It has been just over a month since the allegations about the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced. Up to 89 women have come forward with reports of his indecent and unacceptable behavior towards them. In what became known as the “Weinstein Effect,” it seems that there are new and disturbing allegations reported every day about individuals abusing their positions of power. It wasn’t just in the film and entertainment industry that women came forward with their own hashtag #MeToo experiences.
Everything from Hollywood, British politics, universities, and even Bollywood is seeing the “Weinstein Effect.” In light of the horrible experiences that people have shared the positive thing to come out of all this is it is encouraging victims from all walks of life to face their attackers and vent their frustrations.
As the end of the year approaches, one can’t help but wonder what more new revelations the next few weeks will bring. The seemingly never-ending number of cases that are coming to light are not just shocking, but they are despicable in every way. Here we have listed 8 of the biggest scandals in 2017, and 7 more allegations that may also break. We must state that of course several of these should be considered innocent until proven otherwise.
15. Kevin Spacey – Indecently Assaulted Several Young Men
In light of the Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp’s allegations of inappropriate conduct against Kevin Spacey that occurred in the 1980s, several more individuals came forward with their own stories of his inappropriate behavior towards them.
In the space of two weeks, Spacey was accused of indecent assault by several male actors who worked for him at the Old Queen Vic in London, multiple crew members from the Netflix drama House of Cards, and more recently, Richard Dreyfus’ son Harry Dreyfus.
Harry Dreyfus published an essay on Buzzfeed describing Spacey as a “predator” who felt safe to abuse him during a rehearsal for a play that his father was involved in. When the two were out of sight of his father Spacey kept grabbing his thigh and trying to touch his crotch. In response, Spacey’s lawyer responded to the allegations and denied the events ever occurred.
14. About To Break: George Takei – Allegedly Drugged And Groped A Man In 1981
George Takei is best known for his iconic starring role as Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek TV series and the Star Trek feature films. Takei is also an author, director, and activist with a huge following on his official Facebook page.
On November 10, 2017, Takei was accused of inappropriate conduct by a former actor and model Scott Brunton. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Brunton alleges the incident occurred in 1981 when he was 23 years old. He claims that Takei gave him a drink “laced with something” at his apartment and began to undress him.
13. About To Break: Alison Mack – Second In Command Of A Cult Accused Of Branding Women
Alison Mack, best known to fans of the Superman-based TV show Smallville for playing Chloe Sullivan for ten years, was recently named by the Daily Mail as the second in command of a secret sorority in the so-called self-help organization NXIVM. It is run by their leader and self-help guru Keith Raniere.
An article that was published in June on the website Blind Gossip alleges Mack recruits new members to self-improvement organization with the female members being inducted and branded in a s*x-slavery pyramid scheme.
According to the New York Times, former members that managed to escape the NXIVM reported that they were branded with Keith Raniere’s initials. Former spokesperson of NXIVM Frank Parlato and claims that Mack is in charge of a sorority called DOS, which stands for “dominus obsequious sororium,” which in Latin means “master over slave women.”
12. Dustin Hoffman – Accused Of Inappropriate Behavior With Three Women
Dustin Hoffman is one of the world’s most iconic and recognizable actors in the world. He’s an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner that’s known for his roles in Kramer vs. Kramer, Rain Man, The Graduate, Tootsie, and Marathon Man.
In 2017, however, it wasn’t his acting accolades that brought Hoffman the into the spotlight again, but his controversial past actions in light of the “Weinstein Effect.”
In 2017, writer Anna Graham Hunter came forward and alleged that Hoffman groped her when she was a 17-year-old intern on the film Death of a Salesman in 1985. Then in November, television producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis also accused Hoffman of harassment in 1991.
Prior to this, in 1979 Meryl Streep once accused Hoffman of groping her breast in an interview with Time Magazine during an audition for a play he was directing.
11. About To Break: Dan Schneider – Accusations Of Inappropriate Behavior
Dan Schneider is an actor, writer, and television producer that is responsible for some of the most successful children’s shows ever made. He was involved in All That, The Amanda Show, iCarly, What I like About You, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, Game Shakers, and Sam & Cat. In 2007, the New York Times named him the “Norman Lear of children’s television.”
However, according to an article on Redstate, Schneider has been accused of indecent behavior involving several young actresses for many years. The rumors have not yet been substantiated but in an interview with YouTube broadcasters Revenge of the CIS, an anonymous female who claimed to have had an audition with Schneider when she was 14-years-old said that she experienced inappropriate advances from him.
Schneider and Nickelodeon have yet to comment on the accusations. It should be noted that Nickelodeon allowed actor/producer Brian Peck to continue to work at the company in 2004 after pleading guilty to child s*xual abuse.
10. Brett Ratner – Allegedly Assaulted Several Women
Brett Ratner is a director, producer, and co-founder of the RatPac-Dune production company, and he was involved in producing some of Warner Bros. biggest hits, like Wonder Woman, The Lego Batman Movie, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and the upcoming Justice League movie adaptation starring Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, and Henry Cavill.
Ratner, however, has lost his $450 million deal with Warner Bros. over allegations of inappropriate conduct and inappropriate behavior with several women in the film industry, like Olivia Munn, Natasha Henstridge, and Ellen Page whom he bullied, humiliated and “outed” at a cast and crew meet and greet. In addition, Ratner allegedly assaulted Page when she was sixteen years old at a professional dinner meeting.
9. Harvey Weinstein – Assaulting At Least 89 Women
Before his accusers bravely came forward, Harvey Weinstein’s so-called “casting couch” and misconduct was considered something of an “open secret” in the film industry. Rumors of his “casting couch” haunted and circulated Hollywood for years.
Even before the scandal broke in October of 2017, Gwyneth Paltrow admitted that Weinstein will try and “coerce you into doing a thing two” on the Late Show With David Letterman and Courtney Love even went as far as saying, “If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a private part in the Four Seasons, don’t go.”
Finally, in 2017, the New York Times published a report accusing Weinstein of 30 years of harassment and settlement pay-offs to actresses, productions staff, office temps and other employees.
So far, up to 77 women have accused Weinstein of harassment and assault, and 12 have accused him of r*pe. Some of the accusers include Ashley Judd, Lena Headey, Cara Delevingne, Darryl Hannah, and Rose McGowan among the many.
8. About To Break: Mariah Carey – Allegedly Harrassed Her Former Bodyguard
Mariah Carey is one of the best-selling female artists in the world, and she has sold more than $200 million records worldwide. She is the winner of multiple awards. She has won 5 Grammys, 14 Billboard Awards, and 19 World Music Awards.
Throughout her illustrious career, Carey has gained a reputation of being a diva, but recently the controversy is aimed at her conduct towards her former employee and bodyguard Michael Anello. Anello, who owns Anello Security & Consulting, has accused the singer of verbal abuse – calling him and his staff members offensive names – and inappropriate behavior
Anello claims that she invited him to her room and paraded around in her see-through underwear and refused to let him leave. In addition, he claims that she performed indecent acts in front of him with the intention of being viewed by Anello.
7. Louis C.K. – Admitted To Inappropriate Behavior With Five Women
It was recently reported in the New York Times that award-winning stand-up comedian, actor, director and writer Louis C.K. was accused of indecent conduct by five women. He allegedly exposed himself and behaved in an inappropriate manner that wasn’t consensual.
Following the report, C.K. issued a statement admitting the offences and expressed remorse for his own abuse of power and status in the comedy and stand-up industry, believing it was consensual because he asked permission.
As a result, the comedian was dropped from his role as Max in The Secret Life of Pets, FX cut all ties with him, and Netflix announced it won’t be going forward with his planned comedy stand-up special.
6. About To Break: Richard Dreyfuss – Accused Of Harassment And Exposing Himself
Richard Dreyfuss, who is best known for performances in the films Jaws, the Stakeout series, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind was recently accused of indecent behavior just days after tweeting support for his son Harry Dreyfuss, who accused Kevin Spacey. Dreyfuss was accused by the Los Angeles-based writer Jessica Teich.
She claims that Dreyfuss exposed himself to her in his trailer during the 1980s when working on the ABC comedy special Funny You Don’t Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville. Dreyfuss was the producer, co-writer and host for the event.
In response to the allegation, Dreyfuss emphatically denied exposing himself to Teich. He did, however, admit to trying to kiss her in what he thought was a “consensual seduction ritual.” Additionally, he said, “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.”
5. Chris Savino – A Decade Of Indecent Conduct Toward His Female Colleagues
Chris Savino is the animator, writer, and director of several popular cartoon television shows, such as Dexter’s Laboratory, Hey Arnold, The Power Puff Girls, and most recently, The Loud House on Nickelodeon.
In October of 2017, Savino was fired by Nickelodeon in the wake of a dozen women reporting his inappropriate behavior dating back at least ten years. The women accused him of abusing his position and threatening to blacklist his female colleagues if they didn’t consent to his inappropriate advances.
On October 23, 2017, Sorvino responded to accusations by apologizing, stating that he was “deeply sorry for his actions.” Since his firing, Nickelodeon has confirmed that the production of The Loud House will continue without him.
4. About To Break: Tom Sizemore – Allegedly Assaulted A Child On Set
Tom Sizemore is a controversial figure in the film industry. Despite having prominent roles in the films Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers, Saving Private Ryan, and Heat, Sizemore is more recognized for his conduct off-set than on.
Sizemore became notorious for his battles against drug addiction, and convictions for domestic abuse that ranged from 2003 to 2017. However, even those who grew accustomed to his off-screen antics couldn’t have prepared themselves for the allegations which were made on the 13 November 2017.
According to the report, Sizemore had allegedly assaulted an 11-year-old co-worker on the set of a film called Born Killers in 2003. The film’s producers confirmed that they had indeed booted Sizemore from the production, and he was later dropped by his management firm and talent agency after the accusations were made.
3. James Toback – Over 300 Accused Him Of Indecent Behavior
In October of 2017, the Los Angeles Times revealed that 38 women had come forward to accuse James Toback of indecent assault and harassment at “casting-couch” meetings, in interviews, in hotel rooms, and in movie trailers.
Toback’s accusers were among Hollywood’s most well-known actresses and included Julianne Moore, Rachel McAdams, and Selma Blair. Since the news broke, over 300 women came forward with their own horror stories regarding Toback’s abusive and unacceptable behavior.
The Oscar-nominated writer and director has denied the allegations, insulted his accusers in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, and claimed that it was “biologically impossible” for him to engage in such behavior.
2. About To Break: Bryan Singer – New Accusations In November 2017
Bryan Singer is the director and producer of hit films The Usual Suspects, the X-Men film and television franchises, Superman Returns, and Apt Pupil. However, much of his career has been filled with controversy in light of several allegations of indecent behavior and assault with young males dating back as far as 1997, during the filming of Apt Pupil.
As recently as November 2, 2017, new allegations emerged from a Twitter user named Justin Smith. There were over 14 tweets posted detailing Singer’s behavior around the L.A. gay scene but they since been deleted, but some outlets saved the comments.
1. Gary Goddard Assaulted A 14-Year-Old
Gary Goddard is a writer and producer with one directing credit to his name, which is the film Masters of the Universe. He’s the founder and CEO of the entertainment and design firm The Goddard Group.
In 2014, Goddard, Bryan Singer, and several other Hollywood executives were the subject of a complaint regarding indecent assault that allegedly occurred in 2014. The men were sued for intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, and battery.
The suit was dismissed, but the allegations enraged former ER actor Anthony Edwards. It wasn’t until 2017 that, in a post on Medium, Edwards alleged to have been assaulted by Goddard when he was just 14-years-old. Goddard responded by denying the claims as false allegations.
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