6 MALE Actors Who’ve Shared Sexual Assault Stories Amid Weinstein Scandal
Although sexual assault happens way too often in Hollywood (and elsewhere), it’s been incredible to see so many strong women come forward to discuss the assault and harassment they’ve endured throughout their careers. Each victim that has bravely shared their story has inspired many others to do the same, bringing awareness to the issue and finally opening up an opportunity for some real and necessary change.
While it’s true that many Hollywood celebrities have experienced sexual assault firsthand, others were simply horrified to discover the news about Harvey Weinstein‘s scandal. In fact, it wasn’t only women, but it was men, too, who took to social media to condemn Harvey’s actions and to show their support for the victims.
George Clooney, who was launched into superstardom with Harvey’s help, was one of the actors that spoke out against the movie mogul in recent weeks. Despite George admitting that he had never personally seen Harvey behave inappropriately towards women, he called his actions “indefensible.”
Even Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars in The Weinstein Company’s The Current War, expressed his disgust and was very direct in his demand for change. He said, “Others may be emboldened by our support to come forward and speak. But we shouldn’t wait until there are any more stories like this. There has to be zero tolerance of any such behavior in any walk of life.”
It’s important to remember, though, that those are only two examples of the men who have made public statements regarding their utter disgust for Harvey, a man whom many of them worked with before. And while it’s wonderful seeing men speak out against his despicable behavior, it’s even more incredible to see that some men in Hollywood — men who have actually been sexually assaulted themselves — are actually coming forward to say that this sort of stuff happens to them, too! Take a look at these six actors who have recently discussed their own sexual assault stories in the wake of the Weinstein scandal:
James Van Der Beek
Although it's likely that there are many men in Hollywood who are still afraid to speak out about their sexual assault, others, such as James Van Der Beek, are trying to break the stigma.
James took to Twitter to say, "What Weinstein is being accused of is criminal. What he's admitted to is unacceptable — in any industry. I applaud everybody speaking out. 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... I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle. There's a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome."
We are SO grateful that James is not only sharing his story, but that he's also letting the female victims know that he understands exactly what they're feeling. Sometimes, it's just enough to know you're not alone.