One of these men has been accused by more than 200 women
Since the Harvey Weinstein allegations came to light, the list of men accused of sexual harassment grows on an almost daily basis. Here are the well-known men accused of harassment or assault since early October.
Dustin Hoffman – ‘I went to the bathroom and cried’
Anna Graham Hunter told The Hollywood Reporter that Hoffman sexually harassed her on the set of 1985 TV film Death of A Salesman. Hunter was 17 at the time and kept a series of letters she wrote to her sister detailing what happened.
‘When I was a senior in high school in New York City, interning as a production assistant on the set of the Death of a Salesman TV film, he asked me to give him a foot massage my first day on set; I did’ she said, ‘He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my ass, he talked about sex to me and in front of me. One morning I went to his dressing room to take his breakfast order; he looked at me and grinned, taking his time. Then he said, “I’ll have a hard-boiled egg … and a soft-boiled clitoris.” His entourage burst out laughing. I left, speechless. Then I went to the bathroom and cried.’
Kevin Spacey – ‘I’m beyond horrified to hear this story’
Actor Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed that the House of Cards star lay on top of him following a party at his Manhattan apartment. At the time Rapp was 14 years old.
In response Spacey released a statement saying, ‘I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago.’ In his statement he also added, ‘I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.’ But his statement drew criticism for its apparent conflation of homosexuality with the charge of molesting a minor.
‘Well done Kev’ tweeted presenter Sue Perkins, ‘You stay silent on your sexuality until the time comes when you can conflate it with an alleged sexual assault on a minor. In doing so, you simultaneously undervalue the horrific nature of the allegation and set back the LGBT+ community. Well done.’
Ben Affleck – ‘I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologise’
While Affleck was among the high profile men to denounce Harvey Weinstein, Rose McGowan – one of the first women to accuse the movie mogul of sexual harassment – accused Affleck himself of being complicit in what happened. ‘”GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT”’ you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie,’ she tweeted Affleck.
Then other women came forward with allegations that Affleck had groped them, including actress and producer Hilarie Burton and make-up artist Annamarie Tendler. ‘I would also love to get an apology from Ben Affleck who grabbed my ass at a Golden Globes party in 2014,’ Tendler wrote after Affleck’s public apology to Hilarie. ‘He walked by me, cupped my butt and pressed his finger into my crack. I guess he tried to play it like he was politely moving me out of the way and oops touched my butt instead of my lower back? Like most women in these situations I didn’t say anything but I thought a lot about what I’d say if I ever saw him again.’
James Toback – ‘Anyone who [accuses me] I just want to spit in his or her face’
According to the Los Angeles Times, film director James Toback has been accused by more than 200 women of sexual assault or harassment. His accusers include Selma Blair, Julianne Moore and Rachel McAdams. So well-known was his apparent behaviour that, according to playwright Karen Sklaire, in movie circles an encounter with the director was called ‘being Toback’d.’
Alleged victims of Toback have shared similar stories of being invited up to hotel rooms to audition, only for the director to dry hump or masturbate in front of them. ‘I was 21 and in the middle of theatre school when I met [Toback]. Theatre school was a very safe space’, said McAdams, ‘But Toback used the same language during my audition—that you have to take risks and sometimes you’re going to be uncomfortable and sometimes it’s going to feel dangerous. And that’s a good thing – when there is danger in the air and you feel like you are out of your comfort zone.’
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Toback dismissed the accusations against him as ‘nauseating lies.’
‘I don’t want to get a pat on the back, but I’ve struggled seriously to make movies with very little money, that I write, that I direct, that mean my life to me. The idea that I would offer a part to anyone for any other reason than that he or she was gonna be the best of anyone I could find is so disgusting to me.’
‘Anyone who [accuses me of sexual harassment] I just want to spit in his or her face.’
Roman Polanski – ‘It’s a huge burden to carry knowing that I didn’t come forward earlier’
The director was originally convicted in 1977 of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl. He was released after serving 42 days in jail as part of a plea bargain, but fled the country to Paris when the judge changed his mind. Following the Weinstein scandal another woman has come forward to claim that Polanski sexually abused her at the age of 10.
Marianne Barnard, now an artist, told The Sun that the abuse took place after Polanski photographed her naked draped in a fur coat. She said she had felt emboldened to come forward after women including Rose McGowan had spoken out against Harvey Weinstein.
‘It’s a huge burden to carry knowing that I didn’t come forward earlier – if I did then maybe he wouldn’t have been able to do what he did. But I’ve come forward now’ she said. She has also reported the incident to police and launched a petition calling for Polanski to return to the U.S to face justice.
Recently Polanski attended a retrospective of his work in Paris, which was stormed by Ukrainian-French feminist group FEMEN.
George H.W. Bush – ‘He sexually assaulted me while I was posing for a photo’
‘When I got the chance to meet George H. W. Bush four years ago to promote a historical television show I was working on, he sexually assaulted me while I was posing for a similar photo’ wrote actress Heather Lind in an Instagram post, ‘He didn’t shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side. He told me a dirty joke.’
A spokesperson for the 93-year-old former president responded, ‘President Bush would never – under any circumstance – intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humour offended Ms. Lind.’
Ethan Kath – ‘He picked me up over his shoulders and threw me onto concrete’
In a statement on her website musician Alice Glass accused her former Crystal Castles bandmate Ethan Kath – real name Claudio Palmieri – of sexual abuse, physical abuse and controlling behaviour over a number of years. ‘He became physically abusive’ she wrote in a statement on her website, ‘he held me over a staircase and threatened to throw me down it. He picked me up over his shoulders and threw me onto concrete […] He forced me to have sex with him or, he said, I wouldn’t be allowed to be in the band anymore.’ Glass – who left the band in 2014 – says Kath also controlled her diet and clothing.
‘Her story is pure fiction and I am consulting my lawyers as to my legal options’ Kath responded, ‘Fortunately, there are many witnesses who can and will confirm that I was never abusive to Alice.’