Hollywood Harassment Roundup: November 13

Takei, Kreisberg, Dreyfuss, Woods and Lacey, Plus a Ratner Update

George Takei

A male model has alleged that Star Trek actor George Takei molested him in his sleep nearly 40 years ago. Scott Brunton was 23 at the time, Takei 60, and they shared a Platonic friendship. One night, he says, Takei served him a drink in his home (in a Star Trek glass!), CNN reports.  "I had a second drink and then I started to feel terrible, and so I stood up and I said, 'Oh my God, I'm going to pass out.'" he said. He believes the actor drugged his drinks. Takei led him to a beanbag chair, and the next thing he recalls is waking up. 

He is on top of me and has my pants pulled down around my ankles and his hands are trying to get my underwear off. I said "What are you doing? I don't want this." He says, "You need to relax. I'm just trying to make you comfortable" and I said "No, I don't want this," I pushed him off and said I was going.

Takei tweeted that the incident "simply did not occur." 

Andrew Kreisberg

You may not know his name, but his CW shows are hits. Andrew Kreisberg, show runner of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Vixen, now has been suspended after allegations of sexual harassment have been made against him by multiple women. At last report, nineteen men and women have come forward with allegations against Kreisberg which varied from inappropriate touching and asking for massages to kissing without consent.

"We have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg. We have suspended Mr. Kreisberg and are conducting an internal investigation," Warners said late Friday in a statement. "We take all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and are committed to creating a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions."

Kreisberg told Variety "I have made comments on women’s appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized.”

Actresses from both Supergirl and Arrow tweeted their support for victims of sexual harassment.

James Woods

Actress Elizabeth Perkins attended a rally against sexual harassment this weekend and accused actor James Woods of sexual assault. At the "Take Back the Workplace" march, she held a sign which read simply "James Woods. #MeToo." 

In September, actress Amber Tamblyn accused Woods of trying to pick her up in a restaurant when she was only 16. Woods denies the accusation. 

Richard Dreyfuss

Writer Jessica Teich has accused actor Richard Dreyfuss of sexually harassing her for months as well as exposing himself to her when they worked together in the 1980s. "He created a very hostile work environment," she says, "where I felt sexualized, objectified, and unsafe." 

Dreyfuss responded by saying

At the height of my fame in the late 1970s I became an asshole–the kind of performative masculine man my father had modeled for me to be. I lived by the motto, 'If you don’t flirt, you die'...but I am not an assaulter." He went on to say "I did flirt with her, and I remember trying to kiss Jessica as part of what I thought was a consensual seduction ritual that went on and on for many years. I am horrified and bewildered to discover that it wasn’t consensual. I didn’t get it. It makes me reassess every relationship I have ever thought was playful and mutual.

He denies ever exposing himself. 

Jesse Lacey

It was only a matter of time before these started spilling out into other entertainment industries, right? Well, here we go. Jesse Lacey, frontman for the band Brand New is in the hot seat. Brian Diaz, former guitar technician for the band posted the following message on Facebook:

So while we are on the topic of outing famous and semi-famous creeps, anyone want to speak up about Jesse Lacey from Brand New?...There are some ladies I know on here who, FOR SURE, have told me about indiscretions that can be attributed to him. Now is not the time to be silent. I have been quiet about this for too long, and honestly it probably hasn’t done much good.

Several women responded, including Nicole, whose story was shared on The Daily Beast:

YES. He solicited nudes from me starting when I was 15 and he was 24. Manipulated the hell out of me, demanded specific poses/settings/clothing, demeaned me, and made it clear that my sexuality was the only thing I had to offer. He knew what he was doing was sh*tty so he wouldn’t touch me until I was 19. I should’ve known better by then, but he had screwed me up so much psychologically that all I wanted was his approval. It fucked me up to the point that I STILL have nightmares and wakeup in a sweat. I still breakdown and have panic attacks when people play Brand New in a bar. JESSE LACEY IS A PIECE OF SH*T…OH AND YES HE MADE ME WATCH HIM MASTURBATE ON SKYPE. Apparently that’s a common thing with sexual predators. I took screen shots at some point, they’re probably on a computer in my basement if I ever really wanted to rehash my past that much (I don’t think I do).

A British band that was going to be opening for them has decided to pull out of the tour in light of these allegations. 

Jesse Lacey addressed the allegations in a Facebook post which began

The actions of my past have caused pain and harm to a number of people, and I want to say that I am absolutely sorry. I do not stand in defense of myself nor do I forgive myself. I was selfish, narcissistic, and insensitive in my past, and there are a number of people who have had to shoulder the burden of my failures. I apologize for the hurt I have caused, and hope to be able to take the correct actions to earn forgiveness and trust.

They are postponing their upcoming shows in the UK and Ireland. 

Brett Ratner

Brett Ratner has allegedly been behaving in a pretty gross way, and female stars are taking note. Now, Gal Gadot, star of the mega-popular Wonder Woman, says that she will not come back for a sequel unless he is removed from the franchise. Just last month, she backed out of a dinner at which she was going to present him with an award. 

The source says:

(Gal Gadot) is tough and stands by her principles. She also knows the best way to hit people like Brett Ratner is in the wallet. She also knows that Warner Bros. has to side with her on this issue as it develops. They can't have a movie rooted in women's empowerment being part-financed by a man accused of sexual misconduct against women. 

A representative for Warner Bros says this is "false." 

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