Children of the 80s, be prepared, because this story will ruin Uncle Phillip from Webster for you. And your eyes may be giving you the truth if you read his hat as, “sexual enforcer.”
In 2015, Tony winner Ben Vereen directed a community theater production of Hair (he was in the original Broadway production) at the Venice Theater in Venice, FL, and several of the female cast members say that he took the show’s theme of free love to horrific and illegal levels of NO. Now it makes sense as to why The Leading Player from Pippin supported Bill Cosby and wondered, “Aren’t there more important things to talk about in this world?” I bet ole’ Ben is wishing we’d go back to talking about Cosby instead of him.
Why yes, I did try to find the creepiest picture possible of Dustin Hoffman in a pervert-looking trench coat for this story.
Here’s some news that will no doubt have John Oliver holding a Tootsie DVD to his ear, like “Sorry, what was that you said about having incredible respect for women?” Yesterday Variety published the stories of three more women who claim to have been sexually harassed and assaulted in the 80s by Dustin Hoffman.
Last month, a former model named Keri Claussen Khalighi alleged that Russell Simmons had raped her (while Brett Ratner watched) in 1991. Russell claimed everything was consensual. Then screenwriter Jenny Lumet accused him of alleged rape. Russell released a statement implying it was all consensual. Yesterday, The New York Times published the accounts of four women accusing Russell of sexual assault, three of whom accuse him of rape. Prepare for a case of déjà-vu, because Russell has responded, and he recycled his favorite denial about everything being consensual.
Not very long after Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of groping him at a party when he was 14, Netflix pulled a Verbal Kint on Kevin Spacey and like that (poof) he was gone. No more House of Cards, no more Gore Vidal biopic. Yet Danny Masterson, who stars on Netflix’s The Ranch, still found himself employed even while facing rape accusations. And according to a story published by HuffPo, they’re very much aware of the accusations.
And it’s awful. It’s bad even for a major mess like Tom Sizemore. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Sizemore was removed from a film shoot back in 2003 after he was accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl. The next storm better be a rain of frogs, because this is clearest damn sign that a plague is needed to power wash Hollywood.
On Friday, the internet’s lovable uncle George Takei instantly became the uncle everyone actively avoids one-on-one time at Thanksgiving dinner after a former model accused him of sexual assault in 1981. George denied the accusations made by Scott R. Brunton, and said that he doesn’t even know Scott and never did anything wrong. George is trying to figure out why such an accusation was made in the first place. According to George, it was Russian bots!