Entertainment James Van Der Beek says he was sexually harassed by ‘older, powerful men,’ in wake of Weinstein scandal

07:30  13 october  2017
07:30  13 october  2017 Source:   Toronto Star

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In the wake of a score of accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein , James Van Der Beek revealed that he too is a survivor of sexual harassment . The 40-year- old actor, who gained celebrity as the star of the teen drama Dawson's Creek

But, as Van Der Beek points out, victims of sexual harassment are not just women. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Terry Crews has also revealed that he was sexually harassed in the wake of the Weinstein scandal , according to Page Six.

Actor James Van Der Beek has revealed he faced sexual harassment early in his career © Rich Fury Actor James Van Der Beek has revealed he faced sexual harassment early in his career "byy older, powerful men.”"“I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger,” he wrote on Twitter.

The actor James Van Der Beek revealed Wednesday that he, too, faced sexual harassment early in his career, in the wake of mounting allegations of serial sexual harassment and assault against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

In a series of tweets, the 40-year-old Dawson’s Creek star denounced Weinstein’s behaviour as “criminal” and “unacceptable,” and said that as a young actor he “had [his] a—grabbed by older, powerful men.”

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James Van Der Beek has revealed he too was a victim of sexually harassment . His comments came after he slammed those who judged the women who have alleged that they were sexual assaulted or harassed by Weinstein .

James Van Der Beek has confessed that he was sexually harassed by an " older " and " powerful " man when he was younger. In the wake of Harvey Weinstein 's controversy, more and more celebrities have opened up about their sexual harassment experiences.

“I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger,” he wrote.

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“I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle. There’s a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome,” he also tweeted.

The actor later attempted to tamp down speculation on the identities the people he alleges had sexually harassed him.

Van Der Beek wrote, “FTR, the harassment I tweeted about was by people 99.9% of you don’t know. 2 were charged (by others) & punished. The other has since died.”

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Home Entertainment Celebrity Gossip James Van Der Beek : I was sexually harassed by powerful men . James Van Der Beek claims to have been groped by “ older , powerful men ”. In the wake of the scandal , Weinstein is believed to have checked into rehab in Arizona, has split from his wife

James Van Der Beek has revealed his experience of sexual harassment in Hollywood. “I’ve had my ass grabbed by older , powerful men ,” he explained. “I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger.

Van Der Beek currently plays a superstar DJ on the series What Would Diplo Do?, which premiered in August.

Since allegations against Weinstein were first publicized in the New York Times last week, followed by a story in the New Yorker magazine and another Times article this week, many women in the film industry have come forward to condemn the disgraced Hollywood mogul and to share their personal experiences of sexual harassment. So far, 32 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault, according to a running list being kept by Vanity Fair. Among them are Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rose McGowan.

High-profile figures have also publicly denounced Weinstein in recent days, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Actor Ben Affleck similarly expressed his outrage at the allegations against Weinstein — only to come under scrutiny himself for having groped then Total Request Live host Hilarie Burton in the early 2000s. Affleck later apologized for his behaviour.

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— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) October 12, 2017. 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

— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) October 12, 2017. 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…

Now, male actors have also come forward to accuse powerful industry men of sexually harassing them.

On Tuesday, actor Terry Crews shared his experience of being groped by a “high level Hollywood executive.”

Crews said he was at a Hollywood function last year with his wife when the incident happened.

Crews did not confront his assailant immediately, fearing that an escalation could turn violent and land him in jail, he said. Ultimately, the 49-year-old Brooklyn Nine-Nine star decided not to pursue the incident because he worried about jeopardizing his career.

“I let it go. And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go,” he wrote.

Both Crews and Van Der Beek zeroed in on the film industry’s power dynamics that often make it possible for sexual predators to commit assaults with impunity.

“Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless,” Crews wrote.

In the week since the allegations against Weinstein were first publicized, the 65-year-old Hollywood producer has been fired as co-chairman of the Weinstein Co., which he co-founded with his brother. On Tuesday, his wife of 10 years, Georgina Chapman, announced that she was leaving him. While Weinstein initially apologized for his behaviour, he has also “unequivocally denied” any allegations of nonconsensual sex, spokesperson Sallie Hofmeister said in a statement to The Washington Post.

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