Van Der Beek: ‘I was grabbed by older men in Hol­ly­wood’

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James Van Der Beek has re­vealed his own ex­pe­ri­ence of sex­ual ha­rass­ment in the wake of the Har­vey We­in­stein scan­dal.

The 40-year-old ac­tor made his act­ing de­but when he was just 16, ap­pear­ing in an off-Broad­way pro­duc­tion of Ed­ward Al­bee’s Find­ing The Sun. His ca­reer-mak­ing role, how­ever, came when he landed the lead in teen TV drama Daw­son’s Creek, aged 21. Mak­ing a name for him­self in Tin­sel­town at such a young age had its dis­ad­van­tages though, which James opened up about in a se­ries of tweets on Wed­nes­day night.

Re­spond­ing to the claims that We­in­stein had sex­u­ally ha­rassed le­gions of Hol­ly­wood stars over a three-decade pe­riod, James re­vealed his own ex­pe­ri­ence with sex­ual ha­rass­ment in the in­dus­try, writ­ing: “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.

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

James had ear­lier taken to his Twit­ter page to crit­i­cize those who have slammed the women coming forward with al­le­ga­tions about We­in­stein’s be­hav­iour.

— WENN WENN

James Van Der Beek

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