Monday, 23 October, 2017

Dawson's Creek star reveals he was sexually assaulted

James Van Der Beek opens up about being a victim of sexual harassment James Van Der Beek recounts experience of being sexually harassed
Bennie Garza | 12 October, 2017, 17:55

ACTOR and producer James Van Der Beek has taken to Twitter to reveal he was also a victim of sexual harassment. "I applaud everybody speaking out", Van Der Beek wrote, before admitting to himself having been harassed and groped by "older, powerful men".

"There's a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome", Van Der Beek said.

- James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) October 12, 2017I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle. His film credits include Varsity Blues (1999) and The Rules of Attraction (2002).

In the wake of Harvey Weinstein's controversy, more and more celebrities have opened up about their sexual harassment experiences.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that it "finds the conduct described in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein to be repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents". "Because this kind of thing happened to ME", he wrote. Jumping back I said 'What are you doing?!' My wife saw everything n we looked at him like he was insane. 'My wife saw everything and we looked at him like he was insane. "He just grinned like a jerk", the "White Chicks" star wrote in a series of tweets.

Crews said he decided not to physically attack the man because of "how the whole thing would appear".

Crews said that he let the matter go - and that he understands why many women, who don't even have the advantage of physical strength, do the same.

Crews shared his story because he wanted people to know that Weinstein "is not the only perpetrator".

"Hollywood is not the only business we're this happens, and to the casualties of this behavior - you are not alone". Actresses Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette also claimed that after rejecting Weinstein's unwanted advances, they were removed from or kept from being hired for projects.

Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman, announced on Tuesday that she is leaving him.

In response to the lengthy allegations made against Weinstein in the New Yorker piece, a spokesperson for Weinstein said, "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein".

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