Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke just over a week ago in the New York Times, many actors including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cara Delevingne and Rose have claimed they also experienced sexual harassment and assault at the hands of the film executive.

Many, including Meryl Streep, Leonardo Dicaprio and Barack Obama, have expressed support for the women and it has opened up debate about the insidious issue around sexual abuse in Hollywood.



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A number of men have also come forward to share similar experiences, where they felt powerless at the hands of powerful men in the industry.

Terry Crews, James Van der Beek and Michael Gaston have all spoken up about incidents they endured, hoping to show support, and shed light on why victims so often feel unable to come forward.

Although the 6-foot-3, former American football player would be seen by many as an unlikely victim, Crews explained in a series of tweets on Tuesday that anyone can be a target of harassment.

Terry Crews
Terry Crews (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Crews described how he was groped by a Hollywood executive last year, and felt that he couldn’t do anything because of the man’s position.

He said he knew that if he fought back he would suffer for it, imagining headlines reading “240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho,” and that he didn’t want to be ostracized from the industry.

He said this experience made him absolutely understand why women had chosen to keep quiet about their abuse, knowing that they likely will be dismissed and it could have huge negative impacts on their career.

“To the casualties of this behavior— you are not alone,” he said.

“Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless.”

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James Van Der Beek, former Dawson’s Creek star, also shared a similar story.

“I’ve had my ass grabbed by older, powerful men, I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger.”

James Van Der Beek
James Van Der Beek (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Environmental Media Association )

He made clear how important it was not to underestimate the strength of shame and power in these situations.

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Prison Break‘s Michael Gaston said that as he tweeted his experience “my heart is pounding and my hands shake.”

Michael Gaston (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

He said he was inappropriately grabbed by a powerful theatre director, and despite it being in front of witnesses, felt powerless to say anything.

Many pointed out how important it was to acknowledge that men also experience these abuses of power.

Although the case is still unfolding, there is hope that it may mark a turning point in changing the culture of silence both within Hollywood, and throughout society




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