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Harvey Weinstein Fallout: Entertainment Figures Accused of Sexual Harassment

The Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal has rocked the world of Hollywood to its core. Allegations by more than 50 women have brought to light decades of sexual harassment, abuse and rape, by Weinstein.

Beyond Weinstein, entertainment and media companies are taking allegations of sexual harassment and assault extremely seriously. Here is a list of the some other media and entertainment figures who have been accused of sexual misbehavior since the Weinstein story first broke on Oct. 5.

Roy Price:
The president of Amazon Studios was suspended and ultimately resigned after Isa Hackett, executive producer on Amazon’s “The Man in High Castle,” claimed that Price pressured her for sex, made an obscene joke related to the title of Amazon’s “I Love Dick,” and whispered obscenities to her. Price’s fiancee also cancelled their wedding due to the allegations less than a month before the planned date.

Chris Savino:
The creator and showrunner of Nickelodeon’s “The Loud House” was fired after a suspension when a dozen women came forward accusing Savino of inappropriate conduct over several years, including unwanted sexual advances as well as threats of retribution after the end of consensual relationships.

Lockhart Steele:
Steele, Vox Media’s editorial director and former CEO and founder of Curbed Network, was fired after he admitted to allegations that he engaged in improper conduct with a former employee. In a post on Medium, Eden Rohatensky claimed that she had been harassed by several employees including an unnamed “company VP…[caressed] my hand. And then my arm. And then suddenly, in the dark corner of the car, he was kissing my neck.”

Andy Signore:
Signore, Defy Media’s SVP of content who created the popular Youtube channel “Screen Junkies” and the Emmy-nominated parody series “Honest Trailers,” was fired after a brief suspension. Several women accused Signore of sexual harassment and assault, and one woman said he threatened to fire her boyfriend, who worked for Screen Junkies, if she publicly spoke about the allegations.

Matt Mondanile:
Guitarist Matt Mondanile was fired form the indie band Real Estate last February, and although the reason given at the time was that he left to pursue other musical projects, the band released a statement on October 13 saying that he was really fired after  “allegations of unacceptable treatment of women were brought to our attention.” Though he initially denied the allegations, Mondanile later issued a statement via his lawyers apologizing for “inappropriate behavior” and calling himself an “insensitive creep,” while at the same time saying that “much of what has been written and talked about is false and defamatory.”

Tyler Grasham:
Following the allegations that APA agent Grasham had sexually assaulted director Blaise Godbe Lipman as a teenager, “Stranger Things” actor Finn Wolfhard left the agency. Grasham has since been fired by APA.

James Toback:
Screenwriter and director James Toback has been accused of using his position as director to lure in aspiring actresses, then making crude comments, steering conversations into sexual territory, and even rubbing his crotch against them until he ejaculated into his pants or on their skin. Since the LA Times exposé that revealed his alleged harassment of 38 women since the 1980s, over 200 women have come forward with stories about Toback, including actress Julianne Moore.

David Blaine:
London’s Met Police are looking into accusations by former model Natasha Prince that magician David Blaine raped her when they met for drinks at the home of one of Blaine’s friends in 2004. According to Prince, Blaine gave her a beverage and led her to a bedroom, where she lost consciousness then woke up naked. Blaine has denied the accusations and Prince says she did not come forward sooner because she previously believed the assault was her fault.

Twiggy Ramirez:
Marilyn Manson’s bassist Twiggy Ramirez has been accused of raping Jessicka Addams, his former girlfriend and lead singer of the band Jack Off Jill. According to Addams, Ramirez was physically abusive and assaulterd her in a friend’s apartment. She says her record label told her not to come forward with the accusations because concert promoters, radio programmers, and other bands and their managers could blacklist her. They were also afraid “the big machine behind Marilyn Manson would use their power to destroy not only Jack Off Jill, but my name, Jessicka, as well.”

Éric Salvail:
Quebec producer Eric Salvail has admitted to sexually harassing 11 men and women, including making persistent sexual propositions, touching colleagues, and exposing his penis during work hours. Salvail will no longer participate in his production company’s activities and has delegated all management responsibilities to his team, stating that he is concerned for those employed and is acting to save their jobs.

Gilbert Rozon:
The founder and president of the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival resigned after he was accused by numerous women of inappropriate behavior that took place between 1982 and 2016, and involved seven women and two girls aged 14 and 15. Rozon had been convicted in 1998 of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female casino worker, but quickly rose back to power.

Dustin Hoffman:
Playwright Wendy Riss Gatsiounis has accused Hoffman of sexually harassing her during a meeting that was supposed to be about turning one of her plays into a film. According to Riss Gatsiounis, during the meeting, Hoffman asked her if she had ever been intimate with a man over 40, saying “it would be a whole new body to explore,” and invited her to go clothes shopping with him at a nearby hotel. When she declined his offer she was told that her script was “too noir-ish” to be made into a film.

Jeremy Piven:
Piven has been accused of groping actress Ariane Bellamar on two separate occasions and sending her “abusive, explicit texts.” Piven has denied the allegations. HBO, which aired Piven’s show “Entourage,” released a statement denying any knowledge of the alleged assaults and CBS, which is currently airing the show “Wisdom of the Crowd,” which stars Piven, is currently investigating the claims.

Brett Ratner:
Six women have accused the director of sexual harassment, assault, and even rape in a LA Times report. Actress Olivia Munn accused him of walking out of a bathroom while “masturbating furiously” in front of her and Natasha Henstridge claims that Ratner forced her to perform oral sex on him. Ratner has denied all the claims and has filed a lawsuit against Melanie Kohler for defamation after she made a Facebook post claiming he raped her.

Kevin Spacey:
Accusations by actor Anthony Rapp that Spacey tried to seduce him when he was 14 and Spacey was 26 created another Hollywood firestorm. Spacey apologized, claiming that he does not remember the incident as he was drunk at the time and tried to deflect by coming out as gay, sparking the ire of the LGBTQ community. Since then, Netflix has suspended production on “House of Cards” Season 6. Though the actor announced that he’s seeking “evaluation and treatment,” Scotland Yard has initiated an investigation into allegations of an assault that allegedly occurred in London.

Mark Halperin:
In a report by CNN, political journalist Mark Halperin was accused of sexually harassing five women toward the beginning of his career as a journalist with ABC News, including propositioning them for sex and grabbing their breasts. Halperin’s contract with NBC News has been suspended and both Showtime and HBO, whose respective shows “The Circus” and “Game Change” feature Halperin. Penguin Press has also canceled a book deal with Halperin about the 2016 election. He has since issued an apology for “the pain and anguish I have caused…to the women I have mistreated.”

Rick Najera:
After an investigation was opened into allegations that Najera had made inappropriate comments to performers during CBS’ Diversity Sketch Comedy showcase, he stepped down from his position as director of the showcase, which he had been for 13 years. After an investigation was concluded in February, new stories of Najera’s misconduct emerged, prompting another investigation. Allegations include making lewd comments to performers and telling one performer that he and his wife were in an open relationship, implying that he wanted a relationship with her.

Adam Venit:
Venit, who is the head of WME’s motion picture group, was placed on leave as the agency investigations allegations that Venit groped actor Terry Crews in 2016. Crews mentioned the incident on Twitter on Oct. 10, but did not name his attacker, although sourced close to Crews said that he was preparing to name Venit. The agent’s clients include Brett Ratner and Dustin Hoffman, who are embroiled in scandals of their own.

David Guillod
Guillod, the co-CEO of talent and literary agency Primary Wave Entertainment, resigned amid accusations from actress and producer Jessica Barth that he sexually assaulted her. Barth first reported being drugged and sexually assaulted by Guillod, who was her agent, to the LAPD in 2012 but did not press charges due the threat of a lawsuit by Guillod. She has since decided to revisit those claims and press charges after another woman recently contacted her saying that she was also assaulted by Guillod. This is not the first time that Guillod has been affected by scandals and he was fired from UTA in 2009 and Paradigm in 2011 after he was accused of sexual harassment.

Michael Oreskes
The chief editor of National Public Radio (NPR) resigned after being placed on leave due to two women’s allegations of sexual harassment while he worked for the New York Times in the 1990s. Both women allege that when they met with Oreskes to discuss the possibility of being as reporters, the bureau chief abruptly kissed them on the lips and stuck his tongue in their mouths. One of the women said that Orseskes even put an ad in the “Adult Services” section of the a local paper telling her to contact him, while the other says that when she later confronted him about the incident his response was, “‘I was overcome with passion. I couldn’t help myself.”

Mark Schwahn
Former “One Tree Hill” writer Audrey Wauchope accused the show’s showrunner Schwahn of  sexual harassment. After Wauchope’s original Twitter post detailing the allegation, 18 of her former cast and crew mates offered their support and said they had been witness to his actions, including groping and showing people naked pictures of actress he was having relationships with withouth their knowledge. He has since been suspended from his work on the E! series “The Royals.”

Andrew Kreisberg
Kreisberg, the producer and creator of shows like “Arrow” and “Supergirl” was accused by 19 people of frequently touching people without their permission, asking for massages from uncomfortable female staff members, kissing women without asking, and making sexualized comments about women. Though he denies the claims, the stars of his shows have spoken out agaisnt him and Kreisberg has also been suspended from work.

Sean Carlson
In an article published by Spin, four women accused Carlson, who founded the FYF music festival, of sexual misconduct ranging from groping to forcing one woman to kiss his gentials then pinning her down on a couch and trying to kiss her when she tried to escape. Carlson and Goldenvpice parted ways prior to the article’s publishing, though the company did not cite a reason why. The article was published two days later.

Al Franken
Comedian and Minnesota Senator Al Franked was accused by TV and radio host Leeann Tweeden of repeatedly demanding they practice a kiss for skit they were doing together while on a USO tour of the Middle East. Tweeden said that she eventually relented to get him to stop asking and was met with an aggressive kiss and Franken pushing his tongue into her mouth. She later posted a picture of Franken groping her breasts while she was sleeping.  Franken published a letter apology for his actions.

Cameron Mitchell
CAA fired Mitchell a day after actress Demi Mann led a lawsuit against him. According to CAA, Mann reached out to the agency in October and Mitchell was suspended while an investigation into Mann was launched. According to Mann, Mitchell discovered her in a coffee shop and pressured her into a sexual relationship, claiming that he could book her roles on Marvel shows. Over a six month period, he sexually assaulted her multiple times and she never had any interaction with any CAA agent besides Mitchell.

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