The revelations coming out of Hollywood about famous film producer and Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein are stunning. Although he apparently had a poor reputation for his treatment of women, few outside the industry knew the extent of his dark private life. Several actresses, including high profile names such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, have come out with accusations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein.
In total, at least 24 actresses have said that they were either harassed or assaulted by Weinstein. This is all clearly despicable, but if there is one positive, it’s that it’s shedding light on the rampant abuse of status and power in society, and how it can lead to the normalization of predatory behavior. It’s not just Weinstein, either; plenty of famous people have been accused of heinous acts of sexual violence, including President Trump. Here are 10 other names from the entertainment industry that have been accused of some form of sexual misconduct.
10. Ben Affleck
When the news came down about Weinstein, Ben Affleck – who got his big break in the Miramax produced Good Will Hunting – was one of the first actors to line up and condemn him. Affleck wrote the following on his personal Twitter account:
Saddened and angry … a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over the decades.
But there was a problem here. Apparently Affleck isn’t so innocent, either. In an old episode of MTV’s Total Request Live, he not-so-sneakily groped host Hilarie Burton’s breast. Affleck has since apologized for what he did, but others have come out and accused Warner Bros.’ “Batman” of inappropriate groping. So much so, that some on Twitter have taken to calling him “Buttman.”
9. Casey Affleck
Then, of course, there is Affleck’s younger brother, Casey Affleck. Back in 2010, while filming the movie I’m Still Here, two women filed sexual harassment suits against Affleck. Among the claims were that Affleck crawled into bed with one of the women while she was sleeping, and that he ordered a subordinate to allow him to expose himself to them.
It was largely forgotten about after it was settled outside of court, and Affleck has consistently denied the allegations. But it all came to light again in January, when Affleck was announced as a candidate to win an Oscar for his performance in Manchester by the Sea.
8. John Travolta
Famous Pulp Fiction actor John Travolta is famous for his strange personal life, including his involvement in Scientology. Travolta has also been dodging homosexuality rumors for much of his career, despite being married to former actress and model Kelly Preston for over 25 years.
In 2012, a masseur at a high-end hotel in New York City accused Travolta of groping him during a neck massage. According to reports, Travolta encouraged the man to drink with him during the massage and strongly indicated that he wanted more than just a rub-down.
Shortly after that incident came to light, other men have come forward with similar stories about Travolta, including another masseur, a hotel worker, and a cruise ship employee.
7. Britney Spears
Although it’s often men involved in public cases of sexual misconduct, women aren’t immune to abusing their position of power. Singer Britney Spears has been accused by her former bodyguard of constant sexual harassment, saying that she would frequently expose herself or attempt to trick him into coming into her bedroom when she was either naked or wearing suggestive clothing.
On one occasion, the bodyguard said that he could hear her referring to him by using a gay slur when he walked out of her bedroom following her advances. Not only was it sexual harassment, but the environment described was extremely hostile.
6. Bill Cosby
The stuff about actor and comedian Bill Cosby goes beyond sexual harassment and groping and into the dark realm of drugged drinks and rape. There have been dozens of women to bring accusations against the 79-year-old entertainer, but it wasn’t until 2017 that he finally went to trial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Cosby was acquitted by a jury that was unable to come to a unanimous decision, but that doesn’t clear his name. The notable accusations against Cosby throughout his career include inappropriate advances toward Lou Ferrigno’s ex-wife, Carla Ferrigno, in 1967, as well as drugging and raping former Playboy Bunny Victoria Valentino in 1969. And that doesn’t even really scratch the surface of all that Cosby has been accused of doing.
Although she isn’t guilty of any sexual harassment or other sex crimes that we know of, Cher has been accused of attempting to cover up sexual assault among the dancers on her “Dressed to Kill” tour. According to reports, one of her male dancers attempted to pressure one of her female dancers into having sex with him. When she refused, he became angry.
Apparently, there had also been numerous complaints of a dancer assaulting a female fan. The other dancers were instructed not to tell anyone about what had happened, and the dancer accused of the assault was never fired. However, the three dancers that teamed up to report the assault were promptly let go. Other allegations toward Cher involve racist statements made when selecting dancers for her tour.
4. Bill O’Reilly
Former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly, host of The O’Reilly Factor, was outed in The New York Times for having a shady past in regards to sexual misconduct. Apparently, O’Reilly and his former employer, 21st Century Fox, reached settlements totaling over $13 million with five women regarding sexual assault complaints.
Once the information came to light, Fox News stood by their host. That all quickly fell apart though, and after the show started hemorrhaging advertisers, O’Reilly was promptly kicked to the curb.
3. Martin Lawrence
Martin Lawrence, star of the cult ’90s favorite television comedy Martin, was hit with sexual harassment allegations by his own TV wife, actress Tisha Campbell. An article from 1997 in the L.A. Times explained what happened.
Tisha Campbell, co-star of Fox’s Martin, has left the show, claiming that series star Martin Lawrence sexually harassed her and that conditions on the set were “intolerable.” She has filed suit against Lawrence and the show’s producers … The actress reported to associates that the atmosphere on the set was too tense, volatile and unpredictable for her to continue working there.
Although the show ended after five seasons in 1997, that didn’t stop Lawrence’s career in Hollywood. He went on to appear in notable films such as Blue Streak, Bad Boys II, Big Momma’s House, and Wild Hogs. Campbell has gone on to recurring roles in several sitcoms, including My Wife and Kids and Dr. Ken.
St. Louis-based rapper Nelly has just recently gotten into hot water over sexual assault allegations. As CNN describes the incident in question:
The report says a woman called 911 at 3:48 a.m. Saturday to report the alleged assault, which she says occurred on Nelly’s tour bus. Police said Nelly, 42, had performed at the White River Amphitheater in King County just hours before the phone call was made.
Although he was arrested and booked in Des Moines, Washington pending a rape investigation, it was mere hours before Nelly was released from jail. He responded to the situation via Twitter, stating, “I am beyond shocked that I have been targeted with this false allegation … I am confident that once the facts are looked at, it will be very clear that I am the victim of a false allegation.”
1. R. Kelly
The weird rumors about R. Kelly have been swirling for a long time. In 1994, the 27-year-old Kelly married 15-year-old singer Aaliyah using a falsified marriage certificate. Back in 2000, he was again accused of having sex with underage girls. A sex tape was leaked to the public, but the girl’s identity and age couldn’t be verified. Recently, a 24-year-old woman came out and stated that she had a sexual relationship with the singer when she was just 15 years old, an allegation that he has denied.
Now, there are weird stories of some sort of cult being run by Kelly. Supposedly, he is keeping six women in his home, recording sexual encounters among the six and himself while dictating the details of how they live their lives, including how they dress, eat, and even when they bathe. Creepy.
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