7 Popular Celebrities You’d Be Shocked to Discover Have Been Accused of Sexual Harassment
As the list of celebrities accused of sexual harassment keeps growing, Hollywood is proving to be far more of a toxic industry than any of us may have realized. Now that so many men and women are gaining the courage to speak up against celebrities who have sexually harassed them, the offenders are finally seeing the repercussions of their actions. Harvey Weinstein’s name will forever be tarnished, as he stands for the beginning of an era in which victims are no longer staying silent.
It’s disheartening to learn of just how many celebrities and public figures have used their positions of power to take advantage of someone sexually. You may be shocked to discover that these 7 household names have been added to the list of celebrities being accused of sexual harassment.
1. Sylvester Stallone
In the wake of bravery from those speaking up about their sexual harassment experiences, Sylvester Stallone’s actions from over 30 years ago in a Las Vegas hotel room are now coming to light. In 1986, Stallone allegedly forced a 16-year-old girl into having sex with him and his bodyguard, Michael de Luca, through use of intimidation.
A spokeswoman for Stallone, Michelle Bega, accused the victim of lying, referring to the claims as “ridiculous” and “categorically false.” Bega also noted that “at no time was Mr. Stallone ever contacted by authorities or anyone else regarding this matter.”
In a report filed with the Las Vegas Police Department, the victim claimed that Stallone and Luca both threatened to “beat her head in” if she went to anyone about the incident, so contacting authorities didn’t seem like a viable option at the time.
2. Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest has become one of the most well-known names in the entertainment industry. Despite his numerous successes, his career could be facing an end after sexual misconduct accusations have surfaced.
The allegations come from a former wardrobe stylist for Seacrest on the set of Live With Kelly and Ryan. Though the details of the accusation have not been made public, Seacrest vehemently denied any claims in a statement:
Recently, someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News, came forward with a complaint suggesting I behaved inappropriately toward her. If I made her feel anything but respected, I am truly sorry. I dispute these reckless allegations and I plan to cooperate with any corporate inquiries that may result. I treat all my colleagues with kindness, dignity, and understanding, as this is a principle that’s core to who I am. Throughout my 25 years in the entertainment industry, the majority of my co-workers have been women, and I’ve endeavored to foster a positive work environment of mutual respect and courtesy, as that’s how I believe it should be.
3. George Takei
The iconic Star Trek actor George Takei has now been accused of sexually assaulting a man in 1981. His accuser, Scott Brunton, gave a detailed recollection of the incident that occurred in Takei’s Los Angeles condo with The Hollywood Reporter.
Brunton explained that following a friendly dinner and night at the theater, they stopped back at Takei’s condo for some drinks. After his second drink, Brunton recalls beginning to feel dizzy before passing out.
“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,” Brunton explained. “I came to and said, ‘What are you doing?!’ I said, ‘I don’t want to do this.’”
Takei took to Twitter to dispute the allegations on Nov. 11, 2017. He wrote, “The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now … But I do take these claims very seriously, and I wanted to provide my response thoughtfully and not out of the moment.”
4. Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss, a once beloved actor, has quickly been knocked off his pedestal with sexual assault allegations surfacing against him. In an interview with Vulture, writer Jessica Teich recounted a moment in which she was involuntarily exposed to by Dreyfuss. While working together on an ABC special called Funny, You Don’t Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville in 1984, she stopped by his trailer for a script meeting.
“I remember walking up the steps into the trailer and turning towards my left, 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.” She continued, “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 b*** j**. I didn’t, and I left.”
Dreyfuss reportedly continued harassing Teich with love notes and attempts at non-consensual interactions, such as trying to kiss her. Vulture reports that Dreyfuss has “emphatically den[ied] ever ‘exposing’ [him]self to Jessica Teich,” but he called his attempts at kissing the writer a “consensual seduction ritual.”
5. Nick Carter
When the Backstreet Boys were on top of the world, Nick Carter was allegedly hiding a horrifying secret. On Nov. 2, 2017, singer Melissa Schuman accused Carter of raping her in 2002 when she was just 18 years old, as she revealed in a blog post.
“He threw me on the bed and climbed on top of me,” she wrote. “Again, I told him that I was a virgin, and I didn’t want to have sex. He was relentless, refusing to take my no’s for an answer. He was heavy, too heavy to get out from under him. Then I felt it, he put something inside of me. I asked him what it was and he whispered in my ear once more, ‘it’s all me baby.’”
Carter has denied the accusations, claiming their interactions were consensual. He wrote that they “went on to record a song and perform together,” and that he “was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally.” He continued, “This is the first that I am hearing about these accusations, nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm.”
6. Ed Westwick
In the form of a Facebook post, actress Kristina Cohen has accused Ed Westwick of raping her in 2014. According to Cohen, she and her boyfriend stayed over at Westwick’s home for the night. She had awoken to Westwick on top of her in a guest bed, “his fingers entering my body,” she claimed. “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 f*** me.” She recalls feeling “paralyzed, terrified.” She continued, “I couldn’t speak, I could no longer move. He held me down and raped me.”
Westwick’s denied the claims on Twitter, insisting, “I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.”
Two other women have come forward about incidents involving Westwick in 2014. While one woman recalls being “aggressively groped” by Westwick, actress Aurélie Wynn is the second to accuse him of rape. Wynn wrote in a Facebook post, “I said no and he pushed [my] face down and was powerless under his weight. I was wearing a one piece bathing suit that he ripped, I was in complete shock.”
Westwick once again denied the rape accusations, writing, “It is disheartening and sad to me that as a result of two unverified and provably untrue social media claims, there are some in this environment who could ever conclude I have had anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct. I have absolutely not, and I am cooperating with the authorities so that they can clear my name as soon as possible.”
7. Danny Masterson
The Weinstein allegations have even brought previously forgotten allegations back into the foreground. That ‘70s Show star, Danny Masterson, was accused of raping four women in the early 2000s. In 2016, the Los Angeles Police Department opened an investigation into the claims against Masterson, but they were seemingly forgotten.
According to New York Daily News, “One of Masterson’s accusers filed a police report in 2004 alleging she was raped by him in 2003 while she was ‘passed out,’ and that when she realized Masterson was raping her, she struggled with him until he choked her and she passed out again.”
One of his accusers, Chrissie Carnell Bixler, is putting Netflix on blast for making no moves to against Masterson’s show, The Ranch. Despite taking a long time to do so, the streaming service did finally choose to let Masterson go from his roles as producer and star.
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