It’s been dubbed the “Weinstein Effect.” At least, that’s the phrasing many outlets are using to describe the current wave of people, across many different industries, who are now coming forward with their own stories of sexual assault and harassment. The public condemnation of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been unprecedented—arguably, it’s one of the first times we’ve seen an alleged sexual predator experience such a swift fall from grace.
As more stories are shared, we’re seeing just how important to call these people out on their bad, gross (and in many cases, illegal) behaviour.
Here, an ever-expanding list of people in power—from Oscar winners to ex-presidents—who have been accused of sexual harassment or assault in the wake of Weinstein. This list is not exhaustive (we’ve been updating it as news breaks), and it only reflects accusations made public post-Weinstein. The behaviour noted here varies across a wide spectrum and shows how sexual impropriety is rampant in Hollywood—and pretty much everywhere else.
The allegations: According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, Sylvester Stallone was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Las Vegas in 1986 while promoting his film Over the Top and allegedly threatened to “beat her head in” if she told anyone. Stallone, who was 40 years old at the time, reportedly made the teen perform oral sex on him, as did Stallone’s 27-year-old bodyguard, Michael ‘Mike’ De Luca. According to a police report obtained by the Daily Mail, the teen says she met Stallone while he was filming at the former Las Vegas Hilton hotel, and was given keys to Stallone’s hotel room by De Luca. After she went up to the room, the unnamed teen says she started having sex with Stallone before the actor encouraged De Luca to join them. According to reports, the 16-year-old became “very uncomfortable” and felt like she had “no choice.” De Luca reportedly then forced the teenager to perform oral sex on him before penetrating her, while Stallone made her give him oral sex.
In January 2016, the Baltimore Post-Examiner published the same allegations against Stallone, and in 2015, published an article that alleged the Rocky star may have molested his half-sister, too.
The aftermath: The 71-year-old actor denies the allegations and through his rep, called the report “a ridiculous, categorically false story.” In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Stallone’s rep said, “No one was ever aware of this story until it was published today, including Mr. Stallone.” According to the Daily Mail, the alleged victim never pressed charges after the police report.
The allegations: Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor was first called out by his former assistant in a post on her private Facebook page. The assistant claimed that Tambor repeatedly propositioned her, made lewd comments towards her and groped her. Following these allegations, Trace Lysette, who also stars in Transparent, tweeted that she too had experienced “sexual advances and comments” from Tambor. In the tweet, she describes one encounter where Tambor “got physical” with her. During a shoot for Transparent, Lysette says she was dressed in a “flimsy top and matching short shorts,” which prompted a sexual comment from Tambor. Later, on set, she was standing against a wall and Tambor approached her. “He came in close, put his bare feet on top of mine so I could not move, leaned his body against me, and began quick, discreet thrusts back and forth against my body. I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pajamas [sic] and I pushed him off me.”
The aftermath: Following the allegations from Tambor’s former assistant, Amazon Studios opened an investigation. Tambor responded by saying these claims were from a “disgruntled” former employee and called the accusations “baseless.” In response to Lysette’s tweet, Tambor told The Guardian, “I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express.”
The allegation: On November 4, Harry Dreyfuss told Buzzfeed News that Kevin Spacey groped his crotch when he was 18. A few hours after the allegation went live, Richard Dreyfuss shared the article in a tweet that said he was “so incredibly proud” of his son. Most people commended both Harry and Richard, but not writer Jessica Teich, who later alleged that the elder Dreyfuss “repeatedly harrassed” her when they worked together several years ago. In a Facebook post and then in conversation with Vulture, Teich said that the harassment was consistent for a two- to three-year period in the mid-1980s, and it culminated with Dreyfuss asking her to meet for work, but instead taking his penis out. “I can’t remember how my face got close to his penis, but I do remember that the idea was that I was going to give him a blow job,” Teich said. “I didn’t, and I left.”
The aftermath: Dreyfuss responded with the following, as part of a larger statement released to Vulture: “I emphatically deny ever ‘exposing’ myself to Jessica Teich, whom I have considered a friend for 30 years. I did flirt with her, and I remember trying to kiss Jessica as part of what I thought was a consensual seduction ritual that went on and on for many years. I am horrified and bewildered to discover that it wasn’t consensual. I didn’t get it. It makes me reassess every relationship I have ever thought was playful and mutual.”
The allegation: Former male model Scott R. Brunton told The Hollywood Reporter that famed Star Trek star George Takei sexually assaulted him in 1981. Brunton alleges that Takei, who was in his early 40s at the time, had taken him out for dinner and a show to help ease his woes over an ex. At the end of the night, Brunton went back to Takei’s condo for a drink, but says that he started to feel dizzy and at some point, must’ve passed out. “The next thing I remember I was coming to and he had my pants down around my ankles and he was groping my crotch and trying to get my underwear off and feeling me up at the same time, trying to get his hands down my underwear,” Brunton told THR. “I came to and said, ‘What are you doing?!’ I said, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ He goes, ‘You need to relax. I am just trying to make you comfortable. Get comfortable.’ And I said, ‘No. I don’t want to do this.’ And I pushed him off and he said, ‘OK, fine.’ And I said I am going to go and he said, ‘If you feel you must. You’re in no condition to drive.’ I said, ‘I don’t care I want to go.’ So I managed to get my pants up and compose myself and I was just shocked. I walked out and went to my car until I felt well enough to drive home, and that was that.”
The aftermath: Takei responded to the allegations in a series of tweets on Nov. 11 saying that “the events [Brunton] describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur.” Takei went on to say that he takes the claims very seriously, but does not remember Brunton at all. “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.”
The allegation: Former Mad Men writer Kater Gordon, who won an Emmy for her work on the show in 2009, has accused Weiner, the creator of the series, of sexual harassment. In a report published on November 9 by The Information, Gordon says that while working late with Weiner one night in 2008, he told her she “owed it to him to let him see her naked,” an incident that left her with feelings of “shame and regret.” Gordon, who has not worked in the television industry since being let go of the Mad Men writing team shortly after her Emmy win, told the website that she decided to share her experience following the allegations against Weinstein. Gordon is also launching a nonprofit organization called Modern Alliance designed to educate women and raise awareness of how to deal with sexual harassment.
The aftermath: A PR rep for Weiner released the following statement to The Information in response to the allegations: “Mr. Weiner spent eight to ten hours a day writing dialogue aloud with Miss Gordon, who started on Mad Men as his writers assistant. He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague. During the nine years he was showrunner on Mad Men, Mr. Weiner had a predominantly female driven writers room. He has long believed in and implemented an egalitarian working environment including the highest levels of production and writing based on mutual respect for all.”
The allegations: Actors Portia de Rossi, Julianna Margulies, Lisa Guerrero and Rae Dawn Chong have all shared stories of being propositioned or put in inappropriate situations by Seagal.
My final audition for a Steven Segal movie took place in his office. He told me how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather pants. I️ ran out and called my agent. Unfazed, she replied, “well, I didn’t know if he was your type.”
— Portia de Rossi (@portiaderossi) November 8, 2017
On November 10, television personality Jenny McCarthy joined the list of women accusing Seagal of sexual misconduct. McCarthy had in fact previously shared her story in a 1998 interview but decided to share again in light of the allegations from de Rossi, Margulies, Guerrero and Chong. She spoke about her experience on her Sirius XM radio show, saying that Seagal sexually harassed her during an audition for a role in one of his films. She recalled him saying, “You know, this part has nudity in it and I can’t really tell what your body looks like in that dress that you’re wearing.”
The aftermath: Seagal has yet to respond to any of the allegations.
The allegations: Transparent actor Jeffrey Tambor is being investigated by Amazon Studios following accusations from one of his former assistants, Van Barnes. The former employee went public with her accusations against Tambor with a private Facebook post claiming that Tambor, who is only referred to as her previous employer, acted inappropriately with her including making lewd comments and groping her.
The aftermath: In a statement to Deadline, Tambor responded to the allegations and said: ““I am aware that a former disgruntled assistant of mine has made a private post implying that I had acted in an improper manner toward her. I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behavior toward this person or any other person I have ever worked with. I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation.”
The allegations: Writer Anna Graham Hunter alleges that, when she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of the 1985 made-for-TV movie Death of a Salesman, Dustin Hoffman sexually harassed her. In a guest column written for The Hollywood Reporter, Hunter claims that Hoffman repeatedly groped her and made inappropriate comments of a sexual nature. “He was a predator, I was a child, and this was sexual harassment,” she writes.
The aftermath: Hoffman responded to The Hollywood Reporter in a statement, 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.”
The allegations: Reality star and actress Ariane Bellamar took to Twitter to allege that Entourage actor Jeremy Piven groped her on two occasions—once on the set of Entourage, and once at the Playboy mansion.
The aftermath: Piven has denied the allegations. In a statement, he said: “I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen. It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories, and my hope is that the allegations about me that didn’t happen, do not detract from stories that should be heard.” CBS has said it is aware of the reports and is “looking into” the issue (Piven stars in the broadcaster’s new drama series, Wisdom of the Crowd).
The allegations: Natasha Henstridge, a Canadian actress (Species, X-Men: The Last Stand) and former model is one of six women [including Olivia Munn] to accuse the filmmaker of sexual harassment or misconduct. Henstridge told the Los Angeles Times that he forced her to perform oral sex when she was 19, and his career as a music video director was heating up. “He physically forced himself on me,” she said. “At some point, I gave in and he did his thing.”
The aftermath: Ratner’s attorney, Martin Singer, said the director “categorically” disputed the women’s accounts. In a letter to the Times, he added: “I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment.”
The allegations: Anthony Rapp (currently starring in Star Trek: Discovery and best known for originating the role of Mark in Rent) says that when he was 14 years old, a then-26-year-old Kevin Spacey “climbed on top of him” at a party and made sexual advances.
The aftermath: Spacey tweeted that while he does not remember the incident, “if I did behave then as [Rapp] describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” In the same tweet, Spacey comes out as gay, saying Rapp’s story has “encouraged” him to “address other things about [his] life.” He was criticzed for choosing this particular moment to come out, and implying a toxic and erroneous link between being gay and being a pedophile. Later that day, Netflix announced that the season six of House of Cards, which is in production now and stars Spacey as U.S. president Frank Underwood, will be its last.
The allegations: The president and publisher of The New Republic is accused of inappropriate interactions with several female employees, per an email memo from TNR’s owner.
The aftermath: Fish is on a leave of absence pending an investigation.
The allegations: Rachel McAdams and Selma Blair are two of over 300 women who have accused the Oscar-nominated writer-director of sexual harassment and assault. Blair says that after a horrifying encounter in a hotel room, Toback threatened her life.
The aftermath: Toback has denied the allegations, saying early on that he has never met most of the women who accuse him. It was this response that prompted Blair to go public: “When he called these women liars, and said he didn’t recall meeting them and that the behaviour alleged could not be attributed to him, I just felt rage and an obligation to speak publicly now,” she told Vanity Fair.
The allegations: Nearly a dozen women have now come forward following last week’s CNN report in which eight women claimed the political journalist and Game Change author made aggressive and unwanted sexual advances towards them during his tenure as director of political news at ABC, including pressing his erection against their bodies.
The aftermath: NBC has cut ties with the frequent contributor and Halpern’s hotly anticipated book chronicling the recent U.S. election has been cancelled. Halperin himself has apologized in a statement, saying, “I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with,” which is a weird way to describe the behaviour he is accused of.
George H.W. Bush
The allegations: The Turn actress Heather Lind was the first of four women to claim that Bush Sr. groped her. Lind says the incident happened four years ago during a photo op, when the former POTUS referred to himself as “David Cop-A-Feel” before grabbing her rear.
The aftermath: A Bush representative claims that the David-Cop-A-Feel routine is “intended to be a good-natured joke,” adding, “To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.”
The allegations: For more than a decade, claims of inappropriate sexual behaviour—ranging from assault to exchanging coverage in prominent magazines for sex—have dogged the provocative fashion photographer. While there have been no new allegations, the conversation around Weinstein resulted in a re-examination of Richardson’s decade-long rap sheet.
The aftermath: Last week, Conde Nast (Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Allure, W) issued a memo saying their publications would no longer be working with Richardson, while Elle magazine decided to reshoot its January cover featuring Zoe Kravitz, which Richardson originally shot. He denies all allegations, saying he has never acted without consent.
The allegations: A group of 25 current and former employees report being sexually harassed while working for the Besh restaurant group, and in some cases the allegations are specific to Besh himself.
The aftermath: The New Orleans celebrity chef and TV star has stepped down from both his position as head of his company and active duty at his restaurants. Representatives for the television show Top Chef say they are “evaluating” an already-taped episode in which Besh appears.
The allegations: After speaking out against Weinstein, the Oscar winner became the subject of his own sex assault narrative when a Twitter user unearthed a clip of Affleck grabbing the breast of then-MTV VJ Hilarie Burton during a 2003 taping of Total Request Live.
The aftermath: Affleck has apologized for “acting inappropriately” towards Burton. Meanwhile, Matt Damon confirmed to Good Morning America that both he and Affleck knew about Weinstein’s alleged harassment of Gwyneth Paltrow in the late 1990s.
The allegations: Former Playboy model Carrie Stevens says that the celebrated director grabbed her breast at a party in the 1980s, while the Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette has described a “weird” encounter with Stone, who she says pursued her inappropriately after an audition.
The aftermath: Stone originally voiced some support for Weinstein and has since apologized. He has made no comments on the allegations made by Stevens and Arquette.
The allegations: Rose McGowan says the former head of Amazon Studios ignored her claims that Harvey Weinstein raped her (and cancelled her Amazon series shortly after she made those claims). A female producer says Price sexually harassed her while they were working together in 2015.
The aftermath: Price resigned after being put on leave earlier this month. In related (though much less serious) news, new reports claim that Price passed on Big Little Lies because he was concerned there wouldn’t be enough female nudity.
The allegations: A dozen women have come forward to file against the Nickelodeon show-runner and Loud House creator. He is accused of unwanted sexual advances and threats of industry blackmailing.
The aftermath: Savino says he is “ashamed” and “deeply sorry” for his actions. Nickelodeon fired him last week.
The allegations: Nine women say they were harassed or assaulted by the Montreal-based founder of Just For Laughs, including Salomé Corbo, an actress who alleges that Rozon grabbed her and slid his hand into her underwear at an industry party in 1990 when she was fourteen.
The aftermath: Rozon has resigned as president of JFL and also from his role overseeing Montreal’s upcoming 375th anniversary celebrations. Via a Facebook comment, he said he is “shaken,” but has not commented directly on the charges.
With files from Chatelaine and Courtney Shea
If you have been sexually harassed or assaulted, contact the Assaulted Women’s Helpline at 1-866-863-0511 or find a rape crisis centre or women’s centre in your province via The Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres.
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