Hollywood (and Beyond) Harassment Roundup: December 15

Another restaurateur, our first woman, Schumer calls the cops, more on Weinstein and Lauer, Matt Damon speaks out, and the Golden Globes

Today, we break the sexual harassment glass ceiling. Eww

Ken Friedman

Owner of famous New York City restaurant The Spotted Pig Ken Friedman is allegedly a pretty awful human being. The New York Post reports that he gropes his female employees on a regular basis and also demands sex and nude photos from them. Unfortunately, that's when he's being nice. The third floor space above his restaurant is allegedly known as "the rape room" where one can find public sex and where Friedman and high-profile clients grope the help. Friedman says "Some incidents were not as described, but context and content are not today’s discussion. I apologize now publicly for my actions.”

Andrea Ramsey

Kansas Democrat Andrea Ramsey has dropped her bid for Congress after a male colleague came forward saying that she sexually harassed him and retaliated when he rejected her advances, according to the Kansas City Star. The incident allegedly began in 2004 when Ramsey worked at LabOne and, according to the complaint, involved “unwelcome and inappropriate sexual comments and innuendos." He went on to say “After I told her I was not interested in having a sexual relationship with her, she stopped talking to me. In the office she completely ignored me and avoided having any contact with me.” His reviews also went from positive to negative and she terminated his employment. Liberal women's group Emily's List was backing Ramsey, but has pulled their support, as has the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Committee spokeswoman Meredith Kelley said "If anyone is guilty of sexual harassment or sexual assault, that person should not hold public office." Ramsey is less than pleased, judging by her statement:

In its rush to claim the high ground in our roiling national conversation about harassment, the Democratic Party has implemented a zero tolerance standard. For me, that means a vindictive, terminated employee’s false allegations are enough for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to decide not to support our promising campaign. We are in a national moment where rough justice stands in place of careful analysis, nuance and due process.

Due process absolutely has to be respected. Look at me, agreeing with a Democrat!

Chuck Schumer

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the police regarding a false document alleging to be by a staffer claiming that he sexually harassed her. The staffer says her signature was forged on the document. Matt House, Schumer's communications director told Axios "The document is a forged document and every allegation is false. We have turned it over to the Capitol Police and asked them to investigate and pursue criminal charges because it is clear the law has been broken."

Harvey Weinstein

Famed director Peter Jackson has confirmed that both Harvey and Bob Weinstein worked to blacklist Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino after they rejected advances by Harvey Weinstein. Jackson said

"I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998. I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing."

Judd and Sorvino both responded on Twitter.

Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick https://t.co/ljK9NqICbm

— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) December 15, 2017

I remember this well. https://t.co/wctEhESAS9

ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) December 15, 2017

Matt Lauer

Addie Zinone, former Production Assistant at The Today Show wrote about her experience with Matt Lauer for Variety. She alleges that, in 1999, he began by sending her flirty emails (images at the link above), then asked her to meet him in a dressing room when she asked for career advice. It went from there.

The situation really took its toll on me. I changed physically. I changed emotionally. Fear crept into my life. I became unsure of myself. Any confidence I had was gone. For him, it was a conquest. One afternoon, he told me to come see him in his office. I thought he was finally going to talk to me and encourage me professionally. I wanted to hear from him that I could succeed in West Virginia. I sat across from him, and he pushes a button from his desk and the door shuts. It was embarrassing, because his secretary was sitting outside. He wanted to do stuff. I was like, “No. I’m so in over my head. I’m not a performance artist.”

At the time, she was 24 years old, but she says she still carries it with her. 

Matt Damon

Actor Matt Damon (pictured above) had something to say about everyone being outed as a pervert, and it's not going over well. Here's part of what he said:

I think we’re in this watershed moment. I think it’s great. I think it’s wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories, and it’s totally necessary. I do believe that there’s a spectrum of behavior, right? And we’re going to have to figure—you know, there’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?

While people are calling him out for his white privilege, male privilege, or thinking that he probably has something to hide, this might be the only sensible thing Matt Damon has ever said. Look at me, agreeing with Matt Damon!

Golden Globes

The Golden Globes will be taking place on January 7, and women are ready to virtue signal to the world, wearing black to protest gender inequality. This will be completely different from every single year when they wear black for the hell of it. It would have been awful to have an evening of entertaining entertainment.