Hollywood (and Beyond) Harassment Roundup: January 12

James Franco, Steven Seagal, Charles Dutoit and Quick Takes

James Franco

Five woman have now accused actor James Franco of being sexually inappropriate. Allegations include asking his students to remove their shirts and film unscripted sex scenes and asking a woman to perform a sexual act. 

Franco won the Critic's Choice Award for best actor in The Disaster Artist last night, but did not attend the ceremony. 

Steven Seagal

Action star Steven Seagal has been accused of sexual harassment several times since the #MeToo movement got rolling, and now he can add a second rape to the allegations. Regina Simons claims that in 1994, when she was an 18 year-old extra on one of his films, he invited her to what he said was a wrap party at her home, but only one other person was present. He took her into a room and raped her, according to Simons. 

Charles Dutoit

Grammy-winning conductor Charles Dutoit is facing rape allegations by six more women. He was accused by four other women in December. He held such positions as conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, music director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and chief conductor of the Philadelphia Symphony. The 81 year-old issued a statement saying "I am shaken to the core by this bewildering and baseless charge. To this, I submit my categorical and complete denial."

Quick Takes

Somebody slapped Harvey Weinstein in a restaurant for being a perv.
The French, including actress Catherine Deneuve, think the #MeToo movement is really dumb
It's pretty awkward to be Lee Unkrich, director of Coco, during awards season since executive producer John Lasseter is on leave from Disney Pixar after a number of sexual harassment allegations. 
The number of women accusing Soros Fund portfolio manager Howard Rubin of raping and beating her in a "sex dungeon" is now four
I guess now we know why James Rosen left Fox News. 

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