Hollywood's Many Men Accused of Sexual Misconduct: All the Allegations, Responses and Fallout

More than 20 powerful figures in the entertainment industry are facing accusations of misconduct

By McKenna Aiello Nov 29, 2017 10:00 PMTags

Widespread sexual misconduct is no longer Hollywood's darkest secret.

The multiple women who came forward with allegations of abuse against Harvey Weinstein in early October kick-started a show biz scandal that has yet to simmer. Now, more than 20 men in Hollywood face accusations against them.

The accusers, which range from once-aspiring young actresses to the most A-list of leading ladies, have demanded those in positions of power to take a closer look at their actions and enact change from the top down. 

The accused include the likes of men in front of (Kevin SpaceyLouis C.K.Jeffrey Tambor) and behind (Brett RatnerJames Toback) the camera, and their responses to the allegations and the repercussions they've felt vary greatly. 

Find a complete list of such cases below. 

Harvey Weinstein

The ultra-powerful movie producer is accused of raping, assaulting or harassing dozens of women, including Rose McGowanAshley JuddLupita Nyong'o and Paz de la Huerta. As a result, he's been fired from his production company and expelled from The Academy. Weinstein's spokesperson has "unequivocally denied" allegations of non-consensual sex on his behalf after initially releasing a lengthy statement apologizing for his behavior. 

Bryan Singer

In December 2017, the X-Men director was sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in 2003. Singer's rep said his client "categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end."

In 2014, two accusers sued Singer for alleged sexual assault. Both cases were voluntarily dismissed.

Danny Masterson

In March 2017, Los Angeles police said the That '70s Show alum and star of Netflix's The Ranch was being investigated for alleged sexual assault of three women in the early '00s. He denied the allegations. The following December, Netflix announced he has been written out of The Ranch and would leave the show, "as a result of ongoing discussions."

Mario Batali

In December 2017, the celebrity chef and co-star of The Chew announced he was stepping away from his various businesses following an Eater report detailing accounts from several anonymous women who claimed inappropriate behavior by him. He issued a lengthy apology to the individuals he "mistreated and hurt" and said the alleged actions do "match up with the ways I have acted." Days later, ABC fired Batali from The Chew.

Morgan Spurlock

Spurlock, known for documentaries such as Super Size Meadmitted to sexual misconduct in an open letter in December 2017 and left his production company.

He tweeted that in the past, he had been accused of rape, had settled a sexual harassment lawsuit, cheated on his wives and girlfriends and made sexist remarks at work.

"I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don't sit by and wonder 'who will be next?' I wonder, 'When will they come for me?'' he wrote. "I've come to understand after months of these revelations, that I am not some innocent bystander, I am also a part of the problem."

Tavis Smiley

In December 2017, PBS announced it had suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley and "engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley." Variety said the inquiry was launched after allegations were made that the television personality engaged in sexual relationships with "multiple subordinates." Smiley said in a statement, "I have never groped, inappropriately exposed myself or coerced any colleague in the workplace ever in my 30-year career."

Dustin Hoffman

Anna Graham Hunter, now 49, said in November 2017 that when she was 17, Hoffman sexually harassed her while working as a production assistant on Death of a Salesman. The actor apologized to the woman in a statement: "I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am."

Since then, five more women have accused Hoffman of sexual assault or harassment, including a woman who claimed in December 2017 that in the '80s, he exposed himself to her when she was 16. Variety quoted Hoffman's attorney as saying the latest accusations were "defamatory falsehoods."

Carter Oosterhouse

In December 2017, a former makeup artist of the reality star said that during production of Oosterhouse's HGTV show Carter Can in 2008, allegedly coerced her into performing repeated acts of oral sex. Oosterhouse said he had had a past intimate relationship with her and that it was "100 percent mutual and consensual."

David Blaine

A police investigation was launched into Natasha Prince's claim that the magician raped her at a private home in London in 2004. "My client vehemently denies that he raped or sexually assaulted any woman, ever, and he specifically denies raping a woman in 2004," Blaine's lawyer, Marty Singer, said in a statement to E! News. 

James Toback

The Los Angeles Times cited accounts from 38 women who say the producer sexually harassed them over the years. The number has since risen well into the hundreds, with both Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams also alleging misconduct by Toback. He issued a profanity-filled statement to Rolling Stone in which he referred to the idea of him offering a part to someone for "any other reason than that he or she was gonna be the best of anyone I could find" as "so disgusting." He also told The Times he had "no recollection" of meeting his accusers. 

Terry Richardson

Condé Nast banned the controversial celeb photographer over a string of resurfaced sexual assault allegations. Richardson said he was "disappointed" by the magazine publisher's ban, his rep adding in a statement, "He is an artist who has been known for his sexually explicit work so many of his professional interactions with subjects were sexual and explicit in nature but all of the subjects of his work participated consensually."


Kevin Spacey

The House of Cards star's career crumbled when actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making a sexual advance against him at age 14. Dozens more claim Spacey acted inappropriately toward them in past decades, including accounts from over 20 men who came in contact with the Oscar winner when he worked as The Old Vic's creative director. 

Spacey came out as gay in a largely-scrutinized apology to Rapp, and has since entered treatment. Netflix cut ties with Spacey and Christopher Plummer has replaced him in All the Money in the World just weeks before its buzzed-about release.

Andy Dick

The comedian was fired from the independent film Raising Buchanan following accusations of sexual harassment, which included groping people's genitals, unwanted kissing, licking and sexual propositions. Dick denied groping anyone in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, but said, "Of course I'm going to proposition people. I'm single, depressed, lonely and trying to get a date. They can just say no, and they probably did and then I was done."

Jeremy Piven

At least three women have accused the Entourage star of sexual assault, prompting him to write on Twitter, "The accusations against me are absolutely false and fabricated. I would never force myself on a woman. Period. I have offered to take a polygraph to support my innocence."

Piven added, "We seem to be entering dark times- allegations are being printed as facts and lives are being put in jeopardy without a hearing, due process or evidence. I hope we can give people the benefit of a doubt before we rush to judgment."   

The Blast claimed to have received Piven's polygraph exam report, which was reportedly administered by a member of the American Polygraph Association with Chapman Investigations earlier this month. According to the media outlet, Piven was asked about allegations made by his accusers and denied them. He passed the test and "no reactions indicative of deception to any of the relevant questions" were detected, per The Blast.

Brett Ratner

Olivia Munn and five other actresses have accused the director of sexual harassment or misconduct. Ellen Page also claims Ratner acted in a "homophobic" and "abusive" manner against her while filming X Men: The Last Stand

Ratner "vehemently disputes" Munn's account, and he's sued Melanie Kohler for defamation over her rape claim, his legal team calling the allegations "deliberately false and malicious. In addition, Ratner's attorney Martin Singer denied each woman's claim on the producer's behalf.

"I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment," Singer told the Los Angeles Times. "Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client."

Ed Westwick

In mid-November, a third woman accused the Gossip Girl actor of sexually assaulting her in 2014. He's yet to respond to this claim, but did deny the two previous accusations. 

"It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could ever conclude I have had anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct," Westwick said in a statement on Twitter. "I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible."

The Los Angeles Police Department previously confirmed to E! News that one accuser filed a police report and it is investigating her claims. To date, the actor hasn't been charged with any crimes.

Jeffrey Tambor

After two women accused the Transparent star of making unwanted sexual advances against them, Tambor announced his departure from the Amazon series. His statement read, "I've already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue."

Louis C.K.

The comedian broke his silence on allegations of sexual misconduct from five women who shared their stories in a New York Times exposé with a statement admitting guilt. It read in part, "These stories are true...The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly."

His upcoming film, I Love You Daddy, was indefinitely shelved, FX cut ties with C.K. and Netflix cancelled his previously planned standup special. 

Charlie Sheen

The actor "categorically" denied a report from The National Enquirer that alleged he had raped Corey Haim on set of the 1986 film, Lucas. 

Andre Balazs

Jason Bateman came to the defense of his wife, Amanda Anka, who confirmed a New York Times story that said the high-powered hotelier groped her at a 2014 dinner party. Balazs has not commented on the allegations, which include several other women's accounts of misconduct. 

Steven Seagal

Portia de Rossi and Julianna Margulies have described uncomfortable encounters with the actor, which allegedly included Segal unzipping his pants in front of de Rossi at an audition and showing Margulies his gun when the two were alone in a hotel room. 

He has not addressed their accounts publicly. 

George H.W. Bush

The former President of the United States is accused of groping actress Heather Lind and another minor during separate photo opps, claims he has acknowledged and apologized for. 

Bush's most recent statement shared via his spokesperson read, "George Bush simply does not have it in his heart to knowingly cause anyone distress, and he again apologizes to anyone he offended during a photo op."

Andrew Kreisberg

Warner Bros. Television fired the co-creator of hit CW shows like SupergirlArrow and The Flash over allegations of sexual harassment. He has denied the claims, which 15 women and four men who have worked with him talked about with Variety. 

"I have made comments on women's appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized," Kreisberg told the publication. 

George Takei

Following one former model's assertion that the Star Trek actor took advantage of him following a date in 1981, Takei said the alleged event "simply did not occur" and denied remembering his accuser. 

"Right now," the celebrity added in his statement, "it is a he said / he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 years ago. But those that know me understand that non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful."

Mark Schwahn

18 cast and crew members who worked on One Tree Hill wrote a letter accusing their former showrunner of sexual harassment, which he has not commented on. As a result, Schwahn was suspended from The Royals

Sylvester Stallone

Through his spokesperson, the Rocky star called allegations that he and a bodyguard raped a 16-year-old girl in 1986 a "ridiculous, categorically false story." The statement continued, "At no time was Mr. Stallone ever contacted by any authorities or anyone else regarding this matter."

The story, first published Thursday morning on the Daily Mail featured a redacted copy of the purported 1986 Las Vegas police report titled "possible sexual assault."

Russell Simmons

In a Los Angeles Times piece published in November 2017, the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings is accused of carrying out sexual misconduct against women, including one alleged incident in which Brett Ratner allegedly watched as Simmons forced a woman to perform oral sex on him. The music mogul disputed "the horrendous allegations of non-consensual sex against me with every fiber of my being" in a statement to E! News and Ratner's attorney told the Los Angeles Times that the producer had "no recollection" of Khalighi asking him for help and denied witnessing her "protest."

A month later, the New York Times reported that three people accused Simmons of rape, while the Los Angeles Times reported that five additional women have come forward with new stories of alleged sexual misconduct against him. Simmons said in a statement, "I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual."

Charlie Rose

Eight women accused the veteran TV personality and journalist of sexual misconduct, claims he apologized for but also denied. Rose said publicly, "I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.

The 75-year-old CBS This Morning co-host was terminated from his posts at CBS and PBS. 

Matt Lauer

NBC News fired Laure, host of the Today show, after a female colleague accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior. He apologized, saying in a statement, "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry." More sexual misconduct allegations against Lauer were reported after his firing was announced. He has not commented on them.

(Originally published Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at 1:26 p.m. PST)

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