James Van Der Beek Reveals He Was Sexually Harassed By Older Men

James Van Der Beek Shares Experiences with Harassment

James Van Der Beek Shares Experiences with Harassment

James Van Der Beek became the latest male TV star to say he had been the victim of sexual misconduct as he joined Terry Crews in expressing support for women who have made similar accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

The actor called Weinstein's behaviour "criminal" and "unacceptable".

"I've had my ass grabbed by older, powerful men, I've had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger", wrote Van Der Beek, who is best known for "Dawson's Creek".

Van Der Beek added that he fully understood why women and men have been reluctant to come forward because of "the unwarranted shame, powerlessness [and] inability to blow the whistle. There's a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome", he continued, empathising with women who have gone through similar or even worse cases of sexual assault. "I applaud everybody speaking out", Van Der Beek added. "Because this kind of thing happened to ME", he wrote.

Actor Terry Crews recently revealed on Twitter that he was sexually assaulted by a Hollywood executive, who he didn't name. "Jumping back I said, 'What are you doing?!' My wife saw everything [and] we looked at him like he was insane".

The actor said he feared being "ostracised", particularly because the other man had such "power and influence".

In a bombshell New York Times report last week, eight women accused him of acting inappropriately.

On Tuesday, Paltrow and Jolie told of their own accounts of alleged mistreatment. The encounter allegedly ended with Weinstein placing his hands on her and suggesting a massage.