Since the allegations of sexual abuse by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced on Oct. 5, women have been stepping forward to publicly share their stories of sexual misconduct.
Although many of the accusations originally focused on Hollywood, men across industries including tech, business, politics and media are facing consequences for claims ranging from sexual harassment to rape.
The actor and director was accused of groping MTV host Hilarie Burton during a 2003 appearance on Total Request Live. He issued an apology on Oct. 11, tweeting, “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize.” His apology came a day after he condemned Weinstein’s behavior.
The technology fund manager at Fidelity Investments was accused by multiple employees of harassment, most notably a female equity-research associate who claims she was sexually harassed by Baker and filed a complaint, reports The Wall Street Journal. An attorney for the woman claimed Baker was fired by Fidelity, but Baker — who said in a statement he “strenuously” denies any allegations — claims he left the company “amicably.”
Twenty-five women have said they were sexually harassed (by him or other male employees) while working at one of the celebrity chef’s restaurants. Besh stepped down from Besh Restaurant Group on Oct. 23. “I have been seeking to rebuild my marriage and come to terms with my reckless actions,” he wrote in a statement. “I also regret any harm this may have caused to my second family at the restaurant group, and sincerely apologize to anyone past and present who has worked for me who found my behavior as unacceptable as I do.”
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Former Republican President George H.W. Bush has been accused by seven women of grabbing their butts. One of the women says she was 16 at the time. After the initial report Oct. 25, a Bush spokesman issued a statement of apology, saying “on occasion, he has patted women’s rears” and it was never meant to cause offense.
Comedian Louis C.K. the latest to be accused of sexual misconduct as scandals continue to ripple through the entertainment industry. Video provided by Reuters Newslook
The actor and comedian known for his vulgar humor was accused of sexual misconduct by five woman in an exposé published by The New York Times on Nov. 9. Among the claims, comedian Dana Min Goodman alleged C.K. exposed himself and started masturbating in front of her and fellow comedian Julia Wolov in his hotel room during a comedy festival in 2002. C.K. admitted to committing the acts described in the Times piece. “These stories are true,” he wrote in a statement released by his publicist, Lewis Kay, on Nov. 10. C.K. has since lost a host of jobs, including his gig with the upcoming Secret Life of Pets sequel.
Melissa Schuman, formerly of the pop group Dream, has accused Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter on Nov. 2 of raping her when she was 18. Carter denies the allegations.
U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., has been accused of sexual harassment toward staffers in his office, and has settled one claim of harassment. He has denied the allegations, even the one he settled. An ethics committee investigation into his behavior is underway, but Conyers has no plans to resign, his lawyer says.
The actor and comedian (Road Trip), was accused of “groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions of at least four members of the production,” on the set of the independent feature film Raising Buchanan, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. In an interview with the news outlet Oct. 30, Dick denied groping claims, but admitted to licking and propositioning people. He has since been fired from his role in Buchanan, and was let go from a separate film for similar behavior.
Actor Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws, Mr. Holland’s Opus) was accused on Nov. 10 of sexual harassment by writer Jessica Teich. This includes him showing her his penis, she says. Dreyfuss denies exposing himself, but admitted that “at the height of my fame in the late 1970s I became an asshole – the kind of performative masculine man my father had modeled for me to be. I lived by the motto, ‘If you don’t flirt, you die.’ And flirt I did…But I am not an assaulter.”
The president and publisher of The New Republic magazine resigned on Nov. 3 following a report from The New York Times of an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct by female employees. In an email to New Republic owner Win McCormack, Fish expressed “deep dismay” at the claims. “Women have longstanding and profound concerns with respect to their treatment in the workplace,” he wrote. “Many men have a lot to learn in this regard. I know I do, and I hope for and encourage that new direction.”
The Democratic U.S. Senator from Minnesota and Saturday Night Live alum was accused by TV host and broadcaster Leeann Tweeden of kissing and groping her without her consent while on a USO tour in the Middle East in 2006. A second woman has stepped forward claiming Franken inappropriately touched her. While Congressional leaders seek a review of the claims, Franken apologized for the Tweeden incident. “I respect women,” he said. “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.”
International Olympic Committee member Alex Gilady has been accused by two women of rape and by two others of inappropriate conduct. Gilady denied the rape accusations, said he didn’t recall one of the other allegations, but acknowledged a claim he’d propositioned a woman during a job interview 25 years ago was “mainly correct.” He stepped down as president of an Israeli broadcasting company he founded. The IOC has said it is looking into the allegations.
The producer and writer (Masters of the Universe), was accused by ER actor Anthony Edwards of molesting him in an essay published Nov. 10 on Medium. Edwards says he first met Goddard when he was 12, and served as a leader for Edwards’ group of friends. “Everyone has the need to bond, and I was no exception,” Edwards wrote. “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 press representative Sam Singer put out a statement on Nov. 10 “unequivocally” denying Edward’s charges.
The manager, producer and co-CEO of Primary Wave Entertainment (Atomic Blonde), was accused by actress Jessica Barth of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2012 when he was working as her manager, she confirmed to The Wrap on Nov. 2. Barth said she reported the incident to the LAPD after it happened. She then said that Guillod threatened her with a lawsuit to keep her from pressing charges. Following the allegations, Guillod’s attorney said charges were fully investigated at the time, but he has taken a leave of absence from the company, reports Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter.
The MSNBC political analyst was accused by five women of sexual harassment, including forcible kissing. One woman claims Halperin grabbed her breasts. NBC News terminated his contract, and he lost both a book deal and HBO project. In a statement to CNN, Halperin said he would take a step back to deal with the situation. “I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain,” he said. “For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize.”
The Oscar-winning actor known for Rain Man and The Graduate, was accused of sexual harassment by Anna Graham Hunter in an article published by The Hollywood Reporter on Nov. 1. Hunter alleges talked about sex in front of her while she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of his 1985 TV-movie adaptation of Death of a Salesman. Hoffman apologized in a statement to the Associated Press, saying, “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation… It is not reflective of who I am.” The following day, a second accuser, Wendy Riss Gatsiounis, told Variety he made verbal advances and tried to convince her to go to a nearby hotel when she was a playwright in her 20s.
Former South African soccer association president Danny Jordaan has been accused by former member of parliament Jennifer Ferguson of raping her in 1993. Jordaan denies the accusation.
The founding partner of venture capital firm DFJ left in November after the company launched an investigation into “indirect and second-hand allegations.” The investigation was sparked by inquiries from USA TODAY and other news outlets about Jurvetson’s conduct with women. He was also given a leave of absence as a board member for SpaceX and Tesla. Jurvetson denies any allegations. “I am leaving DFJ to focus on personal matters, including taking legal action against those whose false statements have defamed me.”
The songwriter and producer of Canadian music group Crystal Castles was accused of rape on Oct. 24 by former bandmate Alice Glass in a lengthy letter posted on her website, Vulture and The Huffington Post report. She claims the abuse lasted for almost 10 years, starting when she was 15 years old, and that this was the reason she left the band, which she co-founded with Kath, in 2014. In a statement to Pitchfork via his attorney, Kath — whose real name is Claudio Palmieri — denied the allegations. “I am outraged and hurt by the recent statements made by Alice about me and our prior relationship,” the statement reads. “Fortunately, there are many witnesses who can and will confirm that I was never abusive to Alice.”
The creator of CW superhero series Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, was suspended by Warner Bros. on Nov. 10, Warner Bros. spokesperson Tammy Golihew confirmed to USA TODAY, after Varietypublished a story in which 15 women and four men alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact. He told the trade magazine that he denied any inappropriate touching or massages, saying “I have made comments on women’s appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized. Like many people, I have given someone a non-sexual hug or kiss on the cheek.”
The chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will take a six-month leave of absence following what he called “missteps” in a memo obtained by USA TODAY on Nov. 21. The news broke as The Hollywood Reporter was compiling a report into alleged sexual misconduct, which published later that day citing sources who remain unnamed “out of fear that their careers in the tight-knit animation community would be damaged.” The insiders told the industry publication that his behavior went beyond hugging to “grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes.”
The manager who currently represents Jennifer Lopez was accused of attempted rape by Sordid Lives star Jason Dottley in an interview published by The Advocate on Nov. 10. After throwing Dottley onto a bed in Medina’s Los Angeles mansion in 2008, Medina “stuck his tongue down my mouth,” Dottley alleges in the interview. A statement from Medina’s lawyers Howard Weitzman and Shawn Holley to USA TODAY said Medina “categorically denies the allegation of attempted rape.”
The screenwriter best known for the hit TV series Girls was accused of sexual assault by actress Aurora Perrineau, according to a. Nov. 20 report from The Wrap. Perrineau, who alleges the incident occurred in 2012 when she was 17, filed a report at the West Hollywood station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Nelson Rios confirmed to USA TODAY. Miller’s attorney, Matthew B. Walerstein, sent USA TODAY a statement in which his client denied Perrineau’s allegations. Girls creator and star Lena Dunham and executive producer Jenni Konner issued a statement Friday in support of Miller, which she later apologized for after receiving criticism.
The Republican candidate for U.S. Senator in Alabama was accused by eight women of a range of inappropriate conduct, ranging from unwanted attention to sexual misconduct and assault. Most of the incidents took place when Moore was assistant district attorney in Gadsden from 1977 to 1982. One woman, Leigh Corfman, said she was 14 when Moore, then 32, took her to his home, undressed her and guided her hand over his crotch. The legal age of consent, then and now, is 16. Moore calls the allegations “completely false,” and plans to continue his Senate campaign.
The senior vice president for news at National Public Radio resigned on Nov. 1 after multiple women accused him of inappropriate conduct. Two women claimedOreskes abruptly kissed them on the lips and stuck his tongue in their mouths while discussing job prospects, according to The Washington Post. The incidents took place while he was The New York Times’ Washington D.C. bureau chief in the 1990s. A third woman filed a complaint at NPR accusing him of harassment in October 2015. “I am deeply sorry to the people I hurt,” Oreskes said in a statement. “My behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility.”
The actor on the TV series Entourage, was accused by actress and reality star Ariane Bellamar of groping her on two occasions. In her tweets published Oct. 30, she alleges one encounter took place in Piven’s trailer on the Entourage set, when he allegedly grabbed her breasts and bottom, and the other occurred at the Playboy Mansion. Piven denied the allegations in a statement sent to USA TODAY by his rep, Jennifer Allen: “I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me.” CBS, which airs Piven’s new series, Wisdom of the Crowd, said in a statement, “We are aware of the media reports and are looking into the matter.”
The Amazon Studios programming chief resigned in October after Isa Hackett, a producer of Amazon Studios’ series The Man in the High Castle, accused him of insistently and repeatedly propositioning her in 2015. Two of Price’s lieutenants, Joe Lewis and Conrad Riggs, were also let go shortly after his departure. Price has yet to issue a statement on the allegation.
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Source: USA Today