Hollywood (And Beyond) Harassment Roundup: December 6

Bryan Singer and Updates on Masterson, Hoffman, Weinstein, Conyers, Franken, Corey Feldman Accusations

The hits (and hittings-on) just keep on coming.

Bryan Singer

Mega Hollywood director Bryan Singer was working on the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody until production was halted December 1. Why? Well, originally, the studio Fox said that is was because of "the unexpected unavailability of" Singer after several no-shows. In turn, Singer said  “I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen," he said in a statement, "but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first.”

Rumors abound that additional sexual harassment allegations may come out against him, and Fox wanted to cut ties before that happened. 

Danny Masterson

Actor Danny Masterson, best known for That 70s Show, and now appearing on Netflix show The Ranch, has been accused of sexually assaulting multiple women. While Netflix took immediate action against Kevin Spacey, there had been no action against Masterson as of earlier this week. Why? One of the alleged victims says that a Netflix executive told her that bigwigs at the company quite simply don't believe the allegations. Netflix confirmed that an executive did make those statements. 

Yesterday, though, Netflix took action. Masterson will still appear in the second half of season two, which premieres next week, but will then be written out of The Ranch. His last day on the show was Monday, December 4. Whether that means he will appear in a few episodes of season three as his character, the brother of star Ashton Kutcher, or is written out is unknown.

Netflix said in a statement:

"As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch. [Monday] was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him." 

The police have been investigating Masterson for multiple sexual assaults (including rape) and The Church of Scientology for allegedly covering them up, since March

Dustin Hoffman

Worst. Talk show. Interaction. Ever. 

Dustin Hoffman was doing an event for the 20th anniversary of the movie Wag the Dog, where he was ambushed by late-night host John Oliver. An actress says that, in 1985, Dustin Hoffman grabbed her tushie, and John Oliver is mad about it, or is pretending to be for ratings. 80 year-old Hoffman isn't really having Oliver's nonsense. Check out the clip above. 

Harvey Weinstein

Apparently, everybody from the guy who delivered sandwiches to the makeup artist knew that Harvey Weinstein was a creep, and that included Lena Dunham. She says that she told higher-ups in Hillary Clinton's campaign: 

“I just want to let you know that Harvey’s a rapist, and this is going to come out at some point. I think it’s a really bad idea for him to host fund-raisers and be involved because it’s an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault.”

At least eight agents at a major Hollywood agency also knew, according to a report at Vanity Fair.

John Conyers

What a difference a day makes. Conyers said he wasn't going to resign, but things are looking a little different now. Is it the allegation that he groped a woman in church, or the fact that the number of accusations is getting embarrassingly high? 

At any rate, Democrat Representative John Conyers, Jr. has decided to "retire" (raise your hand if you believe that) immediately. He has endorsed his son, John Conyers III to replace him, which I wish was a joke. Conyers called into a local Detroit radio show and said

“I am retiring today. I am in the process of putting together my retirement plans. I will have more about that very soon...My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in any way by what we are going through now. This too shall pass. My legacy will continue through my children.”

No, it will be compromised and diminished. Sorry not sorry.

Al Franken

Al Franken is fresh out of cover. The day started with seven Democrat Congresswomen putting out statements asking him to resign in the wake of his pervery.

"While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn't acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve."

Hours later, three Democrat Congressmen had joined them. As of this writing, early afternoon eastern time, that number has ballooned to twenty-four in total (12 women and 12 men). Everybody has to get on the bandwagon quickly! Al Franken says he will be making an announcement tomorrow. The forecast looks good for a resignation. 

Corey Feldman Accusations

In 1993, actor Corey Feldman says that the gave the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department the names of several people who sexually preyed on children. The Sheriff's Office denied having any record of having such information, but now say they have located the tapes without saying what is on them. 

"The Sheriff’s Office located some detective working copies of audio recordings made during the investigation. A copy of Mr. Feldman’s interview was located. The recording is being turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department. Due to the fact that this case involves the alleged sexual abuse of a child, we are unable to comment further and any documentation or evidence related to this case is exempt from release.”

It's great to see bad people being brought down, but do there have to be so many bad people?

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