand around to my behind, and as we smiled for the photo he asked the group, 'Do you want to know who my favorite magician is?' As I felt his hand dig into my flesh, he said, 'David Cop-a-Feel!'"
After a third woman accused the 41st President of misconduct, Bush spokesman Jim McGrath released a statement (via The Washington Post): "At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures. To try to put people at ease, 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."The untold truth of Omarosa
During a panel discussion at the Busan International Film Festival, director Oliver Stone came under fire for initially defending Weinstein. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stone called the accusations against Weinstein "gossip" and claimed "a man shouldn't be condemned by a vigilante system."
Later that day, Stone attempted to walk back his comments in a statement (via Variety): "I've been traveling for the last couple of days and wasn't aware of all the women who came out to support the original story in the New York Times. After looking at what has been reported in many publications over the last couple of days, I'm appalled and commend the courage of the women who've stepped forward to report sexual abuse or rape."Billionaire conservative wins Chile vote
However, model and actress Carrie Stevens called out Stone on Twitter: "When I heard about Harvey, I recalled Oliver walking past me & grabbing my boob as he walked out the front door of a party. Two of a kind!"
Stevens told The Hollywood Reporter that the alleged incident occurred "at Ted Field's home years ago, around the time Oliver did JFK. The party was in his honor. Oliver was on his way out; Ted was seeing him to the door. Oliver spied me standing nearby and just reached out and instead of doing what a normal person does and shaking my hand, he just groped my boob and honked it like a horn and grinned and kept walking."
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In a statement on her website, Alice Glass accused her former Crystal Castles bandmate, Ethan Kath, of years of systematic sexual assault and rape "over a period of many months." Claiming Kath first took advantage of her when she was "around 15," Glass described a relationship marred by alleged sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, stating Kath "forced me to have sex with him or, he said, I wouldn't be allowed to be in the band anymore."
According to the Guardian, Kath has adamantly denied the allegations, saying he is "outraged and hurt" and describing Glass' story as "pure fiction."
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In a disturbing Facebook post, Jack Off Jill singer Jessicka Addams alleged that she was raped and psychologically abused at the hands of Marilyn Manson bassist Twiggy Ramirez (real name Jeordie White) in the '90s. In the post, Addams claims Ramirez punched her in the chest, slashed her tires, burned her stuffed animals, killed her pets, routinely body shamed her, and was consumed with jealousy.
Ramirez addressed the allegation in a statement (via Billboard): "I have only recently been made aware of these allegations from over 20 years ago. I do not condone non-consensual sex of any kind. I will be taking some time to spend with my family and focus on maintaining my several years of sobriety. If I have caused anyone pain I apologize and truly regret it."
Following Addams' claims, Manson tweeted: "I have decided to part ways with Jeordie White as a member of Marilyn Manson. He will be replaced for the upcoming tour. I wish him well.Pretty Little Liars star sentenced to jail
Nickelodeon terminated The Loud House showrunner Chris Savino after at least a dozen women came forward with allegations of inappropriate behavior "ranging from unwanted sexual advances to threats of industry blacklisting after the end of consensual relationships with co-workers," reported Cartoon Brew.
One accuser, who requested anonymity, told Cartoon Brew that her alleged experiences with Savino were so bad that she had an "opportunity to work at Nickelodeon a long time ago and I didn't take the job because I knew he would be inside the studio."Renee Zellweger hits back at Harvey Weinstein's recent claims
In a series of tweets, BoJack Horseman Director Anne Walker Farrell claimed Savino sexually harassed her 15 years ago.
Viacom (Nickelodeon's parent company) released a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter): "Viacom is committed to the safety and well-being of our employees, and to fostering a workplace free from harassment. As a matter of policy, we do not comment on specific employee matters, but we take all allegations of this nature very seriously, investigate them thoroughly and take any necessary actions as a result."
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Isa Hackett, an executive producer on Amazon's The Man in the High Castle, talked about experiencing alleged sexual harassment at the hands of Amazon studio head Roy Price. Calling it "shocking and surreal," Hackett told The Hollywood Reporter that Price "repeatedly and insistently propositioned her" with lewd sexual comments while the two were riding in a cab during the San Diego Comic-Con in 2015. Although Hackett "reported the incident to Amazon executives immediately," she said no action was taken at the time.
Following Hackett's renewed push, Amazon suspended Price, who then resigned. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon said, in part: "We expect people to set high standards for themselves; we encourage people to raise any concerns and we make it a priority to investigate and address them. Accordingly, we looked closely at this specific concern and addressed it directly with those involved."
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In 1996, Inside Edition correspondent Lisa Guerrero was an actress looking for her big break when she landed an opportunity to audition for Steven Seagal's Fire Down Below. The audition was reportedly held at Seagal's house where he "answered the door clad only in a silk robe" and "sat in an oversized, ornate chair on a platform" while Guerrero read her scenes, she told Newsweek. Apparently, the audition went well and she was offered the part, but her manager informed her that she would have to "go back to his home for a private rehearsal tonight." Guerrero said she declined the role, but was offered a smaller part.
While on set, Guerrero claimed Seagal and male crew members repeatedly made lewd comments. "He was looking at me and then he'd say something to them and there'd be laughter. Finally he approached me and asked, 'Would you like to go into my dressing room?'" She declined. Her scene was cut from the film.
Guerrero explained her reasons for coming forward in 2017. "When I read about Harvey Weinstein, the reports of him appearing in a robe triggered me," she told Newsweek. "That's exactly what Steven Seagal did. I found out later that he was notorious for this. As an aspiring actress you have zero leverage. Who was I going to go to complain about sex discrimination? He was both the star and a producer on the film."Country music star Troy Gentry dies in horrific crash