The hits keep coming. And while the flood of stories of abuse, assault, and rape can be overwhelming, the upside is that predators are at long last being forced to face consequences. Our deepest respect goes out to the victims bravely sharing their stories.
Asia Argento offers a spreadsheet of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, which includes 94 women.
Weinstein will be burned in effigy as part of Guy Fawkes Night. (Indiewire)
Earlier this week, Anthony Rapp declared that Kevin Spacey came onto him when he was just 14. Now, another man has come forward, saying he was 14 when a 24-year-old Spacey tried to rape him. (Vulture)
Actor Robert Cavazos and filmmaker Tony Montana both told stories of Spacey attempting to grope them, while British bartender Daniel Beal says Spacey once exposed himself before trying to force Beal to touch his genitals. Another anonymous source says the actor tried to bed him when he was a teenager. (The Independent)
In the wake of these accusations, Netflix has halted production on House of Cards’s final season. Media Rights Capital, which is making the show along with Netflix, is investigating Spacey’s behavior on set and has already turned up more complaints. They have also set up an anonymous complaint hotline, crisis counselors, and sexual harassment legal advisors for the show’s crew. (CNN, THR)
MasterClass dropped Spacey from faculty of instructors. (THR)
Spacey is reportedly seeking “evaluation and treatment.” (THR)
Reality TV personality/actress Ariane Bellamar accused Entourage’s Jeremy Piven of sexual assault.
HBO released a statement saying they were unaware of the incident until now. And Piven is flat-out denying it, saying, “I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen. It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories, and my hope is that the allegations about me that didn’t happen, do not detract from stories that should be heard.” (THR)
Smallville’s Cassidy Freeman responded on Instagram, calling out Piven’s “predatory behavior,” writing, ” know what you did and attempted to do to me when I was far too young.”
@jeremypiven You will deny this because, sadly, she’s deniable. The backlash this woman received was horrendous. And whether or not her accusations are true, the TRUTH is I know you. I know what you did and attempted to do to me when I was far too young. THAT I know. And you know it too. Unless there were so many of us, that you can’t remember. Predatory behavior is a chronic way for you to seek power. Do you feel powerful? With your lawyers and your networks and your die hard man-fans who call your victims bimbos? Or do you know, in your rotten gut, that you will have to lie for the rest of your life? I hope from now on, you keep it in your pants and you never get to do it again.
Following accusations that Dustin Hoffman sexually harassed a 17-year-old girl while making the TV movie Death of a Salesman, television producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis came forward with her story of how the actor sexually harassed her in 1991. (Variety)
As a result of these stories going public, Dick’s documentary Everybody has an Andy Dick Story was cut from the upcoming Chicago Comedy Film Festival. (The Interrobang)
After a fifth woman has accused filmmaker Roman Polanski of rape, feminists in France banded together to protest a Parisian retrospective on the director. Organizer Laure Salmona said of the protest, “We can’t continue to praise rapists, even if they are great film directors or if they are talented.” (NYT)
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry attempted to exploit the growing outcry against sexual assault to promote fossil fuels. Even in context this statement is dumb: “But also from the standpoint of sexual assault. When the lights are on, when you have light that shines, the righteousness, if you will, on those types of acts.” (The Hill)
Also, that Brett Ratner-produced Hugh Hefner biopic Jared Leto was going to headline? It’s dead. Playboy said Ratner’s alleged behavior is “completely unacceptable.” And Leto’s distancing himself from the whole thing, claiming he was never attached to the project to begin with. (Slate, Deadline)
Meanwhile, Ratner is suing Melanie Kohler, a woman who used a Facebook post to accuse him of rape. She wrote in part, “Brett Ratner raped me. I’m saying his name, I’m saying it publicly. Now at least I can look at myself in the mirror and not feel like part of me is a coward or a hypocrite. I’m standing up and saying this happened to me and it was not ok. Come what may, it is the right thing to do.”(Variety)
And LA Times reporter Amy Kaufman has an update:
Marty Singer tells Rolling Stone "we are confident that [Ratner's] name will be cleared once the current media frenzy dies down." Meanwhile, I've been contacted by over 20 new accusers and am investigating their claims.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) November 1, 2017
For those fretting that all these abusive men falling to ruin will mean trouble for Hollywood, Jessica Chastain offers this.
Hey age old Hollywood, there's a new generation of artists coming for your jobs. Im fkn excited to work with them.— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) November 1, 2017
Courtney gets it.
YES LADIES YES KEEP IT GOING TILL THERE ARE NO MEN LEFT IN HOLLYWOOD EXCEPT LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA pic.twitter.com/IjEae6kHSI— Courtney Enlow (@courtenlow) November 1, 2017