Hollywood Harassment Roundup: November 3

Danny Masterson, and updates on Spacey and Weinstein

Hollywood sex scandals just keep on coming! Let's check in to see who's been misbehaving lately (allegedly!). Here's a roundup of the latest allegations and accusations.

Danny Masterson

Danny Masterson, best known for That 70s Show, has been accused of especially violent rape by four women, a claim he refutes. Sources told Huffington Post that the investigation has stalled, even though the Los Angeles district attorney has compelling evidence against him. Masterson is a Scientologist, as are at least three of the women alleging rape, and that organization has a long history of covering things up. 

One of the women came forward in 2004, alleging that she was raped in 2003. She says that Masterson raped her while she was "passed out" and that, when she became conscious during the rape, he choked her until she against lost consciousness. The investigation stalled when the Church of Scientology got involved and had more than fifty people submit affidavits refuting the woman's story. When the Los Angeles police once again referred Masterson to the LA District Attorney in April 2017, Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller had to reconstruct the 2004 case file, which had disappeared, according to the Huffington Post

Masterson is currently co-starring on Netflix's The Ranch with Ashton Kutcher. After putting a halt to House of Cards after the Spacey allegations, could The Ranch be next? Speaking of whom...

Kevin Spacey

An anonymous man has come forward to say that he entered a sexual relationship with Kevin Spacey when he was only 14 years old and Spacey was 24. The relationship ended, he says, when the actor tried to rape him. According to the allegations, they met when the young man was only 12 and in a drama class where Spacey was a guest teacher.

In addition, filmmaker Tony Montana says Spacey groped him in 2003 and actor Roberto Cavazos says he witnessed Spacey inappropriately touch young men at the Old Vic Theatre in London where he was artistic director from 2004-2015. As allegations grow against Spacey, he's taking the next step in the public relations dance. He's going to rehab. According to his publicist, "Kevin Spacey is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment. No other information is available at this time.” I should say "ex-publicist," because his agent and publicity team both left him this week. 

Eight House of Cards employees have come forward to accuse Spacey of "predatory" behavior. One staffer said he was driving Spacey to set when the actor “put his hands down the production assistant’s pants.” Once on the set, he said, Spacey cornered him in his trailer. When the assistant said he was uncomfortable, Spacey allegedly got back in the car and left the set for the rest of the day. Others said Spacey made the set "toxic" for young men. "He would put his hands on me in weird ways,” one crew member said. “He would come in and massage my shoulders from behind or put his hands around me or touch my stomach sometimes in weird ways that in normal everyday conversation would not be appropriate.” 

Conservative pundit S.E. Cupp tweeted Thursday night that, in light of allegations piling up, she isn't keeping the money she made on House of Cards. She tweeted "Sickened. Donating all my checks from House of Cards cameos to my favorite charity @NoKidHungry."

Harvey Weinstein

By now, you probably know that producer Weinstein's modus operandi was to lure women to his hotel room to sexually assault them (allegedly). What might be news to you is that he booked those hotel rooms in his parents' names. Gross. In December, he was photographed on a flight with a literal suitcase full of drugs. That's not sexual harrassment-related (well, maybe it is), but it's weird.

The New York Police Department has opened a third sex-assault investigation, this one stemming from rape allegations made by actress Paz de la Huerta. She claims that Weinstein raped her twice in 2010, and the New York Daily News reports that investigators have corroborating evidence.

And that's Friday's edition of naughtiness from our moral betters in Tinsel Town.

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