The fallout from the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct allegations continued as James Van Der Beek added his condemnation of the “criminal” behaviour, his support for the victims and his own story of harassment from “older, powerful men” when he was a young actor.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, James Van Der Beek began by saying that “[what] Weinstein is being accused of is criminal,” calling the disgraced movie mogul’s actions “unacceptable – in any industry,” adding to this support to “everybody speaking out.”
James Van Der Beek, who made his breakthrough with the hit show Dawson’s Creek in the late 90’s and early 00’s, then recounted his own story revealing that he had his “ass grabbed by older, powerful men, I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger.”
Van Der Beek added that he fully understood why women and men have been reluctant to come forward because of “the unwarranted shame, powerlessness [and] inability to blow the whistle. There’s a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome.”
Since the bombshell New York Times and New Yorker reports alleging Weinstein’s decades of sexual misconduct, a wave of actresses in Hollywood have come forward to tell their stories about the producer including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan, Mira Sorvino, Asia Argento, Cara Delevigne, Lea Seydoux, Rosanna Arquette, Judith Godrèche, Tomi-Ann Roberts, Katherine Kendall, Dawn Dunning and many more.
Male actors too have been recounting their stories of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews revealed that “a high-level Hollywood executive” had groped his genitals at a party in front of his wife.
It also revealed that executives at the Harvey Weinstein company knew of the payoffs reports the New York Times.
Source: Hollywood Reporter