Actors James Van Der Beek and Terry Crews recently tweeted about experiencing sexual assault by powerful men in Hollywood, offering their support to the women who complained about film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Van Der Beek (left), Crews Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Amid the allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, two male actors revealed on Twitter that they too were victims of sexual harrassment in Hollywood.
James Van Der Beek, star of the 90s television show Dawson’s Creek, tweeted on Wednesday that he has had his “ass grabbed by older, powerful men” several times in his early days in the industry.
“I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger,” he wrote, calling the allegations against Weinstein “criminal” and expressing support to “everybody speaking out.”
Van Der Beek’s revelation followed that of actor and former NFL star Terry Crews, who recently recounted his own sexual assault experience in a series of tweets.
“This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME,” Crews wrote, then went on to describe how, at an industry function in 2016, a male executive groped his genitals in front of his wife.
Crews said he chose not to retaliate for fear that the incident would be twisted by the media. “‘240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho’ would be the headline the next day,” he wrote.
His experience, he added, has helped him “understand and empathize with those who have remained silent.”