It seems that an alleged new sexual predator is uncovered nearly every day in Hollywood. Some major influencers in the industry are facing major sexual misconduct allegations — and there will almost certainly be more names to come.
It’s sadly become a challenge to keep track of who’s been accused of what, by whom, and from what period of time. It’s also a challenge to keep track of who has admitted to what, and who has denied the charges.
While the list may keep growing, the sheer number of names right now speaks volumes about the changing power structure in Hollywood. Many of these incidents happened years or even decades ago — and it is only now that many victims feel safe enough to speak up and tell the truth as they experienced it. Most telling, too, is who has fessed up and/or apologized in these cases. Here are a few of the names and cases that have emerged in recent months and weeks.
Harvey Weinstein.Instances involving the now-disgraced producer are what kicked off so many other revelations about the alleged sexual misconduct of others within Hollywood. Allegations against Weinstein go back as far as decades. He's been accused of everything from sexual harassment to rape.
Dozens of women have gone on the record about this, including actresses Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd and Natassia Malthe.
It sadly appears that Weinstein's behavior and abuse of power was an open secret in the industry. He is now under investigation by authorities in Los Angeles and New York. If even half the allegations against him are true, the only place he belongs is behind bars.
James Toback. Over 300 women have reportedly accused the director of sexual harassment or assault. You read that right: 300 women. Toback claimed in a public statement he is unable to perform sexual acts because of a heart condition, but the women who have spoken out about him say that is nothing but a false defense.
Brett Ratner. Six women went on the record for a recent story for the Los Angeles Times to discuss this director's alleged predatory behavior.
Actress Natasha Henstridge said Ratner forced her to perform oral sex on him when she was just 19 years old. "X-Men: Apocalypse" star Olivia Munn alleged that he pleasured himself in front of her before they'd even met — and then made lewd remarks to her in later years.
Two extras also claimed he offered them bigger parts in movies for sexual favors. Ironically, Brett Ratner described James Toback as one of his closest friends in January to Variety.
Dustin Hoffman. A recent essay in The Hollywood Reporter detailed a woman's experience working on a movie set with Hoffman in 1986.
Anna Graham Hunter alleged that Hoffman harassed her and made her feel uncomfortable by talking openly about potential sexual acts between the two of them. She also said he assaulted her on several occasions.
Hoffman sent out an apology to THR, saying, "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."
Ben Affleck. Assault allegations could not have come at a worse time for the star of the soon to-be-released "Justice League" — but fortunately for him, they all seem to be getting buried under stories of other potential predators in Hollywood.
The actor has been accused by several women of unwanted groping, one of whom he apologized to — probably because there was video footage of the incident.
Roy Price. The head of Amazon Video left his position in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. Those allegations came after actress Rose McGowan also alleged she had told Price of her alleged rape at the hands of Weinstein — and that she was met with resistance and skepticism.
Kevin Spacey. The "House of Cards" star is currently in a heap of trouble. Netflix announced it was ceasing filming on Spacey's popular program indefinitely in the face of multiple accusations of assault and harassment against the star.
The original and worst allegation came from "Star Trek: Discovery" actor Anthony Rapp. This actor alleged that Spacey tried to seduce him when Rapp was only 14 years old and Spacey was 26. The pedophilia charge was only given more weight when Spacey released a confusing and offensive apology in which he denied nothing and officially came out as gay — likely in an effort to distract from the accusations about pedophilia.
Since then, director Tony Montana has accused the star of groping him, and stories from various stage actors allege that Spacey often sexually harassed young men.
Andy Dick. Accusations of groping and sexual harassment are nothing new for the comedian. He was recently fired from a movie set for allegedly groping people, licking them, and propositioning people for sex.
Dick denied only the groping. "I don't grope people anymore. I don't expose myself anymore," Dick said to THR. "I do understand that the temperature in the world right now is delicate." Dick has been arrested for groping in the past.
Licking people, however, would — in many cases — still be considered assault.
Rick Najera. The longtime director of CBS' Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase has been let go from his network due to sexual harassment complaints.
"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," said a CBS spokesperson in a public statement about the departure.
The investigation may have been underway for months, but the actual departure came in the wake of the Weinstein charges, which gave the situation far more press than it likely would have received otherwise.
Tyler Grasham. This former Hollywood agent is currently under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department after actor Tyler Cornell, 20, filed a police report involving accusations of sodomy.
"The incident occurred in early 2017. At this point, because of the nature of the offense, we have no further information to release. An investigation continues," an LAPD spokesperson said in a statement to the press, adding, “It was a sodomy crime report."
Grasham was later dropped by another client, "Stranger Things" and "It" star Finn Wolfhard. He was also fired from his workplace, APA, after numerous men accused him of sexual abuse, according to Variety.
Last Modified: November 3, 2017, 8:54 am