Sexual Misconduct Allegations Continue to Spread through Hollywood

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Sexual Misconduct Allegations Continue to Spread through Hollywood

By Ella Ilg, Staff Writer

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After the exposure of the Harvey Weinstein scandal on Oct. 5, several victims have felt the courage to speak out about their own high profile abusers. Most recently, Andrew Kreisberg, the executive producer of Supergirl, Arrow, and the Flash, has had accusations come to light last Friday, where over a dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct. He denied every accusation.

Along with Kreisberg came accusations towards famed comedian Louis C.K. where five women accused him of inappropriate behavior, some accusations dating back to the 90’s. The Louis C.K. accusations were actually unearthed by Gawker.com back in 2012 but were ignored for the most part by mainstream news, since Gawker’s credibility was questionable at best.

“It’s terrible to see how, mostly men, have taken advantage of them, and for them to come out and finally have a voice, it is empowering, but it also brings awareness to the problem and how it even happens to famous people. It doesn’t matter who you are, it’s a problem,” fem club co-president senior Simone Perrin said. “If over five women come out, saying that they’ve been sexually assaulted by this one man, I think that’s evidence enough, and to come out and say you’ve been sexually assaulted I think that’s a big deal and the chances of someone lying about that are slim to none.”

Kevin Spacey was among the other men accused, by another actor Anthony Rapp, saying Spacey tried to sexually engage with him at a party. Rapp was just fourteen at the time of the alleged incident. Spacey said he doesn’t remember the interaction, and came out as gay, seemingly to distract from the accusations.

“Being gay is not an excuse for sexual assault, and what Spacey did hurt the community greatly,” vice president of Niles West’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) and junior Kathy Trieu said.

Since Weinstein, 18 other men have been accused of sexual assault, abuse, and misconduct, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.

“What’s come out of the last few weeks is awareness. People who have been victims have found a platform and an area to speak and people are listening to them. For a long time, people wanted evidence and concrete fact without listening to people who have been victims,” theatre teacher Andrew Sinclair said. “It’s been horrifying and sad to see how much has been swept under the rug, and people in power should not take advantage over those who don’t. The world of entertainment should have nothing to do with the world of sex, so one should not lord one over the other to be able to get a role.”

Despite the #MeToo movement slowing down on Twitter, the women and men behind the tweets organized a large protest in Hollywood in front of the Dolby Theater, where the Academy Awards are held. The group specifically targeted the theater, as the academy has yet to reject the dozens of accused men from their ranks. One of the main chants the crowd used was, “Whatever we wear, wherever we go, yes means yes and no means no.” The protest achieved its goal of grabbing tourists attention and letting the city know that the victims won’t stay silent any longer.