Since the New York Times rocked Hollywood with its explosive exposé recounting what it characterized as a decades-long pattern of sexual harassment and abuse of women by film producer Harvey Weinstein. several weeks later, it’s clear that if his accusers were hoping to shine a light on the once-winked-at issue of sexual harassment in Tinseltown, they’ve certainly done it.
Since that initial story, the Weinstein scandal has dominated headlines both inside the industry and outside of it. Hundreds of additional women have come forward to accuse Weinstein and any number of other Hollywood powerbrokers of misconduct, blowing the lid off the town’s casting couch culture.
Below, find a listing of celebrities accused of inappropriate behavior in the wake of the Weinstein scandal. Some of them work in Hollywood, some don’t. Some have apologized, some have denied the claims against them.
You can also expect this list to grow — because the Harvey Weinstein story appears to be well on its way from being a scandal to being a movement.
Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women, according to a new report from The New York Times.
All five of his accusers worked with C.K. in some capacity, whether as aspiring comedians or on the sets of TV shows. They all made similar allegations against C.K, detailing incidents in which he asked to masturbate in front of them — or physically did so without their consent.
Two women, Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, said C.K. masturbated in front of them following a show in Aspen, Colorado in 2002. Goodman and Wolov said C.K. invited them back to his hotel after seeing their set at a comedy festival and then asked if he could masturbate in front of them. “He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating,” Goodman alleged.
Another woman, Abby Schachner, said she could hear C.K. masturbating as they spoke on the phone in 2003. She had called to invite him to a show, but things took a turn as he began describing his sexual fantasies to her. C.K. later acknowledged the incident in a message he sent to her on Facebook. “Last time I talked to you ended in a sordid fashion,” he wrote. “That was a bad time in my life and I’m sorry.”
The Weinstein case was the impetus for the recent flood of accusations against men in Hollywood, but a whole new dimension was added when actor Anthony Rapp went public with his claim on Oct. 27 that Oscar winner Kevin Spacey make sexual advances toward him years ago — when Rapp was just 14 years old.
After Rapp’s story emerged, two more men shared their stories of what they said was inappropriate behavior directed toward them by Spacey.
On Oct. 30, actress Arianne Belamar said “Wisdom of the Crowd” actor Jeremy Piven groped her several years ago on the set of his former show, “Entourage,” and at the Playboy mansion.
On Nov. 1, The Los Angeles Times published a story in which six women accused “Rush Hour” and “X-Men: The Last Stand” director Brett Ratner of “a range of sexual harassment and misconduct that allegedly took place in private homes, on movie sets or at industry events.”
Ratner’s attorney, Martin Singer, disputed the accounts.
This week, two women shared stories of aggressive and unwanted sexual contact with Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman.
In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter,Anna Graham Hunter said Hoffman repeatedly groped her and “talked about sex in front of me” while she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of a TV adaptation of “Death of a Salesman” in 1985.
The longtime political journalist was let go by MSNBC and other organizations after stories emerged indicating he engaged in a pattern of workplace sexual harassment while working with ABC News several years ago.
In the immediate wake of the Weinstein scandal, Affleck was among a number of men who spoke out in condemnation of the movie mogul. That prompted the resurfacing of a video in which Affleck, during a 2003 appearance on MTV’s “Total Request Live” grabbed the breast of host Hilarie Burton while on the air.
According to The Hollywood Reporter in an Oct. 31 story, comic actor Andy Dick was fired from the feature film “Raising Buchanan” after becoming the subject of accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct on the set of the indie comedy.
“Two sources detailed Dick’s inappropriate behavior, which included groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions of at least four members of the production,” the THR story said. For his part, Dick “vehemently denied groping claims, (but) said it’s possible that he licked people and he confirmed that he did make advances on others.”
A woman accused the Republican Senate candidate from Alabama of sexually assaulting her when she was 14 and he was in his 30s. Leigh Corfman said Moore kissed, undressed and fondled her. Three other women said Moore also came on to them when they were teens, the Washington Post reported. Moore, 70, denied the claims.
The “Under Siege” actor, 65, has been accused of sexual harassment by several actresses including Portia de Rossi, Julianna Margulies and Jenny McCarthy as well as an “Inside Edition” reporter. Rossi tweeted he “unzipped his leather pants” in front of her under the guise that they needed to have “chemistry off-screen.”
By Chaunce Haydin