Harassment in Hollywood: Who's been accused?

From BBC - November 13, 2017

Since early October, some of the biggest names in arts and entertainment have been caught up in a Hollywood sexual harassment scandal.

Here, in alphabetical order, is a summary of some of the key people who have been accused to date and what they have said in response.

Ben Affleck

On 11 October, Oscar winner Ben Affleck "sincerely" apologised for acting "inappropriately" towards MTV presenter Hilarie Burton in 2003.

Having condemned producer Harvey Weinstein for his "unacceptable" behaviour, the actor was reminded of and criticised for groping Burton on air.

David Blaine

On 19 October, former model Natasha Prince came forward with claims that the illusionist David Blaine raped her in west London in 2004.

Speaking through a representative, Blaine "vehemently" denied the allegations and pledged to "fully cooperate" with any police investigation.

Louis CK

On 9 November, the New York Times reported on five women who had accused US comedian Louis CK of sexual misconduct.

Four of the accusers told the paper he had masturbated during interactions with them, while a fifth said he had asked to do so.

The comedian - full name Louis Szekely - admitted the allegations were true and said he had "wielded power irresponsibly".

Dustin Hoffman

On 1 November, the Hollywood Reporter published a guest column by a former intern who accused Dustin Hoffman of sexually harassing her in 1985.

Anna Graham Hunter accused the Oscar-winning actor of groping her and making inappropriate comments about sex to her when she was 17.

In a statement, Hoffman apologised and said he felt "terrible that anything [he] might have done could have put [Ms Hunter] in an uncomfortable situation."

Roy Price

Around 18 October, it emerged that Roy Price, the head of Amazon's film and television arm, had resigned after being accused of sexually harassing a television producer.

Isa Hackett accused the Amazon Studios boss of repeatedly making unwanted propositions to her during a taxi ride in 2015.

Price was also accused by actress Rose McGowan of failing to act on her claim that she was sexually assaulted by producer Harvey Weinstein.

Price has not directly responded to the claims.

Brett Ratner

On 1 November, the Los Angeles Times reported on six women who had accused director Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct.

Among them were Natasha Henstridge, who claimed she was forced into a sex act with Ratner when she was a teenager, and fellow actress Olivia Munn, who accused him of masturbating in front of her in 2014.

Ratner, director of Red Dragon, X-Men: The Last Stand and the Rush Hour films, denied the claims via his lawyer.

Terry Richardson

On 23 October, the executive vice-president of Conde Nast International instructed staff to drop fashion photographer Terry Richardson from its titles, which include GQ, Vogue and Glamour.

The move followed the publication of a Sunday Times article that claimed the photographer was "the subject of widespread allegations of sexually abusing models over many years".

A representative for Richardson said his subjects had all "participated consensually" in his "sexually explicit" work and that the photographer was "disappointed" by Conde Nast's decision.

Steven Seagal

Kevin Spacey

James Toback

Bob Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein

Ed Westwick


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