The story of an unspoken history of sexual harassment and misconduct in Hollywood continued to unfold Tuesday, with "Gossip Girl" actor Ed Westwick the latest Hollywood star accused of sexual misconduct after actress Kristina Cohen came forward via Facebook accusing him of rape.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences handed down a lifetime ban to Weinstein during a hearing of its governing body Monday night, as reported by Variety. He has already been removed from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, banned from the Producers Guild of America, and had his BAFTA membership suspended.
In banning Weinstein, the Television Academy further indicated it would be reviewing its membership code of conduct and working with other leaders to affect change. "We are determined to play a role in protecting all television professionals from predatory harassment, ensuring they are able to practice their craft in a safe environment," the Academy said in the statement.
Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women dating back decades. On Monday, The New Yorker published a report alleging that Weinstein had a vast network of spies that attempted to halt his exposure a month ago. It further alleged that Weinstein used various individuals and organizations to track the activities of media organizations and women who were tying to expose him, including Rose McGowan. For more details, check out the five biggest bombshells from the latest Weinstein exposé.
The full statement from the Television Academy reads as follows: "After a hearing today, the Television Academy's governance has voted to expel Harvey Weinstein from the Academy for life. The Academy supports those speaking out against harassment in all forms and stands behind those who have been affected by this issue. The unfolding and widespread examples of this horrific behavior are deeply disturbing to the Academy's leadership. We have been in contact with leaders across the industry and share with them a deep sense of responsibility to provide clear workplace benchmarks reflecting decency and respect. As a result, we are expediting an already-begun detailed review and revision of our Television Academy membership codes of conduct. We are determined to play a role in protecting all television professionals from predatory harassment, ensuring they are able to practice their craft in a safe environment."
In an interview on British Sky News' "Sunrise" morning show, Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") added her voice to the conversation about sexual misconduct in Hollywood, recalling an occurrence that she alleged happened early in her career with "the most powerful man in Hollywood at the time."
She did not name the man, though, and said the alleged incident occurred in the late 1970s.
"He said: 'I've told everyone you'd be perfect for this role ... now it's your turn.' And he put his hands on my thighs,'" Seymour said. Instead, she slid the length of the couch until she was on her feet, according to the interview, and demanded a cab.
After she rebuffed him, Seymour says the man told her she'd "never work anywhere in the world" if she told anyone. She says she quit acting for a year after, but later attended an event at his home. According to the interview, the man had no recall of the incident or her and helped get her cast in "Somewhere in Time."
Actress Kristina Cohen posted on Facebook a very detailed description of an alleged encounter she said ended in being raped by the "Gossip Girl" star. According to Cohen, she laid down for a nap in Westwick's Los Angeles home and awoke to Westwick on top of her, sexually assaulting her.
"I was paralyzed, terrified. I couldn't speak, I could no longer move. He held me down and raped me," she wrote.
She closed her post with the statement, "I hope my coming forward will help others to know that they are not alone, that they are not to blame, and it is not their fault. Just as the other women and men coming forward have helped me to realize the same. I hope that my stories and the stories of others help to reset and realign the toxic environments and power imbalances that have created these monsters."
Westwick took to Facebook himself Tuesday with a vehement denial, claiming he doesn't even know Cohen. "I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape," his statement read.
In light of the allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors levied against Spacey, the upcoming Ridley Scott-directed film in which he stars, "All the Money in the World," has been pulled from next week's AFI Fest. The film's premiere was originally set for the final day of the festival to coincide with a celebration of Scott's career.
"Given the current allegations surrounding one of its actors and out of respect for those impacted, it would be inappropriate to celebrate at a gala at this difficult time," distributor TriStar said in a statement. "Accordingly, the film will be withdrawn."
The statement went on to say that out of respect for Scott and the more than 800 other individuals who worked on the film, it would still be released as scheduled on Dec. 22. The studio has halted a planned Oscar campaign for Spacey in the film, which co-stars Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg.
Spacey has been accused of several instances of sexual harassment and assault from various men, including eight "House of Cards" employees and one anonymous man who accused the actor of attempting to rape him as a teenager. Netflix has halted production on the upcoming sixth season of "House of Cards," and stated that they have severed ties with the actor. Spacey has denied all allegations, and his lawyer stated he is seeking unspecified treatment.
After Slate unearthed a 1979 interview in which Streep alleged that Dustin Hoffman touched her breast when they first met, a rep for the actress told E! News that Hoffman apologized for the alleged incident and Streep accepted his apology.
According to Streep's rep, the original article was not an "accurate rendering of that meeting." Streep's rep did not elaborate on the original incident. A rep for Hoffman simply directed to Streep's comment.
In the original interview for Time magazine, Streep said that Hoffman approached her during an audition for a play he had directed. He was drunk, according to the original interview, and introduced himself to Streep, putting his hand on her breast. "'What an obnoxious pig,' I thought," Streep said in the interview.
Hoffman has been accused by two women of sexual misconduct, including lewd comments and inappropriate physical contact. Hoffman apologized for anything he might have done that made anyone uncomfortable in a statement, saying such behavior "is not reflective of who I am."