It was Harvey Weinstein who was brought down first. For years, rumors swirled in Hollywood and elsewhere how Weinstein used his position to bed women, willingly or otherwise. When the New York Times found enough women brave enough to speak up it finally brought the media titan down.
Next, it was Kevin Spacey, after denying his sexuality for decades, brought kicking and screaming out of the closet after being accused by Anthony Rapp of assaulting him when he was 14. After that initial story broke, dozens of men came forward with similar stories, ultimately leading to Spacey being dumped from every upcoming project he had.
Then it was Louis C.K., Ed Westwick, Oliver Stone, Andy Dick, and more. While many of them have had their careers brought low from such accusations, there are a still a few that are enjoying fame and fortune. Let’s take a moment to remind ourselves of the times these famous celebs were accused of sexual assault.
Back in 1987, Stallone’s half-sister Toni-Ann Filiti threatened him with a lawsuit alleging that the famous action star had raped and abused her for years. While Stallone maintained a position that “vigorously denied and continues to deny and dispute all claims of wrongdoing,” according to court documents, he still agreed to settle the issue out of court by giving Filiti a $2 million lump-sum and $16,666 a month after that.
Stallone’s mother says that Filiti was a drug addict and the lawsuit was a cash grab, but spending that kind of money just to make your accuser go away seems suspicious.
In 2009, John Travolta was accused of sexually assaulting a cruise ship attendant while in the Caribbean. According to the lawsuit, Fabian Zanzi accused the actor of "harmful and offensive contact" by "removing his bathrobe, grabbing plaintiff's hand, and forcing his naked person...against plaintiff's person." Travolta then offered Zanzi $12,000 for his "discretion and silence" on the matter.
The case was eventually dismissed, but Travolta has a habit of getting sued by men who claim to have been sexually assaulted by him.
Women can sexually harass people too! In 2010, Britney Spears' ex-bodyguard Fernando Flores accused the singer of sexual harassment. The case was settled in 2012 for an undisclosed sum, but not before some of the deposition docs were obtained by Star Magazine. Here's a juicy bit.
"So I go in, and I'm kind of looking to see where she's at, and as I walk down the hall I look to the left and she's standing in the living room next to the couch and is completely nude,'
"She didn't say anything. She kind of stared at me and kind of went like, 'Oh,' like, 'Oops' like 'what am I doing?' I said, 'Do you need anything?' She goes, 'Give me two bottles of 7Up.' I turn around to leave and she mumbled, 'What are you, a f*cking f*ggot'"
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You'd think assaulting Madonna would immediately make you persona-non-grata everywhere on Earth, but apparently, Sean Penn got away with it. In 1989, Penn was accused of breaking into Madonna's Malibu home, tying her up, gagging her, beasting her, and then leaving the house. He later returned with tequila, and allegedly only untied Madonna after she agreed to perform sex acts. After she was untied, Madonna bolted to the nearest police station.
"'When Madonna staggered into the station, she was distraught, crying, with makeup smeared all over her face. I hardly recognized her…she had obviously been struck,’” recounted Lieutenant Bill McSweeney to the New York Times.
In 2013 CeeLo Green was charged with sexually assaulting a woman after allegedly slipping ecstasy into her drink. CeeLo then took her back to his hotel and had his way with her. The Voice singer denied the charges, which were eventually dropped due to lack of evidence. However, one of the charges stuck: CeeLo was busted for furnishing ecstasy and was sentenced to three years probation, 360 hours community service, and forced to complete a Narcotics Anonymous program.