Hollywood Sexual Misconduct Scandals

Following two investigative pieces by The New York Times and the New Yorker in October 2017 accusing Harvey Weinstein of decades of sexual assault, several other of Hollywood’s biggest names have been accused of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault. Scroll down for details on the accusations against Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Piven, Oliver Stone and more..


Harvey Weinstein
More than 70 women, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan and Angelina Jolie have accused the former studio head of sexual harassment or assault. In the wake of the allegations, Weinstein was fired from his own company and expelled by the Television Academy, and his wife of 10 years, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, announced she was leaving him. Weinstein, who denies all allegations of rape against him, checked into a treatment center, but left after one week, Us Weekly confirmed on October 20, 2017.

Kevin Spacey
Actor Anthony Rapp claimed in an interview with BuzzFeed News on October 29, 2017, that the two-time Oscar winner made sexual advances toward him in 1985 when Rapp was 14 years old. Less than a week later, eight current and former House of Cards employees came forward to CNN to allege that Spacey had sexually harassed or assaulted them. On November 8, 2017, Heather Unruh, a former Boston TV news anchor claimed Spacey sexually assaulted her then 18-year-old son Will Little at a Nantucket bar in July 2016. In light of the allegations, Spacey is seeking unspecified treatment. “Kevin Spacey is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment,” a representative for the star said in a statement to Us on November 2, 2017. “No other information is available at this time.”

Ed Westwick
Kristina Cohen was first to make a claim against the Gossip Girl actor on November 6, 2017. The actress posted on her Facebook page and then later filed a police report against him with the Los A ngeles Police Department claiming he had raped her three years prior. Westwick denied the allegations in an Instagram post. “I do not know this woman,” he wrote. “I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.” Actress Aurélie Wynn came forward on November 8, 2017, also taking to Facebook to detail an alleged encounter of sexual assault she had with the actor. Westwick denied this allegation as well, saying he has “absolutely not … had anything to do with such vile and horrific conduct,” and said he was cooperating with the authorities in order to clear his name.

Jeremy Piven
The Entourage alum denied allegations against him on November 9, 2017, after three women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct. In a Twitter statement, Piven called the allegations “absolutely false and completely fabricated.” The actor also offered to take a polygraph to disprove the allegations from Playboy model and reality star Ariane Bellamar, who claims Piven “cornered” her in his trailer years ago and groped her breasts and butt, actress Cassidy Freeman who spoke out against Piven in a since-deleted Instagram post in which she accused him of “predatory behavior,” and advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby, who accused Piven of sexual assault.

Louis C.K.
After five women came forward to accuse the comedian of sexual misconduct, Louis C.K. released a statement admitting to the allegations. “I want to address the stories told to The New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not,” he said in a lengthy statement to Us Weekly on November 10, 2017. “These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was OK because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”

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