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After Weinstein: 45 Men Accused of Sexual Misconduct and Their Fall From Power

Posted December 17, 2017 1:08 a.m. EST

In early October, Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer, was fired from his namesake company after multiple women came forward to accuse him of rape and sexual assault.

In what appears to be a seismic shift in what behavior is tolerated in the workplace, a cascade of high-profile men, many in the entertainment and news media industries, have since been fired or forced to resign after accusations of sexual misconduct that ranged from inappropriate comments to rape.

— 45 Firings and Resignations

The men in the list below have been fired, resigned or experienced similar professional fallout.

— Dec. 13

MORGAN SPURLOCK: Documentary filmmaker

Accusation: Spurlock made public previous accusations of sexual harassment and rape against him.

Fallout: Stepped down from his production company.

Response: “You see, I’ve come to understand after months of these revelations, that I am not some innocent bystander, I am also a part of the problem.”

— Dec. 11

MARIO BATALI: Chef, restaurant owner and co-host of ABC show, “The Chew”

Accusation: Sexual misconduct, including inappropriate touching, with four women.

Fallout: Fired by ABC and stepped away from his businesses.

Response: “I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family.”

RYAN LIZZA: Writer for The New Yorker and political analyst for CNN

Accusation: Improper sexual conduct.

Fallout: Fired from The New Yorker.

Response: “I am dismayed that The New Yorker has decided to characterize a respectful relationship with a woman I dated as somehow inappropriate.”

— Dec. 7

TRENT FRANKS: U.S. representative from Arizona

Accusation: Asked two female staff members to be surrogates to bear his child.

Fallout: Resigned.

Response: “I clearly became insensitive as to how the discussion of such an intensely personal topic might affect others.”

— Dec. 6

LORIN STEIN: Editor of The Paris Review

Accusation: Sexually inappropriate behavior, including unwanted touching.

Fallout: Resigned.

Response: “I blurred the personal and the professional in ways that were, I now recognize, disrespectful of my colleagues and our contributors, and that made them feel uncomfortable or demeaned.”

— Dec. 5


Accusation: Raping four women.

Fallout: Fired from a Netflix show, “The Ranch.”

Response: “From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one.”

— Dec. 4

MATT DABABNEH: California state assemblyman

Accusation: Sexual harassment of a lobbyist.

Fallout: Will resign.

Response: “My stepping down isn’t out of guilt or out of fear. It’s out of an idea that I think it’s time for me to move on to new opportunities.”

— Nov. 30

ISRAEL HOROVITZ: Playwright and founding artistic director of the Gloucester Stage theater

Accusation: Sexual abuse of nine women, some of whom were teenagers at the time.

Fallout: Theater has cut ties, and two plays were canceled.

Response: “To hear that I have caused pain is profoundly upsetting, as is the idea that I might have crossed a line with anyone who considered me a mentor.”

JUSTIN HUFF: Broadway casting director

Accusation: Sexual misconduct.

Fallout: Fired by his employer, Telsey + Co.

Response: Did not respond to requests for comment.

— Nov. 29

GARRISON KEILLOR: Creator and former host of “A Prairie Home Companion”

Accusation: Inappropriate behavior with a co-worker.

Fallout: Dropped by Minnesota Public Radio.

Response: “I’ve been fired over a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard. Most stories are.”

MATT LAUER: Co-host of “Today”

Accusation: Sexually inappropriate behavior with at least one woman.

Fallout: Fired by NBC.

Response: “Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.”

JOHNNY IUZZINI: Chef and judge on ABC’s “The Great American Baking Show”

Accusation: Sexual harassment of four employees.

Fallout: Fired by ABC.

Response: “I am shattered and heartbroken at the thought that any of my actions left members of my team feeling hurt or degraded.”

— Nov. 20

CHARLIE ROSE: Television host

Accusation: Sexual harassment of at least eight women, including groping and lewd phone calls.

Fallout: Fired by CBS. Bloomberg and PBS canceled distribution of his interview show, “Charlie Rose.”

Response: "I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate."

JOHN CONYERS JR.: U.S. representative from Michigan

Accusation: Sexual harassment of employees.

Fallout: Resigned.

Response: “They are not true. I cannot explain where they came from.”

— Nov. 19

RUSSELL SIMMONS: Co-founder of Def Jam Records and other businesses

Accusation: Sexual assault of two women. Later, four women accused him of violent sexual behavior, including raping three of them.

Fallout: Stepped down from his businesses.

Response: In response to one of the earlier accusations, he said he had been “thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades” and apologized. Of later accusations of violent sexual behavior, he said “I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.”

Nov. 16

AL FRANKEN: U.S. senator from Minnesota

Accusation: Sexual harassment of several women, including forcibly kissing and groping.

Fallout: Will resign.

Response: “I know in my heart, nothing that I have done as a senator, nothing, has brought dishonor on this institution, and I am confident that the Ethics Committee would agree.”

DAVID SWEENEY: Chief news editor at NPR

Accusation: Sexual harassment of at least three female colleagues.

Fallout: Left NPR.

Response: Did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

STEPHEN BITTEL: Florida Democratic Party chairman

Accusation: Sexually inappropriate comments and behavior.

Fallout: Resigned.

Response: “I have much to learn, but my goal is and has always been to make sure every member of our party has a safe environment in which to succeed. It seems I’ve not been successful in that goal, and I will do better.”

— Nov. 15

WES GOODMAN: Ohio state representative

Accusation: Inappropriate behavior.

Fallout: Resigned.

Response: “I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service.”

— Nov. 13

STEVE JURVETSON: Co-founder of a venture capital firm and a board member of Tesla and SpaceX

Accusation: Sexual misconduct.

Fallout: Resigned from firm and taking leave of absence from boards.

Response: “Let me be perfectly clear: No such allegations are true.”

— Nov. 10

TONY CORNISH: Minnesota state representative

Accusation: Sexual harassment.

Fallout: Resigned.

Response: “I sincerely apologize for my unwelcome behavior.”

EDDIE BERGANZA: Editor at DC Comics

Accusation: Sexual harassment, including groping and forcibly kissing women.

Fallout Fired.

Response: Berganza did not respond to a message on Facebook from The Times seeking comment.

ANDREW KREISBERG: Executive producer of “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “The Flash”

Accusation: Sexual harassment of more than a dozen people.

Fallout: Fired by Warner Bros. TV Group.

Response: “I have made comments on women’s appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized.”

— Nov. 9

LOUIS C.K.: Comedian and producer

Accusation: Sexual misconduct with five women, including exposing himself and masturbating in front of them.

Fallout: FX and other media companies cut ties. Movie release and comedy special were canceled.

Response: “These stories are true. ... I have been remorseful of my actions.”

DAN SCHOEN: Minnesota state senator

Accusation: Sexual harassment, including sending a sexually explicit photograph.

Fallout: Resigned.

Response: The allegations are “either completely false or have been taken far out of context,” Schoen told MinnPost.

— Nov. 8

BENJAMIN GENOCCHIO: Executive director of the Armory Show art fair

Accusation: Sexual harassment, including unwelcome touching of five women.

Fallout: Replaced.

Response: “To the extent my behavior was perceived as disrespectful, I deeply and sincerely apologize and will ensure it does not happen again.”

— Nov. 3

DAVID GUILLOD: Co-chief executive of Primary Wave Entertainment agency

Accusation: Sexual assault of four women.

Fallout: Resigned.

Response: “Mr. Guillod denies any allegations of nonconsensual sex,” his lawyer told TheWrap.

— Oct. 31


Accusation: Sexual harassment, including groping.

Fallout: Fired from film.

Response: “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.”

MICHAEL ORESKES: Head of news at NPR and former New York Times editor

Accusation: Sexual harassment of three women.

Fallout: Resigned.

Response: “I am deeply sorry to the people I hurt. My behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility.”

— Oct. 30

HAMILTON FISH: President and publisher of The New Republic

Accusation: Complaints by female employees.

Fallout: Resigned.

Response: “Women have long-standing and profound concerns with respect to their treatment in the workplace. Many men have a lot to learn in this regard. I know I do, and I hope for and encourage that new direction.”

— Oct. 29


Accusation: Sexual assault of multiple men and sexual misconduct with a minor.

Fallout: Fired from “House of Cards” and cut from other projects.

Response: “Kevin Spacey is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment,” his representative said in a statement.

— Oct. 27

RAUL BOCANEGRA: California state assemblyman

Accusation: Sexual harassment of at least six women.

Fallout: Resigned.

Response: “While I am not guilty of any such crimes, I am admittedly not perfect.”

— Oct. 26

MARK HALPERIN: NBC News and MSNBC contributor, co-author of “Game Change”

Accusation: Sexual harassment of at least five women.

Fallout: Dismissed from MSNBC and NBC News and had upcoming book and HBO adaptation canceled.

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’ Diversity Showcase

Accusation: Sexual harassment, including inappropriate comments to performers.

Fallout: Resigned.

Response: “We are heartbroken and confounded by deliberate and cruel defamations,” his family said in a statement.

— Oct. 25

KNIGHT LANDESMAN: Publisher of Artforum

Accusation: Sexual harassment of at least nine women, including groping.

Fallout: Resigned.

Response: “I fully recognize that I have tested certain boundaries, which I am working hard to correct.”

— Oct. 24

LEON WIESELTIER: A former editor at The New Republic

Accusation: Sexual harassment of several women, including inappropriate advances.

Fallout: Fired from Emerson Collective, which canceled publication of a magazine he was editing.

Response: “For my offenses against some of my colleagues in the past I offer a shaken apology and ask for their forgiveness.”

— Oct. 23

TERRY RICHARDSON: Fashion photographer

Accusation: Sexual harassment of models.

Fallout: Banned from working with Condé Nast.

Response: “Many of his professional interactions with subjects were sexual and explicit in nature but all of the subjects of his work participated consensually,” a spokeswoman said.

— Oct. 21

JOHN BESH: Chief executive of the Besh Restaurant Group

Accusation: Sexual harassment.

Fallout: Stepped down.

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.”

— Oct. 19

LOCKHART STEELE: Editorial director of Vox Media

Accusation: Sexual harassment of at least one person, including unwanted kissing.

Fallout: Fired.

Response: Vox Media’s chief executive said Steele had admitted to “engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and will not be tolerated.”

ROBERT SCOBLE: Tech blogger and co-founder of the Transformation Group

Accusation: Sexual assault of at least two women.

Fallout: Resigned.

RESPONSE: “Each of the women who have come forward used grains of truth to sell false narrative.”

— Oct. 18

CLIFF HITE: Ohio state senator

Accusation: Repeatedly propositioning a female state employee.

Fallout: Resigned.

Response: “I recognize that this was inappropriate behavior. ... I apologize completely.”

— Oct. 17

CHRIS SAVINO: Creator and showrunner of “The Loud House”

Accusation: Sexual harassment, including unwanted sexual advances, of as many as 12 women.

Fallout: Fired.

Response: “I am deeply sorry and I am ashamed.”

— Oct. 12

ROY PRICE: Head of Amazon Studios

Accusation: Sexual harassment of one woman.

Fallout: Resigned.

Response: Could not be reached for comment.

— Oct. 6

ANDY SIGNORE: Senior vice president of content for Defy Media

Accusation: Sexual assault of one woman and harassment of several others.

Fallout: Fired.

Response: “Mr. Signore unequivocally denies allegations of sexual assault, harassment or retaliation of any kind,” his lawyer said in a statement.

— Oct. 5

HARVEY WEINSTEIN: Producer and co-founder of The Weinstein Co.

Accusation: Raping three women. Sexual assault and harassment of dozens of others — including masturbating, exposing himself and unwelcome touching.

Fallout: Fired from his company and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Response: “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it.” He denied the accusations of nonconsensual sex.


The men below, who have all also been accused of sexual misconduct, have experienced fallout short of resignation, such as being suspended.

Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor, analysts for NFL Network, and Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis, ESPN radio show hosts, were suspended pending investigations into accusations by a former co-worker, who sued them for sexual harassment and assault. Eric Weinberger, a former NFL Network executive, was also named in the suit and suspended from his position as president of the Bill Simmons Media Group. Weinberger, Taylor, McNabb, and a representative for Faulk and Evans did not respond to requests for comment; Davis could not be reached for comment.

Ken Friedman, a chef and restaurateur, took a leave of absence from the management of his restaurants after 10 women accused him of unwanted sexual advances. He has apologized.

Jon Heely, director of music publishing at Disney, has been suspended without pay during a criminal investigation into charges that he sexually abused two minors. Heely’s attorney denied the charges.

Peter Martins, leader of New York City Ballet, has taken a leave of absence after accusations of sexual harassment. In response to the accusations, he said, “the company has already addressed it.”

James Levine, longtime conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, was suspended after four men accused him of abusing them. Levine denied the accusations.

Shervin Pishevar took a leave of absence from his venture capital firm, Sherpa Capital, after five women accused him of sexual misconduct. His spokesman denied the accusations.

Steven T. McLaughlin, a New York state assemblyman, was disciplined by an ethics committee for sexual harassment. He denied that the harassment occurred.

Andy Rubin, creator of Android and a former executive at Google, took a leave of absence from his startup after a report that he was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a female subordinate when he was at Google. Rubin’s spokesman disputed the report.

John Lasseter stepped away as head of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation for “a six-month sabbatical” after he was accused of sexual harassment. He apologized.

Glenn Thrush, a reporter at The New York Times, was suspended and is under investigation by the company after being accused of sexual misconduct. He apologized.

Mark Schwahn, a director, writer and producer, has been suspended from his show, “The Royals,” after he was accused of sexual harassment by former cast members of his previous show, “One Tree Hill.” He has not responded to the accusations.

Gary Goddard took a leave of absence from his production company, The Goddard Group, after two men accused him of sexually assaulting them when they were minors. Goddard’s publicist denied the accusations.

Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, had financing for his campaign withdrawn by the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee after he was accused of sexual misconduct against teenage girls. Moore has denied the accusations and the Republican National Committee restored its support after he was endorsed by President Donald Trump.

Tony Mendoza, a California state senator, was removed from his leadership positions pending an internal investigation into accusations of sexual harassment by three women. Mendoza disputed the accusations.

Jeffrey Tambor, an actor starring in the Amazon series “Transparent,” was accused of sexually harassing two women. He has denied the accusations and initially said, “I don’t see how I can return.” But a representative for Tambor has since said that he does not have plans to quit.

Ed Westwick, who starred in “Gossip Girl,” is under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department after two accusations of rape. Two BBC television series starring Westwick have been put on hold. He has denied the accusations.

Jeff Hoover resigned from his position as speaker of Kentucky’s House of Representatives after a report that he settled sexual harassment claims made by an employee. Hoover, who remained in the Legislature as of Dec. 7, denied claims of harassment.

Brett Ratner, a producer and director, stepped away from all activities related to a $450 million agreement to cofinance films with Warner Bros. after he was accused of sexual assault or harassment by six women. A lawyer for Ratner denied the accusations.

Kirt Webster, a music publicist based in Nashville, Tennessee, stepped away from his firm, Webster Public Relations, after accusations of sexual assault and harassment. He denied the first accusation, made by a former client, in a statement.

Ken Baker, a journalist for the E! network, was pulled from the network’s shows while its parent company, NBCUniversal, investigated accusations that he had sexually harassed two women at the network. Baker said he was “disturbed by these anonymous allegations.”

James Toback, a screenwriter and director, was dropped by his agent after 38 women accused him of sexual misconduct. He denied the accusations in a profanity-laden interview with Rolling Stone.