Robert Knepper will remain on 'iZombie,' while 'Tavis Smiley' and 'The Great American Baking Show' were both yanked amid allegations against their stars
After a period of relative calm in the ongoing sexual misconduct scandal erupting across the country, more allegations against Harvey Weinstein and Russell Simmons came out of the woodwork Wednesday, with both high-profile Hollywood executives issuing denials by Thursday morning.
Salma Hayek accused Weinstein of constantly coming on to her while filming "Frida" in 2002 and said the former Weinstein Company boss even issued her a death threat. Meanwhile, nine more women accused Simmons of sexual misconduct, including rape.
In other related news, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me") took to Twitter to admit he was part of the problem, detailing his own sexual misconduct transgressions, while it was better news for actor Robert Knepper, who gets to keep his job on "iZombie," despite misconduct allegations he's facing.
Here are the latest developments:
Harvey Weinstein Responds to Salma Hayek
Speaking through a spokesperson, Weinstein denied Hayek's allegations made public in a New York Times op-ed detailing her unpleasant experiences with the executive while filming 2002 drama "Frida."
"All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired," the disgraced movie mogul said in a statement.
He also said he "does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female co-star and he was not there for the filming." Hayek wrote in the New York Times that Weinstein threatened not to release the film if she didn't film the scene.
Weinstein also made mention of the fact Jennifer Lopez "was a bigger star" and interested in the role, but Weinstein overruled other investors to back Hayek, and offered explanations from everything to the film's release size to the unibrow Hayek wore.
Morgan Spurlock: 'I Am Part of the Problem'
With no allegations brought against him, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock took to Twitter with six simple words: "I am part of the problem."
He linked to a lengthy essay wherein he admitted to his own sexual misconduct and bad behavior. "I don’t sit by and wonder 'Who will be next?' I wonder, 'When will they come for me?'" he wrote.
He detailed a sexual encounter in college that he thought was drunken, but consensual. "She believed she was raped," he admitted. He went on to admit sexual infidelity on his part with all of his partners, and using derogatory language toward a co-worker and then paying her a settlement to keep quiet.
In his essay, Spurlock further detailed depression, being the victim of sexual assault as a child, and his struggle with alcoholism, concluding that by opening up he hopes to "empower the change" within himself and begin the process of being better.
Russell Simmons Denies 9 New Accusers
In the wake of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including rape, surfaced on Wednesday night, Russell Simmons responded with a statement to USA Today.
"I vehemently deny all these allegations," he said. "These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual."
Simmons said all of these claims are "patently untrue," and that he would "relentlessly fight against any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a man of violence."
PBS Suspends 'Tavis Smiley' After Harassment Claims
After an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct from 10 witnesses found that Tavis Smiley had sexual relations with multiple subordinates, PBS has suspended distribution of his show "indefinitely."
"The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS," the network said in a statement received by Variety.
Smiley, who participated in the investigation, went on Facebook to say in a video that he was "shocked" and insisted that he would fight back.
"If having a consensual relationship with a colleague years ago is the stuff that leads to this kind of public humiliation and personal destruction, heaven help us," he added in a written statement.
ABC Yanks 'Great American Baking Show'
After allegations of sexual harassment from at least eight women emerged against Johnny Iuzzini -- with four having come on Tuesday -- ABC has pulled the plug on the currently-airing season of "The Great American Baking Show" after one episode. Iuzzini is a judge on the baking competition show, now in its third season.
"In light of allegations that recently came to our attention, ABC has ended its relationship with Johnny Iuzzini," the network said Wednesday in a statement to Variety. "This season's winner will be announced at a later date."
Iuzzini responded to the initial report by Mic with a statement denying the allegations, which he said are "simply untrue."
Robert Knepper to Remain on 'iZombie'
With the CW's investigation concluding the network found "no evidence of wrongdoing" on the set, actor Robert Knepper will remain on the cast of "iZombie," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Knepper faces allegations from five different women of varying levels of sexual harassment and assault, all prior to his current role with The CW. He was promoted to a series regular on "iZombie" this past summer.
After the initial allegations, Knepper said in a statement, "We have come to a time where hard-earned careers are being lost on the basis of accusations. I need to reiterate that these accusations against me are false."