The Long (But Not Exhaustive) List of Powerful People Accused Of Sexual Misconduct, Post-#MeToo

*Trigger warning* this list contains details about sexual assaults and encounters of an abusive nature that some readers may find disturbing

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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.

A year after the Weinstein story broke, we’re seeing just how important to call these people out on their bad, gross (and in many cases, illegal) behaviour.

Here, we reflect on the extensive list of people in power—from Oscar winners to ex-presidents—who have been accused of sexual harassment or assault in the year since the New York Time‘s explosive investigation. This list is by no means exhaustive and reflects only the 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.

October 2017:

Roy Price

Date: October 12, 2017 (but the allegations first came to light on August 25, 2017)

The allegations: Producer Isa Hackett says Price, then the top executive at Amazon Studios, sexually harassed her while they were working together in 2015. Rose McGowan also says Price ignored her claims that Harvey Weinstein raped her (and cancelled her Amazon series shortly after she made those claims).

The fallout: Price was put on leave shortly after media re-upped the allegations post-Weinstein; he stepped down the following week. In related (though less serious) news, reports claim that Price passed on Big Little Lies because he was concerned there wouldn’t be enough female nudity.

Ben Affleck

Date: October 12, 2017

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 fallout: 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.

Oliver Stone

Date: October 12, 2017

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 fallout: Stone originally voiced some support for Weinstein and has since apologized. He has made no comments on the allegations made by Stevens and Arquette.

Chris Savino

Date: October 17, 2017

The allegations: A dozen women have come forward with allegations against the Nickelodeon show-runner and Loud House creator. He is accused of unwanted sexual advances and threats of industry blackmailing.

The fallout: Savino says he is “ashamed” and “deeply sorry” for his actions. Nickelodeon fired him.

Gilbert Rozon

Date: October 19, 2017

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 just fourteen.

The fallout: Rozon resigned as president of JFL and also from his role overseeing Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations. Via a Facebook comment, he said he is “shaken,” but has not commented directly on the charges. A group of 20 women filed a class-action lawsuit against Rozon, which was authorized in May 2018, but a judge recently ruled that he can appeal the action.

Brett Ratner

Date: October 20, 2017

The allegations: Natasha Henstridge, a Canadian actress (SpeciesX-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. “He physically forced himself on me,” she said. “At some point, I gave in and he did his thing.”

The fallout: Ratner’s attorney, Martin Singer, said the director “categorically” disputed the women’s accounts. Warner Bros. ended both their first look deals and their co-financing deals with Ratner. Ratner has also since filed a defamation suit against Melanie Kohler, who first posted allegations on Facebook, but the case will not go to court unless he can meet the standards of California’s anti-SLAPP statute.

John Besh

Date: October 21, 2017

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 fallout: The New Orleans celebrity chef and TV star stepped down from both his position as head of his company and active duty at his restaurants. In November, representatives for the television show Top Chef said they are “evaluating” an already-taped episode in which Besh appears. Days after the season 15 premiere, Bravo reps announced they’d be editing him out of the episode and, in January, Food Network followed suit, scrubbing him from an episode of Top Chef Showdown.

James Toback

Date: October 22, 2017

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 fallout: 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 Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office ruled that Toback will not face charges, because the allegations “fall out of the statute of limitations.”

Terry Richardson

Date: October 23, 2017

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 fallout: On October 24, 2017, Conde Nast (VogueVanity FairGQAllureW) 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.

Crystal Castles’ Ethan Kath

Date: October 24, 2017

The allegations: Crystal Castles singer Alice Glass (born Margaret Osborn) first publicly accused former bandmate Ethan Kath (born Claudio Palmieri) of physical and emotional abuse and rape in October 2017. “He controlled everything I did… He forced me to have sex with him or, he said, I wouldn’t be allowed to be in the band anymore,” wrote Glass on her website.

Then, months later, The Daily Beast published a long-form investigative piece with details from Glass and five fans of the indie electronic duo, which accused Kath of a range of offences from physical abuse to rape. The five unnamed women say that the abuse occurred when they were between 14 and 19.

The fallout: Kath denied the allegations. In December 2017, Toronto police told The Daily Beast in December 2017 that there is an ongoing investigation into the allegations. Then, in February, Kath’s defamation suit against Glass and her boyfriend Jupiter Keyes was dismissed.

Mark Halperin

Date: October 25, 2017

The allegations: In total, at least a dozen women came forward with claims 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 fallout: NBC cut ties with the frequent contributor and Halpern’s hotly anticipated book chronicling the recent U.S. election was 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. In June 2018, Page Six reported that Halperin took meetings “with cable news fixture Kellyanne Conway, fellow embattled journalist Charlie Rose, CNN pundit and #TimesUp activist Hilary Rosen and an unnamed PBS executive,” possibly because he hopes to make a comeback.

George H.W. Bush

Date: October 25, 2017

The allegations: Turn: Washington’s Spies 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. In total, six women have come forward with allegations against the former president.

The fallout: 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.”

Kevin Spacey

Date: October 29, 2017

The allegations: Anthony Rapp, who’s currently starring in Star Trek: Discovery and is 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 fallout: 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 came out as gay, saying Rapp’s story “encouraged” him to “address other things about [his] life.” He was criticized for choosing this moment to come out, as it implied a toxic and erroneous link between being gay and being a pedophile. Later that day, Netflix announced that season six of House of Cards, which was in production at the time and starred Spacey as U.S. president Frank Underwood, would be its last. On November 3, Netflix fired Spacey. He was also re-cast in the film All the Money in the World.

Hamilton Fish

Date: October 29, 2017

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 fallout: Fish was on a leave of absence pending an investigation, but resigned on November 3, saying ““Women have longstanding and profound concerns with respect to their treatment in the workplace. Many men have a lot to learn in this regard. I know I do.”

Jeremy Piven

Date: October 30, 2017

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 fallout: 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 looked into the issue (Piven stars in the broadcaster’s new drama series, Wisdom of the Crowd), but does not appear to have penalized him. Piven has continued working as a comedian.

November 2017:

Dustin Hoffman

Date: November 1, 2017

The allegations: Three women accused actor Dustin Hoffman of sexual assaulting them—including one woman who said she was a minor when the alleged incident occurred—in an investigation published by Variety on December 14. The allegations surfaced after writer Anna Graham Hunter wrote in a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, that when she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of the 1985 made-for-TV movie Death of a Salesman, Hoffman sexually harassed her.

The fallout: 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.”  Hoffman did not personally respond to the Variety story, but his lawyer said the allegations were, “defamatory falsehoods.”

Nick Carter

Date: November 2, 2017

The allegations: Melissa Schuman, a former pop singer from band Dream, says that when she was 18, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter raped her. In a blog post, Schuman, 33, wrote that Carter invited her back to his apartment during a day off from filming a movie they were both in. She says Carter performed oral sex on her against her will, and forced her to perform oral sex on him. Carter, who was 22 at the time of the alleged incident, reportedly raped her. “He was relentless, refusing to take my no’s for an answer. He was heavy, too heavy to get out from under him,” she wrote.

The fallout: On November 22, Carter, 37, denied the allegations to People and said that, “Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual.” The singer also said, “this is the first that I am hearing about these accusations, nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm.”

Richard Dreyfuss

Date: November 4, 2017

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 in the mid-1980s. In a Facebook post and then in conversation with VultureTeich said that the harassment was consistent for a two- to three-year period, 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 fallout: 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.”

Mariah Carey

Date: November 8, 2017

The allegations: The head of the singer’s former security company, Michael Anello, says in a draft lawsuit that the singer “committed sexual acts with the intent that they be viewed by Anello,” and once requested that he move a suitcase while she was wearing an open, transparent negligee. He says Mariah Carey also called him “a Nazi, a skinhead, a KKK member and a white supremacist.”

The fallout: Carey has not addressed the sexual harassment allegations and it appears Anello hasn’t actually filed a lawsuit. TMZ—one of the only outlets to report on the allegations—suggested that the lawsuit may be on temporary hold as Anello’s lawyer negotiates with Carey for unpaid wages related to the dissolution of their business arrangement.

Louis C.K.

Date: November 9, 2017

The allegations: Speaking to the New York Times, five women came forward with allegations that comedian Louis C.K. masturbated in front of them without consent in separate incidents dating back to the late 90s.

The fallout: A day after the Times‘ report, C.K. released a statement, saying, ““These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question.” (While the statement was characterized as an “apology,” he did not in fact use the words “apologize” or “I’m sorry.”) HBO, Netflix and FX cut ties with C.K., and distributors of his film, I Love You, Daddy, cancelled its release. C.K. laid low until August 2018, when he made a surprise appearance at Comedy Cellar, a New York stand-up club, where he didn’t acknowledge his past behaviour, but did receive a standing ovation. On September 30, he performed another surprise set at Comedy Cellar.

Jeffrey Tambor

Date: November 8, 2017

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. 

The fallout: 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.” On Nov. 19, Tambor told Deadline that he would not be returning to Transparent. “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent,” he said. 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.” On May 23, a controversial New York Times interview with the cast of Arrested Development reignited conversation about Tambor’s verbal harassment of his castmate, Jessica Walter.

Steven Seagal

Date: November 8, 2017

The allegations: Actors Portia de Rossi, Julianna Margulies, Lisa Guerrero and Rae Dawn Chong all shared stories of being propositioned or put in inappropriate situations by Seagal.

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.” In January 2018, Regina Simons, an extra who appeared in 1994’s On Deadly Ground, accused Seagal of raping her at a wrap party for the film. Faviola Dadis, a former model, also says he groped her during an audition in 2002.

The fallout: Seagal has not responded to any of the allegations, though a spokesperson did deny McCarthy’s claims. In August 2018, the Los Angeles  County District Attorney’s office confirmed they were investigating two sexual assault cases against the actor, though they declined to confirm who the complainants are in those cases.

Matthew Weiner

Date: November 9, 2017

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 fallout: 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.” Ahead of his follow-up to Mad Men, The Romanoffs, Weiner was profiled in the November 2018 issue of Vanity Fair, where he more directly addressed the allegations, saying, “I really don’t remember saying that. I’m not hedging to say it’s not impossible that I said that, but I really don’t remember saying it.”

Roy Moore

Date: November 9, 2017

The allegations: At least nine women have accused the Republican senatorial candidate of inappropriate behaviour, ranging from trolling for teenage girls in shopping malls to flat-out assault. One woman, Leigh Corfman, detailed to the Washington Post how she first encountered Roy Moore when she was 14 and he was 32. She later met up with Moore twice; during their second meeting, he undressed and forced Corfman to touch his genitals through his underwear. Another accuser, Beverly Young Nelson, says that when the was 16, Moore groped her and tried to force her head to his crotch.

The fallout: Moore, who is based in Alabama, has denied all accusations and his wife of 32 years, Kayla Moore, held a news conference outside of the Alabama State Capitol Building in which she told the crowd that her husband, “would not step down.” Moore retained the support of the Alabama Republican Party, but lost the election in 2017.


George Takei

Date: November 10, 2017

The allegation: Former 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. Brunton told THR that the next thing he could remember was Takei groping him. “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 fallout: 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.” In May 2018, Brunton retracted his claim, and that the incident he described may not have actually happened.

Bijou Phillips

Date: November 11, 2017

The allegations: On November 11, inspired by the essay Ellen Page posted on her Facebook page accusing Brett Ratner of sexual harassment, actor Daniel Franzese posted his own story of homophobic and abusive behaviour on the set of the 2011 movie Bully. “[Bijou Phillips] body shamed me and ridiculed me about my sexuality and physically assaulted me. I was scared and closeted and feared for my job,” he wrote.

The fallout: Phillips apologized in an interview with TMZ, saying, “I don’t remember that time well, those years are a blur. I was a teenager and reckless in my behavior. I know Daniel to be a trustworthy and honest person, and to find out through social media that I was not the friend I thought I was to him made me so sad… I am so mortified by this behavior and have contacted Daniel and apologized to him privately. I am not and never have been homophobic. I have nothing but love for the LGBTQ community and Daniel.” Franzese accepted Phillips’ apology via Twitter thread.

Sylvester Stallone

Date: November 16, 2017

The allegations: According to a 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. He allegedly threatened to “beat her head in” if she told anyone. Stallone, who was 40 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.”

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 fallout: The 71-year-old actor denied 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.

Ryan Seacrest

Date: November 17, 2017

The allegations: In November 2017, Ryan Seacrest’s former personal stylist, Suzie Hardy, accused the TV personality of subjecting her to years of “unwanted sexual aggression,” according to Variety. Her lawyer sent a letter to E!, NBCUniveral and Seacrest detailing the alleged harassment, which included “grinding his erect penis against her while clad only in his underwear, groping her vagina, and at one point slapping her buttock so hard that it left a large welt still visible hours later.” The allegations became public when Seacrest spoke out about them, releasing a statement that said, “recently, someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News, came forward with a complaint suggesting I behaved inappropriately toward her. If I made her feel anything but respected, I am truly sorry. I dispute these reckless allegations and I plan to cooperate with any corporate inquiries that may result.”

The fallout: E! launched an investigation into the allegations and, three months later, released a statement saying there wasn’t enough evidence to take action against Seacrest. On February 5, Seacrest wrote a column for The Hollywood Reporter about being wrongfully accused of harassment.

Russell Simmons

Date: November 19, 2017

The allegations: On December 13, 2017 the New York Times published an investigation where three women accused Def Jam Recordings co-founder Russell Simmons of raping them. The allegations came after the LA Times published an investigation claiming Simmons and his friend Brett Ratner—who has himself been accused of multiple accounts of sexual assault and rape—sexually assaulted aspiring model Keri Claussen Khalighi in 1991, when she was just 17.

The fallout: Through his attorney Martin Singer, Simmons denied the allegations, but HBO cut ties with him and he stepped down from his business leadership roles in November. On December 14, CNN reported that the NYPD have opened an investigation into Simmons and the rape allegations. The $5 million lawsuit against him was dismissed in April 2018.

Charlie Rose

Date: November 20, 2017

The allegations: The 75-year-old 60 Minutes correspondent and host of CBS This Morning was accused of sexual harassment by eight women in a report by The Washington Post. The incidents reportedly took place from the late 1990s to 2011 and all of the women worked with Rose in some capacity. The women say that Rose engaged in behaviours including groping, lewd phone calls and nudity.

The fallout: Rose was fired by CBS and PBS (where his talk show, Charlie Rose, ran for more than 20 years) and issued a statement in which he apologizes yet says he doesn’t think all of the allegations are “accurate.” “I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed,” reads part of Rose’s statement. “I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate.” The full statement was shared on Rose’s Twitter account.

Glenn Thrush

Date: November 20, 2017

The allegations: New York Times White House correspondent Glenn Thrush has been accused of sexual harassment, including unwanted sexual advances, by multiple young, female journalists. In a story published by Vox and written by Laura McGann—a former colleague of Thrush’s who is also one of his accusers—three women accuse Thrush of various forms of sexual assault “from unwanted groping and kissing to wet kisses out of nowhere to hazy sexual encounters that played out under the influence of alcohol.” The disturbing exposé also includes incriminating text messages from the reporter.

The fallout: The political reporter was suspended by the New York Times until January 2018 and then returned as a reporter, albeit no longer allowed to report on the White House. Thrush, who says he has entered a substance abuse program, sent a statement to CNN that reads, in part: “I apologize to any woman who felt uncomfortable in my presence, and for any situation where I behaved inappropriately. Any behavior that makes a woman feel disrespected or uncomfortable is unacceptable,” he writes. He denied that the encounter with McGann was nonconsensual, and also denied that he would “rate women based on their appearance” or expect anything in return for mentoring people.

John Lasseter

Date: November 21, 2017

The allegations: In November 2017, numerous reports surfaced about the Disney animator and Pixar co-founder—who was behind such classics as Toy Story and Inside Out—saying he was, “very tactile in a weird way” with several former Disney-Pixar employees. The reports referred to unwanted advances, including but not limited to “uninvited kisses or a hand that would stray to the leg during staff meetings” and an incident where Lasseter “passionately kiss[ed] a female subordinate at a 2010 Miramax party.” Deadline said there was also evidence to suggest that Disney may have been aware of Lasseter’s behaviour, noting that Lasseter often attended wrap parties with a handler. Two anonymous sources also say Lasseter was “obsessed” with young character actresses portraying Disney’s Fairies. “We had to have someone make sure he wasn’t alone with them,” a former Pixar exec told Deadline.

The fallout: On November 21, Lasseter announced via lengthy email that he would be taking a leave of absence, saying he would take a “six-month sabbatical” following “missteps.” He went on to say, “I want to apologize to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape or form.” He is slated to leave Disney by the end of 2018.

Richard Branson

Date: November 24, 2017

The allegations: The founder of Virgin Group has been accused of sexually assaulting Antonia Jenae, a backup singer for British singer Joss Stone, at a party on his private Caribbean island in 2010. Jenae, now 44, says Branson, 67, “motorboated” her while making engine noises and begged her to go topless at the pool. “He came up to me and put his face in my breasts,” Jenae said in an interview with the UK newspaper The Sun, adding that Stone witnessed the incident.

The fallout: In a statement from a spokesperson for Virgin Management, Branson denied the allegations. “Everyone appeared to enjoy their time on the island. Richard has no recollection of this matter and neither do his family and friends, who were with him on the island at the time. There would never have been any intention to offend or make anyone feel uncomfortable in any way and Richard apologises if anyone felt that way during their time on the island.”

Matt Lauer

Date: November 29, 2017

The allegations: On November 29, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack issued a memo to his staff noting that the broadcaster had received a “detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace by Matt Lauer.” The memo went on to say, “We were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.” The New York Times reported that the complaint involved behaviour with a female colleague that began at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and then continued in New York. Not long after the story broke, The New York Times updated its report to include at least two new complaints against Lauer. As part of an exclusive two-month investigation that also ran on November 29, Variety details multiple instances of sexual harassment by Lauer. Variety notes that its reporters spoke to three women and corroborated their stories with friends and colleagues.

The fallout: Lauer was fired “some 34 hours after the woman and her lawyer visited the network headquarters in Midtown Manhattan,” reports The New York Times. Lauer issued a statement saying he regrets the shame and sorrow he caused and that damage control is now his full-time job. “Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching,” he shared. Lauer admitted there is “enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.” In August 2018, Lauer reportedly told fans he’s been, “busy being a dad. But don’t worry, I’ll be back on TV.” But according to a September 8, 2018 People magazine exclusive, he’s not planning a comeback after all.

Garrison Keillor 

Date: November 29, 2017

The allegations: According to a statement released by Minnesota Public Radio on November 29, the station was notified of allegations of inappropriate behaviour relating to the American author and radio personality while he produced A Prairie Home Companion, a weekly comedy and musical radio show. Further investigation found that Keillor’s workplace behaviour left several of the women who worked for him feeling “mistreated, sexualized or belittled.”

The fallout: MPR terminated its contract with Keillor and ended its business ties with him. That means the station will stop distributing and broadcasting of Keillor’s radio show The Writer’s Almanac and any rebroadcasts of The Best of A Prairie Home Companion. Keillor responded to his dismissal with an email to the Minnesota Star Tribune which said: “If I had a dollar for every woman who asked to take a selfie with me and who slipped an arm around me and let it drift below the beltline, I’d have at least a hundred dollars. So this is poetic irony of a high order. But I’m just fine.” Both his comeback shows for November 2018 are reportedly sold out.

Greg Zaun

Date: November 30, 2017

The allegations: The week of November 27, 2017, Rogers Media received complaints from multiple female employees about Zaun—a Sportsnet baseball commentator and former Blue Jays catcher—in relation to inappropriate workplace behaviour and commentary. (Rogers Media is the parent company of both Sportsnet and FLARE.)

The fallout: On November 30, Zaun was fired after an investigation into the allegations. A company statement sent to employees following Zaun’s dismissal notes, “This type of behaviour completely contradicts our standards and our core values. We believe in a professional workplace where all employees feel comfortable and respected. We are grateful to our employees who spoke with us and we will take every measure to protect their privacy.”

December 2017:

Bryan Singer

Date: December 7, 2017

The allegations: Director Bryan Singer, who is best known for X-Men, is being sued for allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy on a yacht 14 years ago. In a complaint filed on Thursday, Dec. 7 in Seattle, accuser Cesar Sanchez-Guzman says the Hollywood director forced him to perform oral sex, then forcibly performed oral sex on him, then anally penetrated him, Variety reports. Sanchez-Guzman also claims that Singer “told him that he was a producer in Hollywood and that he could help Cesar get into acting as long as Cesar never said anything about the incident,” the court document states. Singer denies the allegations.

The fallout: Singer was fired from Freddy Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody for repeatedly being absent from the set and causing production to temporarily shut down after he did not return to work following Thanksgiving. Rolling Stone reports that after Singer was fired, he said he missed work because he was caring for a sick parent. As of September 17, 2018, he was in negotiations to direct Millennium’s “Red Sonja.”

Donald Trump

Date: December 11, 2017

The allegations: At least 22 women have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct in incidents dating back to the 1980s, including in a 2016 New York Times article, but on December 11, 2017, three of them appeared on Megyn Kelly Today, asking Congress to investigate the allegations against him. Samantha Holvey, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks also held a press conference that featured video testimonials from 13 other women who say Trump behaved inappropriately.

The fallout: Trump has consistently denied all allegations. After Holvey, Leeds and Crooks appeared on Megyn Kelly Today, the White House released a statement that said, in part, “These false claims, totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year’s campaign, and the American people voiced their judgment by delivering a decisive victory. The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them.”

Larry King

Date: December 11, 2017

The allegations:  Terry Richard, who was married to singer and actor Eddie Fisher from 1975 to 1976, told the Daily Mail TV on December 11 that the television host, 84, sexually assaulted her on two different occasions in 2005 and 2006. The alleged incidents occurred during baseball awards dinners at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Richard, 63, says that both groping incidents occurred while they were taking a photograph together. She told Daily Mail TV, “He gets a thrill doing this in front of the camera, knowing I couldn’t do anything.”

The fallout: Several days before Daily Mail TV published Richard’s story, an attorney for King sent the outlet a letter denying the allegations. “Mr. King did no such thing then or ever. Your publishing this false and defamatory statement will be actionable and highly damaging,” the statement said.

King’s lawyer Bert Fields told Page Six that King denies Richard’s accusations and planned to sue Daily Mail TV over their story, saying he “flatly and unequivocally denies these claims” and “intends to file suit and prove that they’re utterly false.”

Mario Batali

Date: December 11, 2017

The allegations: Four women accused celebrity chef Mario Batali of inappropriate touching and sexual misconduct that is allegedly part of a pattern of behaviour “that spans at least two decades.” In an investigation published by Eater New York on December 11, three of the four accusers said they worked for Batali in some capacity over their careers. According to Eater, Batali did not deny all the allegations and said that they “match up” with the ways he has behaved.

The fallout: Batali told Eater he would step away from the “day-to-day operations” of his business for an unspecified period of time. “I have work to do to try to regain the trust of those I have hurt and disappointed,” he said in a statement. Batali was also asked to step away from his co-hosting duties on the ABC show, The Chew. In August 2018, one of the women sued him.

Paul Haggis

Date: December 15, 2017

The allegations: The Oscar-winning Canadian producer and director was accused of sexual misconduct by four women, including two cases of rape. According to reports, after a female publicist filed a lawsuit against 64-year-old Haggis for allegedly raping her, three more women came forward with their own accounts of assault. They also said that the alleged incidents took place early in their careers in the entertainment business, when Haggis lured them to private places under the guise of professional projects.

The fallout: In response to the allegations, Haggis’s attorney said, “He didn’t rape anybody.”

Gene Simmons

Date: December 15, 2017

The allegations: As reported by the San Bernardino Sun, rock musician Gene Simmons was sued for sexual misconduct by an unnamed radio and television personality after he allegedly made unwarranted sexual advances on her during a November 1 interview at one of his Rock & Brews restaurants, a chain Simmons co-founded with Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley.

The fallout:  The 68-year-old Simmons denied the allegations and in a statement to Vice said, “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.” They reached a settlement on July 2, 2018.

T. J. Miller

Date: December 19, 2017

The allegations: A woman who asked to remain anonymous spoke to The Daily Beast, alleging that Silicon Valley comedian T.J. Miller violently sexually assaulted her multiple times when they were both students at George Washington University. In the first instance, the woman says that Miller punched her in the face during sex and, on a second encounter, choked her. “As someone who had only begun having sexual encounters, like, about three months earlier, I had no awareness this was a kink, and I had certainly not entered into any agreement that I would be choked. I was fully paralyzed,” she told The Daily Beast

The fallout: Miller and his wife, Kate, posted a statement denying the allegations. In their statement Miller and his wife say that the young woman tried to break them up in college and was kicked out of their university comedy group “because of worrisome and disturbing behaviour.”

“Sadly she is now using the current climate to bandwagon and launch these false accusations again,” Miller says in the statement. “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.”

January 2018

Albert Schultz

Date: January 3, 2018

The allegations: The Canadian actor and artistic director of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company was sued by four women who accused him of sexual battery and harassment. According to a report by the CBC, actors Kristin Booth, Diana Bentley, Hannah Miller and Patricia Fagan allege in individual civil lawsuits that Schultz is a “serial sexual predator” and cite sexual workplace harassment claims that took place between 2000 and 2013. Per the lawsuits, the women cite 30 separate incidents that include Schultz flashing his penis, giving unwanted hugs and kisses, using sexually suggestive language and demonstrating inappropriate behaviour—including pretending to have an orgasm to congratulate an actor for her performance. Collectively, the women are seeking damages of up to $4.25 million from the theatre company, as well as $3.6 million from Schultz, to compensate for mental suffering, lost wages and injury to dignity and self-respect, according to the CBC.

The fallout: Following the reports, Soulpepper’s board of directors released a statement that said it told Schultz to “step down from all his Soulpepper responsibilities” while they investigate the allegations; Schutlz subsequently resigned from his role. The CBC reports that two of the theatre company’s founding members, Ted Dykstra and Stuart Hughes, and actor Michelle Monteith, released a statement in support of the women and said they hope their support will send “a message to organizations everywhere: sexual harassment in the workplace cannot be tolerated. By anyone.” On August 1, 2018, news broke that the lawsuits had been “resolved.”

James Franco

Date: January 7, 2018

The allegations: On January 7, after James Franco won a Golden Globe for The Disaster Artist, actor Ally Sheedy tweeted, “James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business.” The now-deleted tweet was cryptic, but news outlets jumped on the story, asking what exactly Franco had done to Sheedy. The same night, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a former acting student at Franco’s Studio 4 film school, sent a tweet that soon went viral, accusing him of exploitative behaviour, including removing “the protective plastic guards covering actresses’ genitals while he simulated oral sex on them,” according to Elle. On January 11, the Los Angeles Times published the accounts of five women who had come forward with allegations against Franco. Their stories came four years after Franco’s 2014 admission that he sent a 17-year-old girl Instagram messages inviting her to his hotel room.


The fallout: On January 9, Franco appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he addressed the allegations, saying, “the things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So I don’t want to, you know, shut them down in any way. It’s, I think, a good thing and I support it.” In March, Sharon Stone came to Franco’s defence, and in an April interview with Vulture, Seth Rogen said he’d still be willing to work with him.

Bruce Weber

Date: January 13, 2018

The allegations: In an investigation published on January 13 by the New York Times, fashion photographer Bruce Weber was accused of “unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behaviour” by 15 current and former male models. Then, on January 17, The Business of Fashion published allegations by several additional men—four of whom went on the record—who came forward with similar stories dating back to 1982. Former modelAlex Geerman said Weber’s behaviour was well-known in the industry. “When it comes to Bruce Weber, it was just this understanding like, Look, he does this to everybody. So, it’s just kind of what you take from it, what you make from it. I definitely think a young person going to shoot with him, they don’t understand. I didn’t understand,” he told BoF.

The fallout: Through his lawyer, Weber released a statement denying the allegations made in the New York Times report, saying that he was “completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me.” Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast, also released a statement saying that the publisher was suspending its relationship with Weber as well as photographer Mario Testino (who was accused of sexual impropriety in the same New York Times report).

Mario Testino 

Date: January 13, 2018

The allegations: In the same New York Times report that alleged sexually inappropriate behaviour by Bruce Weber, 13 male assistants and models say that renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino subjected them to sexual advances that included groping and masturbation, in allegations that go back to the mid-1990s. One former assistant to Testino, Roman Barrett, told the Times that “sexual harassment was a constant reality,” with Testino and alleged that the photographer rubbed his erection against his leg and masturbated in front of him. “He misbehaved in hotel rooms, the backs of cars and on first-class flights,” Barrett said. “Then things would go back to normal, and that made you feel gaslighted.”

The fallout: Through his law firm Lavely & Singer, Testino challenged the credibility of the allegations. Lavely & Singer said in a statement that it had spoken to several former employees of Testino who were “shocked by the allegations” and that those employees “could not confirm any of the claims.” And as mentioned above, publisher Condé Nast has suspended its relationship with Testino.

Aziz Ansari

Date: January 13, 2018

The allegations: In an investigation published on the online outlet Babe.net on January 13, a 23-year-old woman accused the comedian, 34, of sexual misconduct. The woman, speaking anonymously and known only as “Grace,” detailed a date with Ansari that occurred in September 2017. In a detailed account, supported by text message screenshots, Grace describes how a consensual date with Ansari devolved into her feeling pressured and coerced into sexual activity, calling it “by the far the worst experience with a man I’ve ever had.” Babe reporter Katie Way writes that throughout the course of Grace’s time at Ansari’s apartment, during which Ansari allegedly repeatedly moved her hand to his penis and stuck his fingers in her mouth, Grace “used verbal and non-verbal cues to indicate how uncomfortable and distressed she was.”

The fallout: Ansari issued a statement on January 14 acknowledging the accusations. “In September of last year, I met a woman at a party… The next day, I got a text from her saying that although ‘it may have seemed okay,’ upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable,” corroborating Grace’s account to Babe. “It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said. I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.”

Joel Kramer

Date: January 13, 2018

The allegations: Actor Eliza Dushku published a post to her Facebook page on January 13, accusing movie stunt coordinator Joel Kramer of sexually abusing her on the set of the film True Lies. The film was made in 1994 when Dushku was just 12; Kramer was 36 at the time. “I remember, so clearly 25 years later, how Joel Kramer made me feel special, how he methodically built my and my parents’ trust, for months grooming me…,” Dushku wrote. “Hollywood has been very good to me in many ways. Nevertheless, Hollywood also failed to protect me, a child actress.”

The fallout: The film’s director, James Cameron, spoke out in support of Dushku at a Television Critics Association event just hours after the news broke, saying “Had I known about it, there would have been no mercy.” Meanwhile, Kramer denied the allegations in a statement to Variety, calling the allegations “absolutely not true.” Kramer has also reportedly been dropped from his agency, WorldWide Production Agency, in the wake of the allegations.

Patrick Brown

Date: January 24, 2018

The allegations: Two women have come forward with allegations against Brown—the then-39-year-old leader of Ontario PC party, who also held the provincial seat for Simcoe North. Both were teens at the time of the alleged incidents, according to a January 2018 CTV report. One woman was 18 and in high school when she met Brown at a bar in Barrie more than 10 years ago, when he was a federal MP in Stephen Harper’s Conservative caucus. She alleges that Brown invited her over to his home for a tour. There, the woman says he closed the door to his bedroom and asked her to perform oral sex.

The second woman was also 18 when she met Brown on an Air Canada flight on the way home from university in 2012. She worked for Brown the following summer in his Barrie constituency office, organizing an event called Hockey Night in Barrie. At a nightclub, she said she was given many drinks by Brown and others, and then the party moved back to Brown’s home. There, he invited her and a friend to his bedroom to look at photos. The woman says she was drunk at that time, and when the friend left, she alleges he started kissing her. She also alleges he laid on top of her while she remained frozen. She told CTV she stopped his advances by telling him she had a boyfriend and she needed to go home, and he drove her home.

The fallout: On January 25, Brown stepped down as leader of the Ontario PCs, but indicated in a statement that he will remain as MPP for Simcoe North. Ahead of the CTV report, three of Brown’s senior staff resigned as a result of Brown’s initial refusal to step down. On July 27, CBC Toronto reported that he had decided to run for mayor of Brampton, Ontario.

Jamie Baillie

Date: January 24, 2018

The allegation: A third-party investigation, initiated by the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party, found that party leader Jamie Baillie’s conduct violated the Nova Scotia House of Assembly workplace harassment policy.

Senior party members confirmed that the claim involved sexual harassment, while CBC reported that the allegation involved a female staff member in the PC caucus office. No other details have been provided about the complainant or the allegation.

The fallout: Baillie posted his resignation on January 24 on Twitter, adding, “My priority is my family and I ask that our privacy be respected.”

Kent Hehr

Date: January 25, 2018

The allegations: Kristin Raworth, a former employee at the Alberta legislature, said that when she started her job she was warned against being alone with Kent Hehr—most recently federal sport and disabilities minister—but ended up in elevators with him because they worked in the same building. She said he once called her “yummy” and would make similar remarks in subsequent encounters. Upon talking with other female staff, she realized others had had similar experiences.

The fallout: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accepted Hehr’s resignation from the federal cabinet on Thursday, pending an investigation into an allegation that the minister made inappropriate sexual remarks while he was a provincial politician in Alberta.  In a statement, Hehr did not directly address the allegations, and said he would stay on as an MP. “I have been informed that an investigation into these allegations has begun and I welcome and respect this process.” Trudeau, who characterizes the move as a leave of absence, said Hehr’s duties will be performed in the meantime by minister of science Kirsty Duncan.

Scott Baio

Date: January 27, 2018

The allegations: In a series of tweets, Baio’s former Charles in Charge co-star Nicole Eggert accused Baio of molesting her when she was between the ages of 14 and 17. In February, Eggert filed a police report against Baio.

The fallout: The same day Eggert posted her tweets, Baio went Live on Facebook to deny her claims. His wife also responded, tweeting that Baio’s lawyers had served Eggert with two cease and desist orders. In June, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office decided not to file charges against Baio, now 57, because the statute of limitations had expired.

Paul Marciano

Date: January 31, 2018

The allegations: New York Times reports that five women have accused Guess cofounder Paul Marciano of sexual misconduct over the course of many years, with the first report being filed in 2009 by model Lindsay Ring. The accusations include “inappropriate texts and unwanted advances, including kissing and groping,” says the news outlet. This past January, supermodel Kate Upton publicly accused the cofounder of sexual misconduct on her Twitter account. During an interview with Time magazine following the announcement, Upton revealed that Marciano groped her breast during a private meeting in 2010.

The fallout: The company launched an investigation earlier this year into the allegations, reportedly conducting over 40 interviews and searching through millions of documents. The cofounder reached a settlement with the accusers for $500,000, and as of June 13, has resigned from his position.

May 2018:

Morgan Freeman

Date: May 24, 2018

The allegations: Actor Morgan Freeman has been accused of inappropriate misconduct and harassment by eight women, according to an investigation by CNN. Per the report, multiple women allege that the 80-year-old actor made inappropriate comments and sexual remarks on movie sets, in what the outlet describes as a “pattern of inappropriate behaviour.” None of these allegations have been proven in a court of law.

The fallout: Freeman responded to the allegations in a statement to Sky News. “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy,” reads the statement. “I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected—that was never my intent.” He told ABC News, “it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.”

July 2018:

Justin Trudeau

Date: July 3, 2018

The allegations: On Canada Day, while visiting Regina, a reporter asked Trudeau about story that has been circulating for years: that he groped a young female reporter at a music festival in British Columbia in 2000.After the festival, the Creston Valley Advance published an unsigned editorial accusing Trudeau of “groping” and “inappropriately handling” a reporter who was covering the event. Trudeau was a 28-year-old teacher at the time and attending the Kokanee Summit festival in Creston, B.C. in honour of his brother, Michel.

The fallout: Trudeau’s response was… not the best. “I remember that day in Creston well. I had a good day that day; I don’t remember any negative interactions that day at all,” he said.

Anthony Anderson

Date: July 20, 2018

The allegations: Anthony Anderson, the Emmy-nominated actor and star of ABC’s Black-ish, has been accused of sexual assaulting a woman, according to reports by The Blast. The incident is alleged to have occurred over a year ago, where the woman says she was assaulted after meeting with Anderson following a party she catered to discuss future business opportunities. She reported the incident to police earlier this year.

This isn’t the first time Anderson has faced sexual assault allegations. In 2004, the actor and an assistant director were accused of raping an extra on the set of the Oscar-winning movie, Hustle & Flow. The charges were dropped after the judge declared there was no probable cause to try the case,

The fallout: The actor denies the allegations In a statement to Variety,  the actor’s rep said: “It’s unfortunate that anyone can file a police report, whether it is true or false. The authorities have not contacted Anthony or any of his representatives about this matter. Anthony unequivocally disputes the claim.” On September 4, the LA district attorney declined to press charges because the “woman refused cooperate and there was not enough evidence”, according to TMZ

Les Moonves

Date: July 27, 2018

The allegations: The New Yorker reports that six women have accused CBS chairman and CEO executive Leslie Moonves of sexual harassment—spanning from the 1980s into the late 2000s. Four of the women have accused the veteran network executive of forcible touching or kissing during business meetings, while two told The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow that Moonves physically intimidated them or threatened to derail their careers. All of the women had professional dealings with him, and feared that their careers would suffer if they stepped forward. 

Additionally, 30 current and former employees of CBS allege that during Moonves’s tenure, other male employees at CBS news who were accused of sexual misconduct were promoted—”even as the company paid settlements to women with complaints.” While The New Yorker was unable to confirm that Moonves knew of all of these allegations, he has a reputation for being “closely involved in management decisions across the network.” 

The fallout: In a statement after the news broke, Moonves told The New Yorker, “I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely. But I always understood and respected—and abided by the principle—that ‘no’ means ‘no,’ and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone’s career.” Moonves’s wife of 14 years, Julie Chen, who hosts CBS’s reality show Big Brother released a statement in support of her husband, and later left her position as co-host on CBS’s The TalkOn September 9, Moonves stepped down.

September 2018:

Brett Kavanaugh

Date: September 16, 2018

The allegations: Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee and friend of Trump, is facing several allegations of sexual misconduct. The first, from Christine Blasey Ford, dates back to the 80s, when Ford says Kavanaugh groped her at a high school party. Since then, Deborah Ramirez, a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh’s, has come forward with claims that he exposed himself to her during a party during his freshman year. A third woman, Julie Swetnick, has also come forward with claims Kavanaugh was present when she was raped at a high school party. A fourth woman, who has chosen to stay anonymous, has also come forward.

The fallout: After Ford testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, U.S. President Donald Trump instructed the FBI to investigate her claims, but hasn’t given approval for the agency to talk to Ford herself, sources say.

October 2018:

Orri Páll Dyráson of Sigur Rós

Date: October 1, 2018

The allegations: A week before the story went public, Los-Angelos based artist Meagan Boyd posted on Instagram saying that she met Dyrason at a club in 2013 and after they went to sleep together that night, he raped her twice. She also posted about an alleged email conversation between the two, where she told him he was gaslighting her after he disputed her memory of the events. Her account has since been set to private.

The fallout: Dyrason announced in a Facebook post that he was stepping down from the band so as not to influence their work. Although he did not directly deny the allegations, he also wrote, “I will do anything in my power to get myself out of this nightmare, but out of respect for those actually suffering from sexual violence, I will not take that fight public.”

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, find a rape crisis centre, transition house or women’s centre via The Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres, or reach out to a resource in your province:

British Columbia: VictimLinkBC (24/7 hotline: 1-800-563-0808) | Alberta: Association of Alberta Sexual Assault ServicesSexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (24/7 hotline: 780-423-4121) | Saskatchewan: Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Centre (24/7 hotline: 306-244-2224) | Manitoba: Klinic Community Health (24/7 hotline: 1-888-292-7565) | Ontario: The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis CentresAssaulted Women’s Helpline (24/7 hotline: 1-866-863-0511, or text #SAFE (#7233) on a Bell, Rogers, Fido or Telus mobile phone) | Quebec: Government of Quebec (24/7 hotline: 1-888-933-9007) | New Brunswick: Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre (24/7 hotline: 506-454-0437) | Nova Scotia: Avalon Sexual Assault Centre (24/7 response line: 902-425-0122) | Prince Edward Island: Prince Edward Island Rape & Sexual Assault Centre (call 1-888-368-8055 to request counseling, or contact the Canada-wide mental health crisis line for support at 1-888-893-8333) | Newfoundland: NL Sexual Assault Crisis & Prevention Centre (24/7 hotline: 1-800-726-2743) | Northwest Territories: Hospital-Based 24 hour Crisis Line (1-800-661-0844) | Yukon: VictimLinkBC also serves the Yukon (24/7 hotline: 1-800-563-0808) | Nunavut: Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line (867-979-3333 or 1-800-265-3333, available every night from 7pm-12am Baffin time).

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