After the allegations against Harvey Weinstein came to light, many survivors of sexual assault and harassment have come forward, outing powerful men across industries. In what seems like a watershed moment against sexual misconduct, these men are being named and held accountable.
Here are the famous men who have been accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s case.
1. George H.W. Bush
Actress Heather Lind recently came forward stating former President George H.W. Bush groped her while they posed for a picture together. Lind claimed the 41st President of the U.S. groped her twice and told a dirty joke. Since then, actress Jordana Grolnick and novelist Christina Baker Kline have made similar allegations.
A spokesperson for the former president released a statement saying,
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.
Next: Someone very close to Harvey Weinstein
2. Bob Weinstein
Amanda Segel, a producer on Spike’s The Mist, accused Bob Weinstein of sexual assault. She alleged that the younger brother of Harvey Weinstein continually propositioned her and only stopped once her lawyers threatened him. Weinstein is strongly refuting the allegations.
Next: A man who calls himself Batman
3. Ben Affleck
In 2003, actress Hilarie Burton was a host on the ever-popular MTV series Total Request Live. During one of the shows, Ben Affleck was a guest, and he groped Burton’s breast on camera. After the allegations against Weinstein went public, the footage of the awful incident resurfaced.
A fan of the One Tree Hill alum brought up the event, and Burton replied, “I didn’t forget.” She then retweeted the video with the caption, “Girls. I’m so impressed with you brave ones. I had to laugh back then so I wouldn’t cry. Sending love.” In response, the Justice League star apologized to Burton via Twitter saying, “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton, and I sincerely apologize.” However, it all seems too little, too late.
Next: Another Affleck
4. Casey Affleck
Ben Affleck’s younger brother Casey Affleck’s sexual misconduct allegations came to light last year. But it did not stop him from winning the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Manchester By the Sea.
In 2010, two women who worked with Affleck on his film I’m Still Here, including cinematographer Magdalena Gorka, filed sexual assault lawsuits against him. One woman claimed he came into her hotel room and climbed into her bed without her consent. The other woman alleged the 41-year-old, “violently grabbed [her] arm in an effort to intimidate her into staying” in his hotel room with him. Though Affleck denies the allegations, he settled both cases out of court for an undisclosed amount.
Next: An actor who began as a lowly graduate
5. Dustin Hoffman
Another iconic actor, Dustin Hoffman, heard from two women concerning unwanted sexual advances. Writer Anna Graham Hunter stated that Hoffman groped her multiple times and “talked about sex in front of me” when she interned on the set of Death of a Salesman. The Rain Man actor also faced allegations from TV writer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis, who told Variety that she was propositioned by him in a 1991 meeting.
Hoffman responded with an apology: “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”
Next: A prominent chef
6. John Besh
Sexual misconduct pertains to more than the film and TV industry. Allegations against New Orleans celebrity chef John Besh also surfaced recently. NOLA.com reported that over 25 women have accused him of sexual harassment.
Besh owns over 12 restaurants in NOLA and employs more than one thousand people. The James Beard Award winner has since left his company, Besh Resturant Group. Although he did not address the allegations, he did admit to engaging in a “consensual affair” with an employee. He added, “[I] sincerely apologize to anyone past and present who has worked for me who found my behavior as unacceptable as I do.”
Next: A political journalist
7. Mark Halperin
News recently broke that NBC veteran political journalist Mark Halperin made unwanted sexual advances toward at least five women throughout his career. CNN reported that Halperin allegedly groped several women, forcibly kissed them, and pressed his genitals against them.
Halperin apologized for “inappropriate behavior,” but he denies any non-consensual acts. He told CNN, “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.”
NBC has since parted ways with Halperin.
Next: A former HBO star
8. Jeremy Piven
Entourage star Jeremy Piven faced two accusations this fall. Actress Arianne Belamar said he groped her on the set of Entourage as well as at the Playboy mansion. Another actress Cassidy Freeman explained via Instagram that she experienced a sexual interaction with Piven, which she did not invite or encourage. She called it “predatory behavior.”
Piven responded to Deadline in a statement reading, “I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen. It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories, and my hope is that the allegations about me that didn’t happen, do not detract from stories that should be heard.”
Next: The head of Amazon Studios
9. Roy Price
After Weinstein, Roy Price became the next major entertainment mogul to receive accusations of sexual misconduct. Isa Hackett, a producer of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle, told The Hollywood Reporter that Rice repeatedly made sexual comments toward her during San Diego Comic-Con in 2015. She even reported his behavior to the studio. Price resigned from his job as the head of Amazon Studios shortly after the report surfaced.
Next: A House of Cards actor
10. Kevin Spacey
Recently, Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp told BuzzFeed that in 1986, when he was just 14, a 26-year-old Kevin Spacey climbed on top of him and made inappropriate sexual advances toward him. Once the story broke, Spacey immediately apologized for his behavior, but said he did not remember the incident. He blamed being inebriated if it did happen. He also took the opportunity to come out as gay:
This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.
The allegations toward Spacey and his choice to come out at this time horrified many. Covering up his predatory behavior using his sexuality is problematic. Netflix halted production on Spacey’s long-running series House of Cards for its sixth and final season, and the International Academy of Awards said it will no longer honor him with the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award.
Next: A Nickelodeon animator
11. Chris Savino
At least a dozen women, including Anne Walker Farrell, a director on Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, accused The Loud House creator and animator Chris Savino of sexual harassment. The various allegations include unwanted advances, inappropriate behavior, and blacklisting women at work if they didn’t accept his advances. After the news was reported, Nickelodeon swiftly fired Savino.
He released a statement saying, “I am deeply sorry, and I am ashamed. Although it was never my intention, I now understand that the impact of my actions and my communications created an uncomfortable environment.”
Next: An actor with a history of erratic, sexual behavior
12. Andy Dick
Actor and comedian Andy Dick lost out on a second movie in recent months due to sexual misconduct. A crew member from the first film alleges that Dick sexually assaulted her and seemed intoxicated. While filming his more recent film Raising Buchanan, Dick was fired for allegedly “groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions of at least four members of the production,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dick responded saying, “My middle name is ‘misconduct.’ They know what they signed up for.” He said he “didn’t touch anyone’s genitals,” but explained, “Of course I’m going to proposition people. I’m single, depressed, lonely and trying to get a date. They can just say no, and they probably did and then I was done.”
It seems like Dick’s history of inappropriate conduct caught up with him. Another example happened on Jimmy Kimmel Live! when Dick appeared on the same show as Ivanka Trump. He groped her multiple times and Kimmel eventually had him dragged off stage.
Next: Allegations against a director going back 40 years
13. James Toback
Since Oct. 22, 2017, over 300 women have accused director and screenwriter James Toback of inappropriate sexual behavior. The Los Angeles Times published a sweeping investigation dating back four decades alleging that the director dry humped them, masturbated in front of them, asked them to remove their clothes, and so forth.
The LAPD is still fielding calls related to the allegations. Toback told Rolling Stone the allegations are “pathetic lies.”
Next: A Vox Media executive
14. Lockhart Steele
— CNN (@CNN) October 22, 2017
Lockhart Steele served as the editorial director of Vox Media until a former employee accused him of sexual assault. Web developer Eden Rohatensky shared her story on Medium, saying she was assaulted while working for a company she no longer works for. She didn’t name Vox Media, but the company looked into it.
Vox Media quickly terminated him, and the former CEO released a statement saying, “Lock admitted engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and will not be tolerated at Vox Media. Our investigation into issues raised by a former employee in a post on Medium continues.”
Next: The creator of Screen Junkies and Honest Trailers
15. Andy Signore
Andy Signore was Defy Media’s Senior Vice President and the man behind Screen Junkies and the Honest Trailers. Shortly after Weinstein’s allegations went public, Emma Bowers (a former intern) and April Dawn came forward.
Bowers stated that Signore made lewd comments toward her and masturbated to her photos, while Dawn alleged that Signore tried to assault her multiple times. Defy Media fired Signore on Oct. 8, 2017.
Next: The head of CBS’ Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase
16. Rick Najera
Writer and producer Rick Najera spent 13 years heading CBS network’s annual Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase. However, CBS cut ties with him after learning that he had sexually harassed performers over the years. A spokesperson for CBS told Variety:
In March 2017, CBS became aware of inappropriate comments made during the production of the Diversity Comedy Showcase, and remedial action was taken at that time, which the company felt was appropriate to the matter. Subsequent information has recently emerged. After looking into these reports and a discussion with Mr. Najera, he has resigned from his role with the Diversity Comedy Showcase.
Next: A mega-popular photographer
17. Terry Richardson
Though he’s photographed nearly everyone in entertainment and fashion, Terry Richardson has been plagued with sexual misconduct allegations for years. After the Weinstein allegations, Condé Nast International decided they’d had enough of Richardson. The company whose magazines include Vogue, Vanity Fair, and GQ officially blacklisted the photographer. Richardson, of course, denied any wrongdoing.
Next: The creators of Barstool Van Talk
18. Dave Portnoy
After only one week on air, ESPN abruptly canceled the new series Barstool Van Talk, hosted by Dan Katz and PFT Commenter, due to comments the Barstool Sports founder had previously made about an ESPN personality. In 2014, Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports, called ESPN’s Sam Ponder a “bible-thumping freak” and “a chick that has a job where the No. 1 requirement is you make men hard.”
ESPN president John Skipper said in a statement, “Effective immediately, I am canceling Barstool Van Talk. While we had approval on the content of the show, I erred in assuming we could distance our efforts from the Barstool site and its content.”
[Correction, 11/13/17: An earlier version of this article incorrectly attributed the comments above to Dan Katz and PFT Commenter. The comments were actually made by Dave Portnoy.]
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Additional reporting by Ali Harrison.
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