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In October, when the New York Times and New Yorker published accounts of numerous women saying they were sexually abused by Harvey Weinstein, no one would have guessed it would lead to a floodgate opening of women and men coming forward to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.
From media to entertainment to the restaurant industry and beyond, individuals are recounting the helpless and prevalent power dynamics that kept them silent until the #MeToo movement opened their eyes to how widespread these attacks were. With more names being revealed on a near daily basis, these are the high-profile people who have been accused of sexual assault and harassment.
Men accused of sexual assault and harassment
The New York Times and the New Yorker published reports in October detailing years of abuse—including rape, harassment, and assault—that actresses and employees allegedly suffered at the hands of the movie mogul. In each encounter, various women detailed how Harvey Weinstein would invite them to his hotel room under work-related pretenses and then proposition them for sexual favors to advance their career. By the end of October, over 83 women had come forward with allegations against Weinstein who is currently under investigation by the Los Angeles and New York police departments.
Andy Signore, creator of Screen Junkies and Honest Trailers, was fired by Defy Media Oct. 8 after multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual harassment and one case of sexual assault. April Dawn shared in a tweet on Oct. 6 that she had told Defy Media’s HR department in August that Signore tried to sexually assault her multiple times and threatened to get her boyfriend, who worked for Screen Junkies, fired if she told anyone. Emma Bowers, a former intern of Signore’s, and Devin Murphy both shared incidents of sexual harassment from Signore.
In a series of tweets on Oct. 10, Terry Crews revealed that a high-level Hollywood executive groped his genitals at a Hollywood party hosted by Adam Sandler in 2016. The actor later revealed that executive to be Adam Venit. Venit was temporarily suspended by WME Entertainment but was reinstated after an internal probe unveiled no misconduct according to the agency. Crews has since dropped WME from representing him and is suing his former agency and Venit.
Less than a day after he released a statement condemning the alleged sexual harassment carried out by Harvey Weinstein, Ben Affleck came under fire for similar actions. Former Total Request Live host Hilarie Burton—and many who witnessed the episode—said Affleck groped her on-air in 2003. Hours after Affleck apologized for for that incident, Makeup artist Annamarie Tendler accused the actor of touching her inappropriately at a party in 2014. When asked about the accusations on The Late Show, Affleck said he didn’t remember the incidents but he apologized.
Lars von Trier
Icelandic musician Björk said an unnamed Danish film director harassed her while she was working on his film. Lars von Trier worked with Bjork on the 2000 film Dancer in the Dark and denied the accusations, according to Variety. Producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen added he felt all the men on set were victims of Bjork instead.
Loud House showrunner Chris Savino was fired from Nickelodeon after dozens of women came forward allegations of sexual harassment. Cartoon Brew reported that Savino was often inappropriate with his female staff, with acts ranging from “unwanted sexual advances to threats of industry blacklisting after the end of consensual relationships with co-workers.” This behavior dated back at least a decade, according to Cartoon Brew. Savino was suspended by Viacom on Oct. 17, followed by his firing two days later.
Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, resigned from his post Oct. 17 after he was suspended the previous week on grounds of sexual harassment. Executive producer Isa Hackett told the Hollywood Reporter that Price relentlessly propositioned her in 2015 during ongoing promotions for The Man in the High Castle. Hackett filed a complaint immediately after the incident, which led to an investigation, but no formal action was taken against Price at the time.
Vox Media Editorial Director Lockhart Steele was fired after an internal investigation brought forth accounts of multiple instances of sexual misconduct, according to Variety. A Medium blog post written by Eden Rohatensky, who worked at Vox Media from 2014 to 2015, described harassment she experienced by Steele.
Tech blogger and evangelist Robert Scoble resigned from his mixed reality company Transformation Group Oct. 23 after allegations surfaced on Oct. 20—first in a blog post from journalist Quinn Norton, then by several women who came forward—that he was propositioning women for sex and groping them.
Celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from his company, Besh Restaurant Group, after a joint investigation between the Times-Picayune and NOLA.com revealed that over 25 women were sexually harassed while working for his company. From comments on their physical appearance to questions about the sex life, the women described how their male employees misbehavior received no reprimands and Besh himself was accused of assaulting one woman. Besh acknowledged the allegations, apologizing for his “moral failings” after stepping down.
The Los Angeles Times published an article on Oct. 22 featuring over 38 women that shared that director James Toback had sexually harassed them. That number swelled to over 200 personal accounts over the next few days with each women accounting a similar pattern: Toback would approach them while out and about, promise he could make them famous, and then lure them to his room or place under the pretense of an interview or audition.
Once in they were in his room, he would ask them sexually charged questions before dry-humping them or masturbating in front of them.
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Leon Wieseltier, former literary editor of the New Republic and contributing editor to the Atlantic, was accused of “workplace misconduct” in late October. The allegations halted the publication of Wieseltier’s forthcoming culture magazine, which was set to launch at the end of the month, the publication’s financial backer said in a statement. Wieseltier was named—along with more than five dozen other men who work in journalism or publishing—on an anonymous spreadsheet titled “SHITTY MEDIA MEN” that circulated in national media outlets.
Publisher of Artforum, Knight Landesman, resigned from his position in the wake of a lawsuit alleging he sexually harassed at least nine women, according to the New York Times. After his resignation, thousands of artists signed an open letter condemning sexual harassment and vowed to call out perpetrators of sexual inequity in the art industry.
Political journalist Mark Halperin was fired Oct. 25 from MSNBC’s Morning Joe and NBC News after CNN released a story detailing instances of sexual harassment against female employees. Five women, who worked in various capacities with Halperin at ABC News, reported that the newscaster would proposition female employees for sex, kiss them without consent, and grabbed one woman’s breasts without her consent during his tenure as a political director at ABC News.
George H. W. Bush
Actresses Heather Lind and Jordana Grolnick both alleged that George H.W. Bush groped them on the butt while taking photos with him. Author Christina Baker Kline published a piece for Slate alleging that Bush also groped her during a photo op at the 2014 Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy fundraiser.
E! News senior correspondent Ken Baker—ironically, an outspoken critic of disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein—was accused by two women of sexual harassment and is under investigation at the cable network, according to the Los Angeles Times. A former E! News employee alleged that Baker invited her to sit on his lap after calling her into his dimly lit office in 2012 and a former E! News intern alleged that Baker repeatedly propositioned her for sex over the years. Baker will not appear on the air while the company investigates the allegations, according to Variety.
Variety broke the news at the end of October that writer and producer Rick Najera was fired from his role heading CBS’ long-running, annual Diversity Sketch Comedy showcase in response to allegations that he made inappropriate comments to performers. Najera later released a statement that said he was heartbroken that his program was being used against him and essentially said the allegations were false.
Condé Nast, Porter, Hearst Magazines, Bulgari, Diesel and Valentino all announced they would no longer be working fashion photographer Terry Richardson in the wake of the exposés on Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo. Allegations have followed the fashion photographer for nearly two decades and he has previously blacklisted once before making a comeback in 2014.
Hamilton Fish, the president and publisher of the New Republic, resigned from his position just days after the organization launched an investigation into his treatment of female employees, according to the Washington Post. Fish allegedly put his hands around the neck of a female colleague when he worked for the Nation Institute a decade ago.
Reality TV star and Playmate Ariane Bellamar told People Piven groped her on the Entourage set and at the Playboy Mansion, where he cornered her and “forcefully fondled [her] bum [and] breasts.”
On Nov. 9, Tiffany Bacon Scourby told the magazine that Piven forced himself on her and began rubbing his genitals against her body before ejaculating on her.
Actress Cassidy Freeman also made a post referencing Piven and alluded to a similar incident, ending the post with “I hope from now on, you keep it in your pants and you never get to do it again.”
Andy Dick was dropped from the independent feature film Raising Buchanan following accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct on set. Two sources told the Hollywood Reporter he groped people’s genitals, gave unwanted kisses, licked people and made sexual propositions to at least four members of the production. Dick confirmed he was let go from his small role in the film, though he denied the groping claims. He said, however, it’s possible that he licked people and he confirmed that he did make advances on others.
On Oct. 30, Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp told BuzzFeed News that Spacey made an unwanted sexual advance on Rapp in 1986 when he was just 14 years old. Spacey denied the allegation and used the moment to come out as gay. Since then, more than a dozen men have come forward to say the actor sexually harassed or abused them, with many insiders calling Spacey’s predatory behavior an open secret in Hollywood.
Netflix postponed production of season 6 of House of Cards indefinitely in light of the sexual abuse allegations. On Dec. 4, the show confirmed that it would continue onward without Spacey, and with Robin Wright in the lead role.
NPR placed Michael Oreskes, the head of its news department, on indefinite leave after two women said he made unwanted physical contact with them while he was employed by another news organization nearly two decades ago, according to the Washington Post. Both female journalists said he abruptly kissed them while they were working at the New York Times, where he was Washington bureau chief.
On Nov. 1, the Los Angeles Times published the stories of six women who said Hollywood director Brett Ratner had displayed “aggressive, abusive, and unwanted sexual behavior.” In the report, actress Olivia Munn said when she visited Ratner on the set of his 2004 film After the Sunset, he masturbated in front of her in his trailer while holding a shrimp cocktail. Warner Brothers said it’s reviewing a $450 million deal with Ratner’s company in light of the allegations.
Kirt Webster, the Nashville-based publicist representing Dolly Parton, Hank Williams Jr. and Kid Rock, was accused of sexual assault by a former musical client, Austin Rick, a North Carolina native who performed under the name Austin Cody on Oct. 27, according to Rolling Stone. In his post, Rick said Webster sexual assaulted and drugged him and coerced him into performing sexual acts. Scott Adkins, the former vice president of publicity for Webster PR, confirmed his exit from the company.
Writer and producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis told Variety that in 1991, when she was trying to get her play A Darker Purpose adapted for the screen, she took two meetings with Hoffman and Tootsie writer Murray Schisgal. In the second meeting, Hoffman allegedly said, “Before you start, let me ask you one question, Wendy. Have you ever been intimate with a man over 40?” He added that “It would be a whole new body to explore,” and attempted to get her to go to a nearby hotel. When she declined, Schisgal said they weren’t interested in her play.
Another woman, Anna Graham Hunter, said Hoffman sexually harassed her when she was a 17-year-old production assistant on the TV adaptation of Death of a Salesman. In a column for the Hollywood Reporter, she detailed his behavior on set, which included asking Hunter for foot massages, grabbing her butt, and telling her he wanted a “hard-boiled egg… and a soft-boiled clitoris” for breakfast.
Ted actress Jessica Barth said that Primary Wave co-CEO David Guillod drugged her at a dinner in 2012 and then sexually assaulted her, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Following the November publication of the accusation, Guillod took a leave of absence from Primary Wave, which he joined in 2015.
Actress, singer, and comedian Melissa Schuman said in heartbreaking post on her personal blog that Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter raped her when she was 18. A few weeks earlier, Radar published a story about Carter sexually assaulting a different woman.
After the New York Times reported that art director Benjamin Genocchio has been accused by women of inappropriate remarks and unwanted touching, he was removed from his position as executive director of the Armory Show, according to Art News. In total, five women said Genocchio groped them in some fashion, eight said that he had abused them verbally, and 11 more said they had witnessed or heard about such instances occurring in the workplace.
Amazon Studios is currently investigating Jeffrey Tambor for sexual assault and harassment. His assistant, Van Barnes, who first mentioned the incident in a leaked private Facebook post, filed complaints that Tambor repeatedly propositioned her, groped her, and made lewd comments while she was working for Amazon on the set of Transparent. Actress Trace Lysette came forward with her own allegations Nov. 16 that Tambor pinned her against the wall and began to “thrust back and forth against” her body, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The series stopped production during the investigation and has since resumed without Tambor.
Two women—including actress Kristina Cohen—said former Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick raped them. Westwick responded to both claims, saying he didn’t know the women and denied the accusations.
In light of the allegations, the BBC announced that it was suspending the debut of Ordeal by Innocence, a new television series starring Westwick, until the investigations conducted by LAPD were resolved.
Five women said comedian Louis C.K. subjected them to sexual misconduct, making public rumors that have followed one of the country’s most popular comedians for the past several years. In many of the cases, the women accused C.K. of attempting to or actually masturbating in front of them. A day after the New York Times article, C.K. confirmed the reports. The Orchard—which purchased I Love You, Daddy at the Toronto International Film Festival—canceled the New York premiere of the film in anticipation of the Times story that was about to drop. Hours after the story went live, HBO announced that it was severing ties with Louis C.K. for an upcoming special and that his previous projects—which include Lucky Louie and a comedy special titled Oh My God—would be taken off its services.
Screenwriter Kater Gordon, who formerly wrote for Mad Men, told the Information that showrunner Matthew Weiner said told her that “she owed it to him to let him see her naked.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, Weiner and Gordon were working on a script together at the production office in 2008 when Weiner made the comment. Gordon started off as a personal assistant to Weiner, followed by promotions to writing assistant then staff writer before Weiner ultimately let her go and decided not to renew her contract for season four of the series.
Amid Roy Moore’s campaign to be elected as senator for Alabama, reports surfaced that he allegedly had sexual relations with multiple minors, including a 14-year-old when he was 32 years old. Moore and his Republican constituents have claimed that the accusations are merely conspiracies created by liberal LGBTQ people. Prior to the Dec. 12 election, President Trump confirmed his support of Moore, regardless of these allegations. He was defeated by Democrat Doug Jones by a narrow margin.
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Warner Bros. suspended executive producer and Flash showrunner Andrew Kreisberg after reports of sexual harassment surfaced in mid-November. Although Kreisberg maintains he did nothing wrong, staff told Variety that he inappropriately touched members of his staff, kissed women without their permission, and made “sexualized comments” about women based on their clothing and appearance—including the suggestion that he hired women based on their looks.
DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza forced himself on three women and was able to keep his job, according to a report by BuzzFeed News. The women said Berganza tried to forcibly kiss them in separate incidents in the early 2000s. Although the women claim DC Comics has had a high tolerance for Berganza’s behavior in the past, the company fired him after these allegations were made public.
Elizabeth Perkins called out James Woods by name on a “#MeToo” sign at the Take Back the Workplace protest march in Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles Times. Earlier this year in September, actress Amber Tamblyn accused Woods of trying to pick up her and a friend in Las Vegas when she was 16.
On Nov. 13, former show writer Michelle Furtney-Goodman, actress Hilarie Burton, and 17 other cast members from One Tree Hill sent a letter to Variety about showrunner Mark Schwahn’s history of sexual harassment. In a follow-up story, Variety detailed multiple accounts of Schwahn inappropriately touching, forcing women into “uncomfortable” positions among other deeds that made the set uncomfortable for women staffers.
On Nov. 18, Hilarie Burton shared her own account with People, citing multiple inappropriate late-night phone calls from Schwahn, being sexually assaulted by him at a concert he invited her to, and two separate instances where he forcibly kissed her without consent. Schwahn has currently been suspended from the set of Royals.
Actor Tom Sizemore was told to leave a Utah film set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress told her mother that he had touched her genitals, the Hollywood Reporter reported. Sizemore later returned to reshoots in Malibu after her parents declined to press charges and the incident had never been revealed publicly until October. The now 26-year-old former actress declined to comment about the experience but did say she recently hired a lawyer to explore legal action against the actor as well as her parents.
In November, actress Aurora Perrineau filed a police report against Girls writer Murray Miller for sexual assault. The actress said Miller raped her in 2012, and that she woke up to the writer on top of her “having sexual intercourse without her consent.” Showrunner Lena Dunham faced serious backlash for defending Miller, which she later apologized for. The Los Angeles Police Department is currently investigating the allegation.
Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson left his firm in November after an internal investigation uncovered a pattern of deception with women, including extramarital affairs with women he professional relationships with, according to USA Today. Women anonymously told the publication that their sexual relationships with Jurvetson were consensual, but one said they were unaware of the other relationships until several of them met in March 2015 at a TED conference in Vancouver.
On Nov. 20, 8 women told the Washington Post that Charlie Rose sexually harassed them by exposing himself, groping them, and making lewd calls. CBS and PBS cut ties with the CBS This Morning co-host the next day. Following the news, Rose said he was “greatly embarrassed” and made a public apology to the victims.
On Nov. 20, Vox reported that New York Times White House correspondent Glenn Thrush made bad judgement calls around female journalists. Three women said Thrush had made unwanted contact or advances toward them, including the author of the piece. After the story was published, the newspaper suspended Thrush while it conducts an investigation.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) was accused by seven women of sexual misconduct. The allegations began originally when Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles news anchor, said Franken had taken a photo of her in 2006 where he grabbed her chest, smiling, and posing for the camera, as she was asleep. While Franken has maintained that he doesn’t think he did anything wrong, on Dec. 7, he agreed to step down from his role in the Senate to avoid causing a distraction from other issues.
Pixar Chief John Lasseter was accused by inside sources in the animation community of sexual harassment—including grabbing, unwanted kissing, and making comments about physical attributes—according to the Hollywood Reporter. While the publication’s primary anecdote that Rashida Jones left Toy Story 4 because of Lasseter’s sexual misconduct was proven to be false by Jones herself, Lasseter announced a six-month leave of absence from Pixar because of “missteps” with employees.
On Nov. 29, NBC fired Today co-host Matt Lauer after a co-worker filed a complaint against Lauer for sexual misconduct that started during the 2014 Winter Olympics and continued for several months. A few hours later, Variety published a report detailing a history of sexual misconduct from Lauer against his female colleagues. Over 10 accounts from various women detail how Lauer would make lewd comments, flash his penis, and even used a button under his desk to lock women in his office.
Kentucky’s House Speaker Jeff Hoover stepped down from his position after he acknowledged he was one of four Republican lawmakers who had secretly settled allegations of sexual harassment made this fall by a legislative employee, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. State Rep. C. Wesley Morgan (R) filed a resolution on Dec. 4 to oust Hoover from the legislature all together, and now 67 members must vote to have him removed.
On Dec. 4, singer Timothy Heller posted on Twitter that former Voice contestant Melanie Martinez raped her. Heller detailed how Martinez, who she called her “best friend,” repeatedly propositioned her before touching her breasts, performing oral sex on the singer, and penetrating her with a sex toy without her consent. Martinez denied the allegations, saying they were consensual.
Four women accused That 70s Show star Danny Masterson of rape, including the wife of At the Drive-In frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala. Bixler tweeted in November that Masterson, a Scientologist, was escaping rape charges because of the church’s influence. In early December, Netflix announced Masterson had been written off comedy series The Ranch.
TMZ reported on Dec. 7 it had obtained a lawsuit filed against Bryan Singer by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman saying that Singer forced him to perform oral sex and then raped him in 2003. When he was 17, Sanchez-Guzman said he met Singer in Seattle and was invited to a tour of the yacht where he says Singer forced himself onto him. Previously, Singer was removed from his directorial position over Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and FOX has cut ties with his production company.
Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on Dec. 7 for possessing child pornography from 2003 to 2016. During his trial, he confessed to using his position “to sexually abuse underage girls” according to CNN. As investigations were ongoing, more than 140 women and girls—including Olympic gymnasts McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas, and Aly Raisman—said that Nassar sexually abused them while serving as team doctor.
In a statement to Eater on Dec. 11, renowned restaurateur Mario Batali announced he is stepping away from Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group for an unspecified duration of time after four women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. He will, however, remain owner of his individual restaurants. ABC has also asked the chef to leave daytime show The Chew, of which Batali has been a co-host since 2011.
After one woman filed a formal complaint against Batali in October, other women came forward during Eater’s investigation. The reports against Batali detail a two-decade history of the famous chef inappropriately touching women, including groping their breasts, grabbing them from behind, holding them tightly against his body, and compelling one individual to straddle him.
Batali did not deny the allegations, stating “much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family.”
On Dec. 12, the Daily Beast reported that the New Yorker fired political journalist Ryan Lizza amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Although the magazine declined to comment on the nature of the allegations, a spokesperson told the Daily Beast that they reviewed the matter and “as a result, have severed ties with Lizza.”
In a separate statement, Lizza said he is “dismayed that the New Yorker has decided to characterize a respectful relationship with a woman I dated as somehow inappropriate” and denies the allegation. The firm representing the victim responded, saying that “his misconduct did not constitute a ‘respectful relationship,’ as he has now tried to characterize it.”
Seven women have accused Bevy Logan, the former Asia Vice President at The Weinstein Co from 2005 to 2009, of sexual harassment and misconduct in a report published on Hong Kong-based investigative news site HK01.
Logan, a close associate of Harvey Weinstein, co-produced Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Sword of Destiny and has worked with the company on multiple films since 2009. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Logan would often try to force himself on women, expose himself, inappropriately touch them, and subjected actresses to naked auditions.
Director Morgan Spurlock, famously known for his documentary Super Size Me published an online confession detailing sexual harassment and rape. On Dec. 13, he posted a link on his Twitter to an online confessional where he admitted he “is part of the problem.”
In the post, he mentions a possible incident of rape and another incident where a former employee, who he called “hot pants” or “sex pants” asked for a settlement after she quit.
PBS suspended television host Tavis Smiley’s late-night talk show after an internal investigation by the broadcasting company revealed “credible allegations” of sexual misconduct according to Variety. From the investigation, witnesses told PBS that they felt “their employment status was linked to the status of a sexual relationship with Smiley.”
More witnesses described that Smiley was verbally abusive and created a threatening environment where workers feared retaliation. On Dec. 13, Smiley denied the allegations in a Facebook post, stating “I have never groped, coerced, or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career, covering 6 networks over 30 years.”
Smiley went on further to lambast PBS for not contacting or informing him of the investigation, calling it “biased and sloppy.”
The hip-hop mogul has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 12 women, including rape. On Dec. 14, public relations industry leader Kelly Cutrone said that Simmons tried to rape her in 1991.
The HGTV star and carpenter was accused of coercing a network makeup artist into oral sex. Kailey Kaminsky, the employee in question, said Oosterhous’ sexual misconduct led to her being fired from HGTV after taking time off to treat her anxiety and depression.
The Hardball host settled a sexual harassment complaint in 1999 when NBC paid off a co-worker who said he made inappropriate workplace comments, according to Politico.
Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.
Danielle Ransom is a journalist who has worked as a researcher for CNN, NBC's KXAN-TV, CBS' KEYE-TV.