Weinstein scandal inspires others to tell their stories of workplace harassment, assault

Harvey Weinstein.
Harvey Weinstein.

In the past week since sexual harassment allegations came out against Harvey Weinstein, men and women across the country have shared their own experiences with inappropriate workplace behavior, inspired by the transparency of others.

Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein Company on Sunday, just days after a New York Times investigation revealed nearly three decades of undisclosed allegations against the Hollywood producer regarding “sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact.” At least eight settlements were reached between Weinstein and the women who had accused him.

In the days that followed, many Democrats who had received political contributions from Weinstein, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, decided to donate that money to charity. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden have all denounced Weinstein’s alleged behavior.


And the Times investigation also sparked other people who have been victimized by superiors or others in the workplace to begin sharing their stories.

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Here are some people who have revealed their own experiences with workplace sexual harassment or assault since the allegations against Weinstein became public.

Hilarie Burton

Burton responded to a fan’s tweet this week that she “didn’t forget” about the 2003 “TRL” clip in which Ben Affleck allegedly groped her breast.

The fan wrote back: “I’m so sorry that happened to you. It’s infuriating that people never bring up all the gross, predatory things he’s done.”

And Burton replied: “Seriously, thank you for that. I was a kid.”


Affleck later apologized on Twitter and said he “acted inappropriately.”

Terry Crews

The actor said Tuesday he was groped by a “high level Hollywood executive” last year while with his wife at a Hollywood function.

He said he did not confront his assailant for fear it would turn violent or it would put his career at risk.

‘‘I let it go. And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go,’’ he wrote.

Isa Hackett

The head of Amazon Studios, Roy Price, was put on a leave of absence Thursday after Hackett, a producer on “Man in the High Castle,” accused the executive of sexual harassment.


Hackett spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about an incident in 2015 in which Price allegedly propositioned her, using crude and sexual language.

She said the Weinstein scandal inspired her to go public with her story.

“I feel inspired by the other women who have been far braver than I am, who have come forward,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I hope we all continue to inspire each other and ultimately create change.”

James Van Der Beek

The 40-year-old actor and “Dawson’s Creek” star said Wednesday that he faced sexual harassment when he was early in his career.

Writing in a series of tweets, Van Der Beek did not name anyone, and he said that the people he tweeted about were likely unknown by 99.9 percent of the people reading his tweets.

He said he ‘‘had [his] [expletive] grabbed by older, powerful men.’’

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

Blake Lively

The actress, known for roles in “Gossip Girl,” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” and “The Town” told the Los Angeles Times that she was sexually harassed by a makeup artist during a project.

“He was saying things inappropriately, insisting on putting my lipstick on with his finger,” she told the paper. “I was sleeping one night on location and I woke up and he was filming me. I was clothed, but it was a very voyeuristic, terrifying thing to do.”

Lively said that despite her complaints to producers, nothing was done until she got a lawyer involved.

She did not name the artist.

Carrie Stevens

The actress and former playboy model accused director Oliver Stone of sexually assaulting her during a party.

Stevens, responding to a Hollywood Reporter story in which Stone appears sympathetic towards Weinstein, posted on Twitter, “When I heard about Harvey, I recalled Oliver walking past me & grabbing my boob as he walked out the front door of a party. Two of a kind!”

In her own Hollywood Reporter story on Friday, Stevens alleges the incident happend during the early 1990s at Ted Field’s home.

“Oliver spied me standing nearby and just reached out and instead of doing what a normal person does and shaking my hand, he just groped my boob and honked it like a horn and grinned and kept walking,” she told the news outlet.

Tippi Hedren

Former model and actress Tippi Hedren, known for her work with Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and “Marnie,” revealed Wednesday that the famed director sexually harrassed her 50 years ago.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Hedren, who is the mother to Melanie Griffith and the grandmother to Dakota Johnson, wrote that she “dealt with sexual harassment all the time, during my modeling and film career. Hitchcock wasn’t the first.”

According to Hedren, when she decided she “wasn’t going to take it anymore,” she walked away. Hitchcock then threatened Hedren, telling her he would ruin her career.

“I told him to do what he had to do,” Hedren wrote before praising the women who have come forward in the Weinstein case.

Moisés Chiullán

The writer and columnist from Texas, in a series of tweets Wednesday, said he left the acting world due to rampant sexual assault.

“I’d be touched, kissed, grabbed, groped, pressed up against walls by people who had the same look their eyes of ‘I can do this because,’” Chiullán wrote. “It’s been over 10 years since I worked onstage or on camera. Of all the jobs I’ve had, it was what I loved most. It was tainted, poisoned.”

Chiullán also commended Terry Crews for speaking up, adding that, “If @terrycrews hadn’t talked, I probably would’ve still been too afraid to talk about what I experienced for fear of not being believed.”

Material from The Washington Post was used in this report. Felicia Gans can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.