Sexual Harassment, Abuse in Hollywood – the Ever Growing List

Sexual Harassment, Abuse in Hollywood – the Ever Growing List

I first started out doing blog posts about the sexual harassment by those in the entertainment business regarding Harvey Weinstein and actor Ben Affleck, and how some male celebrities say they too have been sexually abused in work-related incidents.

But every time I visit my “Buttered Popcorn” twitter account this past few weeks, I keep seeing new allegations against other people who work in the entertainment business, whether actors, producers, directors, or whomever else.

It’s frightening and terrible to see how common-place this workplace sexual harassment is.

I have attempted to put these in alphabetical order by last name; here is a list of links about most of the stories I’ve seen the last few weeks of other celebrities being accused of sexual abuse or harassment (this is by no means an exhaustive list; I have so many of these headlines bookmarked, I will likely overlook a few):

Here are all the public figures who’ve been accused of sexual misconduct after Harvey Weinstein – via TIME magazine

Hollywood’s Accused Harassers, Molesters, Rapists – The Rap Sheet, 77 So Far 

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High School Senior Gives Up Playing in Marching Band to Serve as Blind Classmate’s ‘Eyes’

High School Senior Gives Up Playing in Marching Band to Serve as Blind Classmate’s ‘Eyes’

I thought this was a very sweet, uplifting story.

High School Senior Gives Up Playing in Marching Band to Serve as Blind Classmate’s ‘Eyes’  

by Katie Kindelan

When the Laingsburg High School marching band performs on their Michigan school’s football field, one band member marches without an instrument.

Rachael Steffens, 17, gave up playing clarinet in the band for her senior year to help bandmate Autumn Michels, who is visually impaired.

“I was excited to do it,” Rachael told ABC News, adding how much she enjoys having Autumn in the band. “She’s always making jokes, and it makes band a lot more fun.”

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Sexual Harassment of Males In the Entertainment Industry

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

Excerpts:

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 [actor] Says He Was Sexually Harassed by Director, Harvey Weinstein’s Not Only One

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.

Terry Crews [actor] reveals he was groped by Hollywood executive

The 49-year-old made the shocking confession in a series of tweets

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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Actor Ben Affleck Accused of Sexual Abuse or Harassment by Various Women

Actor Ben Affleck Accused of Sexual Abuse or Harassment by Various Women

These stories about Affleck are coming to light after all the allegations against Affleck’s friend, movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Other than Hilarie Burton, there is another woman (link farther below) who worked as a make-up artist who says Affleck molested her as well.

This post has been, and will be, updated with new devleopments.

Oct 12, 2017 update…

Ben Affleck dubbed ‘Buttman’ as more groping allegations emerge

Ben Affleck apologises for groping Hilarie Burton in 2003

I sincerely apologize’: Weinstein protege Ben Affleck admits he acted ‘inappropriately’ when he groped Hilarie Burton on TRL in 2003

Ben Affleck apologized to Hilarie Burton for his actions during a 2003 TRL interview: “I acted inappropriately

Ben Affleck apologizes for groping Hilarie Burton in 2003

Ben Affleck issued a public apology for groping “One Tree Hill” actress Hilarie Burton in 2003.

“I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize,” Affleck tweeted Wednesday.

The move came after Burton, 35, tweeted on Tuesday that she “didn’t forget” the incident, which occurred during an episode of MTV’s “Total Request Live,” adding, “I was a kid.”

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Numerous Accusations of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct by Democratic Party Backer Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein

Numerous Accusations of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct by Democratic Party Backer Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein

I have a difficult time taking liberals and Democrats seriously when they talk about things such as being against sexism, supporting women, inclusion, and tolerance, when I note most of them seldom speak out against sexism against women when it is committed by liberal or Democrat men, or any of their other favorite groups, as in this case.

Many women – both famous and not, ranging from staff members to movie stars – have come forward the past few days to say that they were raped, groped, or sexually harassed by movie producer Harvey Weinstein, in incidents that took place over a two decade or more time frame.

The news media colluded with Weistein to cover up the charges of sexual misconduct, and the New York Police and D.A. were too inept or unwilling to press criminal charges against Weinstein.

Since these stories about Weinstein broke, other actors and actresses are saying they were groped or sexually abused by other powerful people in the entertainment industry, such as this story.

I find it very obnoxious that a lot of these liberal celebrities or others affiliated with Hollywood like to sit around condemning rank and file, middle class Americans for our perceived shortcomings, or for being conservative or Republican, and they say we are all sexist, yet they themselves abuse women or cover-up sexism.

I’ll either keep updating this post to add new links as more aspects of this story come to light, or I may make a part 2 in the future.

Here are links to news stories about all this (and new headlines are being published every minute, making this a difficult story to keep up with):

Harvey Weinstein allegedly forced oral sex on aspiring actresses and raped employee

SAG-AFTRA Condemns “Disgraceful” Harvey Weinstein

SAG-AFTRA Blasts Harvey Weinstein’s Behavior as ‘Abhorrent’ 

Author and journo NUKES Hollywood on Weinstein: ‘All these leftist actresses expressing shock are LYING’

Report: Matt Damon, Russell Crowe Helped Kill Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Story in 2004

Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades – New York Times, October 5, 2017

Excerpts:

Update: The Weinstein Company’s board has fired Harvey Weinsteinafter reports of sexual harassment complaints against him. Find more coverage here.

…An investigation by The New York Times found previously undisclosed allegations against Mr. Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company.

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Celebrities Who Get It – They Don’t Alienate the Public By Publicly Trashing Other People’s Politics or Religious Views

Celebrities Who Get It – They Don’t Alienate the Public By Publicly Trashing Other People’s Politics or Religious Views

This is an on-going list. Any time I see a famous person who comprehends that it’s really stupid to unnecessarily offend about half the country (and it’s almost always liberal celebrities trashing right wing people or people with conservative religious beliefs) I want to add such examples to this post.

(I may also post examples of celebrities who speak up in disagreement with liberal celebrities and directors on other matters.)

Just to get started:

Mel Brooks (actor, director, comedian):

Mel Brooks Calls Political Correctness The Death Of Comedy

Chris Pratt (actor)

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Beatrix Potter, Work Rejected, Self-Published “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” Now a Bestseller for All Time

Beatrix Potter, Work Rejected, Self-Published “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” Now a Bestseller for All Time

Beatrix Potter, Work Rejected, Self-Published “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” Now a Bestseller for All Time

Excerpts:

….Long before she became a popular published author, Beatrix developed a particular talent for scientific illustration by drawing and exploring fungi. In 1896, she wrote a paper on fungi reproduction titled “On the Germination of the Spores of Agaricaceae,” which, unfortunately, was rejected by the Royal Botanical Gardens.

A year later, George Masse, a fungi expert from Kew gardens in London, presented her work to the Linnean Society of London, a place where Beatrix, being a woman, was not permitted to present it herself. Nevertheless, scientists today recognize and appreciate her contribution to mycology.

The male members of the scientific milieu in England were not the only ones who ignored Beatrix’s aspirations. Her family also disapproved, believing that a proper, respectable lady must eventually marry and certainly mustn’t work.

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