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How Harvey Weinstein Is Still Causing Problems For The Academy of Motion Pictures

January 8, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Months later, Harvey Weinstein is still causing headlines in Hollywood. Soon after his sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations hit, the floodgates opened a number of victims came forward against several big name actors and director.

The backlash against Weinstein spread quickly. Perhaps too quickly.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, or the people who do the Oscars, removed Weinstein from their membership, drawing praise across the board. What they didn’t account for was the tidal wave of accusers coming out and how to handle that.

People are asking who will be next, with so many instances being revealed on a weekly basis. “Harvey opened the floodgates,” commented an unnamed male Academy member. “Now the Academy’s drowning in a tide of s—t. They don’t know what hit them.”

How bad is it? Let’s take a look at some of the parties being accused. This list is focused primarily on Hollywood, as the full list would include quite a few more in the media and in entertainment.

* Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios, has been accused of sexual harassment by producer Isa Dick Hackett. Price has since resigned.

* Ben Affleck has been accused of groping actress Hilarie Burton on the set of MTV’s TRL in the early-2000’s. Affleck has apologized.

* Bob Weinstein, producer and brother of Harvey, has been accused of sexual harassment by Amanda Segel, an executive producer of the Weinstein Co.-produced TV series The Mist. A Weinstein representative has since denied the charge.

* Oliver Stone has been accused by actress Carrie Stevens of groping her at a party. She tweeted this allegation in response to Stone softly defending Weinstein after the charges against him came out.

* James Toback, director of films such as Black and White, has been accused by literally hundreds of women of a range of sexual harassments. He has denied the charges.

* Andrew Kramer, a Lionsgate executive, has been accused of sexual harassment by a former assistant. He has been let go.

* Kevin Spacey has been accused by actor Anthony Rapp of making unwanted sexual advances when Rapp was 14 years old. Spacey released a statement claiming he was drunk and did not remember the encounter. Netflix ditched Spacy. He was also replaced by Christopher Plummer in the film All the Money in the World due to the accusations.

* Jeremy Piven has been accused by actress Ariane Bellamar of groping her on multiple accusations during the filming of Entourage. Piven has denied the allegations.

* Director Brett Ratner has been accused by six women of a number of sexual offenses and his lawyer has disputed these accounts.

* Dustin Hoffman has been accused of sexually harassing Anna Graham when she was a 17-year-old production assistant in 1985. Other allegations have come forward about his disturbing on-set behavior.

* David Guillod, a manager and producer on films like Atomic Blonde, has been accused by actress Jessica Barth of sexual assault. Barth is pursuing legal action.

* Adam Venit, an agent at WME, has been named as person Terry Crews referred to in a viral series of tweets about being groped by “a high-level Hollywood executive”. Venit has since taken a leave of absence.

* Steven Seagal has been accused of sexual harassment by actresses Portia de Rossi, Julianna Margulies, and Rae Dawn Chong.

* Comedian Louis CK has been accused by five women of forcing them to watch him masturbate. CK has verified that these allegations are true and apologized.

* Producer Gary Goddard has been accused by actor Anthony Edwards of molesting him over a period of years in the late-1970s, starting when Edwards was just 12 years old.

* Richard Dreyfuss has been accused of sexual harassment over a period of years in the mid-1980’s by writer Jessica Teich. Dreyfuss has denied “exposing” himself to Teich, but confirms that he did try to kiss her and seduce her in a manner he now regrets.

* Actor Tom Sizemore has been accused of molesting an 11-year old girl on the set of a film in 2003. According to the report, the actor was kicked off of the set after this incident, although he later filmed some additional scenes. Sizemore has declined to comment.

* Jeffrey Tambor, Emmy Award-winning star of Transparent, has been accused of sexual harassment by an actress and a crew member from the show. Tambor has denied the accusations and parted ways with the show.

* Sylvester Stallone has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor in 1986. Through a representative, Stallone denies any wrongdoing.

* John Lasseter, head of Disney Animation, is taking a leave of absence from Pixar. Several former and current colleagues allege that Lasseter engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment and a Pixar employee claims that Lasseter was known for “grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes.” Lasseter released a memo to his staff in which he acknowledged his “missteps” and apologized if staffers who had received “an unwanted hug” felt he crossed the line.

* Jon Heely, the director of music publishing at Disney, has been charged with child sex abuse against two young girls about a decade ago. Heely’s attorney has denied the charges.

* Actor TJ Miller has been accused of sexual assault and physical violence over a relationship that took place during the early-2000s while both Miller and his alleged victim attended college. Miller has since denied any wrongdoing.

And let’s not forget Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby, Casey Affleck, and any others I’m sure I’ve missed.

The Academy was right to drop Weinstein but they must accept and deal with the repercussions of their decision. A barrage of petitions, complaints, and letters flooded Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and newly elected president John Bailey. Hudson had no comment, but her office reissued her original statement on the matter, which read in part: “[A] task force will finalize procedures for handling allegations of misconduct, assuring that we can address them fairly and expeditiously. This process will ultimately guide the board of governors in assessing if certain allegations warrant action regarding membership. Those procedures will be sent to you in the new year.”

The Academy needs to act fast and fix the uneven and outright shameful way they tolerate this type of behavior. They have a chance to make a real statement and move forward but could just as easily stumble and reveal a severe level of hypocrisy. The clock is ticking.