Film producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexually harassing or assaulting more than 75 women. Allegations by Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan and others led the 65-year-old Hollywood producer to be ousted from The Weinstein Co. and removed from upcoming projects. More women and men were encouraged to come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment, using the hashtag #MeToo. Weinstein admitted “mistakes” in October and checked into a treatment center for behavioral issues including sex addiction.
Costume designer Susan Bertram told The Hollywood Reporter on Nov. 8 that “Prison Break” star Robert Knepper sexually assaulted her on the set of a film in 1992. Bertram says she was hired to work on “Gas Food Lodging,” and Knepper allegedly reached under her dress in his trailer and grabbed her crotch “as hard as he could.” Knepper, who’s also known for “Transporter 3,” “Jack Reacher,” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” has denied the allegations saying: “I am shocked and devastated to be falsely accused of violence against a woman.”
Ben Affleck was accused of groping MTV host Hilarie Burton during a 2003 appearance on “Total Request Live.” The “Justice League” actor apologized on Twitter: “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize.” He has also condemned film producer Harvey Weinstein and vowed to donate all residuals from films produced by Weinstein, Miramax, and The Weinstein Co.
Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman was accused of sexual harassment by Anna Graham Hunter when she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of the 1985 TV movie “Death of a Salesman.” Hoffman apologized in a statement on Nov. 1: “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.” Hoffman, 80, has since been accused of making unwanted advances on “Genius” producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis when she was a playwright in her 20s
“Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick has been accused of raping “Ladies Like Us” actress Kristina Cohen. The latter wrote on Facebook Monday, Nov. 6, that the 30-year-old British actor held her down and sexually assaulted her at his home three years ago. “I was woken up abruptly by Ed on top of me, his fingers entering my body. 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 f— me,” she wrote. Westwick, also famous for his roles in “Children of Men,” “Romeo & Juliet” and “J. Edgar,” has denied knowing Cohen and said “I have never committed rape,” shortly before a second actress accused Westwick of rape on Nov. 8.
Julianna Margulies has accused Steven Seagal of making her uncomfortable in a hotel room meeting, showing her a gun and propositioning her for a “massage.” The actress, 23 at the time, says she was never raped or harmed, but had to “squirm my way out.” On Nov. 8, actress Portia de Rossi described a similar audition for Seagal in his office, where he allegedly told her “how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather pants.” Jenny McCarthy added Nov. 9 that Seagal repeatedly asked her to get naked during a private audition for “Under Siege 2.” Seagal has not responded to the allegations.
Two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey has been fired from “House of Cards” after sexual allegations made against him by fellow actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26. Spacey, 58, said he didn’t recall the Rapp incident, but said he may have been drunk in a statement where he also announced he was publicly coming out as gay.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
Other men have also accused Spacey, including former “House of Cards” crew members, filmmaker Tony Montana, actor Rob Cavazos and Richard Dreyfuss’ son Harry Dreyfuss. On Oct. 31, Netflix announced it would shut down production on “House of Cards.” Spacey has since entered a treatment facility. Massachusetts police announced Nov. 8 that they’re investigating another claim that Spacey groped an ex-TV anchor’s 18-year-old son at a Nantucket restaurant in 2016.
Louis C.K. canceled the Nov. 9 premiere of his new film “I Love You, Daddy” in New York due to “unexpected circumstances.” Later that afternoon, The New York Times published a report accusing the comedian of sexual harassment toward five women, including comedians Dana Min Goodman, Abby Schachner, Julia Wolov, Rebecca Corry, who say the Louis masturbated in front of them. HBO says it has pulled all of C.K.’s past comedy specials from the network and removed him from the upcoming “Night of Too Many Stars.” In a statement Nov. 10, he said the accusations are true: “There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for.”