Following the massive expose on the abuses of film producer Harvey Weinstein, a conversation on sexual harassment and assault amongst Hollywood stars has been energized. Yesterday, actor James Van Der Beek discussed his experiences of being sexually harassed on social media.
Responding to an article on the dynamics of sexual assault published in The Cut, Van Der Beek praised the victims of Weinstein for speaking out against the abuses they suffered. Van Der Beek also refused to place any blame on those for not speaking out earlier, noting the shame and guilt associated with the trauma of abuse.
The actor also went on to say that he, too, had faced inappropriate sexual situations from older men in the industry: "I’ve had my ass grabbed by older, powerful men, I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger..." he wrote on social media.
Although Weinstein's identified victims have been female, men in the entertainment business are also using the scandal to open up a discussion about the widespread culture of abuse within the industry. Just yesterday, Terry Crews shared a story about being groped by an older executive:
"My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates," he wrote on Twitter. "Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless."
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