James Van Der Beek Says He Was Sexually Harassed

| by Sarah Zimmerman

"Dawson's Creek" star James Van Der Beek has revealed he was the victim of sexual harassment and that his "a*s [was] grabbed by older, powerful men."

His revelation was in response to the bombshell report that movie producer Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed and allegedly raped a number of women, including actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.

On Oct. 12, Van Der Beek published a series of tweets disclosing how he had been a victim of sexual harassment as a young man, reports Page Six.

"I’ve had my a*s grabbed by older, powerful men, I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger," he wrote. "I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle. There’s a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome."

He went on to applaud Weinstein's accusers for coming forward and telling their stories.

"What Weinstein is being accused of is criminal," said the star. "What he’s admitted to is unacceptable -- in any industry. I applaud everybody speaking out."

So far, 29 movie actresses and industry stars have said that they were sexually harassed by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, according to Vanity Fair. Many allegations followed a similar pattern: Weinstein invited them into a private hotel room where he reportedly either asked for a naked massage or blatantly assaulted them.

Stars coming forward include Angelina Jolie, Rose McGown and Cara Delevigne.

Many said that they were uncomfortable coming forward before because they were afraid to lose their jobs or face intense media scrutiny.

Weinstein received widespread condemnation from Hollywood and politicians. The producer is one of the most generous donors to Democratic politicians and many, including Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, are giving his donations to charity, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Former President Barack Obama said that he was "disgusted" upon hearing of Weinstein's actions. His daughter, Malia Obama, had previously interned for Weinstein Co.

"Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein," said the former president in a statement. "Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status."

But, as Van Der Beek points out, victims of sexual harassment are not just women. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Terry Crews has also recently revealed that he was sexually harassed, according to Page Six. 

"My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates," he tweeted Oct. 10. 

“I let it go. And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go," he added. "Who’s going 2 believe you? (few) What r the repercussions?(many) Do u want 2 work again? (Yes) R you prepared 2b ostracized?(No).”

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