Sexual Harassment of Males In the Entertainment Industry
Since news about movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment of women broke, a number of male celebrities have stepped forward to say that when they were in their teens, 20s, or older, they have faced groping or unwanted sexual actions, and at that, usually from other men (i.e, men in the entertainment industry, such as movie directors, agents, and so forth).
Here are some of the news stories or Tweets about this that I’ve seen so far:
Why it’s also hard for Hollywood’s men to talk about being sexually assaulted
Actor Todd Bridges talked about being assaulted by his publicist when he was just 11 years old. In the documentary movie An Open Secret, detailing rampant issues of pedophilia in Hollywood, Bridges talked about asking to be written out of an episode of Diff’rent Strokesthat dealt with the issue “because I had myself gone through that, and watching it happen on the show it was like reliving that all over again.”
And then there’s Corey Feldman, who blew the lid off the issue while doing press rounds for his memoir, Coreyography, back in 2013 — and was met with great resistance while doing so. Feldman spoke honestly about having been molested during his early years acting in Hollywood and said that his best friend, the late Corey Haim, had been raped by a Hollywood predator at age 11.
Feldman spoke about his and Haim’s issues with assault with the Hollywood Reporter in 2016.
“He had more direct abuse than I did,” Feldman said. “With me, there were some molestations, and it did come from several hands, so to speak, but with Corey, his was direct rape, whereas mine was not actual rape. And his also occurred when he was 11. My son is 11 now, and I can’t even begin to fathom the idea of something like that happening to him. It would destroy his whole being. As I look at my son, a sweet, innocent, 11-year-old boy and then try to put him in Corey Haim’s shoes, I go, ‘Oh, my God — well of course he was erratic and not well-behaved on sets and things like that.’ What more could we expect of him really? Everybody deals with things differently.”
As this dam slowly begins to break, it appears that more Hollywood men than we know have also suffered from sexual assault and harassment. So why haven’t we heard more about this? Why aren’t they talking about it, too?
“In terms of male sexual trauma, we’re a good generation behind in terms of public awareness, acknowledgement, and building support services,” says Rick Goodwin, a training consultant for 1in6, an organization focused on building programs and support for male victims of sexual assault.
Rob Schneider wants to make one thing clear about Harvey Weinstein — the mogul is no lone wolf, and Rob knows it because he too was sexually harassed by a director.
…Rob says the director is now dead, but the incident has clearly stuck with him.
Rob Schneider SHAMES Hollywood over Harvey Weinstein, makes disturbing confession
JAMES VAN DER BEEK
James Van Der Beek Says He’s Been Sexually Harassed By “Older, Powerful Men” In Hollywood
The former Dawson’s Creek star tweeted his support of the women speaking their truths in light of the Weinstein allegations before launching into his own experience with sexual harassment.
The actor revealed he’d been touched inappropriately by “older, powerful men” when he was a lot younger.
…When asked for additional details, Van Der Beek’s publicist told BuzzFeed News that the actor did not have anything else to add at the moment about this specific revelation.
Van Der Beek’s comments come after Terry Crews and Rob Schneider have both shared their experiences earlier this week of being male victims of sexual misconduct by powerful men in Hollywood.
James Van Der Beek [actor] says he was sexually harassed by ‘older, powerful men’
Dawson’s Creek star says he was groped and the victim of inappropriate sexual conversations, as he voices support for women who have spoken out against Harvey Weinstein
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