With the Weinstein scandal proving a tipping point, so much related news has been hitting that some can fall through the cracks. We’ve tried to gather them in a round-up of rape culture fuckery. If we missed something, please share it in the comments.
Louis C.K. being a creep is no longer a rumor. (Pajiba)
The immediate fallout from the NY Times article was the cancellation of the premiere of his new movie. I Love You, Daddy was supposed to open next week, but this morning the film’s distributor The Orchard announced they “will not be moving forward with the release.” (LA Times, Vanity Fair)
HBO dropped C.K. from their Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism, and have pulled his content from their streaming service. FX, which airs C.K.-produced shows Better Things and Baskets, says they are re-evaluating their future with the comedian/producer. (Pajiba, Vulture)
We reviewed I Love You Daddy in September out of TIFF. At the time it read as a defense of Woody Allen. Now? Yeesh. (Pajiba)
Matt Zoller Seitz declares Louis C.K. is done. (Vulture)
Alleged serial rapist/former Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein could be indicted in Manhattan as early as next week. May he rot in jail, and then hell. (Page Six)
Remember how Jeremy Piven called Ariane Bellamar a liar when she accused him of sexual assault? And then Cassidy Freeman alluded to him being inappropriate with her when she was “far too young?” Well, Tiffany Bacon Scourby joins them, sharing her account of when Piven attacked her, then forcibly dry-humped her until he ejaculated on her turtleneck sweater. (People)
Piven denied all of these claims in a doozy of a statement.
Reportedly, the actor was once threatened with a year in prison for sexually assaulting Marcella Gamble in a Chicago hotel room in 1998. (Radar Online)
Just days after actress Kristina Cohen accused former Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick of rape,
former actress Aurélie Wynn has come forward to share her story. (EW)
Westwick responded to both claims on Twitter:
The LAPD is investigating the Westwick allegations. (E!)
The LAPD have also opened an investigation into the pedophile sex ring that Corey Feldman has been speaking out about for years. (THR)
Richard Dreyfuss’s son Harry Dreyfuss has become the tenth man to come forward with a personal story of Kevin Spacey’s sexual misconduct. (THR)
Amid the Kevin Spacey news and Charlie Sheen accusation, some are wondering when the other shoe might drop for Bryan Singer. Among them, journalist Britt Hayes notes the director’s Twitter account has vanished, along with many condemning articles. (Screencrush)
Wonder how such behavior is so-long ignored? 78-year-old director Volker Schlondorff defended Hoffman against the accusations made by Anna Graham Hunter, by calling the star “a kidder,” adding, “He was teasing the young, nervous interns, mostly to make them feel included on the set, treating them as equals to all the senior technicians.” I don’t think this comes off as well as he’d hoped: Sexual harassment for everyone! (THR)
Former Mad Men writer Kater Gordon says the show’s creator Matthew Weiner once told her “she owed it to him to let him see her naked.” Weiner denies this. (THR)
Portia de Rossi took to Twitter to tell about the time Steven Seagal tried to pressure her into a casting couch scenario. The agent’s response is salt in the wound.
My final audition for a Steven Segal movie took place in his office. He told me how important it was to have chemistry off-screen as he sat me down and unzipped his leather pants. I️ ran out and called my agent. Unfazed, she replied, “well, I didn’t know if he was your type.”— Portia de Rossi (@portiaderossi) November 8, 2017
Veteran costume designer Susan Bertram has accused Robert Knepper (Prison Break) of sexual assault on a 1991 film set. While making Gas Food Lodging, she says the actor grabbed her by the pussy “as hard as he could,” then shoved her against a wall and said, “I’m going to fuck your brains out.” Thankfully, she managed to shove him away, all the while shouting, “I’m working.” Which shouldn’t have been necessary. Because women should be allowed to do their damn jobs without having to fend off crotch grabs. (THR)
In ICYMI news:
Transparent/Arrested Development star Jeffrey Tambor has been accused of sexual harassment. (Pajiba)
Weinstein hired ex-Mossad agents to keep his victims quiet. (Pajiba)
House of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon probably knew about Spacey’s sexual harassment of his co-workers. (Pajiba)
It’s not all bad news.
People are pushing for alleged abuser Casey Affleck to be booted from the Oscars ceremony. (Pajiba)
Uma Thurman is getting ready to lay a smackdown on rape culture bullshit. (Pajiba)
Brooklyn Nine Nine star Terry Crews previously spoke out about how he was sexually assaulted by an unnamed Hollywood exec. Now, he’s pursuing the matter with the LAPD. Go get him, Terry. (Vulture)
Hollywood is being shaken to its core by these allegations. Films and TV shows are being cancelled or restructured. The Oscar race is rattled as one of its frontrunners flees the press. Studios are scrambling to clean house and carry on. It’s unlike anything entertainment reporters have ever seen. Variety editor Tim Gray told Yahoo, “This is kind of a lesson for everyone in Hollywood. You know what? Everybody is replaceable.” (Yahoo)
But this time, we’re not talking about “fuckable” ingenues who can be used, abused, and then cast aside. We’re talking about power players who abused their power, leaving a trail of trauma and a spreading taint on every project they’ve touched. This process is painful, and for Hollywood, costly. But thanks to the survivors who are shining a light on the criminal abuses within the industry, Hollywood is finally changing for the better.
Don’t fear the “witch hunt.” (Pajiba)