James Van Der Beek has recounted his own personal experience with sexual assault in the wake of the mounting allegations against Harvey Weinstein. In support of all the women who have made claims that they were sexually assaulted or harassed by the film producer, Van Der Beek shared his story on Twitter on Wednesday evening 11 October condemning Weinstein's behaviour in the process. Actors ranging from Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep to Mark Ruffalo and Jessica Chastain have criticised Weinstein both for his alleged behaviour and his statement in response to the allegations. Follow Independent Culture on Facebook. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later?
Actor James Van Der Beek reveals he faced sexual harassment by 'older, powerful men'
James Van Der Beek Says He Was Harassed When Younger – Deadline
The actor James Van Der Beek revealed Wednesday that he, too, faced sexual harassment early in his career, in the wake of mounting allegations of serial sexual harassment and assault against movie producer Harvey Weinstein. In a series of tweets, the year-old "Dawson's Creek" star denounced Weinstein's behavior as "criminal" and "unacceptable,"and said that as a young actor he "had [his] a-- grabbed by older, powerful men. There's a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome," he also tweeted. The actor later attempted to tamp down speculation on the identities the people he alleges had sexually harassed him.
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Van Der Beek, 40, opened up about his own experience, writing on Twitter that he understands "the unwarranted shame" that some of the women involved in the Harvey Weinstein scandal have suffered for not coming forward sooner. I applaud everybody speaking out. What Weinstein is being accused of is criminal. Weinstein has been accused by numerous women of sexual harassment and, in some cases, assault. He was later terminated by the board of The Weinstein Co.
What Weinstein is being accused of is criminal. I applaud everybody speaking out. He too felt silenced by the high-profile executive's power and influence.