All of the Hollywood power players accused of sexual assault or harassment
Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein and Dustin Hoffman have all been hit with claims of sexual harassment or assault.
The rapid fall of media mogul Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey following reports of sexual harassment and assault shook the entertainment world and has prompted the airing of allegations against other Hollywood power players.
Ben Affleck, 45, known for Argo and Good Will Hunting, was accused of groping MTV host Hilarie Burton during a 2003 appearance on Total Request Live. He issued an apology on Oct. 11, tweeting, acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize. His apology came a day after he condemned Weinstein behavior towards women.
Mario Batali, 57, a celebrity chef, was accused of sexual harassment and groping by multiple women. Beginning with an Eater article published on Dec. 11 that detailed multiple allegations against Batali, the chef stepped away from operations at his Batali Bastianich Hospitality Group and was fired from the ABC cooking show, The Chew, with the Food Network scrapping plans to air new episodes of his hit ’90s cooking show, Molto Mario. Batali later issued a controversial apology in his newsletter, owning up to his misconduct against women before ending his message with a recipe for “Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls.”
David Blaine, 44, a magician, faces an allegation of rape from model Natasha Prince, who says the celebrity illusionist assaulted her shortly after she turned 21 in 2004. Prince reported the alleged incident to the Child Abuse and Sexual Offenses Command at London’s Metropolitan Police in November 2016 and it was later referred to Scotland Yard. In September, investigators contacted Blaine’s lawyer, Marty Singer, to request that Blaine travel to the United Kingdom for an interview. Blaine’s attorney denied the claim to the Daily Beast which published Prince’s account in October. There is no statute of limitations on sex crimes in Great Britain.
Nick Carter, 37, a musician and actor who rose to fame as part of the boy band Backstreet Boys, was accused of sexual assault by Melissa Schuman, formerly a member of the pop group Dream. In a Nov. 2 blog post, Schuman alleged the incident happened shortly after they were cast in the 2004 TV movie The Hollow when she was 18 and he was 22. She shared her story wider via Twitter on Nov. 19, using the hashtag MeToo. In a statement to USA TODAY, Carter denied assaulting Schuman and expressed that any interactions were consensual. (Louis Sz 50, an actor and comedian known for his vulgar humor, was accused of sexual misconduct by five woman in an expos published by on Nov. 9. exposed himself and started masturbating in front of her and fellow comedian Julia Wolov in his hotel room during a comedy festival in 2002. masturbating during a phone conversation with him in 2003. Comedian Rebecca Corry claims the comedian asked if he could masturbate in front of her while they were appearing on a television pilot together in 2005; she declined. The anonymous accuser claims she was working in production at The Chris Rock Show in her 20s when the comedian repeatedly ask her to watch him masturbate. 10, admitting to the acts described in the Times piece. “These stories are true,” he wrote. lost a host of jobs, including his gig with the upcoming Secret Life of Pets sequel.
David Copperfield, 61, a magician, has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Brittney Lewis, a then aspiring model who was just 17 at the time of the alleged assault in 1988, she told The Wrap. Lewis says after she competed in a modeling contest in which Copperfield was a judge, Copperfield, then 32, invited her to a show in California and later poured something into her drink in a bar. Lewis says she blacked out, but remembers him taking off her clothing and performing sexual acts on her in a hotel room. A representative for Copperfield had no comment, but on Jan. 24, the illusionist preemptively expressed support for the Me Too movement on. In the same statement, he referenced a time when he was falsely accused of rape, which ended with his accuser being arrested and charged in a separate incident that was strikingly similar to what she said happened to her with Copperfield.
Andy Dick, 51, an actor and comedian (Road Trip), was accused of “groping people 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. On Nov. 1, director Frankie Ingrassia and producer Jed Rhein confirmed to Vulture that Dick was let go from another film on Oct. 18 due to similar behavior. 18. Braudy claims that while working for Douglas’ production company in the late ’80s, he subjected her to sexually charged comments about her appearance and his mistresses, and masturbated in front of her during a private script meeting in his apartment. Douglas told Deadline on Jan. 10 that a former employee had spoken to THR about his alleged harassment, denying Braudy’s account before her article published.
Richard Dreyfuss, 70, of Jaws and Mr. 10. In a statement to the news site, Dreyfuss denied exposing himself to Teich, but admitted that “at the height of my fame in the late 1970s I became an assh , the kind of performative masculine man my father had modeled for me to be. But I am not an assaulter.”
Charles Dutoit, 81, a conductor and artistic director of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, was accused of sexually assault by three opera singers and a classical musician in a report published by The Associated Press Dec. 21, 2017. The New York Times later reported that Dutoit stepped down from his role conducting a series of New York Philharmonic concerts in January following the allegations.
James Franco, 39, an actor known for movies including The Disaster Artist and Pineapple Express, was accused of sexually exploitative behavior by five women in a report published in the Los Angeles Times Jan. 11. Franco’s accusers include four former students, and one who said he was her mentor. Franco’s attorney,
Michael Plonsker, disputed all of the women’s claims in statements to the Times. 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.
David Guillod, a 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 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. She alleges he raped her after luring her back to his Manhattan following a film premiere in 2013. He has filed a countersuit accusing her of extortion. Three other women have since come forward anonymously to The Associated Press to accuse Haggis of rape or other sexual misconduct, in a detailed story published Jan. 5.
Dustin Hoffman, 80, an 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 he groped her and 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, 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, Hoffman’s second accuser, Wendy Riss Gatsiounis came forward, telling Variety that he made verbal advances and tried to convince her to go to a nearby hotel when she was a playwright in her 20s. 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 denied the allegations. “I am outraged and hurt by the recent statements made by Alice about me and our prior relationship, the statement reads. there are many witnesses who can and will confirm that I was never abusive to Alice.
Andrew Kreisberg, 46, executive producer of CW superhero series Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, was fired by Warner Bros., USA TODAY confirmed Nov. 29. The firing comes after he was suspended on Nov. 10 after Variety published a story in which 15 women and four men alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact. At the time, Kreisberg denied any inappropriate touching or massages, telling Variety, have made comments on women 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.
John Lasseter, 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 kissing, making comments about physical attributes.
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Matt Lauer, 59, the TV journalist who co anchored NBC’s Today show for more than 20 years, was fired by NBC on Nov. 29 over a complaint of “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” According to NBC News’ Stephanie Gosk, there are as many as eight accusers, though tallying is difficult as the accounts have been anonymous. “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” Lauer said in a statement following his firing. “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.”
James Levine, 74, a longtime conductor with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, was
suspended pending an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him. The action came in December, a day after the New York Post reported that one of Levine’s accusers claimed he had sexual contact with Levine as a teenager. The New York Times reported similar accounts from two other men with Levine.
Peter Martins, 71, a longtime ballet chief of the New York City Ballet, was removed from teaching at the School of American Ballet while an independent two investigation was conducted into accusations of sexual harassment against him. Martins, asked to respond, said: “The company has already addressed it.”
Benny Medina, 59, a 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 his tongue down my mouth, Dottley alleges in the interview. 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.