PHOTOS: High-profile stars facing sexual misconduct allegations

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The sexual harassment claims involving some of the biggest names in entertainment are mounting as more and more people are speaking out.

The allegations are sending shockwaves across social media, where the #MeToo campaign has made headlines worldwide.

If it seems like there’s a new revelation every day, it’s probably because there is one. Not all of them include famous movie actors and producers, but that’s where the tidal wave began.

Since accusations were levied against powerful film executive Harvey Weinstein in October 2017, scores of women and some men have come forward with claims of their own.

This photo gallery details the claims and responses of those facing sexual assault accusations in the past month, including Weinstein, Ben Affleck, James Toback, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Jeremy Piven, Brett Ratner, George Takei, Ed Westwick, Steven Seagal, Louis C.K., Jeffrey Tambor, Sylvester Stallone, Al Franken, Ryan Seacrest, Russell Simmons, Charlie Rose, Nick Carter, Matt Lauer, Geraldo Rivera, Danny Masterson, Mario Batali, Larry King, Michael Douglas and James Franco.

This article only mentions allegations made against high-profile personalities in the entertainment industry, and does not mention others who have been accused of sexual misconduct since the #MeToo campaign went viral last month.

None of the allegations made against any of these figures have been proven in court. In some cases, the claims being made are being investigated by law enforcement.

James Franco

Actor James Franco, 39, has been accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour involving at least five women. On January 11, the Los Angeles Times reported the allegations, claiming four of the complainants were his students at a film school he founded and another claimed Franco was her mentor. Sarah Tither-Kaplan told the publication Franco removed protective plastic guards covering actresses’ vaginas while simulating oral sex on them during a nude sex scene. Two other women claim Franco became angry when women refused to be topless for a shoot. Tither-Kaplan told the newspaper she felt “there was an abuse of power” and a “culture of exploiting non-celebrity women.” Franco’s lawyer disputed the allegations when asked by the Times. On January 9, Stephen Colbert asked Franco about allegations made against him while he was a guest on The Late Show. “The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate,” he told Colbert. “If I have done something wrong, I will fix it — I have to,” Franco said, adding he supports people coming out with their personal stories. Photo from Getty Images.

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas, 73, spoke to Deadline to deny sexual harassment claims he says are being made against him. In a January 9 story, the veteran actor says he spoke to the publication because he “felt the need to get ahead this.” According to Douglas, a woman who he says worked for him more than three decades ago claims he committed a lewd act in front of her, used raunchy or dirty language during private conversations in front of her and blackballed her from the entertainment industry. Douglas tells Deadline he apologizes for the “colourful” language he used in private conversations in her presence and that none of it was directed at her. He also denies the blackballing allegation. Douglas calls the claim of a lewd act in front of her “a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever.” The actor says he fired her “for the work she was doing.” He claims that he prides himself on being “so supportive of the women’s movement.” According to Douglas, other publications had reached out to him and were potentially working on publishing allegations made by a woman he calls an “active feminist, and proud of it.” Photo from Getty Images.

Larry King

Longtime radio and television host Larry King, 84, has been accused of groping a woman more than a decade ago. Terry Richard, the 63-year-old ex-wife of late singer Eddie Fisher, claims King groped her on more than one occassion in Los Angeles. In a December 11 article by the Daily Mail, Richard alleges King slid his hand down the back of her dress and touched her buttocks while the two were posing for a photo at a baseball award dinner in 2005. During a separate alleged incident in 2006, Richard claims King squeezed her behind so hard that it bruised her. Richard told the Daily Mail: “Larry King is a groper. He groped me twice. He gets a thrill doing this in front of the camera, knowing I couldn’t do anything.” The former CNN host has denied the allegations. King’s lawyer told the Daily Mail that he “did no such thing then or ever.” While speaking to Page Six, Bert Fields, who represents King, said the veteran TV personality “flatly and unequivocally denies these claims” and intends to sue Daily Mail TV to prove that the claims are “utterly false.” Photo from Getty Images.

Mario Batali

Celebrity chef Mario Batali, 57, is taking a step back from his restaurants and ABC’s The Chew after being accused of sexual misconduct. In an article published on December 11 by Eater New York, four women have come forward with claims against Batali spanning over a period of at least two decades. The women, who were not named in the story, allege Batali touched them inappropriately. The touching of breasts, grabbing from behind and compelling a woman to straddle him have all been alleged. The Eater New York story also writes Batali was reprimanded for inappropriate workplace behaviour in October and asked to undergo training, citing a hospitality company spokesperson. Batali told Eater New York he’s stepping away from his businesses. ABC asked him to stop working on The Chew while a review of the allegations takes place. In a statement, Batali says he apologizes “to the people I have mistreated and hurt,” adding he will work to regain trust. “Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behaviour described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family.” Photo from Getty Images.

Danny Masterson

Danny Masterson, 41, has been fired by Netflix after several sexual assault allegations were made against him. The actor best known for his role in That ’70s Show was let go by the streaming service on December 5, but he will still appear in some episodes of The Ranch that have yet to be released. As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Police Department began investigating claims against Masterson in March. At least three women have come forward with sexual assault allegations against the actor, potentially in connection with the Church of Scientology, as first claimed by journalist Tony Ortega on his website, the Underground Bunker. According to the Huffington Post, four women came forward with sexual assault allegations against Masterson in the early 2000s. The alleged victims reportedly suspect their drinks were spiked. Masterson told CNN he is “very disappointed” by Netflix’s decision to write him off the show. “From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit,” Masterson said. “I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one.”

Geraldo Rivera

Television personality Geraldo Rivera, 74, faces a groping allegation from singer Bette Midler that dates back several years. On November 30, Midler tweeted #MeToo with a video of a 1991 interview she did with Barbara Walters. During the interview, Midler claimed Rivera and a producer he was with had pushed her into a bathroom, pushed two poppers (slang for the recreational drug alkyl nitrite) under her nose and groped her. “He was unseemly,” Midler told Walters. In the same year the interview took place, Rivera was releasing a memoir about his alleged sexual encounters and mentioned Midler. “We were in the bathroom, preparing for the interview, and at some point I put my hands on her breasts,” he wrote, as reported by the Washington Post at the time. Rivera responded to the allegation on December 1 with a tweet that said he recalled the time much differently than Midler, but “that does not change the fact that she has a right to speak out and demand an apology from me, for in the very least, publically embarrassing her all those years ago.” He ended his tweet with an apology to Midler. Photo from Getty Images.

Matt Lauer

On November 29, NBC announced they had fired longtime “Today” anchor Matt Lauer following a sexual misconduct review. In an internal note, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said a complaint was filed on November 27 by someone who worked with Lauer about allegedly “inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace.” A company investigation into the claim made against the 59-year-old journalist found a “clear violation of our company’s standards,” Lack said. Only one complaint was filed against Lauer during his two decades at NBC, but there’s “reason to believe” other alleged incidents have occurred, according to Lack. “Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected,” the NBC chairman added. “Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie, who has worked with Lauer since 2012, said she was “heartbroken” by the news. “We are grappling with a dilemma that so many people have faced these past few weeks,” Guthrie said. At least three women have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Lauer. The former NBC star says he is “truly sorry” to the people he has hurt, while adding that some of the claims are “untrue or mischaracterized.” Lauer admits “there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed,” adding he will dedicate time to “repairing the damage” and “soul searching.” Photo from Getty Images.

Nick Carter

The Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter has been accused of rape by singer and actress Melissa Schuman, who claims the alleged encounter took place 15 years ago. The allegation came to light in a blog post shared on Twitter on November 19 by the one-time member of the all-girl singing group Dream. Schuman says she was 18 when Carter invited her over to his Santa Monica, Calif., apartment, where a small group of friends were drinking. Schuman claims the two snuck away to an office to listen to some music, which led to kissing. Carter allegedly picked her up and brought her to a bathroom where he began to unbutton her pants. “I told him I didn’t want to go any further,” Schuman says, claiming Carter responded by saying he wouldn’t tell anybody. She alleges he performed oral sex on her before convincing her to do the same for him, claiming she “felt scared and trapped.” After moving to a bedroom, Schuman claims she told Carter she was a virgin at the time and was saving herself for marriage, to which Carter allegedly replied: “I could be your husband.” Recounting the alleged incident, Schuman writes: “He put something inside of me. I asked him what it was and he whispered in my ear once more, ‘It’s all me, baby.'” Schuman says she felt obligated to come forward and took to Twitter to thank others for “aiding me in the healing that I so desperately needed.” Carter tells People magazine he is “shocked and saddened” by the claims, insisting the alleged encounter was consensual and that he’s always been respectful towards Schuman. Photo from Getty Images.

Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose, 75, was fired by CBS on November 21 after sexual harassment claims were made by multiple women. The longtime U.S. television talk show host, with stints at CBS This Morning and 60 Minutes, first faced public accusations in a November 20 story by the Washington Post where eight women (three spoke on the record) accused Rose of making sexually inappropriate phone calls, exposing himself and groping them without their consent. The alleged encounters took place between the late 1990s to 2011 and involved women ranging from the age of 21 to 37, according to the Washington Post. The women were either employees or aspiring to be staffers at Rose’s self-titled PBS show, Charlie Rose. The journalist responded to the allegations on Twitter with a statement that says the following: “It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my behaviour.” He admits he “behavely insensitively at times,” but does not believe all of the allegations are accurate. Rose adds he thought he was pursuing “shared feelings,” but now realizes he was mistaken. In a company statement, CBS called the allegations “extremely disturbing and intolerable behaviour.” No new response has been issued by Rose since CBS decided to let him go. Photo from Getty Images.

Russell Simmons

Music mogul Russell Simmons has been accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in 1991. As first reported by the Los Angeles Times on November 19, a model named Keri Claussen Khalighi alleges Simmons coerced her into performing an oral sex act on him while film producer Brett Ratner watched. The alleged incident took place at a New York City apartment that belonged to Simmons. Khalighi told the Los Angeles Times that after Simmons allegedly removed her clothes forcefully, she looked at Ratner and asked for help. “I’ll never forget the look on his face,” she said, adding, “the realization fell on me that they were in it together.” Simmons responded to the article with a statement on Twitter where he said he “unequivocally” denies the allegation of non-consensual sex “with every fibre of my being.” The Def Jam Recordings co-founder insists the alleged incident was “completely consensual and with Keri’s full participation,” adding that he’s “deeply saddened and truly shocked” by the claims. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Beverly Hills Police Department investigated Simmons and Ratner in 2001 after a woman made sexual battery claims against them, but no charges were laid due to a lack of evidence. Simmons says he is now “stepping aside” from his businesses after a new allegation was levelled against him. In a guest blog post for the Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Jenny Lumet claims Simmons forced her into his apartment in 1991, alleging “there was penetration.” Simmons says his recollection of that night with Lumet is “very different,” but he still offered an apology. “This is a time of great transition,” the entrepreneur says, adding he will focus his time on “personal growth, spiritual learning” and “listening.”
Photo from The Associated Press.

Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest, 42, went public with the sexual misconduct claim made against him by a former wardrobe stylist. On November 17, the Hollywood Reporter published a story where the Live with Kelly and Ryan co-host released a statement where he slammed “reckless” claims made against him. The allegation dates nearly a decade to his days with E! News, the TV host says. Seacrest explains the stylist “came forward with a complaint suggesting I behaved inappropriately toward her,” adding that he is “truly sorry” if he “made her feel anything but respected.” People magazine reports an E! spokesperson told them they have launched an investigation, and Seacrest has stated he will co-operate. Specific details about the alleged misconduct are not yet clear, as the claims have not been made public. Citing unnamed sources, TMZ is reporting that the accuser allegedly demanded $15 million US for her silence on the matter, later dropping the demand to seven figures. The stylist’s lawyer has reportedly denied the allegation. Photo from Getty Images.

Al Franken

On December 7, U.S. Sen. Al Franken announced his intention to resign after he had been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by eight women, including radio host Leeann Tweeden. On November 16, Tweeden wrote an article for a Los Angeles-based radio station’s website, where she detailed her alleged encounters with Franken while the two were in the Middle East as part of a tour to entertain U.S. troops in 2006. The radio host claims Franken insisted on rehearsing a kiss for a skit they were doing when he was a comedian, and when she allowed him to, he allegedly stuck his tongue in her mouth. During the trip home, a photograph was taken of Franken appearing to put his hands in front of Tweeden’s breasts while she was asleep, and Tweeden referred to this as groping. Franken told reporters he didn’t remember the rehearsal “in the same way,” and said he was trying to be funny with the photo, adding he shouldn’t have done it. He then issued a statement apologizing to Tweeden, called the photo “completely inappropriate” and asked for an ethics investigation to take place. Tweeden revealed she received a private message from the U.S. senator, and that she accepts his apology. On November 20, CNN reported Lindsay Menz accused Franken of allegedly grabbing her buttocks while posing for a photo in Minnesota in 2010. CNN published a statement from Franken in response where he said he didn’t remember the alleged incident but felt “badly” if she felt “disrespected. Weeks after the first allegation was reported, a third woman claimed Franken touched her breast while posing for a photo in 2003, according to CNN. Stephanie Kemplin claims Franken touched her inappropriately while she was serving with the U.S. Army in Kuwait. “When he put his arm around me, he groped my right breast,” she told CNN, alleging it lasted for five to 10 seconds. A spokesperson for the U.S. senator told CNN that Franken “has never intentionally engaged in this kind of conduct.” At least five women, including three on the record, have accused the former Saturday Night Live star of inappropriate touching, according to CNN. Photo from Getty Images.

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone, 71, has been accused of forcing a 16-year-old girl into a threesome in 1986 in an exclusive report published by the Daily Mail. The November 16 article cites a police report where the unnamed teenager reportedly told authorities that she met the actor, who was 40 at the time, while he was filming the movie Over the Top at the former Las Vegas Hilton hotel. Citing the police report, the teenager claims Stallone’s bodyguard gave her keys to the star’s hotel room. Inside, she claims she had sex with the star while the bodyguard waited in a bathroom. The bodyguard eventually entered the room and Stallone allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on the 27-year-old man. According to the police report, the minor said there was no actual force, but she felt intimidated and didn’t want to have sex with the bodyguard. The Daily Mail posted a photo of the police report in their article. A representative for the actor slammed the story as “ridiculous” and “categorically false.” According to the New York Post, documents suggest Stallone agreed to pay his half-sister, Toni-Ann Filiti, $2 million US plus $16,666.66 monthly in a settlement to quash abuse allegations in 1987. Those close to the actor reportedly said he was the victim of blackmail and Stallone has denied any claims of wrongdoing. Photo from The Associated Press.

Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor, 73, faces claims of inappropriate sexual behaviour after a transgender actress alleged he made lewd comments and sexual advances on a television set. Transparent co-star Trace Lysette put out a statement on Twitter on November 16 where she claimed the actor saw her in a “flimsy top and match short shorts” when he allegedly stepped on her feet to prevent her from fleeing and pressed himself “back and forth” against her body. Lysette called for Amazon, the company producing the show, to drop Tambor from production, who have said they are investigating the allegations. The actor’s former assistant, Van Barnes, also accused him of wrongdoing in early November, alleging Tambor made lewd comments, groped her and threatened to sue her if she said anything. Tambor denied any wrongdoing by saying the former assistant was “disgruntled” and that he’s “appaulled and distressed by this baseless allegation.” In response to Lysette’s claim, the actor told Deadline that while he can sometimes be “volatile and ill-tempered,” he has “never been a predator.” On November 19, Tambor told Deadline he was leaving Transparent since it was no longer the job he signed up for four years ago. Photo from The Associated Press.

Louis C.K.

On November 9, the New York Times published a story about sexual misconduct allegations involving five women and 50-year-old comedian Louis C.K. In the report, it was alleged that Louis C.K. invited women to his hotel room in 2002 where he asked if he could expose himself. A woman claims he fully disrobed and started to masturbate. Another woman claimed she could hear the comedian do the same while speaking to her on the phone in 2003. A female comedian also said he made a similar request that she vehemently refused. The women told the New York Times the comedian’s behaviour was abusive. Louis C.K. had previously dismissed sexual misconduct allegations as “rumours,” but a day after the story broke, the comedian issued a statement acknowledging the claims were true and admitted to using his power “irresponsibly.” The comedian says he “will now step back and take a long time to listen.” HBO has since cut ties with him and the distributor of his movie, I Love You, Daddy, has cancelled its release. Photo from The Associated Press.

Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal, 65, faces new sexual misconduct claims from actresses Jenny McCarthy, Portia de Rossi, Julianna Margulies, Lisa Guerrero and Eva LaRue. On November 9, McCarthy spoke about her alleged 1995 incident with the actor on SiriusXM, where she said Seagal asked her to expose her breasts during a movie audition. On November 8, de Rossi accused Seagal of allegedly unzipping his leather pants during a film audition. Margulies spoke to SiriusXM on November 4 about an alleged encounter when she was 23 (she’s 51 now) where she claims the actor invited her over to his hotel room late at night through a female casting director, who said she would be there. Margulies claims the woman wasn’t there when she arrived and Seagal allegedly said he wanted to massage her. Guerrero claims she was repeatedly pressured to audition alone with Seagal in the 1990s and allegedly opened the door to his house only wearing a silk robe before reportedly inviting her to his dressing room. LaRue alleges Seagal tried to do a reading with her while wearing a kimono and only underwear underneath. A representative for Seagal has previously denied McCarthy’s claims but there has been no new response to the recent string of allegations. Photo from Getty Images.

Ed Westwick

Former Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick, 30, has been accused of sexual assault after allegations were made by two women. On November 8, actress Aurelie Wynn took to Facebook to allege the actor sexually assaulted her at his rented home in July 2014. Wynn claims her bathing suit was ripped during the alleged incident, which left her in “complete shock.” The allegation comes two days after actress Kristina Cohen accused Westwick of raping her three years ago while at his apartment. Westwick denied Cohen’s allegation, claiming he did not know the woman and denying ever committing rape. On his Instagram page, the actor calls the two claims “unverified and provably untrue,” without providing any evidence. Meanwhile, the BBC decided to postpone the release of a drama featuring Westwick, vowing not to release it “until these matters are resolved.” The actor has also stopped filming a second series for the BBC and says he is co-operating with authorities who are reportedly investigating him “so that they can clear my name as soon as possible.” Photo from Getty Images.

George Takei

Former Star Trek star George Takei, 80, has been accused of sexual assault involving a former male model. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter published on November 10, Scott. R. Brunton alleged Takei groped him while at the actor’s Los Angeles condo in 1981. The ex-model claims he “must have passed out” after a couple drinks at Takei’s place and allegedly woke up with his pants down while the actor, who was in his mid-40s at the time, was “trying to get his hands down my underwear.” On November 11, Takei wrote a post on Facebook where he vehemently denied the accusations, saying he is “shocked and bewildered” by the claims and the events being described “simply did not occur.” Photo from The Associated Press.

Brett Ratner

Brett Ratner, the director behind films such as Rush Hour, Tower Heist and X-Men: The Last Stand, has been accused of sexual harassment by at least six women. As first reported on November 1 by the Los Angeles Times, some of his accusers include actresses Natasha Henstridge, Olivia Munn and Jaime Ray Newman. Munn claims Ratner committed lewd acts in front of her when she went to deliver a meal to his trailer more than a decade ago. Henstridge alleges the director forced her to perform oral sex after physically forcing himself on her in the early 1990s. Ratner’s attorney, Martin Singer, “categorically” disputed the accusations. Ratner is also suing a woman for libel after she claimed on Facebook that the producer raped her “about 12 years ago.” Photo from The Associated Press.

Jeremy Piven

Jeremy Piven, 52, says the sexual misconduct claims made against him are “appaling.” On November 1, Entertainment Weekly published a statement issued by Piven, where he denied allegations made by actress Ariane Bellamar. On October 30, Bellamar put out three tweets where she claimed the Entourage star cornered her and forcefully fondled her breasts and buttocks. She alleges these unproven fondling encounters happened more than once, including once on an HBO set and another time at the Playboy Mansion. Another actress, Cassidy Freeman, accused Piven of engaging in “predatory behaviour.” Piven denies the groping allegations, saying “it did not happen.” HBO says the tweets are the first time they have heard about any accusations about the actor, who has starred in films such as Old School, Serendipity and The Family Man. A third woman, advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby, claimed she was also allegedly sexually assaulted by Piven. Scourby tells People magazine that in 2003, Piven allegedly “jumped on top” of her before forcing her to the ground. Scourby claims Piven exposed his genitals, rubbed them against her and ejaculated on her clothes while holding her hands down. A fourth woman, actress Anastasia Taneie, tells Buzzfeed that Piven allegedly groped her breasts and genitals while pushing her against a wall when the two worked on Entourage together. In response to the allegations, CBS opted to stop making new episodes of Wisdom of the Crowd, a series that features Piven. Photo from The Associated Press.

Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman, an 80-year-old actor known for films such as Kramer vs. Kramer, Rain Man and Tootsie, has also been accused of sexual harassment. The alleged encounter was detailed in the Hollywood Reporter on November 1. In the article, author Anna Graham Hunter accuses Hoffman of groping her on the set of the TV movie Death of a Salesman in 1985 when she was 17. Hunter also claims Hoffman had conversations with her about sex and requested foot massages. The Oscar Award winner has apologized for the alleged incident, saying he has respect for women, feels terrible, and regrets any potential “uncomfortable situation.” A day after he apologized, another woman came forward with an allegation aimed at Hoffman, claiming the actor asked her if she’s ever had sex with a man over the age of 40 when she was in her 20s. Photo from The Associated Press.

Kevin Spacey

Actor Kevin Spacey, 58, is accused of sexual misconduct involving a 14-year-old boy. Now an adult, Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed News about his alleged encounter, which reportedly happened when Spacey was 26. Rapp publicly alleges in a story published on October 29 that Spacey invited him over to his apartment, picked him up, placed him on his bed and climbed on top of him. The star of American Beauty, Se7en and L.A. Confidential responded with a statement in which he denied recollection of the event but apologized for “deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour,” and used the platform to come out as a gay man. Since the story broke, others have accused Spacey of sexual advances, including one person who claimed the actor groped him. Netflix has since suspended production of his hit series House of Cards, and Spacey’s representative says he is seeking treatment. Photo from The Associated Press.

James Toback

Director James Toback, 72, also faces sexual harassment allegations, reportedly from hundreds of women, including actresses Rachel McAdams, Julianne Moore, Selma Blair and several others. The Los Angeles Times first reported the allegations on October 22. Toback, the film writer and director behind movies such as Bugsy, Harvard Man and The Pick-up Artist, is accused of scheduling private meetings with attractive women in their early 20s where he would allegedly ask sexual questions before committing lewd acts in front of them. Toback has denied the allegations, telling the Los Angeles Times it would have been “biologically impossible” for him to do the things he’s being accused of for the past 22 years. Police are reportedly investigating claims against both Toback and Weinstein. Photo from The Associated Press.

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck, 45, has been accused of sexual harassment for allegedly grabbing a woman’s breast on camera back in 2003. The allegation was brought to light against the Good Will Hunting actor on October 10 during a Twitter exchange that included the alleged victim, former MTV host Hilarie Burton. During an episode of Total Request Live, Affleck appeared to hug Burton, but Burton claims he touched her left breast in the process. The day after the allegation surfaced on Twitter, Affleck responded with a tweet of his own where he said he “acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize.” A month later, Affleck appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where Affleck was pressed on the topic of sexual assault, including the allegation made against him. “I don’t remember it, but I absolutely apologized for it,” Affleck said, adding, “I certainly don’t think she’s lying or making it up.” Photo from The Associated Press.

Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein, 65, faces accusations that emerged in a New York Times story published on October 5. In the report, the Hollywood producer behind Shakespeare in Love, Gangs of New York and Pulp Fiction was accused of sexual harassment involving multiple women over a period of nearly three decades. Among his accusers are actresses Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and dozens more. Weinstein is accused of unwanted sexual advances involving requests for massages or showers, and some have accused him of rape. He has since issued an apology for his behaviour. A spokesperson for the film executive says Weinstein denies any allegations of non-consensual sex and insists all of his relationships were consensual. Weinstein has also entered counselling, his spokesperson says. A Toronto actress is suing Weinstein for two alleged sexual assaults. Photo from The Associated Press.