Hollywood Harassment Roundup: November 22

Carter, Barton, Nassar, and Franken

One more roundup of (allegedly!) gross dudes -- and not all from Hollywood -- before the holiday.

Joe Barton

68 year-old Republican representative from Texas Joe Barton, one of the most senior members of the House took nude selfies. “While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women,” Barton, 68, said in a statement first reported by the Texas Tribune. “Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended. I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down.”

Wait, the relationships were consensual but someone leaked the pics? That's not sexual assault on Barton's part, it's revenge porn. He's the victim. On the other hand, never take nude selfies, people, especially if you're a politician. They will always end up in the wrong hands. Come on. 

Aaron Carter

Aaron Carter, whom you may know as a member of popular boy band The Backstreet Boys, has been accused of rape by pop star Melissa Schuman. In a blog post, she says that in 2002, at age 18, she told the then 22 year-old Carter she was saving herself for marriage and he told her "I could be your husband" before forcing himself on her. 

He threw me on the bed and climbed on top of me. Again, I told him that I was a virgin and I didn’t want to have sex. I told him that I was saving myself for my future husband. I said it over and over again.

Carter vehemently denies te accusations. "I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations," he said in a statement, "Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual. We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally. This is the first that I am hearing about these accusations, nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm."

Al Franken

Two more woman have come forward to accuse Senator Al Franken of touching them inappropriately. One says that Franken grabbed her bottom during a photo, and the other says that he did the same, but then asked her to join him in the bathroom. 

“My immediate reaction was disgust,” the second woman said. “But my secondary reaction was disappointment. I was excited to be there and to meet him. And so to have that happen really deflated me. It felt like: ‘Is this really the person who is going to be in a position of power to represent our community?’”

These two anonymous accusers join Leeann Tweeden and Lindsay Menz, who have also made accusations of sexual harassment. 

Dr. Larry Nassar

Larry Nassar (pictured above), former doctor for the United States Olympics, has pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct. He has been accused of molesting more than 130 Olympians including gymnasts Gabby Douglas, Ally Raisman, and McKayla Moroney admitted to abusing seven, three of them when they were under the age of 13, meaning he will serve a sentence of 25-40 years. "I pray the rosary every day for their forgiveness," he said. "I have no animosity for anyone. I just want healing. It's time."

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