Well, it’s been a whirlwind since we first shared the Hervey Weinstein allegations. In just one month there has been an outpour of accusations against powerful men in Hollywood. Below are some of the new allegations, though by the time we publish the article there will probably be much more to add to this ever-growing list. What an unfortunate time to be a sexual harasser.
1/ Kevin Spacey has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting several men over the years including at least 8 House of Cards employees. The first accusation came forth from Anthony Rapp, who was only 14 at the time. Rapp claims that Spacey came on to him while they were both attending a house party. Spacey picked Rapp up “like a groom picks up a bride” and put him on the bed while pressing his weight onto Rapp. Filmmaker Tony Montana claims that in 2003, Spacey forcefully grabbed Montana’s genitalia in a bar and told him to leave the bar with him. Montana turned him down only to have Spacey follow him to the bathroom. Actor Robert Cavazos says that Spacey had a particular fondness for men under the age of 30 and that he felt entitled to touching them without their consent. Though Spacey published an apology for his inappropriate behavior towards Rapp, he claims that he has no recollection of the behavior. In his statement, he also came out as a gay man. Then news came out that there were many others claiming harassment and assault from Spacey, including at least 8 House of Cards employees. According to People magazine, Spacey is currently seeking treatment at a facility. It is rumored that Spacey will no longer appear on the last season of House of Cards and future show production (beyond the upcoming season) has already been permanently cancelled.
2/ Dustin Hoffman was accused of sexually harassing a 17-year-old intern on the set of Death of a Salesman in 1985. The former intern, Anna Graham Hunter, alleges that Hoffman grabbed her butt and made inappropriate comments about her breasts and sex while they were on set. Hoffman recently released a statement saying that he has the “utmost respect for women.” He went on to apologize for putting Hunter in an uncomfortable situation and swears that his past behavior is not reflective of who he is.
3/ Brett Ratner, director and producer of movies like the Rush Hour franchise and X-Men: The Last Stand, has been accused of sexual harassment/assault by actresses. Actress Natasha Henstridge claims that in the early 90s, Ratner forced her to perform oral sex on him. Actress Olivia Munn recalls a time where Ratner came out of his dressing room bathroom and “furiously masturbating.”
How do you think Hollywood is handling all the sexual harassment allegations coming out?
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