Ties Between Hollywood Sex Abuse and the Left

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by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  November 13, 2017   

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - As sexual harassment allegations sweep the American entertainment industry, some notice that many of the alleged harassers are active supporters of the Left. 

The overhaul of sexual misconduct allegations began on October 5 with a New York Times exposé targeting Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

A number of the celebrities being accused are outspoken supporters of leftist causes. This is unsurprising, given Hollywood's propensity for progressive politics.

Weinstein, for instance, had longstanding ties with the Democratic Party and the Clinton Foundation. Hillary Clinton was slammed in the media for how slowly she responded to the allegations against Weinstein.

Weinstein is known for his activism against gun-rights group the National Rifle Association (NRA). Breitbart's John Nolte commented that Weinstein, Hollywood and the mainstream media are "anti-gun" because they are "pro-rape." In other words, they oppose gun rights because they don't want their potential victims to be able to defend themselves. 

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Another big-name celebrity whose reputation is tarnished by harassment allegations is actor Kevin Spacey. He is accused of trying to force himself onto underaged boys. 

Spacey is a friend of former president Bill Clinton and a donor to the Democratic Party. In Netflix drama House of Cards, the actor played a Democratic congressman who manipulates, adulterates and (occasionally) murders his way into the White House. After the allegations of harassment, the actor was fired, and producers announced the show would go on for only more season — with Spacey's character removed. 

Reports say Spacey was also removed from upcoming film All the Money in the World, which is being reshot with Spacey's character now being played by Christopher Plummer. Netflix also canceled a future film starring the accused celebrity. 

Spacey and Weinstein are not alone in being outspoken leftists who have been accused of sexual misconduct. 

Actor Jeremy Piven supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primary, while Ben Affleck endorsed Hillary Clinton. Both of these men have been accused of sexual harassment.

Actor Alec Baldwin, a professed Catholic, was an outspoken Obama supporter. He is a longtime "animal rights activist," same-sex marriage advocate and enthusiastic gun-control supporter. He too has been accused of harassment.

E! News reporter Ken Baker has been accused and is removed from broadcasting, pending a company internal investigation. He is a lax Protestant who advocates for Eastern meditation and attends the same "church" as the Kardashians. 

Hamilton Fish V from left-leaning The New Republic was recently booted from his position owing to sexual misconduct allegations. In the 1990s, his same-named grandfather and father — the third and fourth generations of Republican politicians in the family line — opposed him when he ran for a U.S. Senate seat as a Democrat. He lost the election and never held office. 

Church Militant has compiled a list of individuals accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of the Weinstein scandal. Similar lists have been compiled by The New York Times and Breitbart

Our list includes all manners of celebrities connected with the entertainment and information media industries. We chose not to include government officials. 

We tried to avoid linking reports with excessively graphic details. Our list has 53 entries, naming a total of 55 individuals:

  • New Orleans chef John Besh (stepped down and issued an apology)
  • Actor Jeremy Piven (denies the allegations: Late Show appearance was canceled) 
  • Oscar-nominated director David O. Russell 
  • Filmmaker Brett Ratner (claims he is innocent) 
  • Marilyn Manson's guitarist Twiggy Ramirez 
  • NBC's Mark Halperin (dismissed from MSNBC and NBC, his book was canceled; says he is "profoundly sorry") 
  • Hollywood director James Toback 
  • NPR executive Michael Oreskes 
  • The New Republic publisher Hamilton Fish V 
  • Head of Amazon Studios Roy Price (resigned after initial suspension) 
  • Actor Dustin Hoffman 
  • Comedian Andy Dick 
  • Talent agency CEO David Guillod 
  • Nashville music publicist Kirt Webster 
  • Oscar-winning actor and producer Ben Affleck 
  • Nickelodeon producer Chris Savino (fired; claims he is "deeply sorry") 
  • Hollywood talent agent Tyler Grasham 
  • Vox editorial director Lockhart Steele (fired on October 16) 
  • Comedian Louis C.K. (admitted guilt and apologized) 
  • Physician Lawrence G. Nassar, team doctor for U.S. Olympic gymnasts (already in jail for other sexual misconduct but now two Olympic gymnasts have accused him of harassment) 
  • Warner Bros. producer Andrew Kreisberg 
  • Benjamin Genocchio, executive director of Armory Show art fair 
  • E! News correspondent Ken Baker (pulled from air while NBCUniversal investigates) 
  • Director of CBS's Diversity Showcase Rick Najera (resigned) 
  • Publisher of Artforum, Knight Landesman (resigned
  • Magazine Editor Leon Wieseltier (fired from upstart Emerson Collective; says, "I offer a shaken apology")
  • Fashion photographer Terry Richardson (spokesperson denied allegations: Condé Nast International cut ties with him) 
  • Tech blogger Robert Scoble (resigned but calls it a "false narrative")
  • Actor Kevin Spacey 
  • Film producer Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob Weinstein 
  • Actor George Takei 
  • Writer-producer Gary Goddard 
  • Producer Benny Medina
  • DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza (suspended) 
  • Actor and activist Richard Dreyfuss (denies allegations but admits being a "flirt") 
  • Synth-pop musician Ethan Kath 
  • Hollywood talent agent Adam Venit 
  • Celebrity actor Alec Baldwin 
  • Actor Ed Westwick
  • TV actor Alec Baldwin 
  • Hollywood talent agent Adam Venit 
  • Talent agent Ryan Ly 
  • Ain't It Cool News founder Harry Knowles (fired)
  • Talent agent Erik Horine
  • Actor John Grissom (named by Corey Feldman)
  • Actor Danny Masterson
  • Mother Jones reporter David Corn 
  • Lionsgate executive Andrew Kramer
  • Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone
  • Honest Trailers creator Andy Signore (fired)
  • Magician/entertainer David Blaine 
  • Actor Steven Seagal
  • Cinefamily executives Hadrian Belove and Shadie Elnashai (both resigned
  • Famous actor John Travolta (accused of making inappropriate advances on a male hotel employee) 

 

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David Nussman

David Nussman is an intern with the News Department.