Coming forward

James Van Der Beek and Michael Gaston reveal they were sexually harassed by male Hollywood execs

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, actors both male and female have been stepping forward to shed light on the often grotesque behavior encountered at the hands of powerful male Hollywood execs.

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Following in the footsteps of actresses like Asia Argento, Mira Sorvino, Emma de Caunes, and many others, male actors like Terry Crews have been opening up about their own experiences being groped and mishandled by men in positions of power.

In a series of tweets, former Dawson’s Creek actor James Van Deer Beek reveals several instances being sexually harassed by “older, powerful men”:

“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.”

Prison Break‘s Michael Gaston shared his own encounter: an unseemly run-in with a grabby theater director that still “makes his heart pound”: