Since weinstein the growing list of the accused – herald-whig – gaz 67


NEW YORK (AP) — The publication of allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sparked a national reckoning. Since October, scores of men in entertainment, politics, media, and beyond have faced allegations ranging from inappropriate behavior to forced sexual misconduct to rape.

— Celebrity chef Mario Batali — The New York Police Department is investigating Batali after a woman told "60 Minutes" that he drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2005. Batali denies assaulting the woman. Batali stepped down from daily operations at his restaurant empire and cooking show in December after four women accused him of inappropriate touching. He’s apologized for those encounters.

— Celebrity chef John Besh — Twenty five women have accused male supervisors at Besh’s New Orleans restaurants of sexual harassment. One says the celebrity chef pressured her into a sexual relationship. Besh has said he believes the affair was consensual. He has stepped down.

—NBC’s former "Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw — Accused of making unwanted advances to a former colleague. He has denied the allegation and told friends in an email that he felt "ambushed and then perp walked" in the media and stripped of his honor and achievement.

__ Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman — CNN reported that multiple women have accused Freeman of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior on movie sets and in other professional settings. Freeman apologized to anyone who may have felt "uncomfortable or disrespected" by his behavior.

— Actor Dustin Hoffman — Accused by woman of sexual harassing when she was 17. He had initially apologized for his behavior. At least two other women came forward with accounts of sexual misconduct. Hoffman became testy during a public talk and denied any wrongdoing.

— Playwright Israel Horovitz — Accused by at least nine women of sexual misconduct, including forcible kissing and rape. He tells The New York Times his recollection of the events is different from the women’s accounts and apologized "with all my heart to any woman who has ever felt compromised by my actions."

— Pixar and Disney Animation chief John Lasseter — Accused by several women of unwanted touching and has announced he is taking a leave of absence. He has acknowledged some "missteps" with employees and apologized for any behavior that made workers uncomfortable.

— Conductor James Levine — Accused by at least four men of sexual misconduct. Levine has called the claims unfounded and has sued the Metropolitan Opera, saying the renowned company exploited baseless allegations to tarnish him and then fired him without so much as a phone call.

__Architect Richard Meier — Facing sexual-harassment accusations from several women going back decades and is taking leave from the New York- and Los Angeles-based firm he founded. He says he is "deeply troubled and embarrassed by the accounts" and has apologized.

— Comedy festival organizer Gilbert Rozon — Accused by at least nine women of sexually harassing or sexually assaulting them. Rozon stepped down as president of Montreal’s renowned "Just for Laughs" festival and apologized "to all those I have offended during my life."

— Actor Kevin Spacey — Accused by at least 24 men of sexual misconduct or assault. London police reportedly were investigating two sexual assaults. Los Angeles prosecutors were considering charges as of April regarding a previous sexual assault claim from the 1990s. Fired from "House of Cards" and replaced in Ridley Scott’s completed film "All the Money in the World." Massachusetts prosecutors are investigating one allegation. His former publicist has said he is seeking unspecified treatment.

— Actor Ed Westwick — Accused by two women of sexual assault, at least one of whom filed a report with the Los Angeles police. The BBC pulled an Agatha Christie adaptation from its television schedule and halted production on a second sitcom starring the former "Gossip Girl’ actor. He denies the allegations.

—NPR’s Tom Ashbrook — Fired in February for creating an "abusive work environment." Investigators Boston radio station WBUR cleared him of sexual misconduct allegations. He says in a column in The Boston Globe his behavior was offensive and overbearing to some, and asks if there is room in the current climate for redemption.

— "Today" host Matt Lauer — Accused by at least three women of sexual misconduct. Lauer, the former "Today" show host, was fired in November after it was found he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with another NBC employee. He has expressed sorrow about any pain he has caused and says some of the accusations about him are untrue or have been mischaracterized.

— PBS and CBS host Charlie Rose — Accused by dozens of women of unwanted sexual advances, groping and grabbing, walking naked in front of them or making lewd phone calls. He has apologized for his behavior, but has questioned the accuracy of some of the accounts. Rose was fired as "CBS This Morning" anchor.

— New York Times White House reporter Glenn Thrush — Accused of making drunken, unwanted advances on women. He disputes some of the accusations but has said he had a drinking problem and apologized for "any situation where I behaved inappropriately."

—Casino mogul Steve Wynn — The Wall Street Journal reported in January that several women said he harassed or assaulted them and that one case led to a $7.5 million settlement with a manicurist. Other allegations and a settlement with a different employee have since surfaced. Wynn denies the allegations and has filed a defamation lawsuit against a former Wynn Las Vegas salon director over sexual misconduct claims. He has resigned as chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts.

— Former Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover — The Republican resigned from his leadership post Jan. 8, after secretly settling a sexual harassment complaint with a female legislative aide and acknowledging he sent inappropriate text messages to her. Agreed on April 10 to a $1,000 fine and a public reprimand to settle a Legislative Ethics Commission investigation into the matter.

—Defeated U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore— The Republican Moore lost the Senate race to Democrat Doug Jones after women came forward claiming Moore made sexual advances on them years ago when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers. Moore denies wrongdoing, and he’s filed suit claiming to be the victim of a conspiracy.

—Former Arizona state representative Don Shooter — The Republican expelled from office Feb. 1 after an investigation substantiated a lengthy pattern of sexual harassment toward women, including a fellow lawmaker. Shooter filed a $1.3 million claim saying he was targeted by the governor’s office because of his efforts to expose widespread fraud in the state procurement system.

—Harvard University economist Roland Fryer Jr. — Accused of creating a "sexually hostile" work environment by talking about sex, making inappropriate comments and objectifying women in his research lab, according to lawyers for a woman who has filed complaints with the school and the state. Fryer calls the allegations "patently false" and denies ever discriminating against or harassing anyone in his lab.