I should take the time to remind you about the stakes of all this. Despite all this doom and gloom, remember the world of movies and cinema is something worth protecting. Keeping a sense of order and sanity to. Over a century old, the art of filmmaking/television is a process we hold in a position of high respect. One of the mighty pillars of escapism our society has. Carrying a mighty mantle alongside books, the theater/Broadway, and video games (if you disagree I’m willing to argue in defense of that).
In this section, you’ll see how sexual harassment and assault can happen at any point in the production process. It’s not restricted to the Harvey Weinstein type of person. Bad and inappropriate behavior can come from the agents who set up deals for talent, the writer’s room, and even from the director’s chair. Sometimes the talent themselves are the ones being accused of poor choices.
On October 10th, Terry Crews posted a series of tweets relating to a groping incident he had at a party.
Terry opens up by saying the Harvey Weinstein ruckus is what caused his flashbacks. The incident happened back in 2016 when Terry and his wife were at a party. It was there a high-level executive in Hollywood came over and “groped my privates” says Crews. Terry reacted with confusion while the executive was smug. Crews wanted to fight him right there, but he thought about the ramifications and decided against it. The executive apologized the next day but never explained why he groped Terry in the first place.
By November 3rd it was revealed to be Adam Venit, according to a report by Variety. Venit was the longtime head of WME’s agency, and Crews was a client there. The report says Venit went on leave from the agency as a result of the allegation Terry Crews brought forward.
If there was any doubt, this tweet on November 19th from Terry Crews clears all that up.
On October 29th, The Hollywood Reporter scooped a story about Lionsgate COO Andrew Kramer leaving the company. It’s also worth noting he spent seven years working at The Weinstein Company. It was assumed that company restructuring was the reason behind his exit. But sources claim Kramer was investigated by Lionsgate for inappropriate behavior towards a female assistant. It was alleged to take place back at the Berlin International Film Festival this past year. The investigation didn’t have enough conclusive evidence to warrant punishment. But the assistant in question requested reassignment to elsewhere, regardless.
This guy worked as executive producer on Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and The Flash.
On November 10th Variety revealed Andrew Kreisberg was suspended amid sexual harassment allegations. 19 different anonymous sources spoke to Variety, wanting to speak about what went on. But fearful of the backlash if their names were attached.
“We were recently made aware of some deeply troubling allegations regarding one of our showrunners,” said Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. They head Berlanti Productions, who oversee Kreisberg’s shows. “We have been encouraging and fully cooperating with the investigation into this by Warner Bros. There is nothing more important to us than the safety and well-being of our cast, crew, writers, producers and any staff. We do not tolerate harassment and are committed to doing everything we can to make an environment that’s safe to work in and safe to speak up about if it isn’t.”
The allegations include things like: touching people without their consent, kissing women without asking them first, and asking female staff members for massages. This was on top of the regular sexual charged comments about how ladies looked. In terms of physical things like their clothes, along with their overall desirability.
“Wow, you look so tired that I don’t even want to have sex with you anymore,” one woman reports Kreisberg saying when she walked into a room. While Andrew denies this, the woman’s children were there with her to hear it. A female colleague of Kreisberg says he “joked” about waking up next to her. A junior staffer says Andrew told a group of employees (while referring to a work trip between the female colleague and Kreisberg): “What happens in Vancouver, stays in Vancouver.” A CW show producer says a younger lass who worked a few lower-level jobs was targeted by Andrew Kreisberg’s “obsessive crush” of her. She ended up leaving the company over it, and “more than a dozen” of Variety’s sources can back that up. Another woman had a professional relationship going on with Kreisberg. But Andrew ended up steering their text conversations in a different and unwanted direction.
None of the 19 sources told Warner Bros. HR department about Kreisberg’s behavior. They think his position was too valuable for the company to even consider reprimanding him. To that end, a higher-up female producer brought their worries about Kreisberg’s harassment up to senior executive at Berlanti Productions. Sources over at Berlanti productions say Berlanti himself was never made aware of allegations. If he was, they’d have directed it to HR.
It’s allegedly a poor enough work environment that people flee the room when Andrew Kreisberg walks into it. “It was an environment in which women — assistants, writers, executives, directors — were all evaluated based on their bodies, not on their work,” says one male writer. This guy tried giving Kreisberg an intervention in hopes he’d clean up his actions. But it didn’t work. He says he tried it once, six years ago in an email. Andrew ended up giving the male writer a cold shoulder.
His ego inflated after becoming executive producer, making his behavior around women get worse. “The power went to his head,” says a (different?) male writer. “It became clear to me that it would be very dangerous, career-wise, for me to confront him about his behavior.”
Kreisberg didn’t just target women. A guy working on “Arrow”-verse stopped by to see a female colleague, leaning over to talk with her. Andrew came in from behind, put his hands on the man’s ass and imitated having sex. Kreisberg says it didn’t happen. But the employee begs to differ. “He laughed, and we all laughed, but I felt very uncomfortable,” they said. “I have never had anyone put their hands on me like that in a work situation. He did it because he feels like he can do whatever he wants.”
Kreisberg responded to Variety: “I have made comments on women’s appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized. Like many people, I have given someone a non-sexual hug or kiss on the cheek.”
But that’s as far as he was willing to admit behaviors. Andrew paints himself as a “mentor” to male and female colleagues. That, in such way, is how he gave extra attention to younger staffers. Kreisberg was able to rebut instances brought up by Variety’s sources. Like a male writer being called into Kreisberg’s office to review video of a woman coming to audition. One that was topless. Andrew says they were doing research and found her previous role on a premium cable network show. Another woman recounted a time when Andrew asked her to lie on the floor. Kreisberg lurched over her in a push-up position and told her to choke him. Again, that was apparently research.
On November 29th, Entertainment Weekly reported Andrew Kreisberg’s firing.
“After a thorough investigation, Warner Bros. Television Group has terminated Andrew Kreisberg’s employment, effective immediately,” said Warner Bros. Television Group in a statement. “Greg Berlanti will assume additional responsibilities on both The Flash, where he will work closely with executive producer/co-showrunner Todd Helbing, and Supergirl, where he will work closely with executive producers/co-showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. We remain committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.”
The article says Andrew’s name will be erased from the credits slate of all four shows he had helmed.
For those unfamiliar Andy Dick is a standup comedian who also dabbles in the world of film and television.
On October 31st, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Andy Dick got fired from Raising Buchanan over accusations of misconduct and sexual harassment. Two sources say Andy Dick groped people’s privates, sexual propositions, and “unwanted kissing/licking” of at least four members working on the production.
Andy Dick was very forthcoming about the whole ordeal. He confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he was fired from his part in the film. When it comes to the licking allegations, Andy admitted that possibility. But he’s sure he’s not a groper.
“I didn’t grope anybody. I might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them. That’s my thing — I licked Carrie Fisher at a roast. It’s me being funny. I’m not trying to sexually harass people,” Dick said.
His comedy style often pushes the envelope. Andy Dick is aware of his controversial reputation. At 51, he’s having a hard time understanding the proper courting involved when trying to get a date. In this day and age.
“I didn’t grab anybody’s genitals,” he 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.”
There were other problems with Andy Dick on set. When it came to things like sobriety, he says he has stayed clean. Although Andy confessed there was a mishap with taking too many Xanax and it made him “loopy” on set. But that doesn’t mean he raped anyone. Once there was a disruption involving his friend Paul Ryder falling asleep on set and snoring loudly.
Andy Dick promises to retire if he keeps having incidents of misconduct getting in the way. This fiasco taught him to be better. “I won’t lick anyone’s face anymore. We have an agreement.”
Brett Ratner is a film and music video producer/director. But he also knows how to handle the business side of his work. It made him somewhat a jack-of-all-trades, as they say. Here we’ll find out Ratner believes himself to be a jack(ing)-off-of-all-trades, on top of that.
On November 1st, 2017, six women came forward to the LA Times alleging Brett Ratner was involved in sexual misconduct and harassment. With the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and James Toback coming out, they realized now was the time to talk about their experiences with Brett Ratner.
Back in the 1990s When Natasha Henstridge was 19, she fell asleep on Ratner’s couch after going with a group of buddies to hang out at his apartment. Natasha woke up to see everyone else was gone. It was just her and Ratner. She tried leaving but Brett blocked the exit. He pleasured himself in front of her and then made her give oral.
“He strong-armed me in a real way. He physically forced himself on me,” she said. “At some point, I gave in and he did his thing.”
Olivia Munn was ecstatic to get her name out there and jumped at the chance to go when invited to the After the Sunset set back in 2004. Munn was asked to drop food off at Ratner’s trailer and was assured he wasn’t in there at that time. Olivia dropped it off and was surprised to see him inside. She tried leaving but Ratner wouldn’t let her.
“He walked out … with his belly sticking out, no pants on, shrimp cocktail in one hand and he was furiously masturbating in the other,” Munn said. “And before I literally could even figure out where to escape or where to look, he ejaculated.”
Munn screamed and ran out of there, telling the man who asked her to deliver the food. He was annoyed but shrugged it off. In the years that followed, Munn wrote about it in her Suck It, Wonder Woman! The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek book. When Ratner went on Attack of the Show in 2011 he confirmed it was him but denied masturbation happened.
“I used to date Olivia Munn, I will be honest with everybody here,” he said. “I banged her a few times … but I forgot her.”
Ratner ended up revealing he was bullshitting on the Howard Stern show a few days later.
Jamie Ray Newman crossed paths with Brett Ratner in 2005. They were both in first class on some Air Canada flight, and Ratner switched seats with his assistant so he could chat Jamie up. Within a few minutes of take-off, Ratner was describing sex acts he wanted to do to Jamie in graphic detail. He showed her nudes of his girlfriend, too.
“He was graphically describing giving me oral sex and how he was addicted to it,” Jamie said.
It was such a weird experience that Newman told a few people about it afterward. Ratner’s attorney denies it ever happening and dismisses it as a “ridiculous claim.”
Katharine Towne came in contact with Brett Ratner during a 2005 party at some movie star’s home. “He started to come on to me in a way that was so extreme,” she says. Katharine tried excusing themselves to the bathroom to escape, but Ratner followed her.
“I think it’s pretty aggressive to go in the bathroom with someone you don’t know and close the door,” said Towne.
She ended up giving him her number so he’d buzz off. For the next six or so months, Ratner’s assistant tried setting up a dinner date between Brett and Towne.
“Even if hypothetically this incident occurred exactly as claimed, how is flirting at a party, complimenting a woman on her appearance, and calling her to ask her for a date wrongful conduct?” Ratner’s attorney rebutted.
Eri Sasaki was 21 when they worked on Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour 2 set as an extra in 2001. The film features quite a few scenes of women in bikinis, and that was very much a choice on Ratner’s part. She says one day Brett came up to her. He ran his finger down her stomach and invited her to go to the bathroom with him. Eri told him no. “Don’t you want to be famous?” he replied. Ratner tried again a few days later. This time he offered her a speaking line in the movie. She still refused.
A second background actress, Jorina King, also had a Ratner encounter. On her first day, Brett picked her from the crowd and said he wanted to give her a speaking part. The day after that he took Jorina to his trailer and told her that he had to see her breasts. She shot his request down and hid in the bathroom. “I figured if I could stay out of his eyesight, if I could stay away from him, he will forget about me and he will choose someone else, and that is exactly what happened,” she said.
Once more, Ratner’s attorney had a rebuttal. “The movie was obviously already cast and shooting, so the notion that there would be a discussion of getting her a speaking role in the middle of a movie shoot is ridiculous,” he said.
“Any complaints of any kind including sexual harassment would be immediately directed to my attention,” assistant director James M. Freitag added. “There were no complaints reported to me whatsoever.”
Also on November 1st, Deadline reported Brett Ratner was suing Melanie Kohler in Hawaii. Despite the fact that she made their claims in a Facebook post more than a week before the LA Times piece. Within it she says Brett “preyed on me as a drunk girl [and] forced himself upon me.” Ratner had his attorney file a complaint, accusing the post as libel “per se,” that the statements were false/fabricated/fictional, and it asserts Melanie published them with malice.
Brett was starting to step back from his work because of these controversies.
“In light of the allegations being made, I am choosing to personally step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities,” Ratner said. “I don’t want to have any possible negative impact to the studio until these personal issues are resolved.”
On November 3rd, one of the LA Times authors on the Ratner piece announced more people came forward since publishing that.
On November 10th, Ellen Page posted on Facebook about a Ratner incident that took place on X-Men: The Last Stand‘s set in 2006.
“‘You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay.’ He said this about me during a cast and crew “meet and greet” before we began filming, X Men: The Last Stand. I was eighteen years old. He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: “You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay.” He was the film’s director, Brett Ratner.I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself. I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak. I felt violated when this happened. I looked down at my feet, didn’t say a word and watched as no one else did either. This man, who had cast me in the film, started our months of filming at a work event with this horrific, unchallenged plea. He “outed” me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic. I proceeded to watch him on set say degrading things to women. I remember a woman walking by the monitor as he made a comment about her ‘flappy pussy.'”
On October 17th, Cartoon Brew got the scoop about a controversy over at Nickelodeon. Chris Savino was being placed on a leave of absence. They spoke with people with The Loud House studio, and discovered up to a dozen women had accused Chris Savino of bad behaviors. This includes things like sexual advances, all the way up to threatening to blacklist the co-workers he had relationships with. Before Loud House, Savino worked on Rocko’s Modern Life and The Powerpuff Girls. Cartoon Brew says Loud House delivered ratings that rivaled longtime lead Spongebob Squarepants.
The article added this in a later update.
“This took place about 4 years ago. Chris [Savino] was working with the development program at Nickelodeon. A woman close to me had a project that was being developed under his supervision. He got her personal contact information under the guise of “helping her develop the project off hours.” He presented himself as a mentor. He then proceeded to send her unwanted text messages that were lewd and sexual in nature on more than one occasion. When she turned down his advances, her development project was let go. He is a classic case of a predatory male using his status and power over a female subordinate. As with most victims, she was worried of how speaking out against him would affect her career and no action was ever taken.”
On the evening of October 17th, Ann Walker Farrell over at Bojack Horseman posted a series of tweets in relation to the Savino matter. By the looks of it, she was a long time witness to Savino’s behavior and was looking forward to his day in the spotlight. Back in August she alluded to him but not by name.
But as you can see, it was indeed Chris Savino she was talking about.
On October 19th, Nickelodeon upgraded the suspension of Savino to a full-fledged firing. Despite his removal, the studio was going to continue with the second and third seasons of the Loud House show.
On the 20th, we’d get a better understanding of what went on. An anonymous accuser of Chris Savino’s came forward and shared the letter they sent Nickelodeon during the company’s investigation. It happened during Savino’s time at the Disney Channel when directing Kick Buttowski. That’s how she met him.
“The first time he was very nice to me. Then, he got my cell phone number, and he kept in contact with me. At that time, I was 22 years old. One night he started to text me drunkenly, asking me to prepare myself an alcoholic drink, giving me some recipes, and having fun conversation about it, so it was very weird for me. Then he sent me an Alien emoji with the Splash emoji, and asked me for nude pictures. Another night he sent me a picture of his penis, and told me a dirty secret about how he masturbates.
Then he started harassing me for years, telling me he had an open relationship with his wife, so I started to feel very uncomfortable. One day I went back to Disney to visit one of my dearest friends. Chris saw me and shouted at me, asking why I hadn’t told him I would be at the studio (he showed some jealousy about that situation). Then, years passed, and I visited Nickelodeon to join one of my friends for lunch. He learned I was in town and started asking me again by text why I never visited him, and being so annoying and aggressive. He also asked me to “hook up” with him before I left L.A, and told me if I would do inappropriate things with him, he would give me a freelance job as well.”
The person who wrote this letter had the opportunity to work at Nickelodeon but decided not to, based on Chris Savino being there.
On October 19th, The Daily Beast released an exclusive report revealing allegations that Magician David Blaine committed rape.
“Officers from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are investigating an allegation of rape,” Scotland Yard told The Daily Beast. “The allegation was reported to police on 17 November 2016 by a woman who alleged she was raped at an address in Chelsea in June or July 2004 when she was aged 21. There have been no arrests at this stage and enquiries continue.”
Natasha Prince was making a name for herself in the modeling world back in June and July 2004. It was at this same point in time that David Blane was becoming a big shot magician. It was at the Wellington nightclub in Knightsbridge these two worlds collided.
“He was nice to me,” Prince said. “I’m not sure what was said, but I remember he was giving me a lot of attention. I’m thinking, ‘He’s famous; there are beautiful girls all around him.’ I didn’t have any intentions – I just love meeting people. I’m good with people. As I was working the next day, when he went to talk to someone else, I said, ‘Well, I’m going to go now; really nice to meet you.’ And I left.”
David Blaine texted her an invite to his friends’ house for drinks. He was insistent on it, enough to send over a car to pick her up. They arrived at a mansion estate with “20 or 30 rooms,” with Blaine and Prince taking an elevator ride up to higher floors. The duo arrived in a small living room. Blaine vanished into the kitchen and came back with a tall glass full of vodka. Prince says she wasn’t drinking that week but made an exception for the concoction presented to her. The pair talked for 20 minutes. A soda-like taste invaded Prince’s mouth as she sipped on the beverage.
“I followed him, and we went into the bedroom, and it’s dark. I told him right away when he texted me that I was working tomorrow. So I was thinking maybe we would have a sort of intimate conversation somewhere else for five or ten minutes. But he spun around quite quickly and said, ‘Kiss me.’ I did kiss him. And then he said, ‘Finish your drink’ and took the glass from me and put it on the table, and that’s really the last thing I remember.”
The next thing Prince remembers is being on the bed, with Blaine behind her. She says the anal sex briefly woke her out of the deep sleep she was in. When Prince finally came around, she recalls being naked. Blaine was shirtless at the end of the bed. He complimented her tits and proceeded to fold some clothes whilst walking around the room.
“My client vehemently denies that he raped or sexually assaulted any woman, ever, and he specifically denies raping a woman in 2004,” the statement from Blaine’s lawyer said. “If, in fact, there is any police investigation, my client will fully cooperate because he has nothing to hide.”
TheWrap published an exclusive on November 2nd, detailing allegations from Jessica Barth that Atomic Blonde producer David Guillod drugged her and committed assault.
Barth first made the accusations back in 2012, but Jessica says David Guillod came after her with a lawsuit to curtail her from moving forward with the case. She revived the accusations on that Thursday in November 2017 because Barth got an email from another woman saying Guillod did the same thing to them. TheWrap says insiders told them David Guillod left two other jobs (co-header of motion picture department at UTA until 2009 and as an agent working for Paradigm until 2011) because of sexual harassment complaints.
“This allegation was initially made five years ago and was fully investigated by LAPD at that time,” Guillod’s attorney Thomas M. Ferlauto told TheWrap. “Witnesses were interviewed whose version of events belied and completely contradicted Ms. Barth’s and LAPD determined the charges to be unfounded. No criminal or civil case was ever brought against Mr. Guillod.”
“Nothing was found to be unfounded. I just stopped pursuing it because he threatened to sue me,” Barth said. “I wasn’t in a place emotionally or financially to take him on legally.”
It all began on October 27th when Jessica Barth wrote a guest blog for TheWrap. She detailed her encounter with David Guillod without naming him. Her reasoning for doing so was seizing the Harvey Weinstein controversy to give a chance for other people to come forward with their stories. Using the #WhoIsYourHarvey hashtag and an email account to give people the opportunity to do so. Barth says the former UTA agent who ended up opening his own management company “heavily pursued” her in the lead-up to the release of Ted. This person sent Barth on a ton of auditions and complimented her heavily. At some point after that is when he invited her to dinner. This first experience at a Ventura Boulevard restaurant was uneventful, for the most part. Jessica learned the agent was a regular here. On their way out, he invited Barth home for “one more drink.” She said no and tried to keep their relationship professional. In the months after, the agent was insistent on these dinner dates being regular. She rejected that. The auditions Barth got ended up slowing down to a trickle. Somehow, she ended up going to dinner with a friend who was also a client of this agent.
All Barth remembers is the agent complimenting the both of them. That their wine kept refilling, and Jessica feeling drowsy.
“The next thing I remember is waking up at home with six hickeys on my neck. I was horrified. I was completely and utterly confused and I was sick to my stomach. Through email, he tried to play it off as a silly make-out session between friends. He sent me message after message begging that we talk and letting me know how upset he was and that he couldn’t sleep because of the pit in his stomach.”
That agent’s name was David Guillod. Jessica Barth didn’t need to name him in her initial piece. But after publishing, a woman emailed her saying she recognized him based on the experience.
On November 3rd David Guillod resigned from Primary Wave Entertainment.
“Primary Wave Entertainment and David Guillod have agreed to part ways effective immediately, David Guillod has resigned from the company,” the company told Variety.
But the fallout would continue. On November 10th, TheWrap released a follow-up piece detailing more allegations that came to light.
In December 2014, David Guillod invited his whole team at Intellectual Artists Management to a wine country dinner retreat. It was there he announced the company’s merger with the talent management branch of Primary Wave. Everyone reacted to the news with some hardcore celebration. Everyone returned to the hotel pretty drunk. One assistant was so wasted that a female colleague had to tuck her in bed. But later on in the night, Guillod snatched the assistant from bed and sexually assaulted them. There were two employees who were with the assistant after her encounter with David Guillod. They said she was in a confused and “hysterical” state. News of the incident got around within the company and there were worries it’d threaten the merger. A $60,000 settlement was reached in return for her signing an NDA.
In June 2015 Guillod had dinner at his home with a young actress client. They ended up meeting with the client’s friend at a bar. After that, both women say they went back to David’ s house where he gave them red wine.
“I remember I didn’t even finish my glass, and it was atomically like from zero to 100 in terms of drunkenness,” said the friend, saying she only had two drinks before the wine. “The way you get after you have like six drinks where you move really slowly. Time just kind of moves so fast. Chunks of time are missing. The next thing I remember is we were in bed. Sexual things were happening.”
The friend ran into the bathroom and vomited. It was after that David Guillod had sex with her. “I had no idea, to me it almost felt like there was nothing I could do about it. I wasn’t operating from me. I felt like my body was just kind of blacking out but I was just watching it,” she said.
All the sudden, there was blood. “I realized I was covered in blood and so was she,” the actress said. “I had a handprint on me. The sheets were all covered in it.”
The friend said the same thing. The actress recalls freaking out after coming around from her blackout. Fleeing the area after hitting both Guillod and her friend. According to them, David told the both of them the next day they had sex. Both women deny they’d ever consent to what happened.
The actress saw Jessica Barth’s story on TheWrap of being drugged and sexually assaulted, deciding to come forward after reading that.
On November 16th, TheWrap announced actress Paula Patton cut all her professional ties with Primary Wave. Kristin Chenoweth and Gina Rodriguez did so after the first round of accusations against David came to light. AT&T’s Audience Network told TheWrap that David Guillod wouldn’t be the executive producer on their Hit the Road and Loudermilk shows.
David O. Russell
For those unaware, David O. Russell is a film screenwriter, director, and producer. He had a stroke of luck in recent years. With back-to-back hits like The Fighter (2010), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), and American Hustle (2013) all pulling off superb with the public and critics alike.
But with the Weinstein scandal eruption, media outlets reflected back on the flaws and fuck-ups this guy has done.
On October 13th, Amazon announced their decision to not move forward on a David O. Russell project, in light of recent events. It was a $160 million dollar deal with The Weinstein Company, a partnership brokered by Roy Price. Ten days later an article on The Daily Beast laid out a history of Russell’s behaviors and incidents. Some of this comes from Kayleigh Donaldson at Pajiba. They took the chance with the Weinstein situation to remind people what David O. Russell has done.
When it came to Three Kings (1999), Russell’s pugnacious attitude made one of his assistant directors quit. Reportedly “delighting” in public humiliation he screamed in people’s faces, up close. George Clooney couldn’t deal with that kind of attitude and grabbed David’s throat. Producer Charles Roven talked about the ordeal last year with The Hollywood Reporter. He says George Clooney got on board in the first place because he was flexible with costs. That, plus working seven days a week for “months” works to wear down patience. On the other end, the studio behind Three Kings pressured Russel to get the budget down in the $40 million range.
George was forgetting his lines, and David was yelling at someone because they were on a tight schedule.
“Now we’re shooting the climax of the movie. Helicopters, explosions, gunfire. It’s chaos, madness. And George sees David talking to the extras’ [assistant director], and it looks like he’s yelling at him. But he’s yelling to be heard. And George comes running over and goes, “I told you, motherf—er, if you’re going to pick on somebody, pick on me.” And David goes, “Why don’t you just f—ing remember your lines for once?” And boom! They grab each other, and they’re tussling. And so I pulled George away. That was it. But David is always only about the movie. And you have to respect that.”
It turned into a multi-year feud. “Quite honestly, if he comes near me, I’ll sock him right in the fucking mouth,” Clooney said in an interview.
On the I Heart Huckabees set, footage leaked out of David screeching at Lily Tomlin.
A September 2004 article called “The Nudist Buddhist Borderline-Abusive Love-In”, by Sharon Waxman, explains some of the behind the scenes drama. Jude Law quit the film initially, to take on a role over on Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige. David O’ Russell “ran into” Christopher Nolan at a Hollywood party and demanded Nolan show “artistic solidarity” and give Jude Law back. Other accounts include things like: Russell rolling on the ground, dancing, and shouting at actors with the megaphone. While he starts the day with all his clothes on, David starts taking them off until he’s in his boxers by lunch. This was made even more strange given his tendency to rub his body against anyone who happened to be nearby.
David O’ Russell’s transgender niece Nicole Peloquin filed a report in December 2011, accusing David of groping her. They were working out in the gym and he offered to help with “ab exercises.” It was at some point here that Russell put his hands under her top and felt “both breasts.”
The Chicago Tribune elaborated on things further:
“For his part, Russell confirms that the incident happened, but told police that Peloquin was “acting very provocative toward him” and invited him to feel her breasts. He also admitted to being “curious about the breast enhancement.”
While I Heart Huckabees set David back a bit, he got momentum again with The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook being successful. But by the time of American Hustle (2013), Sony email leaks indicate Amy Adams got the blunt end of Russell’s fury.
“Are you guys doing anything else with him? I know he’s brilliant but we have someone on our show who worked closely with him on ‘American Hustle’ and not only are the stories about him reforming himself total bullshit but the new stories of his abuse and lunatic behavior are extreme even by Hollywood standards… He grabbed one guy by the collar, cursed out people repeatedly in front of others and so abused Amy Adams that Christian Bale got in his face and told him to stop acting like an asshole.’”
It was later elaborated on by Adams in an interview with British BQ. Russell brought Amy to tears, and she says it taught her to separate things between work and home.
I don’t need to tell you who Dustin Hoffman is, do I? The impression I have is even folks who don’t pay much attention to films are able to recognize his name. All the President’s Men, Rain Man, Kramer vs. Kramer. He acted in those and was pretty damn awesome at it. Hoffman does director work as well, so he stays busy.
On November 1st, Anna Graham Hunter wrote a guest column on The Hollywood Reporter. Within, she tells the story of how Dustin Hoffman allegedly sexually harassed her at age 17.
She takes us through what she said in her diary journal from back then.
“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. 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.”
Outlining the course of several weeks in 1985, we see detailed instances of behavior in action. There are situations like uncomfortable foot massages and discussions about breasts. One week, Dustin asks Anna if she had sex over the weekend. The next, she writes about how Dustin grabbed her ass a few times while walking him to his limo.
Yet overall, the lass is sentimental about some of the experiences she had on set too. It’s a story of the mixed feelings involved in some of these cases.
“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,” Hoffman replied in a statement.
A younger face in the mix here. Ed Westwick made a name for himself after acting on a show called Gossip Girl. He has kept steady work in the film and television industries since the Gossip Girl gig ended in 2012. But none of it reaches the same tenacity as his tenure with that one show.
On the evening of November 6th, Kristina Cohen posted her story on Facebook. She says three years ago she was sexually assaulted by Westwick. Her mother was dying of cancer at the time though, so she repressed the horrible feelings of all that to be there for her mother. But Kristina says she’s come a long way since then and is ready to talk about what happened to her.
“I was briefly dating a producer who was friends with the actor Ed Westwick. It was this producer who brought me up to Ed’s house where I met Ed for the first time. I wanted to leave when Ed suggested “we should all fuck”. But the producer didn’t want to make Ed feel awkward by leaving. Ed insisted we stay for dinner. I said I was tired and wanted to leave, trying to get out of what was already an uncomfortable situation. Ed suggested I nap in the guest bedroom. The producer said we would stay for just another 20 more minutes to smooth everything over, and then we could leave.So I went and laid down in the guest room where I eventually fell asleep, I was woken up abruptly by Ed on top of me, his fingers entering my body. I told him to stop, but he was strong. I fought him off as hard as I could but he grabbed my face in his hands, shaking me, telling me he wanted to fuck me. I was paralyzed, terrified. I couldn’t speak, I could no longer move. He held me down and raped me.”
On November 7th, Deadline reported the LAPD was investigating Kristina Cohen’s allegation that Gossip Girl‘s Ed Westwick raped her in 2014. Blaise Godbe Lipman came forward as a witness and told Deadline about the incident in question. It happened a few days after Valentine’s day, February 2014. Cohen left her car at Lipman’s house the evening of the incident.
“She came over to my home the following morning and told me everything,” he said. “She was in a state of shock. It was without a doubt a rape.”
Katalina Colgate (Cohen’s sister) said she told her about it after it happened.
On November 2nd, Variety published a report about sexual harassment allegations that were happening to talent agencies. One of these cases was ICM’s Erik Horine. He had to step down back in June in light of allegations of improper behavior.
“I now understand the pain and offense my behavior has caused. I am truly sorry for that,” Horine said. “The fact that my conduct involved words, rather than physical actions, in no way excuses it.”
Variety interviewed over a dozen ICM employees about it, with four of them being women who were the target of Horine’s interests. They say Erik was too powerful and well connected to raise any critiques against. Variety makes it clear that Horine never got to illegal levels of behavior, nor was his harassment physical in any way. But Erik’s routine was to pick female employees and warm them up to dinner and drinks. What that means is telling these ladies they’re “hot” and how horny they got him. The process was demoralizing for the people that Erik targeted. Horine’s behavior became so well known that new female staff were warned in advance about Erik’s methods. It got around enough that senior level staff were aware. On at least two occasions (one in 2015 and 2016) it got mentioned to ICM’s HR department in employee exit reviews. Erik got the job in the first place by being good at his job, though.
In the second half of the 1970s, Goddard made a name for himself doing plays with Disney. He made his own production company in 1980 and ran with it up through 2002.
On November 10th, ER actor Anthony Edwards accused Gary Goddard of molestation. His mother confronted Anthony about it at age 14, and at the time he denied anything had happened. But here in this Medium post he finally confessed.
“I met Goddard when I was 12, and he quickly became a dominant force in my life. He taught me about the value of acting, respect for friendship, and the importance of studying. Pedophiles prey on the weak. My father, who suffered from undiagnosed PTSD from WWII, was not emotionally available. Everyone has the need to bond, and I was no exception. My vulnerability was exploited. I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him — and this went on for years. The group of us, the gang, stayed quiet.”
Anthony confronted Goddard in an airport about it over two decades ago, and he swore he got the help he needed. For a time, this was enough for Anthony Edwards to be at peace. But four years ago Goddard resurfaced in the press over allegations of sexual abuse. This tore open the old wounds Anthony had suffered. For the first time, he sought therapy over it.
“As to the allegations that Mr. Edwards made in his post today, I can unequivocally deny them on Gary’s behalf,” said Goddard’s spokesperson Sam Singer.
On November 17th a second Medium post came out, corroborating Anthony Edwards’ testimony. Titled “Anthony Edwards is Telling the Truth” from Bret Douglas Nighman, who is a friend of Anthony and toured California for a Peter Pan production that Goddard directed.
“One night while on tour I awoke to find Goddard trying to get into my bed, under my covers and into my underwear. I fought him off and pushed him away. Although it was dark I saw him force his way into Tony’s bed — which was about twelve feet from mine. I thought that Tony would push him away too. I lay in my bed with my heart pounding and listened as one of my best friends who I loved got sexually molested. I was scared, in shock, heartbroken and confused. I felt like I betrayed Tony for doing nothing, and I couldn’t understand why Tony didn’t push him away.”
Later, Bret talks about how Goddard grabbed him and kissed his mouth after their last performance in San Diego. He’s tried to make sense of what happened to him and the other boys that toured with Goddard for years.
Gary Goddard was a show director at Santa Barbara Youth Theather. Many of the young boys that got cast in his Oliver and Peter Pan shows ended up going to Hollywood. Goddard got them agents and helped send them on their way to fame. Bret recalls how envious he was that his buddies were in Jesus Christ Superstar, and he wanted to get in on that. After traveling to Northern California for rehearsals, Bret says Goddard attempted to molest him in the car on the drive home one evening. After the production was over, Goddard invited Bret to his home to pick up some photos of him from the show. Bret ended up staying the night, sleeping on the floor. He woke up in the middle of the evening to see Goddard rubbing his balls, grabbing Bret’s hand and forcing it to stroke Goddard’s erection.
Once more, Goddard’s people denied the allegations in a statement to the LA Times.
“While it is true that Mr. Nighman appeared in two productions that were directed by Mr. Goddard, his allegations of sexual advances are false. It is equally disturbing that both individuals maintained personal and professional relationships with Mr. Goddard well into adulthood, and now, out of the blue, are making false, disparaging and defamatory statements.”
Takei is Sulu from Star Trek. Whatever else he’s done in his life is neither here or there. At the end of the day, people see Takei’s name and think of that role he had.
On November 10th, George Takei came under fire after someone came forward with an allegation of sexual assault. Scott R. Brunton says it happened in 1981 when he was 23. They were working in Hollywood as a waiter, making their first break into acting. He first encountered Takei at the Greg’s Blue Dot bar one evening. They ended up calling each other every so often. When Brunton broke up with their boyfriend, George asked for his new number. The two went out for dinner and a movie.
“He was very good at consoling me and understanding that I was upset and still in love with my boyfriend,” Brunton said. “He was a great ear. He was very good about me spilling my heart on my sleeve.”
After that, they went back to Takei’s condo for a drink. It was going to be one drink. But it turned into a second drink. Brunton remembers feeling light-headed and blacking out.
Here’s what Scott Brunton says happened next.
“The next thing I remember I was coming to and he had my pants down around my ankles and he was groping my crotch and trying to get my underwear off and feeling me up at the same time, trying to get his hands down my underwear. I came to and said, ‘What are you doing?!’ I said, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ He goes, ‘You need to relax. I am just trying to make you comfortable. Get comfortable.’ And I said, ‘No. I don’t want to do this.’ And I pushed him off and he said, ‘OK, fine.’ And I said I am going to go and he said, ‘If you feel you must. You’re in no condition to drive.’ I said, ‘I don’t care I want to go.’ So I managed to get my pants up and compose myself and I was just shocked. I walked out and went to my car until I felt well enough to drive home, and that was that.”
Brunton stayed quiet for years under the impression nobody would believe him. But when the Weinstein controversy broke out, followed up by Takei responding to the Kevin Spacey scandal, he changed his mind.
On the morning of November 11th, George Takei responded to Brunton’s testimony. Not only did he deny the events happening as Scott described, George claims to not remember who Brunton is. Takei then distanced himself from the events saying they happened so long ago, that it doesn’t coincide with his values today.
On the morning of the 12th, Takei deflected the controversy he was in by alleging Russian bots had a role in magnifying the public’s attention on social media. George soon after deleted the tweets, realizing going that route wasn’t the best idea. On November 14th, Takei apologized for how he presented himself on Howard Stern’s show in the past. This “naughty gay grandpa” caricature he created seems like a distasteful joke to him in retrospect.
If you wanted a taste of what George Takei regrets, here you go. The actor hasn’t retreated from the public eye at least as far as social media is concerned.
For anyone who believes the Weinstein scandal and resulting controversies made public are an American thing only? You’d be mistaken. As you’ll see here with Gilbert Rozon, who is a Canadian best known for his Just for Laughs annual festival he founded.
On October 19th the French newspaper Le Devoir reported Gilbert Rozon faced sexual misconduct accusations that happened over three decades, according to nine women who came forward.
This Facebook statement by Gilbert from October 19th is written in French, but translated it says:
“I announce that I am leaving now my duties as chairman of the group Just For Laughs, as a commissioner for the 375th Montreal celebrations and as Vice-President of the Montreal Chamber of commerce. I am stepping down out of respect for the employees and families who work for these organizations and all our partners. I do not want to shame them.”
At the time the allegations came out they weren’t verified by the press. Even so, Gilbert neither confirmed or denied them in the midst of stepping down from his various posts.
One of the stories surrounding Rozon comes from Salomé Corbo. A Quebec actress who encountered them at a party in 1990. When they were age 14. She alleges Rozon grabbed her, sliding his hand into her underwear.
“I told him ‘I’m 14 years old, I’m 14 years old, I am a young girl.’ I spoke loudly and hoped that witnesses around me would react, but nobody reacted. Gilbert let me go and I left.”
Elsewhere is the case of Lyne Charlebois, a producer. In 1982, they and their partner went to dinner with Rozon. After that, they went to Rozon’s house so he could change shirts. “The next thing I knew was that we were in his room, he was on me and I froze,” Lyne said. “In my head, the guy that I just met was penetrating me. He met my boyfriend.”
Radio-Canada has confirmed with Montreal police they’re opening an investigation into a 1994 Paris incident Rozon was alleged to be involved in. His record involves sexual assault, pleading guilty to it back in 1998. In that case, he ended up getting an unconditional discharge.
French TV station M6 suspended La France a un incroyable talent as a result of the accusations. Gilbert also resigned from being president of Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival. Radio-Canada announced that Rozon wouldn’t be a part of their Dans l’œil du dragon show. French TV station TVA said they were taking Just For Laughs Gala showings off air until further notice.
Toback is a screenwriter and director. His work includes things like Black and White. Which is apparently important because according to the stories from women coming out, he’d use that movie as bait to draw them in.
On October 22nd, LA Times did their first report on James Toback. The author Glenn Whipp goes for the throat. He opens by calling Toback a prowler on the hunt for young women. Using his movie director fame to lure in unsuspecting victims, get them to “audition,” only to have the encounter turn sexual. 31 of the 38 women who spoke for the LA Times did it on the record. The article itself is a collection of these horror stories that the women interviewed had to allegedly go through. Toback denies all of these reports, claiming it was impossible for him to do these sorts of things given a heart condition he has.
“The way he presented it, it was like, ‘This is how things are done,’” said actress Adrienne LaValley. She had a 2008 run-in with Toback that had him rubbing his crotch on her leg. “I felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends. And I deserved not to tell anyone.”
“He told me he’d love nothing more than to masturbate while looking into my eyes,” said Louise Post. She met Toback in 1987 while attending Barnard College. “Going to his apartment has been the source of shame for the past 30 years, that I allowed myself to be so gullible.”
Glenn Whipp notes that Toback’s movies explored extremes and that his personal skeletons had intersected with that. This was because Toback’s gimmick with women was trying to see how far they’d go to get a job.
In the case of someone like Anna Scott, she was in high school when Toback baited her with a movie he was working on. Something called Black and White. James invited her to a Charlie Rose taping, then said they’d talk more about the movie afterward. Instead, the discussion Toback started was of a sexual nature. Eventually, they were inside a restaurant when James said: “You have to be ready to turn yourself completely over to me.”
When working on Black and White, Echo Danon had to put up with Toback. He cornered her in his trailer, kneeling in front of her with his hands on her thighs. “If you look into my eyes and pinch my nipples, I’m going to come in my pants right now,” he said.
Sari Kamin got targeted by Toback in 2003. He pulled out a “Two Girls and a Guy” DVD and invited her to be in his next movie. James took her out to dinner several times over a few months, to the point where Toback tried getting Kamin in a hotel room. Saying he wanted a “real connection” with her, he asked Kamin to take off her clothes in the hotel room. She resisted and James got angry, asserting that it was all part of the acting business. He began rubbing his crotch against her after she eventually gave in. “I felt really paralyzed,” Kamin said. “And I asked him, ‘Are you trying to get yourself off?’ And he said, ‘Absolutely.’”
Terri Conn was 23 and working on As the World Turns when Toback found her. He told her to meet in Central Park to discuss how she could get in a film. It was there James led Conn to an empty area and began humping her leg. “I was shocked and frozen and didn’t know what to do,” Conn said. “I thought if I resisted, it could get worse. He could overpower me.”
Chantal Cousineau was 19 when they met James in Toronto for a “Harvard Man” audition back in 2001. It ended in Toback’s hotel room, with Chantal leaving as he talked about masturbation. “Calm down, you’ve got the part,” James said as she went to the room’s exit. It was true. Chantal’s agent called her after the encounter to confirm it. During one of the rehearsals, Chantal says she heard Toback furiously masturbating on the other side of the wall.
By October 23rd, it looks like word got around about the LA Times Toback report. More than 200 women came forward since then with their stories. One of them was Today Show anchor Natalie Morales. “In all honesty, I thought he was just a creep hitting on me with the oldest line in the book,” Morales told The Times. “Like I said on our show I was just lucky. I saw pretty quickly what he was up to.” The LA Times said the Los Angeles Police Department was swarmed with Toback phone calls over that past 48 hours. The same goes for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Toback’s agent (Jeff Berg of ICM), cut off their professional ties with James as well.
James Gunn had a lot to say about it on Facebook.
“He has done this to three girls I’ve dated, two of my very best friends, and a family member… twice. Yes, he came up to her twice with the same stupid line, not realizing she was the same person,” Gunn wrote. “This is in addition to many other women I’ve talked to at parties or dinners about their interactions with Toback.”
On October 26th, Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams spoke with Vanity Fair about their brush-ins with James Toback.
Selma Blair arrived at the restaurant where she was supposed to meet James Toback. The waitress came by and informed her that Toback couldn’t make it downstairs, however, she’s requested to join him in his suite. She went upstairs. The first thing James did was pull out a script and said they have a “real connection.” That Blair is an incredible actress. Then Toback asked her where her parents were. In retrospect, Selma realizes James was trying to figure out her support system in life. After revealing an estranged relationship with her father, James offers to have him killed. Regardless of it being a joke, it made Selma nervous. Forty minutes into their conversation, Toback wanted Selma to take her clothes off. Blair was smart, studied beforehand. After saying that’s not logical since Blair’s character is a courtroom lawyer, Toback rationalized his request by saying he needed to see her body move. Selma told him she wasn’t comfortable.
“But he continued to coax me—saying that this was in no way a come-on. This was part of training. He wanted to make me a good actress. He wanted to make me comfortable. I thought, “Well, my representation sent me to see him. He must be really important.” I took off my sweater. I was so private about my body. I do remember looking down at the script and seeing my bare chest and not being able to focus on anything but the words and my face being so hot and puffy and feeling so ashamed.”
He commented on her body, and began telling her she needed “a lot of work.” James Toback started rubbing his cock at this point and asked Blair to fuck him. She declined and mentioned the fact Toback was married.
“It’s complicated, but yes. She’s wonderful. She’s a writer. She’s a teacher. And she’s a wonderful woman. And I have a girlfriend who can’t get enough sex. But I love that. I have to come six or seven times a day or else it really doesn’t work for me to get through my day,” James said. Selma felt trapped. She WAS trapped. Toback blocked the door and said she had to do this for him.
“I said, “What do I have to do? I cannot touch you. I cannot have sex with you.”“He said, ‘It’s O.K. I can come in my pants. I have to rub up against your leg. You have to pinch my nipples. And you have to look into my eyes.’” I thought, “Well, if I can get out of here without being raped . . .”He walked me back to the bed. He sat me down. He got on his knees. And he continued to press so hard against my leg. He was greasy and I had to look into those big brown eyes. I tried to look away, but he would hold my face. So I was forced to look into his eyes. And I felt disgust and shame, and like nobody would ever think of me as being clean again after being this close to the devil. His energy was so sinister.”
At age 21, Rachel McAdams was a Toronto theater student when Toback roped her into a Harvard Man audition. “I think you’re really, really talented. I think you’re quite good for this actually, but I’d like to workshop it a little with you, and maybe rehearse a bit more and see if we can get you all the way there. Leave your phone number with the casting agent’s assistant, and we’ll get together and workshop this a bit,” Toback told her later.
He called her that same evening, inviting her to his hotel to talk about it. Rachel had a scheduling conflict but Toback was persistent. Rachel went to Toback’s hotel room and there were magazines all over the floor. “You know, I just have to tell you. I have masturbated countless times today thinking about you since we met at your audition,” James told her.
It was after that, Rachel says Toback began with the “how far are you willing to go” shtick. After pleasuring himself in the bathroom and declining a request to show her pubic hair, Rachel left. “I can’t believe he did it again. This isn’t the first time that this has happened. He did this the last time that he was in town. He did this to one of my other actresses,” said her agent the next morning.
Jeffery is an actor and comedian with things like The Larry Sanders Show under his resume. But to me, Tambor remains the family patriarch of Arrested Development. His more recent work on a show called Transparent brought him a new wave of praise and accolades. It’s unfortunate that wave of fame ended up having an ugly crash at the end.
Tambor’s transgender former assistant Van Barnes made a private Facebook post at some point the week of November 5th. It got around the internet enough to warrant a Deadline article by November 8th, talking about allegations against Jeffery Tambor. Within the post, Barnes alleges Tambor (not IDing him by name) propositioned her multiple times, made a series of inappropriate comments, groped her, and threatened to sue if they spoke up about it.
“I am aware that a former disgruntled assistant of mine has made a private post implying that I had acted in an improper manner toward her,” Tambor told Deadline. “I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behavior toward this person or any other person I have ever worked with. I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation.”
Amazon is inclined to investigate the situation in full, given the recent PR flack thar arose over the Roy Price situation. The company promised to speak to Jeffery Tambor as well as members of the Transparent production set.
On November 16th, a second incident became known to the public. Trace Lysette plays a transgender yoga instructor named Shea on Transparent, and they were part of an iconic moment of the show where the character is trying to find the right pitch to shout “YAS QUEEN” with.
Apparently, there were troublesome circumstances around filming this part of the show. Lysette gave a full statement to The Hollywood Reporter:
“One day on set during Season 2, Jeffrey, Alexandra Billings and I were all outfitted in pajamas. I was in a flimsy top and matching short shorts. Upon seeing my in my costume, Jeffrey sexualized me with an over the top comment. Alexandra and I laughed it off because it was so absurd and we thought surely it had to be a bad joke. I shook it off. Then later, in between takes, I stood in a corner on the set as the crew reset for a wide shot. My back was against the wall in a corner as Jeffrey approached me. He came in close, put his bare feet on top of mine so I could not move, leaned his body against me, and began quick, discreet thrusts back and forth against my body. I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pajamas and I pushed him off of me. Again, I laughed it off and rolled my eyes. I had a job to do and I had to do it with Jeffrey, the lead of our show. When they called action, I put that moment in the corner into its own corner of my mind. Compartmentalizing has always been part of my survival took kit, long before I came to Hollywood. It’s shitty to admit out loud — and I don’t say it to justify what I went through — but given the journey and circumstances of my life, I was used to being treated as a sexual object by men — this one just happened to be famous.”
Lysette continued by saying they hoped Amazon can use this situation to turn the show in a different direction instead of pulling it off the air outright. Regardless of what happens she still has faith in what the show represents.
Tambor issued a second statement in response Trace Lysette’s allegations:
“For the past four years, I’ve had the huge privilege — and huge responsibility — of playing Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman, in a show that I know has had an enormous, positive impact on a community that has been too long dismissed and misunderstood. Now I find myself accused of behavior that any civilized person would condemn unreservedly. I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator — ever. I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express.”
Compare this statement to what Tambor said the first time. Notice how this time Jeffery takes a more self-reflective approach. Look at how Tambor admits their personality flaws and admits how they can do better.
Above all else? Jeffery Tambor says sorry this time.
On November 19th, Deadline reported the two accusations of sexual harassment were enough for Tambor to quit Transparent.
“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” the Emmy winning actor told Deadline on Sunday. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago,” Tambor added of his role as the lead on the Jill Soloway created show.“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,” Tambor asserted as well. “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”
On October 31st, HBO and Jeremy Piven both released their own sets of statements in response to the situation.
“Today, via the press reports, is the first we are hearing about Ariane Bellamar’s allegations concerning Jeremy Piven,” HBO wrote. “Everyone at HBO and our productions is aware that zero tolerance for sexual harassment is our policy. Anyone experiencing an unsafe working environment has several avenues for making complaints that we take very seriously.”
“I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me,” Piven said. “It did not happen. It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories, and my hope is that the allegations about me that didn’t happen, do not detract from stories that should be heard.”
Lasseter is a filmmaker and animator that’s part of the founding staff behind Pixar Animation Studios. Serving as the Chief Creative Officer of the company, he’s the lifeblood of the Toy Story and Cars series of movies.
An important head honcho. Despite that power and authority, he’d too be stepping away from the public eye.
The Hollywood Reporter did a report on November 21st. Rashida Jones and Wil McCormack left Toy Story 4 early on (according to sources speaking to The Hollywood Reporter) because of unwanted advances by John Lasseter.
The two said otherwise when they talked to the New York Times in a statement. “The breakneck speed at which journalists have been naming the next perpetrator renders some reporting irresponsible,” they said. “We did not leave Pixar because of unwanted advances. That is untrue. We parted ways because of creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences.
People from Pixar spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about Lasseter but didn’t want to be named out of fear for their jobs. A long-standing Pixar staff member said Lasseter had a reputation for hugging people, plus “grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes.” John Lasseter was a bit of a drinker too, but that wasn’t the only thing fueling his behavior.
Women knew to turn their heads to avoid getting kissed. One inside source talks about an encounter Lasseter had with women during a meeting, several years ago. “She was bent over and [had her arm] across her thigh. The best I can describe it is as a defensive posture … John had his hand on her knee, though, moving around,” they said. Talking to the woman afterward, she told the source it was unfortunate for her to wear a skirt that day and if she didn’t have her hand on her own right leg, his hand would have traveled.”
Lasseter beat the reporters to the punch and gave a statement beforehand, announcing he was stepping down for a leave of absence.
“I’ve recently had a number of difficult conversations that have been very painful for me. It’s never easy to face your missteps, but it’s the only way to learn from them. As a result, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the leader I am today compared to the mentor, advocate and champion I want to be. It’s been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable. That was never my intent. Collectively, you mean the world to me, and I deeply apologize if I have let you down. I especially want to apologize to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form. No matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected.
In my conversations with Disney, we are united in our commitment to always treat any concerns you have with the seriousness they deserve, and to address them in an appropriate manner. We also share a desire to reinforce the vibrant, respectful culture that has been the foundation of our studios’ success since the beginning. And we agree the first step in that direction is for me to take some time away to reflect on how to move forward from here. As hard as it is for me to step away from a job I am so passionate about and a team I hold in the highest regard, not just as artists but as people, I know it’s the best thing for all of us right now. My hope is that a six-month sabbatical will give me the opportunity to start taking better care of myself, to recharge and be inspired, and ultimately return with the insight and perspective I need to be the leader you deserve.”
John Lasseter served as Walt Disney Animation’s head since 2006, helping revive the brand with things like Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, and Zootopia.
John Travolta is another one of those actors/producers that I don’t feel the need to bring you up to speed on with career stuff. You’ve probably heard of him. He’s a pretty talented chap with a decent body of work in music, in addition to the rest of his repertoire. Surf the internet long enough and you’ll have a certain Pulp Fiction meme burned into your mind.
On November 13th, RadarOnline.com published the police report they were able to get a hold of. Within it, a 21-year-old masseur accuses John Travolta of sexual battery. It happened back on February 15th, 2000, at the LaQuinta Hotel in Palm Springs, California. The facility had stayed open after midnight. Travolta insisted on getting a deep body massage. His accuser alleges John wanted more than that.
Travolta kept taking the towel off to show his ass cheeks. The body scrub gave John Travolta a boner and he confessed to the masseur he found him attractive. It was after that Travolta invited him to the spa’s steam room. Within, John offered to share massage techniques and advice with the masseur. Preferring the hands-on approach, the man was instructed to lay on his stomach. “Travolta reached under his towel and began to rub his inner thigh,” the report says. John started rubbing the masseur’s ass cheeks and crack. This made the guy uncomfortable and he got the hell out of there. But Travolta pursued, giving offers to “soap up” the dude’s back. When the masseur was packing up the massage table, John Travolta asked him what he’d do in a sexual encounter with another guy.
No charges were filed. The case was closed.
On October 26th, TheWrap published a report about Ken Baker of E! News. Two women came forward with alleged incidents of Ken Baker sexual harassment. E! took Ken off the air until they complete their investigation.
“I am very disturbed by these anonymous allegations, which make my heart ache. I take them very seriously,” Baker said to TheWrap in a statement. “I care deeply for people’s feelings and sincerely live in a way that treats people with dignity and respect.”
The first accuser is a former E! News employee. They called into Baker’s office in 2012 and he invited her to sit on his lap. “He makes physical comments like, ‘That’s a really cute outfit’ or ‘That’s a really tight shirt.’ … He would put his hand on my waist and leave it there too long,” she says. “I almost feel like it’s a power trip. It’s like, ‘I can do these things.'” The other woman is a former E! News intern. She alleges in 2011 Ken kissed her without consent and made multiple propositions for sex over the years. In 2015 Ken texted her offering a Tiffany dildo with “Ken Baker” engraved onto its shaft. The ex-intern can corroborate her story thanks to a former employee and career coach she told about these incidents back at the time. The lewd texts happened for more than four years after the end of the internship. Ending when she finally confronted him and told him to stop. A 2007 lawsuit against Baker happened when he was West Coast bureau chief over at US Weekly. He hired the nanny of his children as a reporter. “I want to have sex with you,” and “I want to see you pregnant with pigtails,” were things Baker texted her.
Louis C.K. was a comedian known for his blunt honesty and straight-forward delivery.
The piece came out on November 9th via The New York Times. The first story takes us back to 2002 with Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov. They were an aspiring comedian duo looking to make their mark in the world at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Things must’ve gone really well for them since Louis C.K. invited the two to his room after their late-night snow. The girls didn’t even take their jackets off before C.K. asked if he could take his cock out. They laughed at first thinking he was kidding around, but then Louis did it.
“He proceeded to take all of his clothes off, and get completely naked, and started masturbating,” Goodman said to The New York Times.
After CK climaxed, the two escaped from the room and ended up running into Charna Halpern (owns some improv theaters in LA and Chicago). The girls told her everything about what just happened. Halpern had no clue what to do about it. Over the course of the next day, Dana and Julia began telling more people about it. But the effects weren’t what they expected. People became afraid of them more than anything. It was at some point after that it became clear Louis C.K.’s manager wanted them to stop talking about the incident. This was relayed to them after a manager for the two ladies had a discussion with Becky. In the years that followed, the two had to be careful in Los Angeles. As the incident loomed over their careers like a lingering ghost.
In 2003, Abby Schachner called Louis C.K. to invite him to a show of hers. A big fan of C.K., as her boyfriend at the time had worked with Louis in the past. Abby ringed up his office he worked in as a writer on Cedric the Entertainer Presents. Their conversations went from personal to inappropriate. She heard him jacking off over the phone. Abby recalls hearing the blinds coming down and remembers Louis talking soft into the phone while he told her his sexual fantasies. In 2005, Louis C.K. asked Rebecca Corry if he could masturbate in front of her while they were working on a TV pilot together. She was a producer on it, and he was going to guest star. He asked if they could go to Corry’s dressing room so he could pleasure himself in front of her. Corry got angry and reminded him he had a pregnant wife and a daughter. Louis reportedly got really embarrassed and told Corry “he had issues” after that. A fifth woman wanted to keep her I.D. anonymous had an incident with Louis C.K. while working on The Chris Rock Show back in the late 1990s. Back when Louis was a writer/producer, and he asked the woman to watch him jerk off. She was in her early 20s at the time and went along with it, but in retrospect questioned his overall behavior.
Louis reached out years later to some of the people he impacted with his actions. In 2009 he acknowledged his bad behavior to Abby Schachner. “That was a bad time in my life and I’m sorry,” C.K. said. In 2015, Corry was contacted by email and then by telephone with Louis. He apologized for “shoving her in a bathroom,” something he didn’t even do to her.
By the morning of November 10th, Louis CK published a statement responding to The New York Times piece.
The Orchard dropped all plans to distribute Louis C.K.’s I Love You, Daddy movie. This decision was made one week before release. That same day, TBS announced they were suspending production on Louis C.K.’s animated comedy project The Cops.
On November 13th, Dave Becky apologized for how he dealt with the sexual misconduct situation. He says he was only made aware of the incident with Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov.
“At that time, I heard the story third-hand, and I interpreted the conversation as two women telling a story about a sexual encounter with a then-married Louis. Albeit enormously embarrassing, in no way did I interpret the interaction as threatening or non-consensual. I misperceived the casual way the story was portrayed to me — instead I should have recognized that it must have been a mask for their unease and discomfort in the face of his detestable behavior. My intent was to seek discretion to protect what I thought was a matter of infidelity. I now comprehend that my response was perceived as a threat to cover-up sexual misconduct. This is not an excuse. What I did was wrong, and again, I am extremely sorry.”
But the backlash continued to hit C.K.’s manager Dave Becky. That same day, Pamela Adlon announced she was was dropping him as their manager. She worked with Louis C.K. on FX (Louie). Earlier Adlon said she needed a few days to grieve and process the situation before making any further statement.
People were shocked because they thought Louis C.K. was one of the “good ones.”
Mark Schwahn is a screenwriter and director best known for One Tree Hill and The Royals. Mark was a writer on some small projects before that, but they served mostly as a prelude to these two big jobs. In the end (according to what came out) he managed to fuck things up, burning people’s respect and bridges with both of these gigs.
On November 13th, Variety reported the One Tree Hill cast and crew wrote a letter accusing their former showrunner Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment. Further, they offer support to colleague Audrey Wauchope.
“To Whom It May Concern,
All of the female cast members of One Tree Hill have chosen this forum to stand together in support of Audrey Wauchope and one another. To use terminology that has become familiar as thesystemic reality of sexual harassment and assault has come more and more to light, Mark Schwahn’s behavior over the duration of the filming of One Tree Hill was something of an “open secret.” Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally. More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress. Many of us were put in uncomfortable positions and had to swiftly learn to fight back, sometimes physically, because it was made clear to us that the supervisors in the room were not the protectors they were supposed to be. Many of us were spoken to in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal. And a few of us were put in positions where we felt physically unsafe. More than one woman on our show had her career trajectory threatened.
The through line in all of this was, and still is, our unwavering support of and faith in one another. We confided in each other. We set up safe spaces to talk about his behavior and how to handle it. To warn new women who joined our ranks. We understood that a lot of it was orchestrated in ways that kept it out of sight for the studio back home. We also understood that no one was fully unaware. The lack of action that has been routine, the turning of the other cheek, is intolerable. We collectively want to echo the calls of women everywhere that vehemently demand change, in all industries.
Many of us were told, during filming, that coming forward to talk about this culture would result in our show being canceled and hundreds of lovely, qualified, hard-working, and talented people losing their jobs. This is not an appropriate amount of pressure to put on young girls. Many of us since have stayed silent publicly but had very open channels of communication in our friend group and in our industry, because we want Tree Hill to remain the place “where everything’s better and everything’s safe” for our fans; some of whom have said that the show quite literally saved their lives. But the reality is, no space is safe when it has an underlying and infectious cancer. We have worked at taking our power back, making the conventions our own, and relishing in the good memories. But there is more work to be done.
We are all deeply grateful for Audrey’s courage. For one another. And for every male cast mate and crew member who has reached out to our group of women to offer their support these last few days. They echo the greater rallying cry that must lead us to change: Believe Women. We are all in this together.”
When it comes to what Audrey Wauchope said, she had taken to Twitter back on November 11th to speak about her experiences. In general terms, Audrey emphasizes how they went into this gig excited and came out discouraged. It all began when they were told “showrunner” hired the female writers based on looks. Wauchope says when the staff set on couches, female writers vied for spots away from “showrunner” so they wouldn’t get touched.
Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn’t.
Things got worse. Audrey alleges the men on staff were shown nudes of an actress “showrunner” was having an affair with. The men didn’t want to see that. The actress didn’t know this was going on. The day before Audrey’s writing partner Rachel Specter was to be married, “showrunner” shut her into his office and asked if she really wanted to go through with that. The cherry on top. Audrey says “showrunner” didn’t attend the mandatory sexual harassment meeting the studio’s lawyers came by to give.
On November 14th, One Tree Hill story editor David Handelman published a blog post corroborating what he could about life on set. What it was like dealing with Mark Schwahn. He instills a sense of Mark having this “I do what I want” mentality. Schwahn walked around like the rest of the world owed him for keeping the show alive. It’s compelling due to the fact Handelman was fired right as Audrey and Rachel were hired as replacements.
On November 15th, Alexandra Park tweeted a statement of support for One Tree Hill. Given her experiences with Mark Schwahn while doing The Royals, Park was obliged to acknowledge the situation.
“I am devastated to admit to myself, to my colleagues and to this industry that I too, have been exposed to this reprehensible behavior,” Alexandra wrote.
The next day, a The Royals colleague Elizabeth Hurley wrote an open letter supporting Alexandra Park. Despite not witnessing Schwahn’s inappropriate behavior, she felt like she failed Park and vowed to be more vigilant in the future.
Also on November 16th, Deadline reported on The Royals cast and crew responding in a similar fashion to the One Tree Hill gang. 25 female staff members working on the show wrote this reply.
“Upon reading a statement from the ladies of One Tree Hill, a statement from their Royal sisters could not possibly go unwritten.
Despite hearing rumours about his behaviour on One Tree Hill, those of us involved from the early stages went into the filming of the pilot hoping they were just that – rumours. By the time we wrapped this had irrevocably proven not to be the case. It became all too apparent reading their statement earlier this week that the betrayal and anger so many of us had experienced during our time on The Royals is not exclusively ours. And we were angry then, and we are angry now.
This statement is a collection of voices from those women involved in The Royals who would like to finally respond to the behaviour of our showrunner. Who felt the inclination to abuse his power and influence in an environment where he had it over women who felt they did not. This manifested itself in the repeated unwanted sexual harassment of multiple female members of cast and crew.
Where we should have been excited to meet new female cast and crew members, we felt nauseating concern in case they too should have him track down their mobile number. Where we should have offered our friends who auditioned for The Royals scene help and advice, we offered warnings about the man they would meet in the room. More than all of this, where we should all collectively have felt pride over jobs hard won and roles much loved, we felt undermined as artists and creatives. And in many cases, no more than a sum of body attributes.
Whilst voraciously condemning the actions of one man, we would like to make note of our gratitude to others. Thank you to so many of the Royal men who ensured we were never alone in social situations with him and took two steps towards us for his every one. Thank you to the friends, loved ones and partners who supported us at the time and ever more so now in coming forwards.
But thank you most of all to the women of One Tree Hill, whose solid gold backbones have moved us enormously. To you we doff our crowns.”
It didn’t even take The Royals adding their voice to spur management into action. Back on the 15th: E!, Universal Cable Productions, and Lionsgate TV suspended Mark Schwahn from The Royals based on what was revealed to have taken place with One Tree Hill.
Speaking of that. Variety published an in-depth expose on One Tree Hill‘s Mark Schwahn shenanigans. Hilarie Burton (who played Peyton Sawyer on One Tree Hill) did an interview with Variety a day after that cast letter was published. Going in-depth on her experiences with Mark Schwahn, she says he put himself in this mentor role for Burton. Doing things like letting her sit in on production meetings and pushing the visibility of her character on the show. “I realize now that I was being groomed as bait,” Burton said.
Schwahn had a tendency to “encourage” new female actresses on the show to become friends with Burton. So they’d be in Mark’s orbit. For example, there was Danneel Ackles, an actress who joined up in season three. “Hilarie’s one of the good guys. Hang out with her,” Schwahn told her.
While Ackles never had a relationship with Schwahn, he’d call Burton in the middle of the night during season three’s production to say he loved her and claimed to be having a physical romance with her. Burton didn’t tolerate it and chastised Mark for telling her about this thing he thought was an affair. Mark invited Burton and Ackles to a concert in 2006. Schwahn brought his wife, which put Burton at ease. But it was at this show that Schwahn slid his hand into Burton’s pants. While his other arm was wrapped around his wife.
During the fourth season, there was a contest for high schools to host production on a One Tree Hill episode. Burton went with Schwahn to Honey Grove, Texas to announce that town won. On the way back to North Carolina, the final leg of their trip had a two-hour limo ride. That was where Schwahn is alleged to have forced himself on Burton for the first time. During the ride, Schwahn told Burton he was going to call CW president Dawn Ostroff to pitch season five taking place five years after season four’s end. He let Burton listen in on the call, knowing Burton’s interest to produce.
“I’m leaning in listening, and when it’s Dawn Ostroff’s turn to talk, he just leans over and starts kissing me,” Burton said. “I push him off, but I can’t say anything, because he’s on the phone fighting for our show to stay on the air. I’m just in this position where I’m thinking, ‘You’ve got to take it, Hil. Just laugh it off. You’ll get to Wilmington in 45 minutes.’”
Ackles says Schwahn approached her and told them about the “made out” session he had with Burton. Ackles got in touch with Burton who explained what went down.
A few weeks roll by and Schwahn invited Burton to a “kissing club.”
“He had this grand idea that it was going to be this swingers make-out club where people who are in relationships can make out with no strings attached,” she said. Burton was living with her boyfriend (a crew member with the show). In the end, she stood him up and Schwahn got pissed off about that.
In February 2007, Schwahn forced himself on Burton a second time. It happened in Texas at the wrap party they had after finishing the shoot for the contest episode.
“I’m at the bar waiting to get drinks for the hairdresser and me, and he leans over and he kisses me in front of everybody,” she said. “Right on the mouth. It was something I had to get out of. It wasn’t a peck. It wasn’t ‘Hey, sis, how’s your day?’ It was a boyfriend kiss.”
Another One Tree Hill actress confirmed hearing about the incidents from Burton, chiming in with a story of her own. Back in season one, this anonymous actress went to go ask Schwahn a question on set. She says he put his arm around her, running his hand down her back, and pulled her in between his legs. In response, she punched him in the chest and told him not to touch her. At some point, later on, Schwahn threatened this actresses’ job after she told him to stop touching actresses on set.
Other antics during season 4 happened in Miami when Schwahn and a bunch of the cast went there for a Sunkist sponsorship event. Ackles says one evening Schwahn called her more than ten times. He even came to her hotel room, knocking on the door and wanting to come in. Ackles refused to let him in and ignored it until he left. Burton says Schwahn came by her room after. She opened the door and Mark came in complaining Ackles wouldn’t let him in.
Burton was the target of unwanted shoulder and backrubs during the season four finale shoot.
“You gotta stop. Mark, I’m telling you, as your friend, your wife is going to hear about this shit. You’re going to lose your job. You can’t touch the girls anymore,” Burton said in response.
Mark didn’t like that. He got so pissed off at the fact she scolded him in front of other people. The next morning, Schwahn demanded Burton to his office. He ended up screeching at her for half an hour. Burton didn’t tell anyone about Schwahn at the time because she didn’t want to sour relations with Warner Bros. It did leave lasting psychological damage. As Burton refused to work with any showrunner she didn’t know personally, thereafter. Ackles left in season five. During her final day in town, Mark showed up outside her apartment and wouldn’t leave until he had one last goodbye. Schwahn only got out of there after Ackles threatened to call the cops on him.
Michelle Furtney-Goodman was Schwahn’s assistant on One Tree Hill season 3 and became a staff writer by season 4. One day in the writers’ room Schwahn and her were discussing an episode she wrote. Mark at some point began rubbing her shoulders and moving his fingers around her hair.
“He announced to the room that the back of my head was so flat and that I was the perfect woman, because I could give a guy a blowjob and he could rest his drink on the back of my head,” Furtney-Goodman said. “After that, he proceeded to push my head between my knees and balance a soda can on the back of my head. I remember looking at the carpet and thinking, ‘Oh my god, this is really happening.’”
Michelle excused herself to the bathroom, splashed some water on their face, and got back to work. While two writers can confirm either witnessing or hearing the story back then, Furtney-Goodman never told management about it.
“I was scared that if I said anything, I would never work in this town again,” she said.
While her particular case was limited in the scope of details, I’m mentioning Mariah Carey’s controversy to prove a point. The Weinstein blowback doesn’t have a gender filter attached. Anyone in a position of authority, be they male or female, should watch their backs if they’ve committed a perceived wrongdoing against someone.
On November 8th, TMZ reported Mariah Carey was in hot water. She’s accused of sexual harassment by her former head of security.
“The draft lawsuit also makes allegations of sexual harassment, claiming she committed ‘sexual acts with the intent that they be viewed by Anello.’ Anello claims during a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mariah asked him to come to her room to move some luggage and when he got there, she was wearing a see-through negligee that was open. He says he tried leaving but she insisted he move the luggage. He says he left the room and there was no physical contact.”
But that’s not all that’s going on with this suit. The security company owner says Mariah humiliated him with derogatory terms like “white supremacist,” “skinhead,” and “Nazi.” The lawsuit draft says the company is owed $221,329.51 for work they did from June 2015 to May 2017. Furthermore, there was a promise of a two-year extension valued at $511,000.
The suit is on hold, due to presumed settlement negotiations taking place.
On November 14th, Matt Zimmerman was fired from NBC News after two women came forward with reports of inappropriate behavior. He had been at the company since 2004 and managed to become senior VP by 2014. Zimmerman handled bookings for the Today show and other content.
“We have recently learned that Matt Zimmerman engaged in inappropriate conduct with more than one woman at NBCU, which violated company policy. As a result he has been dismissed,” NBC News said.
Matthew Weiner is a writer/director/producer who hit two grand slams with his work on The Sopranos and Mad Men. The guy knows how to deliver a powerful piece of expression and make the production of it turn out as intended.
On November 9th over on The Information, a former Mad Men writer came forward with a sexual harassment allegation against Matthew Weiner.
Weiner and Kater Gordon were working together late one night. It was here that Matthew told her she “owed it to him to let him see her naked.” Kater had climbed the staff ranks from Weiner’s personal assistant to then a writing assistant gig before becoming a full-fledged staff writer. Kater snagged an Emmy with Weiner for Mad Men Season 2 episode “Meditations in an Emergency.”
“I had the Emmy, but instead of being able to use that as a launch pad for the rest of my career, it became an anchor because I felt I had to answer to speculative stories in the press,” she said. “I eventually walked away instead of fighting back.”
A representative for Matthew Weiner released a statement to Vox in response:
“Mr. Weiner spent eight to ten hours a day writing dialogue aloud with Miss Gordon, who started on Mad Men as his writers assistant. He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague.”
There’s a bit of irony with this particular case, given major themes and motifs of Mad Men as a show.
On November 17th it was revealed by TheWrap that Girls writer and executive producer Murray Miller is accused of raping actress Aurora Perrineau. She spoke with TheWrap and confirmed filing a policing report with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Along with that, the outlet acquired a polygraph test she took back in September in regards to the matter.
The story itself is back in 2012 Aurora Perrineau was 17 years old when she first met Murray Miller. She was at the Standard Hotel with friends that night. “Some” alcohol was consumed.
“He was flirting with me. I told him repeatedly that I was 17 years old,” Perrineau said.
The 35-year-old Miller asked for a ride home because he was drunk. The group took him home.
“At some point, I woke up in Murray’s bed naked. He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray,” Aurora Perrineau’s statement says.
Murray Miller’s attorney Matthew Wallerstein gave TheWrap a response statement:
“After being contacted several weeks ago by lawyers who–on Ms. Perrineau’s behalf–sought substantial monetary damages from him, Mr. Miller’s legal team gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims. Only after her demands for money were rebuffed did Ms. Perrineau go to the police. Mr. Miller looks forward to sharing all evidence and information with any and all authorities seeking the truth in this matter.”
Aurora’s mother Brittany denies anyone from their family or legal team asking for monetary compensation.
“At no time have we ever asked Murray Miller for $1. There was never a demand for money ever made from anyone on behalf of Aurora or our family,” she said.
This story takes one hell of a twist when Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner defend Murray Miller in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. In the past, Dunham was known for taking a strong stance against the notion that women would ever lie about rape.
She’d end up apologizing for this the following day.
Stone is a filmmaker and writer with a sizeable body of work over the past several decades. He did two trilogies of movies about war and politics. He wrote Scarface. Oliver even had a pair of films about Wall Street. Definitely a fan of the more meaty topics by the looks of it.
On October 12th, New York Daily News reported that Carrie Stevens (Playboy’s Playmate back in June 1997) alleged Oliver Stone grabbed her boob at a party. She said it happened “more than 20 years ago” at Ted Field’s home. Stone walked in with a smug look on his face. “He was really cocky, had this big grin on his face like he was going to get away with something,” said Carrie. It was after that Oliver reached out and…honked it like a horn.”
Readers who were around in the 1970s and 1980s have a better chance of knowing Dreyfuss than the rest. Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Stand by Me, Jaws, and Mr. Holland’s Opus are a few titles he acted in that’ll probably bring back memories for those who’ve seen them.
But in recent weeks, Richard found himself in a bit of trouble. A person came forward after seeing Dreyfuss and his son Harry go public about what happened with Kevin Spacey.
Jessica Teich told Vulture that Dreyfuss harassed her consistently over the course of two to three years back in the 1980s. She was a researcher and writer working on Dreyfuss’s ABC comedy special Funny, You Don’t Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville. They began working together in 1984. The difference in power between the two was a stark contrast. On one end you had a mid-20s grad school lady starting out in the world. On the other, you had the married Dreyfuss in his 30s and being the youngest Best Actor Academy Award winner to date. Their work started out informal, but soon it had a production office with Disney Channel’s blessing. From then on it was a few years and numerous hours making the script. It was one day before October 1987 that Dreyfuss asked Teich to meet him at his LA studio lot trailer.
“I remember walking up the steps into the trailer and turning towards my left,” says Teich, “and he was at the back of the trailer, and just — his penis was out, and he sort of tried to draw me close to it.” Dreyfuss never asked for her to fellate him or jerk him off, Teich says, but she remembers the situation being unambiguous. “He was hard. I remember my face being brought close to his penis,” she continues. “I can’t remember how my face got close to his penis, but I do remember that the idea was that I was going to give him a blow job. I didn’t, and I left.”
Teich went on with work pretending the incident didn’t happen. She thought it was weird how this important guy she trusted did this, and it caused years of confusion for sure. But working with Dreyfuss during that time meant enduring a continuous stream of overt comments invites. Richard tried to kiss her while they were on the job, and slipped “I love you” notes to her at meetings. The two went on multiple trips to places like Washington, D.C., Yale, and Standford. During the trip to visit Ronald Reagan, Teich says Dreyfuss told her he spent all night with his ear against the wall, listening to Teich in her hotel room.
Richard Dreyfuss was quick to respond back. This is only part of his response, actually. He told the reporter he wanted more time and be more thoughtful.
“I value and respect women, and I value and respect honesty. So I want to try to tell you the complicated truth. At the height of my fame in the late 1970s I became an asshole–the kind of performative masculine man my father had modeled for me to be. I lived by the motto, “If you don’t flirt, you die.” And flirt I did. I flirted with all women, be they actresses, producers, or 80-year-old grandmothers. I even flirted with those who were out of bounds, like the wives of some of my best friends, which especially revolts me. I disrespected myself, and I disrespected them, and ignored my own ethics, which I regret more deeply than I can express. During those years I was swept up in a world of celebrity and drugs – which are not excuses, just truths. Since then I have had to redefine what it means to be a man, and an ethical man. I think every man on Earth has or will have to grapple with this question. But I am not an assaulter.I emphatically deny ever “exposing” myself to Jessica Teich, whom I have considered a friend for 30 years. I did flirt with her, and I remember trying to kiss Jessica as part of what I thought was a consensual seduction ritual that went on and on for many years. 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.”
On October 26th Variety revealed CBS Diversity Showcase Director Rick Najera was leaving the company after harassment allegations surfaced.
A CBS spokesperson explained the situation to Variety:
“In March 2017, CBS became aware of inappropriate comments made during the production of the Diversity Comedy Showcase, and remedial action was taken at that time, which the company felt was appropriate to the matter. Subsequent information has recently emerged. After looking into these reports and a discussion with Mr. Najera, he has resigned from his role with the Diversity Comedy Showcase.”
Improper comments were made to performers, with the first incident being reported to management back in February. New complaints later came out that past week in October. Things like a 2009 incident were Najera told a performer that he and his wife were in an open relationship and a 2014 incident with sexual comments being made to a second performer.
Knepper is an actor whose claim to fame is Prison Break. He was also in the last season of Heroes, for those of you who actually didn’t drop the show after the first one. Robert has a ton of off-beat film and television credits under his belt, to be fair. Only thing I’ve heard of on his list was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and 2.
It was during one of these off-beat flicks that had Knepper allegedly being a bad boy.
Susan Bertram (Hollywood costume designer) told The Hollywood Reporter that Robert Knepper assaulted her back in 1991. Allison Anders hired her “out of the blue” to work on Gas Food Lodging. At the time she was a newbie to the industry. One day after shooting at a truck stop in New Mexico, Bertram ran some clothes to Knepper’s trailer. While reaching over to a rack on a far wall, Susan alleges Knepper jumped up from under her, reaching and grabbing her crotch “as hard as he could.” This caused Susan to drop everything. That’s when Robert shoved her against a wall and told her “I’m going to fuck your brains out.”
“I flew out of that trailer as fast as I could. I just kind of fell out the door, and landed in the dirt on my knees,” Susan says.
Susan fled to a bathroom and assessed herself. Not only were her tights ripped. There was blood. Knepper allegedly grabbed hard enough to rip out flesh and pubic hair. Bertram’s assistant Dominique DuNois corroborates Susan’s story, recalling how she came in “visibly shaking” and telling her the whole situation. Bertram says she couldn’t do anything about it back then because there weren’t as many protections in the industry as there is today.
With Roy Price, I’m obliged to emphasize his important place in all this. He’s one of the first dominos to fall after the Weinstein scandal shook the planet up. The public unraveling of Harvey gave a window of opportunity for other industry cases to come forward. As President of Amazon Studios (the company’s answer to Netflix original content production), he had a pretty hefty task. A lot was riding on him. But when the public outcry began about Roy, Amazon was in a position where they felt they had to address it.
On October 12th, Amazon Studios put Roy Price on a leave of absence after Isa Hackett (The Man in the High Castle producer) went public to The Hollywood Reporter about an incident in July 2015. Price told her “you will love my dick” and shouted “anal sex” close to her ear at a party during San Diego Comic-Con. Roy officially resigned on October 17th. According to an earlier report back in August 2017, Amazon investigated the incident back then and did nothing about it. It only gained momentum in October because of the draw of Harvey Weinstein’s scandal.
As was described when talking about Erik Horine, the Variety report published on November 2nd about Hollywood agents included Ryan Ly of CAA as well. Ryan Ly worked at CAA for 12 years, making his way up to the head of the TV lit department. But he was booted in September after five women came forward with allegations against him. Sources say Ly made inappropriate comments to other staff at the September 15th CAA pre-Emmy awards party. On September 17th (the day of the Emmys), Ly was drunk and made lewd comments. Plus, he’s alleged to have groped a female staff member at the Governors Ball.
Co-founder of Def Jam Recordings. A hip-hop music label. He dabbled enough in the vices of Hollywood to justify being listed here instead of the “Outside Hollywood” section.
It started on November 19th. Simmons got roped in with Brett Ratner in an LA Times piece. The story of Russell Simmons is displayed through the blossoming bond between himself and Brett Ratner. Ratner first met Simmons in 1987 and acquired his attention utilizing his knowledge of the best places to find models in Manhattan. It was a de facto father-son bond, intertwined by their shared lust for embracing beautiful women. Hitting up clubs well into the nighttime, and pressing onward through the break of dawn the following morning. This LA Times piece cites a Playboy article describing an incident. Touré magazine interviewer met up with Russell Simmons. Brett Ratner shows up. Magazine interviewer witnessed Simmons disappearing from the cafe they were at. The author eventually found out Russell left to fuck the model Brett had just railroaded.
The primary accuser that came forward was Keri Claussen Khalighi. Back in 1991, she met Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons at some casting call. They took her to dinner at some place in New York, and then Khalighi ended up in Simmons’ apartment. Supposedly it was to show off a music video. But it was there Russell Simmons started getting sexual, ripping off Khalighi’s clothing.
“I looked over at Brett and said ‘help me’ and I’ll never forget the look on his face,” Keri remembered. “In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together.”
Khaligi alleges Simmons was forcing her into sex. She says she fought him off “wildly” until culminating in oral sex being performed. Keri says she gave in, while Ratner sat off to the side and watched. Afterward, Khalighi went to wash the shame away in the shower. She says it was there Simmons ambushed and penetrated her from behind, without consent.
“Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation,” Simmons says in response to this LA Times report. Russell says her claim “does a disservice to those who have been true victims of sexual harassment.”
Russell’s attorney gave the LA Times a signed statement that Simmons’ assistant at the time saw Khaligi go into Russell’s bedroom “on her own volition and without any coercion or undue influence.” He saw Khaligi go to a club that night and reside at Simmons’ house the following day without any visible concern or stress on her face.
There were more of these.
Tanya Reid was aiming to become a model back in 1994. Then she met Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons at a South Beach hotel Reid was working at. Ratner and Simmons checked in during this music video shoot, which in itself was a project laden with gorgeous women. The two had eyeballed Tanya, ringing up the front desk Reid was stationed at and wanting to talk to her. “I remember this very, very clearly, the exact words he said on the phone. He wanted me to come upstairs so Brett could hold me down and he could [perform oral sex],” Reid said.
Brett Ratner invited her up to his suite as Tanya was leaving work one day. He had a spread of model photographs on his bed. Ratner said Tanya could be one of those. Reid gave Ratner her phone number. A few days later Brett was at her apartment, hanging out on Reid’s couch. It was then he exposed his johnson and demanded oral. Reid was 18 and still a virgin, and attempted to negotiate Ratner down to kissing. But Brett reportedly pushed Tanya’s head to his dick area until she gave in.
In the week before the LA Times piece, Variety dug up a 2001 police report about a sexual battery allegation against Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons. A 29-year-old woman walked into the Beverly Hills Police Department to file the report early in the morning of November 3rd, 2001. She told police that Ratner and Simmons held her against her will and the two of them touched her “unlawfully.” The case ended up being closed on account of insufficient evidence.
“This is an important and critical time for the empowerment of women and men who have been harassed. I have been a public figure for all of my adult life. And when you are in that arena over decades, you can find yourself in a position where you are vulnerable and susceptible to claims that are untrue,” Russell Simmons said in response.
Keri Claussen Khalighi eventually confronted Russell Simmons last year, says the LA Times. Seeing Simmons at the Soho House in West Hollywood, it was there he gave a heartfelt apology for his past behaviors. The two hugged and Russell gave his phone number to Khalighi so they could continue speaking. It turns out Russell Simmons put his partying past behind him and turned over a new leaf. One that found peace, changing his ways through meditation and social activism.
On November 30th, screenwriter Jenny Lumet did an extensive guest column on The Hollywood Reporter. Within it she detailed the scandalous past she had dealing with Russell Simmons.
The set-up is more of a formal letter (starting off with “Dear Russell” up top). Jenny recalls meeting Simmons in 1987 through their mutual acquaintance Rick Rubin. Simmons was producing a movie that Rick was directing, and she ended up being in it. That’s how the two came to know each other. Then came the courtship of Jenny Lumet by Russell Simmons came off as innocent in the late 80s and early 90s. She’d see him at Neill’s nightclub. They never really dated but mingled within the same large group of mutual friends. Lumet wasn’t a music business lady, so she let her guard down around him. In turn, Russell showed respect towards Jenny especially because of her grandmother, a music star named Lena Horne. Simmons pursuit of Jenny was semi-regular, and Lumet brushed his efforts off.
Everything came to a head in 1991 when Lumet was 24. Jenny was at the familiar comfort of the Indochine restaurant (she worked there in the past). Russell was there too. He offered Jenny a ride home, and she accepted. But they didn’t go home. Instead, when the two entered the car Jenny was locked inside and driven back to Russell’s place. Her requests to go home ignored. Jenny was forcibly led along up an elevator and into Simmons’ apartment.
“I saw no one else. I recall you were behind me. I was still hoping the Russell I knew would reappear, as I could not recognize the man moving me deeper into the apartment — the man who had said “No” to his driver. Twice.
You moved me into a bedroom. I said “Wait.” You said nothing.
I made the trade in my mind. I thought “just keep him calm and you’ll get home.” Maybe another person would have thought differently, or not made the trade.
It was dark, but not pitch dark. You closed the door.
At that point, I simply did what I was told.
There was penetration. At one point you were only semi-erect and appeared frustrated. Angry? I remember being afraid that you would deem that my fault and become violent. I did not know if you were angry, but I was afraid that you were.
I desperately wanted to keep the situation from escalating. I wanted you to feel that I was not going to be difficult. I wanted to stay as contained as I could.
You told me to turn over on my stomach. You said something about a part of my body. You did not ejaculate inside me.
When it was over, I got my clothes and quickly went down in the elevator by myself. You didn’t try to stop me. I went home in a taxi. I was grateful to be secure in my home. I never told anyone this story until October 27th of this year (after the Harvey Weinstein story was in the news, but weeks before the first public claims were made against you), when I told a girlfriend from childhood.”
In later years Jenny tried to continue leading a normal life. The 1991 encounter never came up again whenever the two saw each other at events. But Lumet describes a taint she felt, bleeding into these happy and emotional occasions. When Russell disputed the initial claims against him, Jenny knew it was time to talk about that night. This time, Simmons fully embraced his accuser. The statement he gave acknowledged the painful sentiment expressed by Jenny’s recollection of that night. He went as far as to voluntarily step down from his business work and remove himself as a public distraction.
“I have been informed with great anguish of Jenny Lumet’s recollection about our night together in 1991. I know Jenny and her family and have seen her several times over the years since the evening she described. While her memory of that evening is very different from mine, it is now clear to me that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real. While I have never been violent, I have been thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades and I sincerely apologize.
This is a time of great transition. The voices of the voiceless, those who have been hurt or shamed, deserve and need to be heard. As the corridors of power inevitably make way for a new generation, I don’t want to be a distraction so I am removing myself from the businesses that I founded. The companies will now be run by a new and diverse generation of extraordinary executives who are moving the culture and consciousness forward. I will convert the studio for yogic science into a not-for-profit center of learning and healing. As for me, I will step aside and commit myself to continuing my personal growth, spiritual learning and above all to listening.”
HBO followed suit within the same day of Jenny publishing her letter. Russell Simmons wouldn’t be in the All Def Comedy series in any capacity.
Sly Stallone is actor and filmmaker. One of the more notable ones, playing the roles of iconic characters like Rocky Balboa and Rambo in their respective series of movies. In recent years he did an action-packed trilogy of flicks called The Expendables.
On November 16th, the Daily Mail published their findings of a 1986 police report in which Sylvester Stallone was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old fangirl during filming Over the Top. The teen was staying at the Hamilton Hotel in Las Vegas for a 10-day stay between July 18th and 28th. She first met the actor David Mendenhall (playing Stallone’s son), who in turn introduced the teen and the teen’s cousin to Stallone July 23rd. A back and forth of the teen being starstruck, with Stallone and his bodyguard seemingly interested in this girl, came to a head after the bodyguard gave her two keys for a room on the 27th floor. The girl in question told police she was “intimidated” in a threesome with Stallone and his bodyguard Michael De Luca. The Las Vegas detective sergeant at the time, John Samolovitch, confirmed the authenticity of the report.
Despite that confirmation, Stallone’s spokeslady Michelle Bega said “This is a ridiculous, categorically false story. No one was ever aware of this story until it was published today, including Mr. Stallone. At no time was Mr. Stallone ever contacted by any authorities or anyone else regarding this matter.”
The teenager said she was threatened by both men to keep quiet about the matter. It was for that reason she chose not to press charges against either of them. Police found out about the incident only because a hotel employee called it in. A friend of the teen asked them for advice on the situation.
Stallone’s ex-wife came out in defense of Stallone on November 20th. Brigitte Nielsen said they were newlyweds in 1986 and “inseparable” during the period of time in question.
“This incident did not occur. Most of the day, I would watch him film, then we’d have dinner and go to our room. No other person was in the room with him, but me,” she said.
Seagal has done a ton of acting, producing, directing and writing. What makes him a bit more unique is the fact he does martial arts too, influencing a fair amount of his work.
On November 3rd, Julianna Margulies talked about the experience of Steven Seagal luring her into a hotel room.
“When I was 23, a casting director, a woman, said, ‘Steven Seagal wants to go over the scene with you in his hotel room at 10 o’clock at night.’ I got to the hotel at 10:40, and she wasn’t there. And he was. Alone. And he made sure that I saw his gun, which I had never seen a gun in real life. And I got out of there unscathed … I never was raped. And I never was harmed. And I don’t know how I got out of that hotel room … I sorta screamed my way out.”
A week later, an anonymous Hollywood executive came forward to tell the world about the time Steven Seagal wanted to sit on her face. It happened back in 1991 when this executive was an upcoming coming actress working on Out for Justice.
On her first day, Steven invited all the actresses to a gathering. She recounts the ordeal. She says Seagal baited her to his trailer with a costume change.
“A wardrobe assistant led me to Steven’s personal trailer, to his bedroom, and asked me to change into a corset. Then, Steven opened the door [and] tried to barge in. I said, ‘Excuse me, I am changing in here,’ but he insisted, ‘I need to see what you look like.’ I told him that I wasn’t comfortable and began screaming for the wardrobe person. He just smirked and said, ‘It’s OK, I like nice girls, too.’”
The following evening Seagal called the actress at home to tell her Gregg Allman recorded music for the movie’s soundtrack. “Steven told me, ‘You should come by and listen to some of the tracks. I’m staying at the [Hotel Bel-Air],'” the actress said.
She told Steven she felt uncomfortable. Seagal responded by saying “You are not comfortable about coming over and sitting on my face for an hour?”
She declined, telling him he was married. Steven thought she was “no fun.” Two weeks after that, they let the actress go from work.
“It is interesting this person doesn’t give her name to give her claims legitimacy,” said Steven Seagal’s lawyer Marty Singer. He called the claims by the Hollywood executive “totally false.”
Tom Sizemore is an actor and producer who caught a few big breaks with Natural Born Killers, Saving Private Ryan, and Pearl Harbor. Over in the world of video games, he did voiceover work for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
On November 13th, The Hollywood Reporter published a bombshell of a report detailing allegations against Tom Sizemore. He had to leave a Utah film set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress told their mom he touched her genitals. The Hollywood Reporter talked to a dozen folks who worked on the film Born Killers about what happened. This Utah fiasco happened after Sizemore was convicted of physical abuse and harassing his ex-girlfriend. It happened near the end of production during a second-unit still portrait session. It was intended to be about capturing Tom’s character with the daughter and wife he abandoned. It was during this half-hour session the young actress had to sit on Tom’s lap. This was alleged to be when Sizemore either touched the girl’s vagina or inserted his finger inside.
“The girl was so young it was unclear to her and [later] her parents what had actually taken place and if it was intentional or not,” said production manager Cassidy Lunnen.
The actress who played the wife said the girl’s eyes got huge, and it looked like she was going to hurl. Casting director Catrine McGregor got a call from the young actress’ agent, who told her the girl said to her mother she was touched inappropriately. Word got out about the incident.
Production assistant Roi Maufas recalls the reaction.
“The little girl said what she said and we all thought, ‘That fucking sleazebag.’ There was never any doubt. He was this guy who was already known for making inappropriate comments, being drunk, being high. We’re talking about consistent behavior, just being ‘Tom Sizemore’ on set every day. Then this happens. Guys reached for hammers.”
When the film’s producers got word of the incident. Their review of the photographs from the portrait session wasn’t enough to go on. While that evidence was inconclusive, they told the parents to talk to the cops anyway.
“They did talk to the police but didn’t press charges,” says said producer Michael Manshel. “We also talked to Tom at the time, and told him everything that had been told to us, and he said: ‘I’ve done a lot of awful things, and I’d never do anything with kids.’ We considered whether we had some responsibility to him to not pass judgment on him.”
They dismissed Sizemore until needing some pick-up shots. Producer Gus Spoliansky invited him to his home in Malibu for the occasion.
“We had a fiduciary responsibility to complete the film so we decided to go about business as usual — lacking the evidence of what happened that day,” Spoliansky said.
Gus says they took the allegation seriously but couldn’t pass official judgment in a way that the police could.
On October 23rd The Telegraph got the exclusive on fashion photographer Terry Richardson being cut off from work. In the past, the photographer’s clients included the big names like Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. That infamous Wrecking Ball music video Cyrus put out in 2013 was directed by Richardson.
The Telegraph got a hold of an email from Condé Nast International, sent by executive vice president and COO James Woolhouse.
“I am writing to you on an important matter. Condé Nast would like to no longer work with the photographer Terry Richardson.Any shoots that have been commission[ed] or any shoots that have been completed but not yet published, should be killed and substituted with other material.Please could you confirm that this policy will be actioned in your market effective immediately. Thank you for your support in this matter.”
“People will always have strong opinions about challenging images, and the dichotomy of sex is that it is both the most natural and universal of human behaviors and also one of the most sensitive and divisive. Over the course of my career, I have come to accept that some of my more provocative work courts controversy, and as an artist, I value the discourse that arises from this. I can only hope for this discourse to be informed by fact, so that whether you love my work or hate it, you give it, and me, the benefit of the truth.”
On October 20th, Deadline reported an APA agent named Tyler Grasham is accused by two men of sexual assault. The first of these two cases was Blase Godbe Lipman. In the summer they turned 18 (a decade ago) wrote on Facebook that Tyler Grasham assaulted them. Tyler gave Blaise alcohol after they met up for what Lipman was led to believe was a business meeting to get APA representation.
“He got me drunk at a meeting to talk about business,” Lipman told Deadline, “and at his apartment he got on top of me and fondled me and I pushed him off without trying to upset him. It was a very precarious position to be in, not to insult someone who was in a position of power.”
Lipman noted that the Weinstein controversy was what encouraged him to finally come forward.
The second case is 27-year-old film/TV editor Lucas Ozarowski. He says Tyler Grasham did the same sort of thing to him and said they’d be filing a report to LAPD. Ozarowski’s case happened much more recently, in January 2016. They met up with Grasham at his house and went out with Tyler and a talent manager for a dinner.
“He got me a little tipsy and took me to the Sandbox bar next door,” Ozarowski said. There were more and more drinks. At midnight or 1 AM I told him I wanted to go home, but I’d left my phone at his house to charge. So we went back there and I called for an Uber. But he said, ‘Let’s watch The Martian while you’re waiting for Uber.’ I said OK and we sat down on the couch. I had my phone in my crotch, and all of a sudden he reached over and grabbed me under my pants. It really took me off guard. I pulled his hands out and said, ‘You know I’m not gay. I don’t want this Hollywood BS.’”
“APA takes these allegations extremely seriously and is investigating this matter,” an APA spokesman told Deadline.