After Harvey Weinstein: These Celebrity Men Have Been Accused of Sexual Misconduct

After allegations surfaced against Harvey Weinstein, survivors of sexual assault outed powerful men across industries and created a watershed moment. In the wake of Weinstein’s case, here are the celebrities accused of sexual misconduct, in no particular order. One actor used the opportunity to come out, angering many in the process (page 10).

1. Ben Affleck

Left: Ben Affleck | Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images, Right: Hilarie Burton | Scott Gries/Getty Images
  • Number of accusers: at least 1
  • Consequences: tweeted an apology

In 2003, during MTV show Total Request Live, Ben Affleck groped host Hilarie Burton’s breast on camera. After Weinstein’s allegations, footage of the event resurfaced. Burton responded, “I didn’t forget,” retweeting the video with the caption, “Girls. I’m so impressed with you brave ones. I had to laugh back then so I wouldn’t cry. Sending love.” Affleck then tweeted, “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton, and I sincerely apologize.”

Next: An Olympic gold medalist lost this game.

2. Shaun White

Shaun White of the United States reacts after his run during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Qualification on day four
Shaun White got a gold medal and sexual misconduct questions during the Olympics. | Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
  • Number of accusers: 1
  • Consequences: reached a settlement

In 2016, Shaun White faced a lawsuit from his former bandmate. Lena Zawaideh alleged the snowboarder owed her money, made her watch porn, and sent her sexual text messages. They reached a settlement, but reporters asked him about the lawsuit after he won gold in the 2018 Olympics. White called the allegations “gossip,” but later apologized for his “poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject.”

Next: This Rocky actor fought against these allegations.

3. Sylvester Stallone

Sylvestor Stallone flexes both arms.
Rocky actor Sylvester Stallone | Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images
  • Number of accusers: 1
  • Consequences: none

Sylvester Stallone denies that he forced a 16-year-old girl to perform oral sex on him while his bodyguard raped her. The girl filed a police report in 1986 as Stallone filmed Over the Top. But his spokesperson said, “This is a ridiculous, categorically false story.” The article alleged Stallone’s co-star, David Mendenhall, introduced him to the girl.

But Mendenhall told TMZ, “It’s completely false that I introduced a 16-year-old female stranger to Mr. Stallone … The only people I introduced to Mr. Stallone were my relatives who visited me on the set.”

Next: This comedian’s jokes became a reality.

4. Louis C.K.

Left: Louis C.K. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Right: Dana Min Goodman | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
  • Number of accusers: 5
  • Consequences: dropped from all HBO, Netflix, and FX appearances

Louis C.K. apologized when two female comedians and another woman told The New York Times he masturbated in front of them. “These stories are true,” said Emmy winner. “I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them.” Another woman said C.K. masturbated over the phone in 2003, and a writer/actress alleged he asked to masturbate in front of her in 2005. The comedian lost his publicist and all of his projects.

Next: This actor is “under siege” by his alleged victims.

5. Steven Seagal

Left: Steven Seagal | Mayela Lopez/AFP/Getty Images, Right: Eva LaRue | Kevin Winter/Getty Images
  • Number of accusers: at least 5
  • Consequences: The LAPD is investigating.

The Under Siege actor denies accusations made by Portia de Rossi, Jenny McCarthy, and others. One accuser said Seagal exposed himself to her, and another said he groped her. An extra said he invited her to a fake wrap party and raped her. Julianna Margulies said Seagal acted inappropriately. CSI: Miami‘s Eva LaRue alleged, Seagal “locked her in her room, pulled back his kimono and unveiled his underwear,” reports NBC News.

Next: One of the most beloved hosts betrays his colleagues and fans.

6. Matt Lauer

Left: Matt Lauer | Jason Kempin/Getty Images for The Rolling Stones, Right: Addie Collins Zinone had a consensual affair with the host. | Addie Zinone via Instagram
  • Number of accusers: at least 3
  • Consequences: lost his 20-year job as co-anchor of NBC’s Today

Matt Lauer was fired after an employee filed a sexual misconduct complaint against him. NBC implied it was the first time they’d received a complaint about Lauer, but they had reason to believe it wasn’t an isolated incident. Since then, many women have come forward about Lauer. The former NBC host also spoke out, saying, “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions.”

Next: A former HBO star

7. Jeremy Piven

Left: Jeremy Piven | Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images, Right: Ariane Bellamar via Twitter

Actress Arianne Belamar alleged Jeremy Piven groped her on the Entourage set as well as at the Playboy mansion. Another actress, Cassidy Freeman, shared about her sexual interaction with the actor, which she did not invite or encourage, calling it “predatory behavior.” Piven released a statement:

I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. 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.

Next: Even an NFL legend is involved.

8. Peyton Manning

Left: Peyton Manning | Doug Pensinger/Getty Images, Right: The trainer has been harassed. | Inside Edition via Twitter
  • Number of accusers: 1
  • Consequences: $300,000 settlement

In 1996, Jamie Naughright said she was checking Manning’s foot when he pulled down his shorts and put his testicles in the former trainer’s face. The QB said he was “mooning” a friend. Naughright got a $300,000 settlement from the University of Tennessee. She later told Inside Edition, “The reason why I’m here today is due to the courage and bravery that the women have come forward with Harvey Weinstein, the survivors and the victims.”

Manning’s lawyer responded in a statement: “Jamie Naughright’s accusations are false. When her claims were first investigated 21 years ago, she told a very different story.”

Next: This “graduate” heard from women concerning sexual misconduct.

9. Dustin Hoffman

Left: Dustin Hoffman | Lars Niki/Getty Images, Right: Anna Graham Hunter via Twitter
  • Number of accusers: 3
  • Consequences: none

Writer Anna Graham Hunter stated Hoffman groped her many times and “talked about sex” as she interned on a movie set. He also faced allegations from TV writer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis, who told Variety he propositioned her in a 1991 meeting. The Rain Man actor apologized: “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.”

Next: This actor’s “house of cards” came tumbling down.

10. Kevin Spacey

Left: Kevin Spacey | Rochelle Brodin/Getty Images for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Right: Anthony Rapp | Mike Coppola/Getty Images
  • Number of accusers: at least 15
  • Consequences: Netflix fired him from House of Cards.

Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp told BuzzFeed that then-26-year-old Kevin Spacey climbed on top of him and made sexual advances when he was just 14. Spacey apologized but said he didn’t recall the 1986 incident. He blamed inebriation and took the opportunity to come out as gay. “This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life,” he said. “… I choose now to live as a gay man.” Many believe he did this as a distraction.

Next: Allegations against this Parks & Rec star sparked a debate.

11. Aziz Ansari

Actor Aziz Ansari attends the 2016 Peabody Awards.
Actor Aziz Ansari attends the 2016 Peabody Awards. | Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Peabody Awards
  • Number of accusers: 1
  • Consequences: released a statement defending his actions

One of the most controversial cases arose from a date with Aziz Ansari. Going by “Grace,” a 23-year-old told Babe.net that the Master of None star “repeatedly ignored her growing discomfort and concern she voiced and tried to pressure her into sex.” She later texted him about it, and he replied, “Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I’m truly sorry.” However, many of his fans voiced horror about his actions.

Ansari released a statement: “It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned … I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.”

Next: The 41st U.S. president faced allegations before his recent death.

12. George H.W. Bush

Left: George H.W. Bush | David J. Phillip/Pool/Getty Images, Right: Heather Lind | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for AMC
  • Number of accusers: at least 7
  • Consequences: issued a statement

In 2017, actress Heather Lind said the late George H.W. Bush groped her twice and told a dirty joke as they posed for a picture. Then, actress Jordana Grolnick and novelist Christina Baker Kline made similar allegations about the 41st President of the U.S. His spokesperson released a statement:

At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures. To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke — and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.

Next: A prominent chef left his restaurant empire after these claims.

13. John Besh

John Besh attends the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite
John Besh | Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for NYCWFF
  • Number of accusers: more than 25
  • Consequences: left his company, Besh Resturant Group

Sexual misconduct pertains to more than the film and TV industry. Allegations against New Orleans celebrity chef John Besh also surfaced recently. NOLA.com reported that over 25 women have accused him of sexual harassment.

The James Beard Award winner owns over 12 NOLA restaurants and employs more than 1,000 people. Although he did not address the allegations, he did admit to engaging in a “consensual affair” with an employee. He added, “[I] sincerely apologize to anyone past and present who has worked for me who found my behavior as unacceptable as I do.”

Next: He won an Oscar after settling these lawsuits.

14. Casey Affleck

Left: Casey Affleck | Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images, Right: Magdalena Gorka via Instagram
  • Number of accusers: 2
  • Consequences: Affleck denied allegations, but settled his cases out of court for an undisclosed amount.

Ben Affleck’s younger brother Casey Affleck’s sexual misconduct allegations came to light last year. But it did not stop him from winning the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Manchester By the Sea.

In 2010, two women who worked with Affleck on his film I’m Still Here, including cinematographer Magdalena Gorka, filed legal complaints of sexual harassment against him. One woman claimed he came into her hotel room and climbed into her bed without her consent. The other woman alleged the 41-year-old “violently grabbed [her] arm in an effort to intimidate her into staying” in his hotel room with him.

Not long after the filing, the actor settled the $2 million and $2.25 million lawsuits against him for an undisclosed amount, according to The Guardian.

[Correction, 2/05/18: An earlier version of this section incorrectly identified the allegations against Casey Affleck as that of sexual assault. The complaints filed against the actor were for sexual harassment, not assault.]

Next: One of the two presidents who make the list

15. Donald Trump

Left: Donald Trump | Alex Wong/Getty Images, Right: Summer Zervos | David McNew/Getty Images
  • Number of accusers: more than 20
  • Consequences: facing a defamation lawsuit from one of his accusers

Perhaps Donald Trump’s most publicized comments about sexual assault come from his 2005 interview with Billy Bush. The now-45th president told Bush he was famous enough to get any women — “grab them by the pussy,” according to People. He later said he simply engaged in “locker room talk” with the TV personality.

His other allegations include pushing a People writer against a wall and attempting to kiss her; grabbing a model’s butt; trying to kiss, fondle breasts, and put a hand up the skirt of a fellow passenger on a flight; and kissing and touching the breasts of an Apprentice contestant. Trump has denied all claims of sexual misconduct.

Next: A veteran journalist and reporter for NBC

16. Mark Halperin

Mark Halperin speaks onstage at THE CIRCUS FYC Pane
Mark Halperin | Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Showtime
  • Number of accusers: at least 5
  • Consequences: NBC has since parted ways with Halperin.

News broke that NBC veteran political journalist Mark Halperin made unwanted sexual advances toward many women throughout his career. CNN reported that Halperin allegedly groped several women, forcibly kissed them, and pressed his genitals against them.

Halperin apologized for “inappropriate behavior,” but he denies any non-consensual acts. He told CNN, “During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me. I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. For that, I am deeply sorry, and I apologize.”

Next: This producer faces allegations of more than 40 years of sexual misconduct.

17. James Toback

Left: James Toback | Tiziana Fabi/Getty Images, Right: Natalie Morales | Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images
  • Number of accusers: more than 300
  • Consequences: investigations by police departments in New York and Los Angeles

Since Oct. 22, 2017, director and screenwriter James Toback has faced hundreds of accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior. The Los Angeles Times published an investigation dating back four decades alleging the director dry-humped women, masturbated in front of them, asked them to remove their clothes, and more. Toback told Rolling Stone the allegations are “pathetic lies.”

Toback’s victims include Julianne Moore, Rachel McAdams, and Natalie Morales. He tried to get Morales to a secluded area in Central Park to discuss a potential role in one of his films. He allegedly said something like, “You have to be willing to show yourself if you want to be in movies.”

Next: The creators of this new ESPN series 

18. Dave Portnoy

Left: Dave Portnoy | John Parra/Getty Images for Barstool Sports, Right: Samantha Ponder | Jamie Squire/Getty Images
  • Number of accusers: 1
  • Consequences: new series canceled

After only one week on air, ESPN abruptly canceled the new series Barstool Van Talk, hosted by Dan Katz and PFT Commenter, due to comments the Barstool Sports founder previously made about an ESPN personality. In 2014, Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports, called ESPN’s Sam Ponder a “bible-thumping freak” and “a chick that has a job where the No. 1 requirement is you make men hard.”

ESPN president John Skipper said in a statement, “Effective immediately, I am canceling Barstool Van Talk. While we had approval on the content of the show, I erred in assuming we could distance our efforts from the Barstool site and its content.”

[Correction, 11/13/17: An earlier version of this article incorrectly attributed the comments above to Dan Katz and PFT Commenter. The comments were actually made by Dave Portnoy.]

Next: Sexual misconduct seems to run in this family.

19. Bob Weinstein

Left: Bob Weinstein | Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images, Right: Amanda Segal via Twitter
  • Number of accusers: 1
  • Consequences: faces at least one lawsuit

Amanda Segel, a producer on Spike’s The Mist, accused Bob Weinstein of sexual harassment. She alleged that the younger brother of Harvey Weinstein continually propositioned her and only stopped once her lawyers threatened him. Weinstein is strongly refuting the allegations.

Next: A Nickelodeon animator

20. Chris Savino

Left: Chris Savino | Vivien Killilea/Getty Images, Right: Anne Walker Farrell‏ via Twitter
  • Number of accusers: more than 12
  • Consequences: Nickelodeon fired him.

Several women, including Anne Walker Farrell, a director of Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, accused The Loud House creator and animator Chris Savino of sexual harassment. The allegations included unwanted advances, inappropriate behavior, and blacklisting women at work if they didn’t accept his advances.

He released a statement: “I am deeply sorry, and I am ashamed. Although it was never my intention, I now understand that the impact of my actions and my communications created an uncomfortable environment.”

Next: The head of CBS’ Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase

21. Rick Najera

Writer Rick Najera attends the Latino In America held at Occidental College
Rick Najera | Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images
  • Number of accusers: unclear
  • Consequences: CBS fired him.

Writer and producer Rick Najera spent 13 years heading CBS network’s annual Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase. However, the network cut ties with him after learning he had sexually harassed performers over the years. A CBS spokesperson told 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.

Next: A Vox Media executive

22. Lockhart Steele

Lockhart Steele served as the editorial director of Vox Media until a former employee accused him of sexual misconduct. Web developer Eden Rohatensky shared her story on Medium, saying she was assaulted while working for a company she no longer works for. She didn’t name Vox Media, but the company figured it out.

The former CEO released a statement saying, “Lock admitted engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and will not be tolerated at Vox Media. Our investigation into issues raised by a former employee in a post on Medium continues.”

Next: The creator of Screen Junkies and Honest Trailers

23. Andy Signore

Left: Andy Signore | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images, Right: Emma Bowers via Twitter
  • Number of accusers: at least 5
  • Consequences: Defy Media fired him.

Andy Signore was Defy Media’s senior vice president and the man behind Screen Junkies and Honest Trailers. Shortly after Weinstein’s allegations went public, Emma Bowers (a former intern) and April Dawn came forward.

Bowers stated that Signore made lewd comments toward her and masturbated to her photos, while Dawn alleged that Signore tried to assault her multiple times.

Next: A mega-popular photographer

24. Terry Richardson

Left: Terry Richardson | Rachel Murray/Getty Images, Right: Anna del Gaizo | Anna del Gaizo via Instagram

Though he’s photographed nearly everyone in entertainment and fashion, Terry Richardson has been plagued with sexual misconduct allegations for years. After the Weinstein reports, Condé Nast decided they’d had enough of Richardson. He denied any wrongdoing.

Next: An actor with a history of erratic behavior

25. Andy Dick

Andy Dick and Ivanka Trump
Left: Andy Dick | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, Right: Ivanka Trump | Sean Gallup/Getty Images
  • Number of accusers: unclear, multiple anonymous accusations
  • Consequences: lost two recent film roles

A crew member from a recent film alleges that Andy Dick sexually assaulted her and seemed intoxicated. While filming a second, more recent movie, Raising Buchanan, Dick was fired for “groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions of at least four members of the production,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor and comedian responded saying, “My middle name is ‘misconduct.’ They know what they signed up for.” He said he “didn’t touch anyone’s genitals,” but explained, “Of course I’m going to proposition people. I’m single, depressed, lonely and trying to get a date.”

It seems like Dick’s history of inappropriate conduct caught up with him. Another example happened on Jimmy Kimmel Live! when Dick groped co-guest Ivanka Trump multiple times and Kimmel eventually had him dragged off stage.

Next: Amazon wants to be famous for a lot of things — but not this.

26. Roy Price

Left: Roy Price | Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Museum of the Moving Image, Right: Isa Hackett | Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images
  • Number of accusers: 1
  • Consequences: resigned from his job as head of Amazon Studios

After Weinstein, Roy Price became the next major entertainment mogul to face accusations of sexual misconduct. Isa Hackett, a producer of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castletold The Hollywood Reporter that Rice repeatedly made sexual comments to her during San Diego Comic-Con in 2015. She even reported his behavior to the studio.

Follow Aramide Tinubu on Twitter @midnightrami.

Additional reporting by Ali Harrison.

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