Hollywood Harassment Roundup: November 17

Stallone and Tambor, plus a Masterson update

An update to gross you out before the weekend.

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone has been accused of sexually assaulting a 16 year-old girl while he was filming Over the Top in 1986, when the actor was 40. In a police report, the teenager claimed that Stallone "intimidated" her into having sex with him and his bodyguard and was also forced to perform oral sex, feeling she had "no choice." She says that the men told her that if she told anyone, "they would have to beat her head in." A spokeswoman for Stallone says, "This is a ridiculous, categorically false story. No one was ever aware of this story until it was published today, including Mr. Stallone. At no time was Mr. Stallone ever contacted by any authorities or anyone else regarding this matter."

Jeffrey Tambor

​Jeffrey Tambor, star of  Amazon's Transparent, is being investigated for allegations of sexual assault made by two transgendered women. Tambor's former assistant Van Barnes alleges that he repeatedly propositioned and acted inappropriately towards her.  Tambor told Deadline“I am  aware that a former disgruntled assistant of mine has made a private post implying that I had acted in an improper manner toward her. I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behavior toward this person or any other person I have ever worked with. I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation.” Amazon said that they will investigate all such claims immediately, and this would be no exception. 

Now, he has been hit by a second claim. Trace Lysette, a transgendered actress who who works on the series, says that the actor has engaged in sexually inappropriate language and behavior on set. 

Danny Masterson

Actor Danny Masterson has been accused of rape by several women but, so far, has suffered no consequences to his career. In fact, season 4 of his series The Ranch is set to drop on Netflix in December, with a spokesperson telling the Huffington Post, "We are aware of the allegations and the subsequent investigation, and will respond if developments occur.” Chrissie Carnell Bixler, one of his accusers, told The Daily Beast that this made her "sick:" 

For me, what Netflix has done, feels like a continuation of how the Church of Scientology made me feel when I reported my rape to them, as well as how Danny Masterson made me feel when I would beg him for an apology, an explanation, anything. I was made to feel unimportant. I was made to feel like I didn’t matter. Like what Danny Masterson did to me didn’t matter. My body doesn’t matter, because it doesn’t belong to me. The trauma and emotional pain doesn’t matter, because I just don’t matter...No! I’m going to be an amazing woman who will NOT shut my mouth when I find out my rapist raped countless other women. I will NOT shut my mouth when Netflix tries to make us feel like we don’t matter. We DO matter. We ARE important.

We will see what (if anything) Netflix has to say in response.



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