Notable Entertainment Figures Accused of Sexual Misconduct in Wake of Harvey Weinstein

2:23 PM 11/30/2017

by THR Staff

Hollywood and related industries have been flooded with allegations from women and men, who were emboldened to come forward in response to the Weinstein accusers telling their stories.

Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner and Kevin Spacey
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The Harvey Weinstein scandal, which was exposed by early October reports published in The New York Times and The New Yorker, opened the floodgates for women, and men, to come forward and share their stories of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault.

Despite their claims being leveled against some of the most powerful figures in Hollywood and media — from celebrated stars to high-ranking agents and executives — the alleged victims have collectively claimed to be empowered by the changing tide, spirit of the #MeToo movement and of once-dismissed voices now being heard. 

The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at the most notable of the accused figures who have been hit with misconduct allegations in the wake of the Weinstein allegations, and what the response has been to the claims. This is a developing list and was last updated Feb. 8. Head to THR.com for further breaking developments.

  • Harvey Weinstein

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    In October, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was the subject of two damning exposés from The New York Times and The New Yorker detailing numerous allegations from women claiming the producer sexually harassed or assaulted them. In the ensuing weeks, more and more women came forward with stories of sexual misconduct and, in more than a dozen cases, sexual assault by Weinstein. Following the reports, Weinstein was terminated from the production company he co-founded, The Weinstein Co., resigned from the Directors Guild and Producers Guild, and was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The disgraced former producer is currently under investigation for sexual assault by the LAPD, the NYPD, Scotland Yard and the Beverly Hills Police Department. Weinstein's downfall sparked the current rash of sexual harassment claims that have sprung up across Hollywood, Washington, D.C., and beyond. A month after the initial accusations, it was reported that Weinstein had hired private investigators and drafted a list of nearly 100 names to silence and discredit accusers before the Times and New Yorker pieces were published. He was most recently accused of sex trafficking while in Cannes in 2014. Star Salma Hayek added her name to the list of 80-plus accusers who have spoken out against the disgraced mogul. Weinstein was last seen in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Jan. 10, where a patron slapping him was caught on video.

  • Kevin Spacey

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    In October, Kevin Spacey made headlines after Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp revealed that the House of Cards actor had made sexual advances toward him when he was 14 years old and Spacey was 26. After Spacey apologized, while coming out as a gay man, many others came forward with allegations against the actor, including Harry Dreyfuss, who claimed the actor groped him while they were in the same room as his father, Richard; multiple House of Cards employees also alleged that Spacey had engaged in inappropriate behavior. An ex-Boston TV News Anchor, whose son Spacey allegedly assaulted, has claimed to know of eight more Spacey victims. Netflix has since cut ties with Spacey, and the actor has been replaced by Christoper Plummer in the upcoming film All the Money in the World. The actor was said to be seeking "evaluation and treatment" in November.

  • Russell Simmons

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    Russell Simmons was accused of making aggressive sexual advances and ripping off the clothes of 17-year-old fashion model Keri Claussen Khalighi in 1991. According to a report by The Los Angeles Times, Simmons forced Khalighi to perform oral sex and later interrupted her shower and penetrated her without her consent. The model claimed that Simmons' friend Brett Ratner watched the first sexual interaction occur and accused the two men of being "in it together." Simmons penned a letter to THR calling their interactions consensual. When a third sexual assault claim came, however, Simmons announced that he would be stepping down from his businesses; he was also dropped from any involvement with his HBO series All Def Comedy. In a column for THR, award-winning screenwriter Jenny Lumet, the daughter of filmmaker Sidney Lumet, alleged that Simmons sexually violated her in 1991, when she was 24. In a Dec. 13 report by The New York Times, former Def Jam Records employee Drew Dixon along with a former music journalist and a performer each claimed that Simmons had raped them. That same day, five more women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Simmons in the L.A. Times. Fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone also alleged that Simmons had tried to rape her in 1991. As the additional claims have surfaced, Simmons has denied the allegations and vowed to "hold my accusers accountable." On Dec. 14, a sergeant with the NYPD told THR detectives are in the initial stages of investigations of claims of assault by Simmons; on Jan. 10, the NYPD was investigating a new claim.

  • Dustin Hoffman

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    Hoffman was accused of sexually harassing a 17-year-old on the set Death of a Salesman in 1985. Anna Graham Hunter wrote a guest column for THR detailing her experiences with Hoffman. The former intern claimed that while taking the actor's lunch order, he said, "I'll have a hard-boiled egg … and a soft-boiled clitoris." She also claimed that he asked her about her sex life and told a production assistant that he wanted her right breast for lunch. "When I was walking Dustin to his limo, he felt my ass four times," she recalled. "I hit him each time, hard, and told him he was a dirty old man," wrote Hunter. Hoffman addressed the claims in a statement to THR: "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." The film's director also defended Hoffman, saying claims that the two-time Oscar winner is a "predator is simply going too far."

    Weeks later, Kathryn Rossetter penned a guest column for THR in which she detailed "a horrific, demoralizing and abusive experience at the hands (literally) of one of my acting idols." The actress, who co-starred with Hoffman in Death of a Salesman on Broadway and in the TV movie, claims Hoffman harassed and violated her. "One night in Chicago," she wrote, "I felt his hand up under my slip on the inside of my thighs. I was completely surprised and tried to bat him away while watching the stage for my cues." On another night, she alleges Hoffman, after telling the crew to come backstage, grabbed her slip and pulled it over her head, exposing her body to everyone backstage. "One night he actually started to stick his fingers inside me. Night after night I went home and cried." On Dec. 14, five additional accusers shared stories of Hoffman's alleged predatory behavior with THR. The claims range from sexual harassment to assault, including an allegation that he masturbated in front of a 15-year-old when he was 36.

  • James Toback

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    Following a Los Angeles Times exposé that was published in October, more than 300 women have claimed that James Toback sexually harassed or assaulted them. Stars such as Rachel McAdams, Selma Blair and Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo have revealed their disturbing encounters with the director, who has been accused of masturbating in front of actresses without their consent, among other crimes. In a Rolling Stone interview, Toback denied all allegations, calling them "pathetic lies." Toback has since been dropped by his agent. With the accuser toll rising to 359, Blair spoke out again on Jan. 16, saying Toback "belongs in jail."

  • Matt Lauer

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    Matt Lauer was terminated from his longtime post as Today show co-anchor 36 hours after NBC News received a detailed complaint from an unidentified staffer about "inappropriate sexual behavior" in the workplace, stemming from an incident at the 2014 Sochi Olympics that continued thereafter, according to sources. The firing was reported on by his co-anchor, Savannah Guthrie, and Today colleague Hoda Kotb, during the morning show on Nov. 29. NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in a memo to employees that the complaint was the first lodged against Lauer, 59, since he had taken over as anchor of the show in 1997, but that it was not believed to be an isolated incident. Shortly after, as many as five additional accusers, all anonymous, came forward with claims ranging from Lauer allegedly exposing himself to sexually assaulting a female staffer. In a statement, the disgraced anchor apologized and said, "Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching, and I'm committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full-time job." On Jan. 2, Kotb was announced as Lauer's official replacement, giving Today its first all-female anchoring duo.

  • Charlie Rose

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    The longtime broadcast journalist stands accused of sexual harassment by eight women, several of whom are his former employees, The Washington Post reported Nov. 20. The women's stories had many similarities, alleging Rose made lewd phone calls, exposed himself and groped their breasts, behinds and genitals, in incidents ranging from 1999 to 2011. Rose, who co-hosted CBS This Morning and was a correspondent on 60 Minutes, apologized in a statement, taking blame for some of the claims but denying others. He was subsequently fired from the network and PBS, and Bloomberg announced they would no longer distribute his eponymous program, The Charlie Rose Show, in the wake of the allegations. Three additional CBS employees, along with a former Charlie Rose Show intern, came forward with claims against the veteran journalist after the Post report. Rose has not been heard from since publication of the Post's story. He has had several honors revoked, but a former employee of his Charlie Rose show predicted to THR that he might attempt a comeback. On Jan. 9, CBS announced that CBS news anchor John Dickerson would replace Rose as the third co-host of CBS This Morning, joining Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell. He began in the role Jan. 10.

  • Brett Ratner

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    Actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge were among the six women who accused Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct in a Nov. 1 Los Angeles Times exposé. Munn claimed the director and producer greeted her in his trailer while pantsless and began masturbating in front of her. Henstridge alleged Ratner forced her to perform oral sex after he refused to let the actress leave his home. Ellen Page also accused Ratner of using abusive language toward her while working together on X-Men: The Last Stand. Ratner has denied all the allegations and is suing an additional rape accuser, Melanie Kohler, for defamation (she has asked the court to dismiss the suit). Ratner has also been accused of teaming up with Russell Simmons to harass women. Warner Bros. has cut ties with the director and producer, with Ratner being removed as a producer on the film adaptation of the best-selling novel The Goldfinch. However, Ratner remains a partner in RatPac-Dune Entertainment, where his slate financing deal with Warners will run through the end of its contract in March.

  • Tom Sizemore

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    In 2003, Tom Sizemore was ordered to leave the Utah film set for Born Killers after an 11-year-old actress told her mother that the actor touched her genitals while filming a scene in which she had to sit on the actor's lap. After her parents declined to press charges, Sizemore returned for reshoots. The incident was not revealed publicly at the time. After contacting the now 26-year-old actress, whom THR is not identifying per her request, the actress revealed that she has hired a lawyer to consider taking legal action against both the actor and her parents. Sizemore denied the claim at the time, but was dropped from his management firm, Untitled, and talent agency, CAA. The actor has a history of drug abuse and aggressive behavior and has previously been arrested for suspected battery of women in 2009, 2011 and 2016. Sizemore was sentenced to half a year in prison in 2003.

  • Steven Seagal

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    In an interview with THR, Inside Edition correspondent Lisa Guerrero detailed a private audition she was forced to perform in Steven Seagal's Beverly Hills home. Once on set, Guerrero recalled the actor asking her to go to his dressing room, which she refused. Her role was eventually cut out of Seagal's film. The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies shared a similar meeting with Seagal during an interview with Sirius XM's Just Jenny. Margulies recalled being persuaded to meet the actor late at night, with Seagal insisting he wanted to go over a scene. When Margulies arrived at Seagal's hotel room, he was armed with a gun. The actress said she later declined visiting Harvey Weinstein's room alone after her experience with Seagal. Portia de Rossi and Jenny McCarthy later added their own allegations, all of which the actor and producer has denied. On Jan. 12, the LAPD confirmed that they had opened an investigation into Seagal. Shortly after, and in the wake of a rape claim reported by The Wrap, Seagal told Alex Jones on InfoWars that women have "lied and been paid to lie about me without any evidence, any proof, any witnesses."

  • Louis C.K.

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    After five women accused the famous comedian of masturbating in front of them in a Nov. 9 New York Times exposé, Louis C.K. confirmed the allegations in a statement to THR, saying, "There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with." In the wake of the allegations, Netflix scrapped the comic's planned stand-up special, and C.K.'s film I Love You, Daddy — which he wrote, stars in and directed — was dropped by distribution company The Orchard a week ahead of its release. HBO also cut ties with the comedian, dropping his series Lucky Louie from on-demand services, and FX Productions announced that it had terminated its overall deal with C.K.'s production shingle, Pig Newton, and that he would no longer serve as executive producer on Pamela Adlon's Better Things, Zach Galifianakis' Baskets, Tig Notaro's One Mississippi and upcoming animated series The Cops (TBS suspended production on the comedy and scrapped the project on Jan. 8). C.K.'s management company, 3 Arts, manager David Becky and publicist Lewis Kay have all since parted ways with the comic. The Disney Channel also redubbed his voice performance in a 2015 episode of Gravity Falls.

  • Jeffrey Tambor

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    The Transparent star faced accusations of harassment and assault from two transgender women, including his co-star Trace Lysette. The actress alleges that in between takes on the acclaimed Amazon series, Tambor made sexually aggressive comments and pressed himself against her while waiting for the crew to set up. Van Barnes, who consulted on Transparent and eventually became Tambor's assistant, was the first to accuse him of inappropriate comments and touching with a post on Facebook. After Amazon announced an investigation into the claims, Tambor appeared to have decided to leave the show that he has won two Emmys for, denying the accusations but saying, "Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don't see how I can return to Transparent." But on Dec. 6, his rep told The New York Times that he wasn't quitting, leaving his future on the show still up in the air. No word has been given on Tambor's status on the upcoming season of Netflix's Arrested Development, despite another woman, a makeup artist, coming forward with a misconduct claim.

  • Al Franken

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    Senator Al Franken has been accused of groping six women, five of them when he was a comedian and one when he was an elected official. Lindsay Menz told CNN that Franken grabbed her behind in 2010 while she was taking a photo with him at the Minnesota State Fair, after he had been in office for two years. Leeann Tweeden, an ABC radio host, had previously accused him of groping and kissing her without her consent in 2006, when he was still on Saturday Night Live. Franken issued three apologies to Tweeden, whose accusation came with a now widely seen photo. The most recent allegation against Franken was from a former congressional aide, who claimed in early December that he tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006, telling her "it's my right as an entertainer." The Senator denied the allegation as "categorically not true."

    On Dec. 7, Franken announced his resignation from the Senate, saying, "Serving in the U.S. Senate has been the great honor of my life. I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator, nothing, has brought dishonor on this institution." Senator-designate Tina Smith was sworn in Jan. 3 after he officially resigned Jan. 2.

  • Mario Batali

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    Celebrity chef, restaurateur and talk show host Mario Batali has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, including actress Siobhan Thompson and former employee Holly Gunderson. A former manager also claimed he assaulted a server at NYC hotspot The Spotted Pig. The four women who first spoke to Eater accused Batali of "inappropriate touching in a pattern of behavior that spans at least two decades." In addition to the women — three of whom are onetime employees of Batali's — Eater spoke with nearly three dozen current and former Batali employees for the investigation. Many described Batali as having a reputation for inappropriately using sexual innuendo in the workplace. Batali said he would step away from the day-to-day operations of his businesses for an unspecified period of time in response. ABC also asked the chef to step away from his co-hosting duties on morning show The Chew and fired him from the gig later that week. The Food Network also put plans to revive his Molto Mario series in 2018 on hold.

    "I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted," Batali said in his initial statement. "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." He has since continued to apologize, in both a controversial letter to his newsletter subscribers and regarding a second Eater report that also accused his partner at B&B Hospitality, Joe Bastianich, of fostering a "boys' club" environment at their 24 restaurants. As a result, Bastianich announced a refocusing of the restaurant business and that Batali would "not be going into any of the restaurants." The New York Times also reported sexual harassment claims against restaurateur Ken Friedman, owner of several high-profile New York restaurants, including the Spotted Pig, where Batali is an investor and frequent diner.

  • Danny Masterson

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    Danny Masterson is facing multiple allegations of rape that the LAPD has been investigating, along with a potential Church of Scientology cover-up, since March 2017. Three women came forward at the time alleging that the actor had sexually assaulted them after a 16-year-old's claim was brought to light via Leah Remini's A&E docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. In November, after Netflix suspended House of Cards star Kevin Spacey following sexual assault allegations, Chrissie Carnell Bixler, one of the women who had accused Masterson of rape, publicly spoke out against Netflix for its continued relationship with Masterson. As a result, the actor was fired from Ashton Kutcher's Netflix comedy The Ranch. He will still appear in the second half of season two, due Dec. 15, and could return for parts of the already announced third season as the show phases out his character. Masterson denied the allegations and said he was "disappointed" in Netflix's decision. "Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one," he said in part. On Dec. 20, a fifth woman came forward. Model Babette Riales, who previously dated Masterson, claimed on Twitter that the star "repeatedly" raped her. "I stayed quiet long enough," she wrote. "All I seek is justice and to prevent this from ever happening to anyone else as it has for some time. My truth will be heard. I applaud her strength as well." Masterson did not respond. On Jan. 4, he was dropped by his agency, UTA.

  • James Franco

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    During the Jan. 7 Golden Globes telecast, several women accused James Franco of sexual misconduct on Twitter, issuing allegations in response to his wearing of the Time's Up pin. In one tweet, actress Violet Paley claimed the actor once forced her to perform oral sex on him, and that he had asked one of her friends to his hotel when she was 17. Paley later tweeted that Franco had apologized over the phone weeks prior for past conduct. Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a former acting student of Franco's, also recalled on Twitter what she remembered as an exploitative experience with nude scenes in his films. Those two women, and three additional women, spoke to the Los Angeles Times days later in a report that accused the actor of sexually inappropriate or exploitative behavior. Through his attorney, Franco disputed all the claims.

    On Jan. 9, the New York Times canceled a planned TimesTalk with the actor and his co-star and brother, Dave Franco, "given the controversy surrounding recent allegations." During a Late Show appearance that aired that night, the actor told host Stephen Colbert the Twitter allegations are not accurate, but that he intends to make things right: "I can't live if there's restitution to be made. If I've done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to. I don't know what else to do. As far as the bigger issue of how we do it, I really don't have the answers. I think the point of this whole thing is that we listen. I'm here to listen and learn and change my perspective where it's off. I'm completely willing and want to." He reiterated those feelings to host Seth Meyers: "If I have to take a knock because I am not going to try and actively refute things then I will, because I believe in [people's stories being heard] that much." HBO, where Franco stars and directs on The Deuce, has said they are taking a wait-and-see approach in response to the allegations.

  • T.J. Miller

    Former Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller was accused of sexual assault and violence by an anonymous woman in a resurfaced claim in a Daily Beast story on Dec. 19. The woman alleges that while she and Miller were seeing each other in college at George Washington University in 2001, the actor strangled her and punched her in the mouth during sex. She also said he penetrated her anally without her consent, and later did the same using a beer bottle. Miller has denied the claims, writing in a statement with his wife, Kate, that the woman is "using the current climate to bandwagon and launch these false accusations." The couple added that they think it is "unfortunate that she is choosing this route as it undermines the important movement to make women feel safe coming forward about legitimate claims against real known predators. We stand together and will not allow this person to take advantage of a serious movement toward gender equality by allowing her to use this moment to muddy the water with an unrelated personal agenda." On the same day, Comedy Central canceled Miller's animated series The Gorburger Show after one season, though a rep for the network claims that the decision predated the allegations.

  • Jeremy Piven

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    Eight women have come forward to accuse the former Entourage star of sexual assault, including advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby, who told People that Piven attacked her in 2003 at the Trump International Hotel and Tower. Playboy Playmate and reality star Ariane Bellamar was the first to speak out against the actor this year; she says Piven groped her on two different occasions. Actress Cassidy Freeman took to Instagram to share her story and support Bellamar. On Jan. 27, three more women came forward with claims, adding their accusations to those of the five total accusers in November. Piven has consistently denied the accusations on social media, calling the women's allegations "absolutely false and completely fabricated" and threatening legal action. CBS was looking into the claims and, weeks later, announced it would not be moving forward with more episodes of his show Wisdom of the Crowd. The network opted to end the low-rated series after its initial 13-episode order.

  • Ed Westwick

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    The Gossip Girl actor has been accused of sexual assault by three women. One of the accusers was actress Kristina Cohen, who filed a police report about their 2013 encounter, claiming the actor raped her. Former actress Aurelie Wynn posted a lengthy statement on her Facebook page, detailing her sexual encounter with the actor, alleging that he pushed her down on her face and assaulted her in his home in 2014. The third accuser is a former executive assistant who told Buzzfeed News that Westwick "aggressively groped" her. Westwick denied the allegations made by the original two accusers, but gave no comment about the third one. BBC announced that they would no longer air Westwick's Agatha Christie adaptation Ordeal by Innocence in the wake of the claims, later saying they plan to continue on and recast Westwick's role.

  • Paul Haggis

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    Allegations first emerged against Paul Haggis in November, when the Oscar-winning writer-director sued New York publicist Haleigh Breest, who he said was attempting to extort $9 million from him by falsely alleging that he had raped her in 2013. A few hours after Haggis' lawsuit was filed, Breest filed her own civil lawsuit claiming that Haggis had sexually assaulted her in his SoHo apartment following the premiere of the 2013 film Side Effects. In early January, three more women anonymously came forward to accuse Haggis of sexual misconduct, including another rape, between 1996 and 2015 in a story for the Associated Press. An attorney for Haggis, Christine Lepera, has denied the claims in the AP story on behalf of her client: "He didn't rape anybody," she said in a statement.

    On Jan. 15, Leah Remini and Mike Rinder, co-hosts of A&E's Scientology and the Aftermath docuseries on which Haggis recently appeared, wrote an open letter in defense of Haggis amid the accusations, calling into question known practices of the Church of Scientology. "Paul Haggis deserves, based on his record as a gentleman and humanitarian, to be judged when all the evidence has been taken under penalty of perjury in a court of law," they wrote, citing the "auditing" process and what the church is known to do to those who leave Scientology (something the church has denied). "Because claims of anonymous accusers who have NOT gone to law enforcement are not credible."

  • Mark Schwahn

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    Mark Schwahn, former showrunner of The CW's hit One Tree Hill, was accused of sexual harassment by the cast and crew of the show. Writer Audrey Wauchope was the first to come forward when she tweeted, without publicly naming Schwahn, that she and her writing partner were harassed with inappropriate comments, touching and nude photos while working on the series. Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz, among others, supported Wauchope's allegations and said they had been emotionally impacted by him in a letter signed by many of the teen drama's female stars and staff members. Schwahn, now showrunner of The Royals on E!, was then suspended by the network on Nov. 15. Following his suspension, the cast and crew of The Royals released a letter also accusing Schwahn of repeated harassment on the set. He has not commented on the accusations. On Dec. 21, Royals producers Lionsgate announced that Schwahn had been fired, saying, "The fourth season of the show has already completed production and will air as scheduled on E! in the spring." 

  • Gary Goddard

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    Gary Goddard, a writer-producer, has been accused of molesting underage boys by actor Anthony Edwards. Edwards, best known for his work on ER, published a story on Medium alleging that Goddard grew close to him and his group of friends when they were 12 years old, gaining their trust until he molested Edwards and raped his best friend, who was unnamed in the piece. In 2014, Goddard was also named in a teen sex abuse lawsuit, but the case collapsed and landed the accuser in prison. Goddard has denied Edwards' allegations but took a leave of absence from the Goddard Group, his North Hollywood-based entertainment design firm, amid the claims.

  • Matthew Weiner

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    A former assistant-turned-writer on Mad Men accused Matthew Weiner, the show's creator, of harassment. Kater Gordon told The Information that Weiner said she owed it to him to let him see her naked, and veteran writer-producer Marti Noxon, who also worked on Mad Men, supported her claim on Twitter, saying she saw how Gordon was emotionally impacted. Gordon won an Emmy for co-writing an episode of the show with Weiner, only to be fired soon after and never work in the industry again. Weiner, who has a series in development with Amazon Studios, has publicly denied the allegation but admitted to being a demanding boss. A number of events scheduled as part of a book tour for Weiner's debut novel Heather, The Totality were canceled as a result of the claims.

     

  • Tavis Smiley

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    PBS host Tavis Smiley has been indefinitely suspended from his late-night talk show after the public broadcaster found "credible allegations" of sexual misconduct against the host. "PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley," said the network in a Dec. 13 statement. "This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today's decision." Later that night, Smiley said in a video posted to his social media accounts that PBS had launched its "so-called investigation" without telling him and that he had learned of it only from former staffers. He said, in part, that he was "shocked" by PBS' announcement and claimed media outlets "knew before I did." And he denied the claims of inappropriate behavior and declared that he plans "to fight back." He said, "To be clear, I have never groped, coerced or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career, covering 6 networks over 30 years. Never. Ever. Never." As a result, Smiley lost his Walmart sponsorship, and the producer of his upcoming nationwide 40-city tour of Death of a King: A Live Theatrical Experience, based on his 2014 book, has severed ties with the star. Smiley has continued to deny the claims, though he does not deny that he engaged in consensual sexual relationships with his employees.

  • Michael Douglas

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    Michael Douglas has been accused of masturbating and making inappropriate sexual comments in front of a former employee. Journalist and author Susan Braudy, who was employed by the actor to oversee scripts and supervise screenwriters, told THR that Douglas openly discussed affairs with co-star Kathleen Turner and a European heiress, and he also used a crude term for female genitalia during their first one-on-one session. At a script meeting in Douglas' apartment, Braudy said the actor "inserted both hands into his unzipped pants" and began "rubbing his private parts."

    Braudy later was asked to sign a confidentiality agreement by Douglas and was let go in late 1989 when she delayed signing. In a statement to THR, Douglas called the alleged incident "an unfortunate and complete fabrication." He also said of Braudy, "This individual is an industry veteran, a senior executive, a published novelist and an established member of the women's movement — someone with a strong voice now, as well as when she worked at my company more than three decades ago. At no time then did she express or display even the slightest feeling of discomfort working in our environment, or with me personally. That is because at no time, and under no circumstance, did I behave inappropriately toward her."

  • Andy Signore

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    The creator of hit YouTube series Honest Trailers, Signore has been accused of sexual harassment by two women on social media. Emma Bowers interned for Signore and alleged in a Twitter post that he made inappropriate comments about masturbating to photos of her. April Dawn, a fan of Signore's Screen Junkies YouTube channel, also tweeted about how he tried to sexually assault her several times. Defy Media, which owns Signore's channel, has since fired him. Through his attorney, Yana Henriks, Signore denied the allegations to The New York Times in a piece published Nov. 4.

  • Robert Knepper

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    Robert Knepper has been accused of sexual assault by Hollywood costume designer Susan Bertram, who claims the actor assaulted her during filming of the 1992 film Gas Food Lodging. In an interview with THR, Bertram recalled putting clothes on a rack in the actor's trailer, when Knepper allegedly "jumped up" and reached under her dress to grab her genitals. According to Bertram, he then shoved her against a wall and told her, "I'm going to fuck your brains out" before she managed to break free and run away. The former Prison Break actor released a statement responding to Bertram's claims, saying he was "falsely accused." On Dec. 5, four more women came forward with similar claims; the new accusations span decades and describe unwanted and even violent sexual advances. Knepper, the star of The CW's 2018 series iZombie, denied the new claims, saying, in part: "We have come to a time where hard-earned careers are being lost on the basis of accusations. I need to reiterate that these accusations against me are false."

  • Joel Kramer

    On Jan. 13, actress Eliza Dushku accused stunt coordinator Joel Kramer of sexually assaulting her when Dushku was 12 years old and the two were working together on the 1994 movie True Lies. In a Facebook post, the Dollhouse actress accused the Blade Runner 2049 stunt coordinator of grooming her and assaulting her in a hotel room after promising Dushku's parents he would take her to the pool and out for sushi. Dushku added that on the day an older adult friend confronted Kramer about Dushku's allegations, Dushku broke ribs during a stunt that went badly. Kramer has denied Dushku's claims, telling THR her sexual assault allegation is "just untrue" and saying he didn't remember her breaking any ribs on the production. "She may have gotten bruised," he said. One day later, Kramer was dropped by his agent at Worldwide Production Agency.

     

  • Andy Dick

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    Andy Dick was immediately dropped from his independent feature film Raising Buchanan following allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct on the film's set. Dick allegedly engaged in inappropriate behavior, including groping the genitals of others, unwanted kissing and licking and making sexual propositions to at least four production members. In an interview with THR, Dick denied the groping claims, but admitted to making advances on and possibly licking others. Dick joked of his known controversial reputation, saying, "My middle name is 'misconduct.' They know what they signed up for." Dick added, "I didn't grope anybody. I might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them. That's my thing — I licked Carrie Fisher at a roast. It's me being funny. I'm not trying to sexually harass people."

  • George Takei

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    Star Trek star George Takei faced accusations of sexual assault by a former model and actor, who claims he was groped in 1981. Scott R. Brunton told THR that he exchanged numbers with Takei and the two went on a date, ending up at the actor's condo for a drink. Brunton said he passed out after two drinks and awoke to find Takei groping him and trying to remove his underwear. Takei, who had been vocal about the allegations against Kevin Spacey, denied the claims in a series of social media posts. "Right now it is a he said / he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 years ago," he wrote in response on Twitter. "But those that know me understand that non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful."

  • Morgan Spurlock

    Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock announced Dec. 14 that he was stepping down from his production company, Warrior Poets. The move came shortly after the Oscar-nominated Super Size Me director and star wrote a lengthy Twitter post in which he admitted that he had sexually harassed an employee and previously been accused of sexual assault. "On behalf of Warrior Poets, we as partners have always supported our company and its endeavors. As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately," Warrior Poets co-founder Jeremy Chilnick and partner Matthew Galkin said in a joint statement. "We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing and creating from our independent production company." In Spurlock's Twitter post, he explained that while he watches "hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don't sit by and wonder 'who will be next?' I wonder, 'when will they come for me?'" Spurlock detailed multiple encounters he has had throughout his life, including a sexual encounter in college that ended with his female partner claiming rape and an incident with a former female employee whom he referred to as "hot pants" and "sex pants." The following day, Spurlock had been cut from Stephanie Soechtig's doc The Devil We Know, set to debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and YouTube Red dropped his upcoming sequel film Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!

  • Andrew Duncan

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    Sources claim that Florida Project producer Andrew Duncan sexually harassed several people associated with his company, June Pictures, and has also instructed a June employee to pay prostitutes. Sources came forward in December, telling THR that Duncan's partner, former ICM agent Alex Saks, has been aware of Duncan's behavior but never took effective steps to address the issue when allegations were brought to her attention. Duncan denies any claim of improper behavior, and said the stories were due to "rivals of mine" trying to take "cynical advantage of the news climate involving sexual harassment to undermine [June's] financial prospects."

  • Lars von Trier

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    In a Facebook post, Bjork seemingly accused Lars von Trier, whom she worked with on the 2000 film Dancer in the Dark, of sexual harassment. Although she did not name von Trier directly, Bjork wrote that a Danish director once harassed and tried to touch her, and she was punished for rejecting his advances. The singer has appeared in only a handful of films and famously clashed with von Trier, who has denied the accusations. Danish authorities are also separately investigating claims from multiple women of sexual harassment and workplace bullying by Peter Aalbaek Jensen, the co-founder of von Trier's production company and a towering figure in European cinema.

  • Oliver Stone

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    Actress Melissa Gilbert alleged that the director sexually harassed her during a 1991 audition for his film The Doors. Gilbert told Andy Cohen on his radio show that Stone made her perform a sexual scene he had written just for her, and that she ran out of the room crying. Former Playboy model Carrie Stevens also accused Stone of groping her breast at a party, after which he "grinned and kept walking." In a statement responding to the Gilbert accusation, Stone said it was “a safe environment for all actors who auditioned.”

  • Eddie Berganza

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    The DC Comics editor has been accused of sexual assault by three of his ex-employees, BuzzFeed first reported. The women alleged Berganza kissed and groped them without consent, and threatened physical violence if they did not go along with his advances while they worked at DC. A member of the company since the 1990s, Berganza became executive editor of DC in 2010, but was demoted to group editor in 2012 after he was seen kissing a woman by force. DC has fired him as a result of the allegations, and he has made no public comments.

  • Scott Baio

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    In a series of Twitter posts, actress Nicole Eggert accused her Charles in Charge co-star Scott Baio of having "molested" her repeatedly, beginning when she was 14 and continuing for three years (Baio would have been in his mid-20s at the time). She described the alleged assaults to one user by saying, "What is ur explanation for him fingering me at age 14?"

    Baio responded with a Facebook Live video, where he said that Eggert first made the claims about him in 2012 and 2013, when she was promoting reality shows, and he opted not to respond at the time. He then produced two letters, dated from last year, to Eggert and Charles in Charge co-star Alexander Polinsky, who Baio claims "decided to team up against" him, telling them both to go to the police if they had legitimate claims. Baio ended his video by saying, "The problem with almost all he said, she said cases is they're he said, she said. Now, go prove it or disprove it. … The real problem with this is people with legitimate claims aren't taken seriously, and that's too bad." Baio's wife, Renee Baio, tweeted that his legal team had served Eggert with two cease-and-desist letters.

    The pair starred together on Charles in Charge, which ran from 1984 to 1990. Baio played the title character and Nicole played Jamie, one of the children whom college student Charles (Baio) became a caretaker for when he moved into a house off-campus. Eggert continued to take her claims, while Baio offered his denial, to the morning news cycle and on Feb. 7, Eggert filed a police report.

  • Charlie Walk

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    Charlie Walk, the president of Republic Records and a judge on Fox's The Four, was accused of sexual harassment in an open letter posted on the official site of Life Lab. In it, Tristan Coopersmith wrote that Walk abused his power during her year working under the exec when she was 27 years old, saying Walk "made me feel sick to my stomach almost every day. For a year I shuddered at the idea of being called into your office, where you would stealthily close the door and make lewd comments about my body and share your fantasies of having sex with me." Coopersmith said the exec would send her "vulgar" comments via instant message and touched her inappropriately at business dinners. One night, she wrote, Walk attempted to trap her in his bedroom while his wife was in the room next door. Walk left The Four in January after the allegations were made, and parted ways with Republic Records on March 28. He maintains that before the allegations were reported he was the victim of an extortion scheme. 

  • Andrew Kreisberg

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    Andrew Kreisberg, executive producer of The CW's DC Comics series including The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow, faced sexual harassment claims from 19 men and women who came forward to Variety to accuse the showrunner of sexual misconduct, including inappropriate touching and kissing, and asking for massages from female staff members. Kreisberg's actions were never reported to the HR department, but the producer was accused of fostering a "toxic" work environment where women were evaluated "based on their bodies." Kreisberg denied the allegations, telling Variety, "I have made comments on women's appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized." The producer was suspended and under investigation after Supergirl star Melissa Benoist issued a statement on Kreisberg's allegations calling for industry change. He was subsequently terminated from all four CW series he was involved with, as well as CW Seed's Vixen, and has lost his overall deal with the studio.

  • Murray Miller

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    Girls writer Murray Miller faced a sexual assault allegation by actress Aurora Perrineau, who filed a police report against him. The actress and daughter of actor Harold Perrineau accused Miller of raping her in 2012, when she was 17 years old. Miller denied Perrineau's claim, calling it "outrageous" and emphasizing that he has a legal team ready to share an "overwhelming" amount of "evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims." In a statement to THR, Girls co-showrunners Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner defended Miller from the allegations writing, "We stand by Murray." After receiving backlash for her support, Dunham penned an apology saying, "I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry."

  • Gene Simmons

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    Kiss bassist Gene Simmons is being sued by a radio and television broadcaster who says he groped her and made "unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances" during a Nov. 1 interview. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Dec. 15, says the alleged incident occurred while the plaintiff, identified as "Jane Doe," was interviewing Simmons and his Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley at their Rock & Brews restaurant in Highland, California. The allegations listed in the suit include sexual battery, gender violence, battery and assault. In a statement, Simmons denied the accusations, saying: "For the record, I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way. I am conferring with my lawyers with the aim of vigorously countering these allegations. And I look forward to my day in court where the evidence will prove my innocence."

  • Sylvester Stallone

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    Sylvester Stallone was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl on the set of the 1986 film Over the Top. The allegation was first published by the Daily Mail after the tabloid got a hold of a filed police report. The then 40-year-old actor allegedly gave the fan a key to his room at the Las Vegas Hilton. After having sex with Stallone, the teenager said that she was forced to give oral sex to Stallone's bodyguard Mike De Luca. She told the police that the situation made her "very uncomfortable," though she felt she had "no choice" but to stay. Following the sexual interactions, the accuser claimed Stallone threatened her to not tell anyone what happened or else "they would have to beat her in the head." Brigitte Nielsen, Stallone's wife at the time, told TMZ that the assault could not have happened because she was with him during the time the alleged assault took place. On Dec. 21, a second police report was filed accusing Stallone of sexual assault. The alleged incident occurred in the 1990s and is past the statute of limitations in California, so it was unclear if police would investigate.

  • L.A. Reid

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    One of the women who accused Russell Simmons of sexual abuse also claimed harassment under another former boss, Antonio "L.A." Reid. Drew Dixon told The New York Times Reid allegedly began sexually harassing her while she was an A&R executive at Arista Records. "It was a quid pro quo: 'I have power, you want access, sleep with me — or I'm going to be really mean to you the next day. And there will be consequences,'" she said. The former Def Jam A&R executive claimed Simmons made aggressive sexual advances toward her when she joined the company in 1992; she left for Arista in 1996. Reid left the top job at Epic earlier this year following a sexual harassment claim by a former female assistant, and Sony reached a settlement with the assistant earlier this summer, sources told Billboard. Reid told the Times: "I'm proud of my track record promoting, supporting and uplifting women at every company I've ever run. That notwithstanding, if I have ever said anything capable of being misinterpreted, I apologize unreservedly."

  • Nick Carter

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    On Feb. 7, a police report was filed against Nick Carter for alleged sexual assault. Police did not verify who filed the complaint, but  singer Melissa Schuman, on the same day, tweeted from her verified account, “I’m finally doing what I thought I could no longer do. I’m filing a police report #timesup #bebrave #bethechange #metoo thank you @RAINN [the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network] for empowering me to take this step.” In November, Schuman accused the Backstreet Boys singer of rape in the early 2000s, when she was 18. Carter has vehemently denied the accusation.  

  • Geoffrey Rush

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    In a report initially published by the Daily Telegraph, Australian actor Geoffrey Rush was accused of engaging in "inappropriate behavior" during his run in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of King Lear in 2015 and 2016. The Telegraph reported that the company had received a complaint about Rush, though specific details of the nature of his behavior were not disclosed. Rush vehemently denied the allegations in a statement issued by his law firm, which claimed Rush's "regard, actions and treatment of all the people he has worked with has been impeccable beyond reproach." Within hours of the story's publication, the Daily Telegraph pulled the report from its website and deleted all tweets associated with the story. On Dec. 1, however, Rush stepped down as president of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts over the complaint. The Oscar winner continued to deny the claim but said in a statement via his lawyer that "certain recent media reports have made untenable allegations concerning my standing in the entertainment community. It is unreasonable that my professional colleagues should be somehow associated with such allegations." He later held a press conference to announce that he is suing the Telegraph in Australia for defamation over the article.

  • Ben Affleck

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    Actress Hilarie Burton accused Ben Affleck of groping her breast in 2003 while she was interviewing him during her hosting stint on MTV's TRL. Burton recalled the moment the actor walked over to give her a hug, saying, "He wraps his arm around me and comes over and tweaks my left boob!" On Twitter, Burton wrote, "I had to laugh back then so I wouldn't cry." Affleck was quick to apologize for his behavior, admitting he acted "inappropriately." Affleck also came under fire for making suggestive comments to a female reporter in a resurfaced interview conducted while he was promoting his 2004 film Jersey Girl. In the clip, Affleck made the reporter, Anne-Marie Losique, sit on his lap and told her viewers would prefer the show more if she had done it topless. Losique commented on the video saying it was being "blown out of proportion" and the moment was only for fun. "I know that people like fishing for anything, but this is completely out of context. I would like this to not have any negative impact on him. I find it sad," Losique said.

  • Aziz Ansari

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    Aziz Ansari responded to an anonymous woman's claim of sexual misconduct in a story posted on Babe.net. The woman, identified as a 23-year-old photographer based in Brooklyn, said her path crossed with the Master of None star and co-creator in September at the 2017 Emmy Awards, where she gave him her number at his request. After a week of texting, he asked her out on a date that ended with her in tears and feeling "violated," which she told him the next day. According to the published text messages, he said the encounter was consensual. Ansari was quick to issue a public statement, saying on Jan. 14 that he "took her words to heart" at the time and reached out to her privately "after taking the time to process what she had said." He added that he continues to support anti-sexual assault and harassment movements like #MeToo and Time's Up. The claim has sparked much debate and conversation, with some outlets referring to the story as the "worst" thing to come out of the #MeToo movement.

  • Ryan Seacrest

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    Ryan Seacrest, host of E! News for a decade, was accused by a former E! wardrobe stylist of behaving inappropriately with her. Seacrest was quick to dispute the allegations, stating: "If I made her feel anything but respected, I am truly sorry." The former E! News host also said that the majority of his co-workers have been women and that he is "proud" of his "workplace reputation." The alleged victim was believed to have made a financial request in exchange for her silence, which a source told THR Seacrest declined via his lawyers. After a near-three month investigation, E! announced that the NBCUniversal-owned network was unable to find enough evidence to support the claims levied against Seacrest. The TV host wrote a column for THR shortly after, explaining what it is like to be falsely accused in today's climate.

  • Ben Vereen

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    Multiple women accused Broadway actor Ben Vereen of sexual harassment and assault in a January story for the New York Daily News. The accusers told the paper that during a 2015 community theater production of Hair in Florida that Vereen directed, Vereen forcedly kissed women, initiated unwanted physical contact and propositioned female castmembers. The women who rejected Vereen's advances "would inevitably be humiliated in the circle later," one castmember told the Daily News. Vereen apologized for his "inappropriate conduct" in a tweet the day the story published: "Going forward my having come to terms with my past conduct will inform all my future interactions not only with women, but with all individuals," he wrote.

  • Sam Haskell

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    Sam Haskell, CEO of the Miss America Organization, resigned amid a scandal involving unearthed, vulgar emails he had sent about contestants. Chairman Lynn Weidner, who sent some of the emails included in the initial report, also resigned. The resignations came one day after the Miss America Organization board of directors voted to suspend Haskell pending an investigation into disparaging internal emails about contestants that was reported by HuffPost. In the emails, Haskell, who was formerly exec vp and head of TV at the William Morris Agency, joked about renaming former Miss America winners "c—s" and calls the past winners a "pile of malcontent," among other misogynistic and fat-shaming claims. He had claimed the allegations were "unkind and untrue." Dick Clark Productions, which has a deal with the Miss America Organization to produce the TV pageants, said it had cut ties with MAO. ABC airs the annual pageant, which takes place in Atlantic City and is hosted by Chris Harrison.

  • Johnny Iuzzini

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    ABC pulled The Great American Baking Show from its schedule after multiple sexual harassment allegations against one of the show's judges, Johnny Iuzzini, surfaced on Dec. 14. "In light of allegations that recently came to our attention, ABC has ended its relationship with Johnny Iuzzini and will not be airing the remainder of The Great American Baking Show episodes," said a spokesperson. "ABC takes matters such as those described in the allegations very seriously and has come to the conclusion that they violate our standards of conduct. This season's winner will be announced at a later date." The competition show had debuted its third season the week prior. In November, four of Iuzzini's former employees came forward claiming that the celebrity chef sexually harassed them. Four more women came forward accusing Iuzzini of sexual misconduct on Dec. 14.

  • Carter Oosterhouse

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    Kailey Kaminsky, who worked on HGTV star Carter Oosterhouse's Carter Can as a makeup artist in 2008, told THR in December that he coerced her into performing oral sex multiple times during production. She said the experience eventually led to her becoming hospitalized for depression and she lost her job. Kaminsky explained that she acquiesced to his demands for oral sex when the reality TV star threatened her employment after months of incessant badgering. "I was so worn down from his advances, so I did: that day, on that occasion. It was the first time. Then thereafter it was most every time we would shoot — 10 to 15 times he put me in this position." She repeatedly rejected his advances, she says, and his advances were even more surprising because she identifies as a lesbian. In a statement to THR, Oosterhouse called the accusation "upsetting," though he acknowledged "an intimate relationship" with Kaminsky and contended "it was 100 percent mutual." He added, "The reality is that I knew it was consensual because she initiated it the first time and many of the 15 or so times we had oral sex thereafter." Oosterhouse's wife, actress Amy Smart, defended her husband on social media.

  • Mark Halperin

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    According to a CNN report, five women alleged that Mark Halperin, former ABC News political director, propositioned them for sex and kissed and inappropriately grabbed the breasts of one woman against her will. Three of the five women also alleged that Halperin pressed his erection against their bodies. In a statement to CNN, Halperin denied the allegations, but apologized for his behavior: "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. Under the circumstances, I'm going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation." Halperin was suspended from his role as a senior political analyst for MSNBC and NBC News and later officially terminated. Showtime also announced that the anchor would not return as a co-host of The Circus (the series will return with former MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner in his place), and HBO dropped its plans for a 2016 election miniseries based on Halperin's untitled book, which has since been canceled by Penguin Press.

  • Ken Baker

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    According to a report by The Wrap, E! News correspondent Ken Baker was accused of sexual harassment by two women. One woman, who works for E! News, alleged that Baker called her into his office and asked her to sit on his lap back in 2012. The other accuser was an E! News intern in 2011 and revealed that, at the time, Baker kissed her without her consent and propositioned her for sex throughout later years. The accuser also alleged that Baker wanted to give her a "Tiffany dildo with 'Ken Baker' engraved on the shaft." In a statement, Baker said, "I am very disturbed by these anonymous allegations, which make my heart ache. I take them very seriously. I care deeply for people's feelings and sincerely live in a way that treats people with dignity and respect." E! News parted ways with Baker, saying the decision was mutual but that an investigation is ongoing.

  • John Hockenberry

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    Former National Public Radio host John Hockenberry, who retired in summer 2017, has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple former female colleagues, including his former co-hosts, on his show The Takeaway. Award-winning novelist Suki Kim launched her own investigation for The New Yorker into the highly regarded journalist after her experiences with Hockenberry spurred her to wonder if other women at his radio station had experienced similar incidents of alleged harassment. Hockenberry, who is in a wheelchair from an accident when he was 19, apologized for his behavior, saying in part: "It horrifies me that I made the talented and driven people I worked with feel uncomfortable, and that the stress around putting together a great show was made worse by my behavior. Having to deal with my own physical limitations has given me an understanding of powerlessness, and I should have been more aware of how the power I wielded over others, coupled with inappropriate comments and communications, could be construed. I have no excuses."

  • Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz

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    New York public radio network WNYC fired two prominent hosts, Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz, who had been placed on leave in December 2017 as part of an investigation into their conduct. The network said in a statement that two separate investigations were conducted, both overseen by outside counsel. "These investigations found that each individual had violated our standards for providing an inclusive, appropriate, and respectful work environment," the network said. "In each investigation, an outside investigator interviewed multiple witnesses as well as Lopate and Schwartz." WNYC said Lopate's conduct was investigated in February 2017 and he was mandated to participate in anti-harassment training. Schwartz has also previously been disciplined for his conduct, it was revealed. Lopate hosted the daily program The Leonard Lopate Show and was employed by the station for more than 30 years.

  • Charles Dutoit

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    On Dec. 21, three opera singers and a classical musician spoke to the Associated Press about Charles Dutoit, claiming the world-renowned conductor, 81, sexually assaulted them — physically restraining them, forcing his body against theirs, thrusting his tongue into their mouths and in one case, sticking one of their hands down his pants. In a Jan. 11 story in the Associated Press, six more women came forward with stories of sexual misconduct involving the conductor. The principal conductor of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has won two Grammys. After the Dec. 21 allegations, the Boston Symphony Orchestra said that same day Dutoit would "no longer appear as a guest conductor." One day after the allegations, Dutoit issued a denial, saying the claims "have absolutely no basis in truth" and vowed to mount a defense. On Dec. 29, the New York Philharmonic announced that Joshua Weilerstein will be replacing Dutoit and leading performances. Dutoit was scheduled to officially step down as Royal Philharmonic conductor in October 2019, but instead relinquished command, effective immediately, on Jan. 10 after an emergency board meeting, the AP reported.

  • Tom Ashbrook

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    Tom Ashbrook, host of On Point, one of NPR's most successful programs, has been suspended after allegations that include he engaged in "creepy" sex talks and gave unwanted neck and back rubs and hugs to 11 women and men who worked on the show. Ashbrook has been put on leave while the network investigates the allegations, which were confirmed in multiple interviews by WBUR-FM, the Boston station that produces the show. Ashbrook denied the claims in a text to the station, saying: "I am sure that once the facts come out that people will see me for who I am — flawed but caring and decent in all my dealings with others."

  • Dieter Wedel

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    Three German actresses made separate allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Dieter Wedel, one of Germany's most well-known and successful television directors. In allegations first published in German newspaper Die Zeit, actresses Patricia Thielemann and Jany Tempel accused Wedel, 75, of assaulting them in 1991 and 1996, respectively. A third accuser made her claims to the newspaper anonymously.

    Thielemann said Wedel forced himself on her in a hotel room, ripping open her blouse and trying to push her backward over a couch. When she fought back, the director began to strangle her, she said. She was able to escape. Tempel said she met Wedel in his hotel room in Munich for what she was told was a casting session. When she arrived, he was wearing a bathrobe. Tempel said Wedel forced her to have sex with him. Wedel has denied the allegations.

  • Terry Richardson

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    Known as one of the most controversial photographers in the fashion industry, Terry Richardson was banned from working with Conde Nast International publications following accusations of sexual harassment by a number of models over the years. The news was first reported by The Telegraph, which obtained leaked emails from CNI's chief executive vice president James Woolhouse. In a statement, a representative from Conde Nast US told The Hollywood Reporter, "Conde Nast has nothing planned with him going forward. Sexual harassment of any kind is unacceptable and should not be tolerated." Richardson's rep said that Richardson was "disappointed" to hear about the email and asserted that all of his subjects "participated consensually." Valentino and Diesel have since also severed ties with the photographer. Richardson is now under investigation by the New York Police Department.

  • Bruce Weber

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    Bruce Weber, one of fashion's foremost photographers, was accused of sexual harassment by male model Jason Boyce in a lawsuit filed Dec. 1 in New York. Boyce alleged that Weber pressured him to take off his clothes and touch his own genitals, among other claims, during a photo shoot in 2014, the New York Post reported. Boyce "suffered humiliation, emotional anguish and lost economic opportunities, including the end of his modeling career in New York" as a result of Weber's actions, according to the documents. The court papers state a belief that Weber has "engaged in similar conduct with other male models" and a second male model, Daryl Janney, described a similar experience in a new book, Blacklisted. Weber denied the allegations against him in an Instagram post in January, saying, "I unequivocally deny these charges and will vigorously defend myself. I have spent my career capturing the human spirit through photographs and am confident that, in due time, the truth will prevail. I am grateful for the outpouring of support I have received."

    On Jan. 16, 15 current and former models spoke to the New York Times, accusing Weber of unwanted advances and coercion. In the same piece, 13 assistants and models also accused famed photographer Mario Testino of similar behavior. Representatives for both photographers said they were dismayed and surprised by the allegations. Conde Nast has since distanced itself from both Weber and Testino, the latter also a photographer adored by celebrities, magazines including Vogue and members of the British royal family.

  • Andre Balazs

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    In a New York Times story published in early November, Hollywood hotelier Andre Balazs was accused of sexual misconduct by actress Amanda Anka, wife of actor Jason Bateman. In November 2014, Balazs allegedly groped Anka at a dinner party. According to the report, Balazs grabbed Anka's crotch while she was climbing a firehouse-style ladder, part of Balazs' tour for the evening guests. In addition to Anka's allegation, Balazs was also accused of being the perpetrator in two other instances of abuse.

  • Bob Weinstein

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    On the same day that The Weinstein Co. board had a meeting to determine its fate, Bob Weinstein, co-founder of the company, was accused of sexual harassment. Amanda Segel, former executive producer on The Weinstein Co. and Spike TV's canceled series The Mist, alleged that Weinstein had made unwanted advances toward her. She told Variety that the harassment began in summer 2017 and went on for three months. Segel revealed that Weinstein stopped only after her lawyer reported his behavior to Weinstein Co. executives. Weinstein's attorney, Bert Fields, disputed the allegations, saying, "There is no way in the world that Bob Weinstein is guilty of sexual harassment, and even if you believed what this person asserts there is no way it would amount to that." In an interview with THR, Weinstein said that he wasn't "the type of predator that [Harvey] was," and was sickened by his brother's lack of remorse.

  • John Lasseter

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    According to multiple sources at Pixar and in the animation community, John Lasseter, the head of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, allegedly made unwanted advances toward women. Sources told THR that women at Pixar used a move they dubbed "the Lasseter" to avoid having their boss place his hands on their legs. An insider also revealed that 15 years ago, Lasseter placed his hand on a woman's legs, despite her having a defensive posture to block it. Lasseter announced in a memo to staff that he was taking a leave of absence after acknowledging "painful" conversations and that he was "falling short" of leading a company built on trust and respect. Disney supported Lasseter's apology, saying, "We appreciate John's candor and sincere apology and fully support his sabbatical."

  • Roy Price

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    Amazon's former programming chief, Roy Price, was accused of sexual harassment by Isa Hackett, an executive producer for the streamer's series The Man in the High Castle and Phillip K. Dick's Electric Dreams. Hackett alleged that while she and Price were riding in a taxi during San Diego Comic-Con in 2015, he repeatedly propositioned her and told her, "You will love my dick." Hackett also recalled Price yelling "Anal sex!" in her ear. Hackett reported the incident to Amazon executives immediately, but was never told the outcome of the investigation. After an initial suspension by Amazon, Price ultimately resigned. (His fiancee also called off their engagement.) In an interview with THR, Hackett called the encounter with Price "shocking" and "surreal." The details of the alleged incident were first reported by THR's editor-at-large, Kim Masters, via The Information.

  • Steve Wynn

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    Casino mogul Steve Wynn resigned as chairman and CEO at Wynn Resorts on Feb. 7 amid sexual misconduct allegations. The resignation, effective immediately, comes after a Jan. 26 Wall Street Journal report in which a number of women claimed Wynn harassed or assaulted them; one case led to a $7.5 million settlement. The Las Vegas billionaire has denied the allegations, attributing them to a campaign led by his ex-wife.

  • Chris Savino

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    Nickelodeon fired The Loud House creator Chris Savino after a dozen women accused him of sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior and unwanted advances. Savino was also accused of threatening to blacklist female colleagues who decided to stop being in consensual relationships with him. Anne Walker Farrell, a director on Netflix animated series Bojack Horseman, publicly revealed that Savino sexually harassed her 15 years ago and supported the network's decision to fire the show creator. A Nickelodeon spokesperson confirmed Savino's firing in a statement, saying, "We take allegations of misconduct very seriously, and we are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment that is free of harassment or other kinds of inappropriate conduct." Loud House is currently in its second season, with a third season set to premiere in early 2018.

  • Jann Wenner

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    Freelance science journalist Ben Ryan claimed that Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner kissed him in 2005, as well as offered him a 25-article contract in exchange for sex during a business meeting. "I had Jann Wenner's tongue in my mouth," Ryan said in an interview with BuzzFeed News. "I went along for a second but then said something to the effect of 'Oh please, I'm not that kind of girl.'" Ryan also alleged that Wenner tried to convince him to stay at the meeting by offering him a writing deal, which Ryan turned down. Wenner admitted to the encounter, but claimed that he never made Ryan a business offer. "He turned me down, which I respected. I had no intention of making him feel uncomfortable," he said in part. "I have never and would never make an offer of this kind." When a second man came forward with allegations to BuzzFeed on Dec. 29, Wenner said he was surprised in a statement and called the relationship "mutual and consensual." On Jan. 3, ABC scrapped a planned Rolling Stone anniversary special that was slated to air Feb. 7.

  • Kirt Webster

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    Austin Rick claimed he was sexually assaulted by Nashville-based publicist Kirt Webster. The former musician told Nashville Scene that he began working with Webster following his move to Nashville at the age of 18. Rick recalled a number of inappropriate incidents with Webster, including a time when the publicist groped his genitals in a hot tub at a party and another time when he woke up to find Webster "hugging me, kissing me all over my face and mouth, and neck and lips." Webster denied the claims through a spokesperson. Following Rick's claims, former intern Cody Andersen alleged to Fox News that Webster would often discuss sexually graphic topics at work, as well as share sexually explicit stories about employees.

  • Hamilton Fish

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    A report by HuffPost details accusations of workplace misconduct by multiple female employees against Hamilton Fish, president and publisher of The New Republic, going back a decade to when he was president of the nonprofit media organization The Nation Institute (he stepped down in 2009 amid the complaints). Former staffer Taya Kitman alleged that Fish grabbed her neck from behind, leaving red marks. Fish was also accused of assigning menial tasks, such as typing his letters, to high-ranking female employees. Fish took over the role as New Republic publisher in February 2016 and has since resigned after similar complaints of misconduct by female staffers were reported. "It's my sense that our office culture has been harmed, and the best way for me to help the organization move past this is by withdrawing," Fish wrote in his resignation letter to New Republic owner Win McCormack, which was published by The New York Times.

  • Leon Wieseltier

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    New Republic editor Leon Wieseltier has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct in the workplace over the past three decades. Wieseltier was placed on the anonymous and unverified "Shitty Media Men" list that had circulated around the entertainment industry. A number of journalists spoke to The Atlantic about their interactions with the editor, alleging that he would often refer to women as "sweetie" and would touch, grope and kiss employees. Wieseltier also reportedly bragged about sexual encounters to his co-workers. "For my offenses against some of my colleagues in the past I offer a shaken apology and ask for their forgiveness," Wieseltier said in a statement published by Politico.

  • Glenn Thrush

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    New York Times White House correspondent Glenn Thrush wrote a letter on his Facebook page in October encouraging male journalists to stand up for women in the field, but the post backfired when female journalists called him out on his own actions. Three women who were budding journalists and in their 20s at the time spoke to Vox about interactions with Thrush in which he groped, kissed and participated in other forms of sexual misconduct while under the influence of alcohol. Following the accusations, The New York Times suspended Thrush, saying they would investigate the claims. On Dec. 20, the Times announced that Thrush would remain employed by the company; he is scheduled to return in January. "We have completed our investigation into Glenn Thrush's behavior, which included dozens of interviews with people both inside and outside the newsroom," editor Dean Baquet said. "We found that Glenn has behaved in ways that we do not condone. He will receive training designed to improve his workplace conduct. In addition, Glenn is undergoing counseling and substance abuse rehabilitation on his own. We will reinstate him as a reporter on a new beat upon his return." MSNBC has not yet announced its decision on Thrush's role as a contributor.

  • Albert Schultz

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    Four actresses have alleged that Canadian Alias Grace actor and director Albert Schultz sexually assaulted and harassed them over a period of 13 years while he was artistic director of Soulpepper Theater Company in Toronto. Their lawyer, Alexi Wood, told THR in a statement that "Mr. Schultz abused his power for years. My clients fully intend to hold him and Soulpepper Theater Company accountable." One of the actresses claims that Schultz engaged in "mocking, belittling and bullying" of female castmembers at Soulpepper, and during a 2000 rehearsal at one point she "felt him push his penis against me" as he stepped in as director to advise on an intimate scene. Another actress alleged she faced "unwanted hugs, kisses and touching" by Schultz while working at Soulpepper.

  • Dylan Howard

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    On Dec. 5, the Associated Press published reports of sexual harassment against National Enquirer and Us Weekly editor Dylan Howard. According to multiple former employees, Howard, currently chief content officer of American Media, was the subject of an internal inquiry by an outside consultant in 2012, when he was running the company's L.A. office. He quit shortly thereafter. The AP contacted a dozen former employees who claimed Howard forced female employees to either watch or listen to graphic recordings of sex involving celebrities and encouraged reporters to have sex with sources for information. Emails published by The New York Times showed that Howard had dispatched a reporter to uncover derogatory information about an actress who had accused Harvey Weinstein of rape, and then shared that information with Weinstein. Howard has said he pursued the information as part of due diligence before entering into a business relationship with Weinstein. As reported by the Times on Dec. 5, Weinstein was part of a small group of "untouchables" at American Media due to his close relationship with the company's chief executive, David J. Pecker. Howard has called the ex-employees' claims "baseless."

  • Garrison Keillor

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    Creator and former host of radio show A Prairie Home Companion Garrison Keillor has been accused of engaging in inappropriate behavior by a former co-worker. In a statement released by Minnesota Public Radio, the station announced that they had ended their contract with Keillor as a result. "I put my hand on a woman's bare back. I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches. She recoiled. I apologized," Keillor wrote in an email to the Minnesota Star Tribune in response to the allegation. "I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it. We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called."

  • Steve Chaggaris

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    CBS News political director Steve Chaggaris has been fired after an investigation into allegations of "inappropriate behavior." The network said in a statement, "In the last two weeks, accounts of inappropriate behavior by Steve Chaggaris were brought to our attention and were immediately investigated. As a result, CBS News has severed ties with Mr. Chaggaris for violating company policy, effective immediately." Chaggaris, who covered the Trump campaign, had left CBS News in 2010 and returned in 2012, when he became executive Washington editor for CBSNews.com.

  • Rick Najera

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    Former CBS Diversity Showcase director Rick Najera was fired from his position in October following sexual harassment allegations. The writer and producer had been under investigation earlier in the year after he allegedly made inappropriate comments at the network's annual Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase. In addition to reports that Najera made lewd comments during his 13 years with the company, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom sent out an email to participants of the showcase to warn them about his rumored behavior. CBS said they became aware of the claims In March 2017 and when subsequent claims emerged, a probe and discussion led to his departure.

  • Michael Oreskes

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    NPR editor Michael Oreskes was under investigation after two women accused him of making unwanted physical contact while he was working as the New York Times' Washington bureau chief almost two decades prior. Both women separately claimed that he abruptly kissed them while discussing work-related issues. A spokesperson from NPR said in a statement published by The Washington Post that the company was reviewing the matter. Following the publication of the allegations, Oreskes resigned from NPR.

  • Knight Landesman

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    A former employee filed a complaint with Artforum magazine against co-publisher Knight Landesman with allegations of sexual misconduct in 2016. The magazine ordered Landesman to seek therapy as a result of the allegations. Following the initial complaint, many members of the art community, including nine women, have come forward about their own inappropriate interactions with the publisher. Artist Alissa McKendrick recalled in an interview with Artnet that "within seconds [of meeting Landesman] he had his hand on my butt and kept it there for a good 10 seconds." An anonymous source also revealed that Landesman grabbed and twisted his nipples on a number of occasions. "I fully recognize that I have tested boundaries, which I am working hard to correct," said Landesman in an email to Artnet. Landesman has since resigned as the publisher of Artforum.

  • Vincent Cirrincione

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    Vincent Cirrincione shuttered his eponymous management company Feb. 5 after sexual misconduct allegations from nine women came to light. The women told The Washington Post in a Feb. 2 story that the veteran Hollywood manager propositioned them for sex in exchange for representing them. In response to the accusations, Cirrincione told the Post that although he had engaged in affairs, all were consensual. Cirrincione allegedly boasted of his success in building the careers of actresses of color, such as Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson, in attempting to coerce the women to perform sexual favors. After the allegations, both Berry and Henson denounced their former manager.

  • Stephen Blackwell

    Former Death & Taxes intern Amy Rose Spiegel accused the site's founder, Stephen Blackwell, of sexually harassing her when she was 19 years old. Now 26, Spiegel wrote in a lengthy post on her Twitter account that Blackwell "harassed me and other women, particularly the youngest ones, who reported directly to him." Almost 24 hours after Spiegel's accusation was posted, Blackwell was no longer employed as chief strategy officer of Billboard.

  • Tyler Grasham

    Actor Tyler Cornell filed a police report against Tyler Grasham, a former APA agent, following an interaction that took place in early 2017. Los Angeles Police Department Officer Irma Mota said, "A sodomy crime [report] was taken against Tyler Grasham." Numerous men have come forward and accused Grasham of sexual assault, including filmmaker Blaise Godbe Lipman, who shared his personal experience as part of the #MeToo awareness campaign. Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard subsequently left APA and parted ways with Grasham. The agency has opened an investigation into the misconduct allegations.

  • David Guillod

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    David Guillod has resigned from his position as co-CEO of Primary Wave Entertainment, a talent and literary agency, following sexual assault allegations by Jessica Barth. The actress has accused Guillod of drugging and sexually assaulting her back in 2012. According to The Wrap, the allegation was first made five years ago and investigated by the LAPD. Following Barth's accusations, three more women came forward with similar claims. A source close to a former assistant who could not legally speak due to a settlement recalled: "Consent was not possible. It was beyond that. She just started bawling and was like, 'I think I had sex.' It was so clear that this had not been consensual."

  • Adam Venit

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    Terry Crews claims that he was assaulted by WME's Adam Venit in February 2016 while at a party. During an interview with Good Morning America, Crews said that Venit directed "bizarre" tongue movements at him. "He comes over to me. I stick my hand out, and he literally takes his hand and puts it and squeezes my genitals. I jump back like, 'Hey, hey,'" he recalled. "I have never felt more emasculated, more objectified. I was horrified." Venit was put on a one-month unpaid suspension by WME following the accusations and has since returned to work for the company.

  • Peter Rofe

    Veteran voice coach Peter Rofe was accused of sexual misconduct by 16 women. In a report from CNN, Rofe, who coaches aspiring voiceover actors, was accused of exposing himself, groping and encouraging women to strip during his training sessions. The dates of the alleged incidents range from 2000 to 2017. Rofe declined to comment on the claims, but his legal representative denied them.