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Actor James Van Der Beek Says He was Assaulted by 'Older, Powerful Men' in Hollywood

Thursday Oct 12, 2017
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James Van Der Beek  (Source:Instagram /@vanderjames)

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, actor James Van Der Beek took to Twitter Thursday to confess he is also a victim of sexual assault by Hollywood execs.

"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..." the "Dawson's Creek" star tweeted. "I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle. There's a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome."

Van Der Beek, 40, also tweeted about the Weinstein scandal directly.

"For anyone judging the women who stayed silent, read this for perspective. Also for anyone brushing off harassment as "boys being boys," he wrote. "What Weinstein is being accused of is criminal. What he's admitted to is unacceptable - in any industry. I applaud everybody speaking out."










Van Der Beek's comments come not long after "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" actor Terry Crews took to social media to discuss his own account of sexual harassment from a male Hollywood exec. Read that story here.

[H/T People]

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