Male ac­tors tell of be­ing ha­rassed

The Guardian - - NEWS | WEINSTEIN ALLEGATIONS - Gwilym Mum­ford

The Amer­i­can ac­tor James Van Der Beek has re­vealed his own ex­pe­ri­ences of sex­ual ha­rass­ment at the hands of “older, pow­er­ful men” in Hol­ly­wood, as the film in­dus­try reels in the face of al­le­ga­tions around Har­vey We­in­stein.

Van Der Beek made the claims on Twit­ter in posts of­fer­ing sup­port to the women who had spo­ken against the pro­ducer. The for­mer Daw­son’s Creek star re­counted his own ex­pe­ri­ence of abuse though did not name any­one.

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

He added: “What We­in­stein is be­ing ac­cused of is crim­i­nal. What he’s ad­mit­ted to is un­ac­cept­able – in any in­dus­try. I ap­plaud ev­ery­body speak­ing out.”

On Tues­day the ac­tor Terry Crews al­leged he was groped by an ex­ec­u­tive while at an in­dus­try func­tion in 2016.

The ac­tor James Van Der Beek said he had been groped ‘by older, pow­er­ful men’

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