In Summary
  • Harvey Weinstein was until a few months ago a king of Hollywood whose golden touch bagged his productions 81 Oscars.

  • That all changed in October, when he was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment. He apologised in a bizarre statement that blamed his age and misquoted Jay-Z.

WASHINGTON,

Democratic Senator Al Franken on Thursday became the latest in a succession of famous American men felled by allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Here are some of the key figures from the worlds of entertainment, politics and the media.

ENTERTAINMENT:

  • Harvey Weinstein 

Harvey Weinstein was until a few months ago a king of Hollywood whose golden touch bagged his productions 81 Oscars.

That all changed in October, when he was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment. He apologised in a bizarre statement that blamed his age and misquoted Jay-Z.

It was only the beginning, however, and he now stands accused by over a hundred women ranging from bit-players to Angelina Jolie of allegations ranging from harassment to rape.

The New York Times and The New Yorker, which first reported the allegations against him, later published in-depth investigations reporting that he used networks of surveillance and intimidation to cow his critics into silence. Sacked by his company, Weinstein is facing criminal investigations in multiple cities.

  • Kevin Spacey

Two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, considered one of the finest actors of his generation, was accused in October of having harassed several young male actors, including Anthony Rapp who was 14 when he said an inebriated Spacey attempted to carry him to his bedroom. He was subsequently accused of a pattern of harassment on the set of hit TV show "House of Cards," which fired him. British police meanwhile are investigating allegations of abuse and harassment relating to his tenure at The Old Vic, a storied London theater where he was artistic director from 2004 to 2015.

  • James Levine

Famed New York Metropolitan Opera music director James Levine was suspended Sunday following the publication of an explosive report in the New York Post alleging that he abused a boy for years, starting in 1985 when the purported victim was 15. Three more musicians then came forward to describe similar experiences — the older Levine pressuring them into sex when they were teenage students.

 

MEDIA:

  • Matt Lauer

Affable TV host Matt Lauer's two decade run as host of NBC's morning show "Today" came to an abrupt end last month following harassment allegations by several colleagues, including one who claimed he locked her in his office and assaulted her.

Other allegations included that he exposed himself to a female employee in his office, and sent a mortified colleague a sex toy with an explicit note. In a statement of apology he described some of what had been reported as "mischaracterized" but nevertheless expressed his "shame" and "regret." 

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