Hollywood Harassment Roundup: November 21

Jeremy Piven, Charlie Rose, John Conyers, Oliver Stone, Murray Miller, Russell Simmons


Jeremy Piven

​After three women accused him of sexual assault, Jeremy Piven asked to take a lie detector test in order to discredit them -- and passed. "It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories," he said, "and my hope is that the allegations about me that didn't happen do not detract from stories that should be heard.”

Oliver Stone

Actress Melissa Gilbert claims that director Oliver Stone sexually harassed her during her audition for the 1991 film The Doors. “I never really talked about it — and it was all because I had said something and embarrassed him publicly,” she said. “He wrote this special scene that he wanted me to do for him physically in the casting room, and it was humiliating and horrid.”

Girls writer Murray Miller

Lena Dunam is kind of a mess. Murray Miller, a writer for her HBO show Girls, was accused of sexual assaulting actress Aurora Perrineau. Lena Dunham, who once tweeted that women don't lie about these kinds of things, said that Miller was innocent. Now she's saying that she shouldn't have said that. Pick a side, Lena.

And what began as our regular report on Hollywood harassment has now spilled over into reporting on harassment in the media, business, and government:

Charlie Rose

Here's one nobody ever wanted to think about. Seventy-five-year-old Charlie Rose (pictured above) has been fired from CBS news effective immediately following sexual harassment allegations. Eight women have made allegations of everything from groping to "prancing around naked" in front of them.

"A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose’s employment with CBS News, effective immediately,” wrote CBS News President David Rhodes. "This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program. Despite Charlie’s important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace—a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work. We need to be such a place."

Russell Simmons​

Two women have now accused Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner of working together to sexually assault women. One of the women, model Keri Claussen Khalighi, said “I looked over at Brett and said ‘help me’ and I’ll never forget the look on his face,” she said. “In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together.” Ratner has also been accused of assaulting six women independently. 

John Conyers

The House Ethics Committee announced today that is has launched an investigation into Democratic Representative John Conyers after it came out that he settled with an ex-staffer after she was fired for turning down a sexual advance. 

“The Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative John Conyers, Jr. may have engaged in sexual harassment of members of his staff, discriminated against certain staff on the basis of age, and used official resources for impermissible personal purposes,” Ethics Committee Chairwoman Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and Ranking Member Rep. Theodore Deutch, D-Fla., said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “The Committee ... has begun an investigation and will gather additional information regarding these allegations.”