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Dawson's Creek Star James Van Der Beek Says He Was Sexually Harassed by 'Older Men'

Dawson's Creek Star James Van Der Beek Says He Was Sexually Harassed by 'Older Men'
From TIME - October 12, 2017

James Van Der Beek has revealed he too was a victim of sexual harassment.

The Dawsons Creek star, 40, spoke out about his experiences as a younger actor in Hollywood after slamming those criticizing the women who have spoken out about Harvey Weinsteins alleged sexual misconduct.

Taking to Twitter late Wednesday night, Van Der Beek said he had been the target of older men.

Ive had my ass grabbed by older, powerful men, Ive had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger, he tweeted.

I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle. Theres a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome.

His comments came after he slammed those who judged the women who have alleged that they were sexual assaulted or harassed by Weinstein.

For anyone judging the women who stayed silent, read this for perspective. Also for anyone brushing off harassment as boys being boysWhat Weinstein is being accused of is criminal.

What hes admitted to is unacceptablein any industry. I applaud everybody speaking out, Van Der Beek added.

The Vice star is not the first male Hollywood actor to reveal he was the target of sexual harassment, on Tuesday Terry Crews said a high level Hollywood executive groped him.

This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star tweeted Tuesday, revealing his ordeal in a series of further posts.

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