Unless you’ve been living under a rock or actively avoiding the news, you’ve heard about the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The resulting nuclear fallout obliterated his career, and it looks like he was just the tip of the iceberg. People have been coming out of the woodwork to highlight abusers in Hollywood, and it looks like no one is safe anymore. Some of these guys are exactly who you’d expect them to be, but a good chunk of these Hollywood darlings have turned out to be huge disappointments.
The Transparent actor has been accused of inappropriate behavior by his assistant, who happens to be a trans woman like the one Tambor portrays on his show. Making matters worse, two more members of the show’s staff have come forward with similar accusations. Obviously more than a little outraged, Tambor released a statement in which he categorically denied any inappropriate behavior and declared he was quitting the show in a fit of self-righteous pique.
One of the more shocking and disappointing accusations has been against famed Star Trek star George Takei. Known for his witty sense of humor and being an advocate for women and minorities both on and offline, the accusation came as both a shock and a blow to his fans. He denied the allegations from 1981 and so far nothing more has come of them.
While it’s widely known that Affleck’s younger brother Casey is an abuser of women after repeated cases of sexual assault, news that Ben isn’t exempt from this behavior is surprising. Total Request Live host Hilarie Burton played a video clip where she recounts Affleck pinching her breast, and unlike brother Casey, Ben stepped up to the plate. He said, “I don’t remember it, but I absolutely apologize for it. I certainly don’t think she’s lying or making it up. We have to, as men, I think, as we become more aware of this and be really, really mindful of our behavior and hold ourselves accountable and say, ‘If I was ever part of the problem, I want to change. I want to be part of the solution.’” We can only hope brother Casey follows suit.
The possibly now former head of Pixar animation studios has taken a six month leave of absence after accusations from Pixar employees have come to light accusing Lasseter of inappropriate behavior. To date there aren’t a lot of specifics about the unwanted advances as Pixar has only described them as “missteps” and no individual accusers have been named. Even without any details, though, these must have been some pretty serious “missteps” to put Toy Story 4, one of their big projected money makers, on pause for half a year.
Perhaps the most infamously disappointing of the lot is comedian and actor Louis C.K., who often used his platform to teach lessons about treating people, especially women, with respect. It’s understandably upsetting then that he now faces accusations from multiple women who reported that he masturbated in front of them with various degrees of dubious consent. There is no he said she said when it comes to these accusations either as Louis C.K. has admitted to the poor behavior now in a published letter. His film I Love You Daddy was cancelled a week before its release, and his costars have refused to help him promote it in the wake of his announced behavior.