by Wayne Simmes:
While I believe that we have always had sexual predators in our midst, it seems that all of a sudden they are coming out of the woodwork like cockroaches looking for food.
It started with Harvey Weinstein on October 5th of this year when he was accused of raping three women. Dozens more accused him of lesser charges, including sexual assault and harassment. While he has not denied the lesser charges he does proclaim innocence in the non-consensual sex charges.
We have all heard of the allegations against Weinstein and of course Roy Moore has been all over the news. Most of you probably have heard about the charges brought against Al Franken yesterday of forcibly kissing and groping of a woman before he was a United States Senator. His case is being referred to the Senate Ethics committee. Isn’t that an oxymoron, Senate Ethics?
And I am sure that you will all hear about Sylvester Stallone, who this morning was accused of sexually assaulting a 16 year old girl in Las Vegas in 1980.
But these are just three of 30 different cases of sexual assault or misconduct that have been brought to light since the Weinstein epic that began on October 5.
Here is the list although I am sure that given time many more will be added. This list comes from the New York Times.
Andy Signore, senior vice president of content for Defy Media, accused of sexual assault of one woman and harassment of several other. He denies the accusations but was fired from his position.
Roy Price accused of sexual harassment of one woman. He resigned his position.
Chris Savino, creator and showrunner of “The Lord House”, accused of sexual harassment of as many as 12 women. He was fired from his position.
Steve Jurvetson, Co-founder of a venture capital firm and a board member of Tesla and SpaceX. He was accused of sexual misconduct and resigned from his fir and is taking a leave of absence from the boards. He denies the allegations.
Eddie Berganza, Editor at DC Comics. He is accused of sexual harassment, including groping and forcibly kissing a woman. He was fired from his position.
Andrew Kreisberg, executive producer of “Arrow”, “Supergirl” and “The Flash”. He was accused of sexual harassment of more than a dozen people. He has been suspended by Warner Bros. Kreisberg denied the allegations although he admitted that he has made comments on women’s clothing and appearance but he insists they were not sexualized.
Louis C.K. comedian and producer. He is accused of sexual misconduct with five women, including exposing himself and masturbating in front of the. FX and other media companies cut ties with him. In a refreshing turn of events he admits that the stories are true, “I have been remorseful of my actions.” He said.
Benjamin Genocchio, executive director of the Armory Show art fair. He is accused of sexual harassment, including unwelcome touching of five women. He has been replaced from his position. He said of the allegations, “To the extent my behavior was perceived as disrespectful, I deeply and sincerely apologize and will ensure it does not happen again.”
Ed Westwick, actor. He is accused of raping two women. His television shows have been postponed and the LAPD is investigating. He denies the allegations.
David Guillod, Co-chief executive of Primary Wave Entertainment agency. He is accused of sexual assault of four women. He has resigned but denies any allegations of non-consensual sex.
Jeff Hoover, Kentucky speaker of the House. He is accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate text messages. He has resigned his leadership position but remains in the Legislature. “I engaged in banter that was consensual but make no mistake it was wrong on my part to do that. And for that, I am truly sorry. I want to reiterate that at no time, at no time did I engage in unwelcome or unwanted conduct of any kind.” He insists.
Brett Ratner, producer and director. Accusations include rape, sexual assault and harassment of six women, including exposing himself and masturbating. He has stepped away from activities related to Warner Bros. His response, “We are confident that his name will be cleared once the current media frenzy dies down and people can objectively evaluate the nature of these claims,” read a statement from and attorney.
Kirt Webster, music publicist. He is accused of sexual assault and harassment, including unwanted touching. He has stepped away from his firm, Webster Public Relations. The statement issued says he has had multiple relationships over the course of his professional life, all of which have been consensual.
Andy Dick, Actor. Accusations in sexual harassment, including groping. He was fired from his current film. “I didn’t grope anybody. I might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them. I’m not trying to sexually harass people.” He said.
Michael Oreskes, Head of news at NPR. He was accused of sexual harassment of three women. He has resigned. “I am deeply sorr to the people I hurt. My behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility.” He stated.
Hamilton Fish, President and publisher of “The New Republic. Complaints by female employees but no specific charges were mentioned. He has resigned.
Kevin Spacey, Actor. He is accused of sexual assault of multiple men and sexual misconduct with a minor. He has been suspended from “House of Cards” and cut from other projects. It is reported that he is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment.
Ken Baker, E! News correspondent. Accused of sexual harassment of two women, including unwanted kissing and inappropriate messages. He was pulled from the air while NBC Universal investigates. His response, “I am very disturbed by these anonymous allegations, which make m heart ache. I take them very seriously.”
Mark Halperin, NBC News and MSNBC contributor, author of “Game Change”. Accused of sexual harassment of at least five women. He was dismissed from MSNBC and NBC News and had upcoming book and HBO adaptation canceled. His response: “I am profoundly sorry for the pain and anguish I have caused by my past actions. I apologize sincerely to the women I mistreated.”
Rick Najera, Director of CBS:s Diversity Showcase. Accused of sexual harassment, including inappropriate comment to performers. He has resigned. His family issued the following statement. “We are heartbroken and confounded by deliberate and cruel defamations.”
Knight Landesman, Publisher of Artforum. Accused of sexual harassment of at least nine women, including groping. He has resigned. “I fully recognize that I have tested certain boundaries, which I am working hard to correct,” he said.
Leon Wieseltier, a former editor at “The New Republic”. Accused of sexual harassment of several women, including inappropriate advances. He has been fired from Emerson Collective, which canceled publication of a magazine he was editing. “For my offenses against some of my colleagues in the past I offer a shaken apology and ask for their forgiveness.” He said.
Terry Richardson, Fashion photographer. Accused of sexual harassment of models. He has been banned from working with Conde Nast. A spokesperson said, “Many of his professional interactions with subjects were sexual and explicit in nature but all of the subjects of his work participated consensually.”
James Toback, director and writer. Accused of sexual harassment and misconduct toward women, including dry-humping or masturbating. After the Los Angeles times published its investigation, hundreds of women reached out to describe their encounters. He has been dropped by his agent. In a profanity laden denial, Toback denied the allegations.
John Besh, Chief executive of the Besh Restaurant Group. Accused of sexual harassment. He has stepped down. His response, “I alone am entirely responsible for my moral failings. This is not the way the head of a company like ours should have acted”
On one hand I am surprised by the sheer number of allegations against powerful men in such a short period of time. On the other I guess I should be surprised that these type of allegations have not been far more prevalent, far sooner. I think that our lack of morals in the entire world can be linked to a lack of religious upbringing. In an effort to be politically correct any mention of God or his Commandments have been forcibly removed from all public settings.
When you take God out of society, evil fills the void.
I am not a journalist. In fact I am not sure that real journalists exist anymore. I am just a common man, age 73. I began writing for my own pleasure in the mid 80’s and wrote a complete novel entitled “Common Sense Solutions to Complex Problems” where I suggested that the best way to solve the National Debt might be to turn over the monopoly table and play a new game with new rules.
I wrote my first published novel “The Devil, The Ghost and Will Anderson” in 2001 although at that time it was entitled “The Stranger”. I presently have 30 published books, many of which are full length novels although some are under a “Pen Name”.
I also have a blog on word press “musingsofababyboomer”