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 canceled 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 from 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 Oct. 13 saying that he was 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 dating back to the 1980s, over 200 women have come forward with stories about Toback, including actress Julianne Moore. Toback is also the subject of an investigation by the Beverly Hills police department.

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 assaulted her in a friend’s apartment. She said 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. Ramirez has since been let go from the band.

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 Arianne 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. Piven was also accused of groping by Anastasia Taneie, an extra on “Entourage.” CBS, which is currently airing the show “Wisdom of the Crowd,” starring Piven, has canceled the show but will finish airing the first season.

Brett Ratner:
Six women have accused the director of sexual harassment, assault, and rape in an 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. Ratner has since stepped down from several board positions and Warner Bros. has cut all ties with him. He has also been accused of working with Russell Simmons to assault and harass women and was investigated by Beverly Hills Police Department in 2001.

Russell Simmons
Producer and DefJam Records co-founder Russell Simmons was accused of working with Brett Ratner to harass and assault women in a LA Times Report and was previously investigated by the Beverly Hills Police Department in 2001. Model Keri Claussen Khalighi accused Simmons of various forms of sexual misconduct, which he publicly denied. The model, however, said that he apologized to her privately, and after Jenny Lumet also accused Simmons of rape, he stepped down from his companies.

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, claimed 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. Showtime dropped Halperin from involvement in miniseries “The Circus” and HBO dropped his “Game Change” series as well. Penguin Press 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, a position he held 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 the performer.

Adam Venit:
Venit, who is the head of WME’s motion picture group, was placed on leave as the agency investigated 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 he later publicly named Venit. The agent’s clients include Brett Ratner and Dustin Hoffman, who are embroiled in scandals of their own. Venit returned to work only 30 days after his suspension, and was demoted from head of the motion picture group to agent.

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 to a threat of a lawsuit from 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. Guillod 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 becoming 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 actresses he was having relationships with without their knowledge. He has since been suspended from his work on the E! series “The Royals.” Following that suspension, 25 cast and crew members of “The Royals” signed a letter declaring Schwahn had repeatedly harassed people on set.

Andrew Kreisberg
Kreisberg, the producer and creator of shows like “Arrow” and “Supergirl” was accused by 19 men and women 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. Kreisberg was suspended by Warner Bros. Television Group and eventually fired.

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 genitals then pinning her down on a couch and trying to kiss her when she tried to escape. Carlson and Goldenvoice 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. She later posted a picture of Franken groping her breasts while she was sleeping. Franken published a letter apologizing for his actions. Though he initially took a brief leave, Franken returned to work in the Senate despite four more accusations of groping.

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 Mitchell was launched. According to Mann, Mitchell met 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 despite reporting his actions to CAA, Mann claims CAA’s human resources department did nothing.

Matt Lauer
The “Today” anchor was fired after NBC received a detailed complaint of sexual harassment. Variety released a report detailing further allegations including gifting a co-worker a sex toy and telling her that he wanted to use it on her, exposing himself to an employee and reprimanding her for not engaging in sexual acts with him, and quizzing producers about people they had slept with.

Teddy Davis
Davis, a senior producer on Jake Tapper’s “State of the Union” on CNN was fired after an investigation into reports that Davis’s actions often made his colleagues uncomfortable. There have been no reports of physical or sexual assault.

Garrison Keillor
Author and radio host Garrison Keillor has been accused of “inappropriate behavior” and Minnesota Public Radio has terminated his contracts in  response. Garrison’s name and content will be scrubbed from the MPR website, old Keillor content will no longer be aired, and the popular radio variety show he created, “Prairie Home Companion,” will be renamed.

Jeffrey Tambor
Actor Jeffrey Tambor was accused sexual harassment by his former personal assistant, a trans woman named Van Barnes, in a private Facebook post. “Transparent” guest star Trace Lysette also accused the actor of inappropriate behavior. Tambor was placed under investigation by Amazon and has since left “Transparent.”

Matthew Weiner
Weiner, the creator of “Mad Men,” has been accused of making a sexually charged remark towards one of the show’s writers Kater Gordon, telling her she owed it to him to let him see her naked. Gordon was Weiner’s personal assistant before she became a writer on the show. Weiner stated through a rep that he did not remember the incident. Several events on Weiner’s book tour were canceled.

Ed Westwick
LAPD is investigating allegations made by actress Kristina Cohen that Westwick raped her when she came to visit his house three years ago. Following this allegation, BBC pulled “Ordeal By Innocence,” which Westwick stars in, from its schedules and has disrupted filming on his series “White Gold.” Though Westwick firmly denies the allegations, another woman has come forward and also accused him of rape.

Charlie Rose
The TV-news veteran was fired from “CBS This Morning” after eight women accused him of improper behavior in a Washington Post report. PBS also canceled his “Charlie Rose” show, and his Walter Kronkite journalism award was rescinded. Rose released a statement apologizing to the women and stating he was “greatly embarrassed.”

John Lasseter
Pixar animation legend John Lasseter announced he would be taking a six-month leave from work after sending a memo to staff apologizing for making employees feel disrespected or uncomfortable through unwanted hugs or other gestures. A number of Pixar employees reported that the culture at the company was “sexist” and “toxic,” and several women cited a “whisper network” at Pixar that warned young women to keep their distance.

Israel Horovitz
Nine women accused playwright Horovitz of sexual misconduct, including one instance of rape and several of forced kissing and groping. Gloucester Stage, the Massachusetts theater where he was founding artistic director, severed ties with Horovitz after learning of the allegations. Horovitz has stated that he remembered some of the stories differently, but that he apologizes to any women that felt “compromised” by his actions.

Geoffrey Rush
The “Genius” actor denied inappropriate behavior during the 2015 production of “King Lear” after a report was published by an Australian newspaper that the Sydney Theatre Company had received a complaint about Rush. Neither the Sydney Theatre Company nor Rush’s statement through his lawyers at HWL Ebsworth detailed the nature of the allegation. Rush’s statement maintains that the complaint was made 21 months ago, and says that Rush “abhors any form of maltreatment of any person in any form.”

Gary Goddard
The founder and CEO of the entertainment design company The Goddard Group took a leave of absence after Anthony Edwards and Bret Douglas Nighman accused him of molestation. Edwards accused Goddard of molesting him repeatedly from the time he was 12 years old, while Nighman alleged that Goddard attempted to assault him and then assaulted Edwards after Nighman fought him off. Goddard has denied the accusations.

Glenn Thrush
New York Times White House reporter Glenn Thrush was suspended after a Vox report detailed four alleged instances of unwanted advances from Thrush. Thrush stated he remembered at least one of the instances differently, and said that he is receiving counseling and is in an out-patient treatment program for alcoholism. A spokeswoman for Random House, which is publishing Thrush’s book, said they are looking at the matter “closely and seriously.”

Murray Miller
The “Girls” writer was accused of sexual assault by actress Aurora Perrineau, who filed a police report against him with the LAPD. Miller categorically denied the allegations, and his legal team stated that they have “overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims.”

Jason Mojica
The head of Vice’s documentary films unit was suspended after an ex-employee alleged that he sexually harassed her. The former Vice producer, Phoebe Barghouty, stated that he made sexually charged jokes to her, and waved off her concerns about the L.A. bureau chief, who she said engaged in inappropriate behavior towards her.

Louis C.K.
Comedian Louis C.K. was accused by five different women of masturbating in front of them in a report published by the New York Times. C.K. acknowledged that the stories were true and apologized for his behavior, and the release of his upcoming film “I Love You, Daddy” was permanently canceled. His second Netflix special was also scrapped, and several of his associates, including FX and 3 Arts Entertainment, severed ties with him.

Eddie Berganza
The DC Comics editor was fired after Buzzfeed News published a report detailing a long history of alleged groping, forcible kissing, and offensive comments. The editor oversaw the production of some of DC’s biggest titles like “Superman,” “Batman,” and “Wonder Woman” and was attached to DC’s current comic book event “Dark Knights: Metal.”

Steven Seagal
Julianna Margulies and Portia Di Rossi detailed allegations of inappropriate behavior from Seagal, along with Jenny McCarthy. The women described various encounters that occurred during auditions, in which Seagal made lewd comments, unzipped his pants, carried a gun, or asked to see their breasts.

Justin Huff
The Broadway casting director was fired from casting agency Telsey + Company after internal reports of sexual misconduct. Telsey + Company’s founder stated that after the allegations came to light, it was “very clear he had to leave this office.”

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