Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein fell from his lofty pedestal atop the entertainment industry in October after more than 80 women accused him of varying degrees of sexual misconduct.
Since the accusations against Weinstein came to light, the floodgates have opened and scores of women have come out with allegations against some of the most powerful figures in media and politics.
Here are some of the biggest names in the industry who have been accused of sexual misconduct. This list includes men who were accused after the Weinstein allegations came to light, but also some prominent men in media and politics whose accusations resurfaced after Weinstein’s accusers came forward.
Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota
Los Angeles TV broadcaster Leeann Tweeden alleged in a column for 790 KABC that Sen. Al Franken kissed and groped her without her consent in 2006, while she was part of a United Service Organizations tour to entertain military service members abroad.
In a statement sent to Business Insider, Franken apologized to Tweeden.
“I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it,” he said.
Franken followed up with another statement saying he asked that the Senate undertake an ethics investigation into his actions.
“Coming from the world of comedy, I’ve told and written a lot of jokes that I once thought were funny but later came to realize were just plain offensive,” he said. “But the intentions behind my actions aren’t the point at all. It’s the impact these jokes had on others that matters. And I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to come to terms with that.”
Roy Moore, former judge and current Alabama Senate candidate
Seven women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct.
• Leigh Corfman told The Washington Post that she was 14 years old when the then-32-year-old Moore made unwanted sexual advances toward her.
• Two other women told The Post that they dated Moore when they were 17 and 18 years old. Another woman said Moore asked her out when she was 16 but that they did not go out.
• Gena Richardson told the paper that Moore asked her out while she was a high school senior, and allegedly gave her an unwanted “forceful” kiss that scared her.
• Beverly Young Nelson said during a press conference Nov. 13 that Moore attempted to sexually assault her when she was a 16-year-old waitress.
•Tina Johnson told AL.com that Moore allegedly “grabbed” her buttocks in 1991 while she was in his law office.
Moore has vehemently denied all the accusations against him and painted them as a liberal smear on his campaign.
Several prominent Republicans have since disavowed Moore, and called on him to step down. Some have also floated the option of removing him from the chamber if he wins Alabama’s special election in December.
Mark Halperin, former NBC News political analyst and MSNBC contributor
Mark Halperin was dismissed from NBC and MSNBC after CNN’s Oliver Darcy reported that he had sexually harassed at least a dozen women when he worked at ABC News.
One woman accused him of masturbating in front of her in his office at ABC News, and another claimed he threw her against a window at a restaurant and tried to kiss her. When she refused his advances, she said, he told her that she would never have a future in politics or the media.
Halperin also had an upcoming book and HBO adaptation that was canceled in the wake of allegations against him.
“I am profoundly sorry for the pain and anguish I have caused by my past actions. I apologize sincerely to the women I mistreated,” Halperin said in a statement.