In early October, reports surfaced that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually harassed or assaulted multiple women over decades.
The public condemnation of Weinstein has seemingly emboldened others to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against celebrities — with studios, networks and major companies responding — in what some have dubbed the “Weinstein ripple effect.”
Here’s a list of high-profile men who have been accused of sexual harassment, assault or both in the wake of the Weinstein scandal:
Number of accusers: Unclear
Almost immediately after James Franco, 39, won a Golden Globe on Jan. 7, “The Breakfast Club” actress Ally Sheedy tweeted: “James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business.” (Franco directed Sheedy in a 2014 off-Broadway play.)
It was not exactly clear what Sheedy meant in her posts, but they quickly revived rumors of alleged sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior. Sarah Tither-Kaplan, a filmmaker and actress, claimed in a tweet that Franco told her the “full nudity” he purportedly asked her to do for two of his movies was not exploitative because she had signed a contract. Violet Paley, another actress, claimed in a tweet that Franco once pushed her head toward his “exposed penis.”
Franco denied accusations of sexual impropriety during a Jan. 9 appearance on “The Late Show” on CBS. “The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice,” Franco told host Stephen Colbert.
Number of accusers: At least four
Paul Haggis, 64, the Oscar-winning filmmaker who wrote “Million Dollar Baby” and directed “Crash,” has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least five women. In a civil lawsuit, a publicist accuses Haggis of rape. That lawsuit inspired three other women to come forward with their own sexual misconduct accusations, including another publicist who claims he forced her to perform oral sex and then raped her.
Christine Lepera, an attorney for Haggis, said in a statement to the Associated Press: “He didn’t rape anybody.”
Number of accusers: At least two
Broadway legend Ben Vereen, 71, has been accused of inappropriate sexual misconduct with cast members in a 2015 community theater production of the classic musical “Hair.” The allegations, first reported by the blog OnStage and the New York Daily News, were leveled by two young actresses who starred in the show.
In a statement, Vereen apologized to the women for his “inappropriate conduct,” adding: “While it was my intention to create an environment that replicated the themes of that musical during the rehearsal process, I have since come to understand that it is my conduct, not my intentions, which are relevant here.”
Number of accusers: At least five
Peter Martins, 71, the influential head of the New York City Ballet, has been accused by five dancers of verbal and physical abuse dating back to 1993, The New York Times reported. And in recent interviews with The Times, 24 women and men described what the newspaper called a “culture of intimidation” under Martins, a luminary on the New York artistic scene.
“I have denied, and continue to deny, that I have engaged in any such misconduct,” Martins wrote in a letter informing the ballet board of his retirement, according to The Times. “I cooperated fulling in the [company’s] investigation and understand it will be completed shortly. I believe its findings would have vindicated me.”
Number of accusers: Four
Charles Dutoit, 81, the world-renowned artistic director and principal conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, allegedly sexually assaulted four women between 1985 and 2010, The Associated Press reported. The women — three opera singers and a classical musician — said the incidents happened in a car, Dutoit’s hotel suite, his dressing room, an elevator, and backstage before a performance.
The women allege that Dutoit did everything from groping their breasts to restraining them and thrusting himself upon them.
NBC News was not able to independently confirm the women’s allegations, and could not reach Dutoit. Dutoit also did not respond to multiple requests for comment from the AP.
Director Morgan Spurlock admitted on Dec. 13 to a history of sexual misconduct that reaches back to his college days.
Declaring “I am part of the problem,” the 47-year-old filmmaker — who won acclaim for his 2004 documentary “Super Size Me” — wrote in a blog post that he was accused of rape in college, settled a sexual harassment lawsuit and has cheated on all of his romantic partners, including both of his wives.
The post was shared from Spurlock’s verified Twitter account. He said coming clean is necessary, in part, because of the anxiety he faced: “As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next?’ I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?'”
Number of accusers: Multiple
PBS announced on Dec. 13 it was suspending distribution of the late-night talk show “Tavis Smiley” following “troubling allegations” of misconduct against the longtime public television and radio host.
The outside investigation found that Smiley had engaged in sexual relationships with “multiple subordinates,” according to Variety, which first reported the news. They said witnesses had told the investigators that Smiley was a verbally abusive and threatening boss and made some employees feel their success was tied to a sexual relationship with him, Variety reported. NBC News has not independently verified those accounts.
Smiley denied the allegations in a video and statement posted to Facebook: “I have never groped, inappropriately exposed myself, or coerced any colleague in the workplace, ever, in my 30-year career,” Smiley said in the video.
NFL Network Analysts Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans
Number of accusers: At least one
NFL Network suspended Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, and former NFL players-turned-analysts Ike Taylor and Heath Evans on Dec. 11 after a female colleague accused them of sexual harassment.
Faulk, Taylor and Evans, along with former executive producer Eric Weinberger and former network analysts Donovan McNabb, Warren Sapp, and Eric Davis, were named in an updated lawsuit against NFL Enterprises by Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist for the network. The amended complaint was first reported by Bloomberg News.
None of the seven is named as a respondent in the lawsuit, which was originally filed in October in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The original complaint alleged inappropriate actions by 50 people whom it identified only as John Does 1-50.
The amended complaint accuses Faulk and Evans of having groped Cantor while she was at the network, while it accuses Taylor and McNabb of having sent her sexually inappropriate communications.
The communications from Taylor allegedly included video of him masturbating, while the alleged communications from McNabb, who now works for BeIN Sports and ESPN Radio, were text only, according to the complaint.
Alex Riethmiller, a spokesman for NFL Network, told NBC News in a statement Monday night: “Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, and Heath Evans have been suspended from their duties at NFL Network pending an investigation into these allegations.”
Weinberger left NFL Network in 2015 to become president of Bill Simmons Media Group, publisher of the sports website The Ringer. The amended complaint accuses Weinberger of both having touched Cantor inappropriately and having sent her sexually inappropriate communications.
A spokesperson for The Ringer told NBC News: “These are very serious and disturbing allegations that we were made aware of today. We are placing Eric on leave indefinitely until we have a better understanding of what transpired during his time at the NFL, and we will conduct our own internal investigation.
Number of accusers: At least one
Ryan Lizza, the Washington correspondent of The New Yorker, was fired on Dec. 11 over claims of improper sexual conduct.
“The New Yorker recently learned that Ryan Lizza engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct,” the magazine said in a statement. “We have reviewed the matter and, as a result, have severed ties with Lizza. Due to a request for privacy, we are not commenting further.”
But Lizza disputed the magazine’s decision almost immediately, issuing a statement that described a complaint made by one woman.
“I am dismayed that the New Yorker has decided to characterize a respectful relationship with a woman I was dating as somehow inappropriate,” he said. “The New Yorker was unable to cite any company policy that was violated. I am sorry to my friends, workplace colleagues, and loved ones for any embarrassment this episode may cause.”
The woman mentioned by Lizza remains anonymous, but her lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, sharply disagreed with Lizza’s description of the circumstances.
“In no way did Mr. Lizza’s misconduct constitute a ‘respectful relationship,’ as he has now tried to characterize it,” Wigdor said in a statement. Lizza was also suspended by CNN, where he is an on-air contributor.
Number of accusers: Four
Four women accused celebrity chef Mario Batali of inappropriate touching over the course of two decades, causing the restaurateur and television show host to step aside from his projects for the time being.
The accusations against Batali were first published in a report by Eater New York on Dec. 11. Three of the accusers were employees of the chef.
All the women recounted instances at different points in Batali’s career when they say the chef groped them and made inappropriate comments of a sexual nature.
In a statement, Batali apologized and said the accusations described by the women “match up with the way [he has] acted.”
“I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior 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,” the statement said in part.
Batali added that he was stepping away from the “day-to-day operations of my businesses,” acknowledging his actions disappointed many people and “the failures are mine alone.”
A few days later, ABC said they fired him from the cooking show, “The Chew.”
Number of accusers: Multiple
New York’s Metropolitan Opera suspended its famed longtime conductor James Levine on Dec. 3 while it investigates allegations of sexual misconduct.
The opera’s announcement followed a report in the New York Post that Levine was accused in a police report of molesting a young man beginning when the man was 15 years old and that the sexual abuse continued for years.
The New York Times identified two other men who it said alleged that they’d had sexual encounters with Levine beginning in the summer of 1968, when they were teens at a music school in Michigan.
On Dec. 8, Illinois prosecutors investigating sexual abuse allegations dating back to the 1980s said they were unable to press charges based on state law at the time and other factors.
Levine has denied the allegations, saying “as understandably troubling as the accusations noted in recent press accounts are, they are unfounded. As anyone who truly knows me will attest, I have not lived my life as an oppressor or an aggressor.”
Number of accusers: At least one
Garrison Keillor, the former host and creator of “A Prairie Home Companion,” was fired by Minnesota Public Radio on Nov. 29 over “allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him.”
Keillor was axed a month after the public radio station received a report about his alleged “conduct” while he was still producing the show that he hosted from 1974 until he retired last year.
“Garrison Keillor has been an important part of the growth and success of MPR, and all of us in the MPR community are saddened by these circumstances,” MPR president Jon McTaggart said Wednesday.
MPR has hired an outside lawyer “to conduct an independent investigation of the allegations,” the public radio station said in statement.
Keillor released a statement in which he said he was fired over “a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.” But he did not release any details.
“It’s some sort of poetic irony to be knocked off the air by a story, having told so many of them myself, but I’m 75 and don’t have any interest in arguing about this,” he added. “And I cannot in conscience bring danger to a great organization I’ve worked hard for since 1969.”
Keillor said he was “sorry for the people who will lose work on account of this.”
Number of accusers: Multiple
Matt Lauer was fired by NBC News following two decades as “Today” anchor after a detailed complaint was lodged against him about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.
In a memo to employees on Nov. 29, NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack said the complaint, which was made by a female colleague of Lauer’s, prompted a serious review and represented a “clear violation of our company’s standards.”
The alleged incident began at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and continued after the games, NBC News confirmed. A lawyer for the woman said she did not want to be identified.
Lack said it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer, 59, for his behavior since he took over as anchor of the morning show in 1997, but there was “reason to believe” it may not have been an isolated incident.
Later, Variety and The New York Times reported other cases of women coming forward to allege sexual misconduct against Lauer. Variety said at least three women shared accounts that were corroborated by “dozens of interviews with current and former staffers” during their two-month investigation. The Times said two women also made complaints against Lauer following his firing — actions that were confirmed by NBC officials.
The newspaper reported that one of those women, now a former employee, said Lauer in 2001 locked the door to his office and sexually assaulted her.
Lauer said in a statement that he was “truly sorry” to the people he hurt. While he said some of the allegations were “untrue and mischaracterized,” he admitted that “there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.”
Number of accusers: At least 9
Television host and journalist Charlie Rose was fired by CBS News, PBS and Bloomberg after eight women accused him of sexual harassment and unwanted advances in a Nov. 20 report in The Washington Post.
The allegations against Rose, 75, included groping female colleagues and walking around naked in their presence, The Post reported. All eight women, who alleged incidents that occurred from the late 1990s to 2011, were either employees at the “Charlie Rose” show or hoped to work for it.
Three women spoke to The Post on the record and five women chose to remain anonymous. Two women cited in the report, Kyle Godfrey-Ryan and Megan Creydt, confirmed their accounts to NBC News hours after The Post published its report.
“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior,” Rose said in a statement to The Post that he later posted on Twitter. “I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”
Rose has long hosted his show, which airs on PBS and is filmed at Bloomberg headquarters, and also had been a co-anchor for “CBS This Morning” and a contributing correspondent for “60 Minutes.”
Bloomberg LP said in a statement to NBC News on Monday: “We are deeply disturbed to learn of these allegations and are immediately suspending the show from airing on Bloomberg TV and radio.”
“Despite Charlie’s important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace,” CBS News President David Rhodes said in a statement, in part, announcing Rose’s termination Tuesday. “We need to be such a place.”
PBS spokeswoman Jennifer Rankin Byrne said in a statement Tuesday: “In light of yesterday’s revelations, PBS has terminated its relationship with Charlie Rose and cancelled distribution of his programs. PBS expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect.”
Bloomberg TV confirmed it had severed ties with Rose.
Number of accusers: 4
Glenn Thrush, one of the most prominent political journalists, was suspended by The New York Times on Nov. 20 after he was reportedly accused of sexual misconduct.
The suspension came after a report was published by news outlet Vox, which detailed an alleged pattern of inappropriate behavior toward women, particularly young female reporters.
Thrush is a MSNBC contributor. A spokesperson for the network said, “We’re awaiting the outcome of the Times’ investigation. He currently has no scheduled appearances.”
Thrush, who is married, apologized in a statement.
“I apologize to any woman who felt uncomfortable in my presence, and for any situation where I behaved inappropriately. Any behavior that makes a woman feel disrespected or uncomfortable is unacceptable,” Thrush said in the statement.
“My recollection of my interactions with Laura differs greatly from hers – the encounter was consensual, brief, and ended by me. She was an editor above me at the time and I did not disparage her to colleagues at POLITICO as she claims. The assertion that I would rate women based on their appearance is also false,” Thrush said.
A month after the political reporter was suspended, The New York Times announced it had wrapped up its investigation into the matter.
The paper decided to continue Thrush’s suspension until late January and remove him from coverage of the White House, but said they would not fire him.
“We understand that our colleagues and the public at large are grappling with what constitutes sexually offensive behavior in the workplace and what consequences are appropriate,” said Executive Editor Dean Baquet. “Each case has to be evaluated based on individual circumstances. We believe this is an appropriate response to Glenn’s situation.”
On Dec. 20, the Times announced that Thrush would remain suspended until late January and would be removed from the team covering the White House.
Random House, the publishing company pursuing a book about Donald Trump by Thrush and New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, announced it would move forward with the deal, but only with Haberman.
Number of accusers: Multiple
Russell Simmons, the hip-hop mogul and producer who helped to create the Def Jam brand, said he was stepping down from his various companies following accusations of sexual misconduct.
The initial accusation was reported in The Los Angeles Times on Nov. 19, when model Keri Claussen Khalighi said he made aggressive sexual advances on her in 1991 and coerced her to have oral sex at his apartment and forced himself on her in the shower. Khalighi, then 17, said director Brett Ratner was there as well and declined to do anything when she asked for help.
An attorney for Ratner didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, although he told the newspaper that Ratner has “no recollection” of Khalighi’s apparent plea for help. Simmons also provided a statement saying that he did spend a couple of days with her but was “shocked” about her assertions of that time.
A second woman to come forward — a screenwriter named Jenny Lumet — recounted in a Nov. 30 guest column in The Hollywood Reporter how Simmons forced her into a sexual encounter in 1991 when she was 24.
Simmons, 60, said that her recollections of that night are “very different from mine” although “it is now clear to me that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real.”
Other women have since come forward, three of whom were identified in a Dec. 13 New York Times report and said that Simmons raped them in separate incidents in either the 1980s or 1990s. Simmons responded in a statement that “all of my relations have been consensual.”
The Los Angeles Times also interviewed five more women, including actress Natashia Williams-Blach, who alleged sexual misconduct. The women said he used his personal yoga studio to prey on them, which Simmons also denied.
Number of accusers: 2
Jeffrey Tambor, who won critical acclaim for his portrayal of a transgender woman in hit TV series ‘Transparent’, was accused on Nov. 16 of sexually harassing a transgender actor on the show.
Trace Lysette alleges the actor made sexual advances and remarks towards her during the making of the award-winning comedy series and claimed that “one time it got physical.”
The allegation comes days after Tambor was reportedly accused of sexual harassment by his former assistant on the show, Van Barnes, who is also transgender.
Tambor denied the allegations saying he has “never been a predator — ever.”
“I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express,” the statement said in part.
Sen. Al Franken
Number of accusers: Multiple
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., was accused by a radio news anchor of forcibly kissing and groping her in 2006 when they were overseas as part of a USO show.
Leeann Tweeden, a radio news anchor with KABC in Los Angeles, said Franken insisted on practicing a kiss before going on stage.
“He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable,” she wrote in a post on KABC’s website.
Tweeden said she reluctantly agreed to rehearse the line leading up to the kiss and that’s when Franken, “came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.” “I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time,” she said. “I felt disgusted and violated.”
Franken said in a statement, “The first thing I want to do is apologize: to Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women.”
Less than a week later, a second woman said Franken grabbed her rear in 2010 at the Minnesota State Fair.
Lindsay Menz, 33, told CNN in an interview that Franken grabbed her buttocks when they posed for a photo together. The accusation was first reported by CNN.
In a statement to CNN, Franken said he felt “badly,” but he did not remember posing for the photo with Menz. “I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don’t remember taking this picture,” Franken told CNN on Sunday. “I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.”
Franken announced his plans to resign on Dec. 7 while taking a parting shot at President Donald Trump and other Republicans.
“I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office…”
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