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"Bad Santa" director Terry Zwigoff stepped forward to say that Harvey and Bob Weinstein asked him not to even consider Mira Sorvino for his 2003 dark comedy.
"I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in BAD SANTA, but every time I mentioned her over the phone to the Weinsteins, I'd hear a CLICK," Zwigoff wrote on Twitter. "What type of person just hangs up on you like that?! I guess we all know what type of person now."
He added, "I'm really sorry Mira."
A rep for Harvey Weinstein did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.
Zwigoff's statement follows one by Peter Jackson that Harvey and Bob Weinstein shot down Sorvino and Ashley Judd -- two actresses who have recently accused Harvey of sexual misconduct and threats to derail their careers if they spoke up -- for potential roles in his blockbuster "The Lord of the Rings."
The film, which was developed at the Weinsteins' Miramax in the late '90s, was ultimately produced by New Line -- though the Weinsteins maintained executive producer credits on the Oscar-winning trilogy of films.
Judd and Sorvino both responded to Jackson's original comments on the matter, made to New Zealand's Stuff, in which he said Weinstein told him the actresses were a "nightmare" to work with.
Sorvino retweeted Stuff's story, adding: "Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure... Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I'm just heartsick."
Judd also retweeted it, saying of Weinstein's apparent blacklisting of her and Sorvino: "I remember this well."
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The "Super Size Me" director confessed about his sexually abusive behavior towards women in a series of tweets on Dec. 14, 2017. Titled "I am Part of the Problem," he wrote, "As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder “who will be next?” I wonder, “when will they come for me?” You see, I’ve come to understand after months of these revelations, that I am not some innocent bystander, I am also a part of the problem. I’m sure I’m not alone in this thought, but I can’t blindly act as though I didn’t somehow play a part in this, and if I’m going truly represent myself as someone who has built a career on finding the truth, then it’s time for me to be truthful as well..." He stepped down from his production company Warrior Poets.
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The co-founder of Def Jam Recordings was first accused by model Keri Claussen Khalighi of coercing her into performing sexual acts when she was 17. Following that, more women came forward to accuse him of sexual assault and harassment. Disputing the allegations, Simmons responded, “These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual... Some former business, creative and romantic partners have aired grievances as claims I categorically reject. In some of these instances, financial motives and direct contradictory witness testimony has been supplied to the media, which has been completely left out of stories.”
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The talk show host was suspended by PBS on Dec. 13, 2017, over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. The official statement from PBS noted, "PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today’s decision." Smiley took to Facebook to respond, "If having a consensual relationship with a colleague years ago is the stuff that leads to this kind of public humiliation and personal destruction, heaven help us. This has gone too far. And, I, for one, intend to fight back."
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The celebrity chef quit from his restaurant business and ABC show "The Chew" on Dec. 11, 2017, after multiple allegations of his inappropriate behavior had come to light. Not denying the allegations, Batali released a statement, "I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family."
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The actor was accused by at least three women for inappropriate behavior during the 1980s and early '90s, including actress Kathryn Rossetter and author Anna Graham Hunter. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Hoffman asserted, “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable position. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”
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The “X-Men” director was sued for allegedly raping a teenage boy in 2003. Denying the allegations, a Singer representative noted, “Bryan categorically denies these allegations and will vehemently defend this lawsuit to the very end. Cesar Sanchez-Guzman apparently claims that he did not remember this alleged incident from 2003 until now.”
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The Minnesota senator was accused of sexual misconduct by broadcaster Leeann Tweeden, when the two performed together in 2006 at a USO Tour. This was followed by another allegation by a woman named Lindsay Menz. Franken responded to the allegations by Tweeden thus, “The first thing I want to do is apologize: to Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women. There’s more I want to say, but the first and most important thing—and if it’s the only thing you care to hear, that’s fine—is: I’m sorry.” On Dec. 7, Franken announced his resignation and stated, “All women deserved to be heard and their experiences taken seriously.”
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Actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making a sexual advance when he was 14 and Spacey was 26. He took to Twitter to respond to the allegations, “I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.” This was followed by multiple accusations, including by actors Roberto Cavazos and Harry Dreyfuss. He has been fired from “House of Cards” and was replaced in Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World.” His representatives said that “Kevin Spacey is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment.”
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The “Entourage” actor was first accused by Ariane Bellamar of behaving inappropriately with her on set. It was followed by other allegations by actress Cassidy Freeman and another woman named Tiffany Bacon Scourby. Piven refuted the claims and said, “I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen. It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories, and my hope is that the allegations about me that didn't happen, do not detract from stories that should be heard.”
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At least six women, including Olivia Munn, Jaime Ray Newman and Natasha Henstridge, came forward to allege that the director had harassed or assaulted them. His lawyer denied the allegations saying, “I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.” Ratner himself commented that he will “step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities.” He further added, “I don’t want to have any possible negative impact to the studio until these personal issues are resolved.”
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The actor was accused of harassment by two transgender women from his critically-acclaimed show “Transparent.” Denying the allegations, Tambor commented, “I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express.” The actor has since left the show.
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A backup singer for Joss Stone, Antonia Jenae called out the Virgin Group CEO for sexual assault on his private island in the British Virgin Islands in 2010. Branson’s representative responded to the accusations, “Everyone appeared to enjoy their time on the island. Richard has no recollection of this matter and neither do his family and friends, who were with him on the island at the time…. There would never have been any intention to offend or make anyone feel uncomfortable in any way, and Richard apologizes if anyone felt that way during their time on the island.”
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The chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DisneyToon Studios was accused of inappropriate behavior toward colleagues and collaborators. On Nov. 21, he announced a six-month leave of absence, acknowledging “missteps” with employees and apologized for his actions.
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The former U.S. president was accused of inappropriate behavior by several women, including actress Heather Lind. His spokesperson addressed the allegations thus, “At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures. To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke—and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.”
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The actor was accused by actress and former MTV host Hilarie Burton and makeup artist Annamarie Tendler of inappropriate behavior. Affleck took to Twitter to respond to Burton’s allegations, “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize.” In an interview to the Associated Press on Nov. 5, he said he’s “looking at my own behavior and addressing that and making sure I’m part of the solution.”
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The younger Weinstein sibling was accused of making repeated romantic advances toward Amanda Segel, an executive producer of “The Mist” in 2016. The alleged harassment went on for about three months, until Segel’s lawyer informed Weinstein Company executives that she’d leave the show if it doesn’t stop. Weinstein’s lawyer responded to the allegations thus, “Variety’s story about Bob Weinstein is riddled with false and misleading assertions by Ms. Segel and we have the emails to prove it. There is no way in the world that Bob Weinstein is guilty of sexual harassment.”
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Member of the girl band Dream, Melissa Schuman accused the Backstreet Boys singer of rape in a blog post on Nov. 2. She noted that a 22-year-old Carter raped her when she was 18 years old. Carter denied the allegations and released a statement to People magazine: “I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations. Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual.”
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Actresses Portia De Rossi, Jenny McCarthy and Rae Dawn Chong have come out accusing the actor of making unwanted sexual advances. There have been other cases too, where women have claimed that he behaved inappropriately with them. Neither Seagal nor his representatives have made any public comments.
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The Emmy Award-winning comedian has been accused by at least five women of sexual misconduct. Confirming the allegations, he released a statement on Nov. 10, “I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position.”
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The NBC host was fired on Nov. 29, following accusations by a female colleague regarding sexual misconduct during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Following which, there were allegations by at least two other women. Lauer addressed the allegations thus, “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC. Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly. Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I'm committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It's been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”
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The “Gossip Girl” actor was first accused of rape by actress Kristina Cohen, followed by former actress Aurélie Wynn. Responding to Cohen’s allegations, Westwick responded on social media thus, “I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.”
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The executive producer of the CW shows “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “The Flash,” was fired by Warner Bros. after accusations by about 19 women. Kreisberg denied the allegations and stated, “I have made comments on women’s appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized. Like many people, I have given someone a non-sexual hug or kiss on the cheek.”
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The Democrat has been accused of sexual harassment toward female staffers in his office. He responded it in a statement, “To the extent the House determines to look further at these issues, I will fully cooperate with an investigation.” Previously in 2015, he settled one claim of harassment but vehemently denied the allegation.
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At least eight women accused the television host of making unwanted sexual advances toward them. He was fired by CBS News, PBS and Bloomberg on Nov. 21. In a statement to The Washington Post, Rose stated, “It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”
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Former Playboy model Carrie Stevens accused the Academy Award-winning filmmaker and writer of groping her at a party in the 1990s. Stone hasn’t yet responded to her allegations. He, however, had stirred controversy while responding to Weinstein’s accusations, “It’s not easy what he’s going through. I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial. I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system.”
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The Amazon Studio's chief resigned after Isa Hackett, a producer on the series “The Man in the High Castle,” accused him of sexual misconduct in 2015.
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The magician was accused of rape by model Natasha Prince in an interview to The Daily Beast. She claimed that the incident occurred in London, U.K., in 2004. Scotland Yard is currently investigating the allegations. Denying the claim, Blaine’s spokesperson sated, “My client vehemently denies that he raped or sexually assaulted any woman, ever, and he specifically denies raping a woman in 2004. If, in fact, there is any police investigation, my client will fully cooperate because he has nothing to hide.”
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The veteran writer and director has been accused by over 200 women of harassment and assault, including actress Rachel McAdams, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. He denied the allegations, stating that he never met them or only did “for five minutes and have no recollection.” He further added that it was “biologically impossible” for him to engage in the acts as he is in under medication for diabetes and a heart condition.
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The political journalist was accused by over 10 women of sexually harassing them when he served as political director at ABC News. In a statement to CNN, Halperin commented, “I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me. I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize. Under the circumstances, I’m going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation.” He has been fired from MSNBC and NBC News while his associations with HBO, Showtime and Penguin Press have also been cancelled.
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The NPR news chief was accused by at least eight women of harassing them while he was a bureau chief with The New York Times in the 1990s. Oreskes, who resigned from his post on Nov. 1, stated, “I am deeply sorry to the people I hurt. My behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility.”
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The actor was accused of making unwanted sexual advances, following which he was fired from the film “Raising Buchanan.” In an interview to The Hollywood Reporter, Dick stated, “I might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them. That’s my thing. It’s me being funny. I’m not trying to sexually harass people.”
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The creator and former host of “A Prairie Home Companion” was ousted from Minnesota Public Radio on Nov. 29 following allegations of “inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him.” In a statement released by Keillor, he remarked, “I’ve been fired over a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard. Most stories are.”
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At least three women have accused the DC Comics editor of sexual harassment. While Berganza has not commented so far, DC Comics has suspended him and stated, “There will be a prompt and yet careful review into next steps as it relates to the allegations against him, and the concerns our talent, employees and fans have shared. DC continues to be extremely committed to creating a safe and secure working environment for our employees and everyone involved in the creation of our comic books.”
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The playwright-director was accused by at least nine women, with one alleging rape. Responding to the allegations, Horovitz told The New York Times that he has “a different memory of some of these events, I apologize with all my heart to any woman who has ever felt compromised by my actions, and to my family and friends who have put their trust in me. To hear that I have caused pain is profoundly upsetting, as is the idea that I might have crossed a line with anyone who considered me a mentor.”
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The celebrity pastry chef was accused of making unwanted sexual advances on his female colleagues during his time at the Jean-Georges restaurant between 2009 and 2011. Refuting the allegations, Iuzzini said, “Many of the other allegations are inaccurate, others I do not recall and none were meant to hurt people.”
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The White House correspondent for The New York Times, who has been suspended following the allegations, was accused by at least four women to have behaved inappropriately with them. In a statement to Vox, Thrush stated, “I apologize to any woman who felt uncomfortable in my presence, and for any situation where I behaved inappropriately. Any behavior that makes a woman feel disrespected or uncomfortable is unacceptable.”
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The “Mad Men” creator was accused by Emmy Award-winning writer Kater Gordon of passing a lewd comment during a writing session. Weiner’s representative denied the allegations and stated, “Mr. Weiner spent eight to 10 hours a day writing dialogue aloud with Miss Gordon, who started on Mad Men as his writer’s assistant. He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague.”
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The “One Tree Hill” showrunner was suspended from his current show “The Royals” following multiple accusations by several cast and crew members from both the series. He has not publicly addressed the allegations yet.
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The hotelier, who had previously dated Uma Thurman, was accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct. Among the accusers is Amanda Anka, the wife of actor Jason Bateman. Balazs hasn’t responded to the allegations so far.
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The Republican politician was accused of initiating sexual contact with at least four teenage girls when he was in his 30s. This was followed by more accusations. He released a statement saying, “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and The Washington Post on this campaign.” After the allegations, the Republican National Committee withdrew funding for his campaign.
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The publisher and president of The New Republic was accused of misbehavior by several women. In addition to resigning from his post, Fish also wrote an email to his former employees, “As I understand it, some employees, to my deep dismay, complained this week that my presence had led them to feel uncomfortable at The New Republic. Women have longstanding and profound concerns with respect to their treatment in the workplace. Many men have a lot to learn in this regard. I know I do, and I hope for and encourage that new direction.”
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The art industry titan was accused by at least nine women for sexually harassing them. He has since resigned as publisher of the Artforum magazine. Responding to the allegations, he wrote, “I fully recognize that I have tested certain boundaries, which I am working hard to correct. I have never willfully or intentionally harmed anyone. However, I am fully engaged in seeking help to insure that my behavior with both friends and colleagues is above reproach in the future.”
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Multiple women came forward to accuse The New Republic editor of sexual misconduct, following which he was fired from the Emerson Collective. Apologizing for his actions, Wieseltier said, “For my offenses against some of my colleagues in the past I offer a shaken apology and ask for their forgiveness. The women with whom I worked are smart and good people. I am ashamed to know that I made any of them feel demeaned and disrespected. I assure them I will not waste this reckoning.”
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Post-Weinstein, allegations against the fashion photographer resurfaced when many models accused him of harassment and exploitation. Condé Nast, Valentino and Bulgari are some brands that have pledged to never work with him. Richardson’s spokesperson stated, “He is an artist who has been known for his sexually explicit work, so many of his professional interactions with subjects were sexual and explicit in nature but all of the subjects of his work participated consensually.”
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Over 20 women have accused the celebrity chef and owner of the Besh Restaurant Group of sexual misconduct. After the allegations, he quit from his post and also released a statement, “I alone am entirely responsible for my moral failings. This is not the way the head of a company like ours should have acted, let alone a husband and father. But it should not taint our incredible team of more than 1,000 employees, nor undermine our unyielding commitment to treating everyone with respect and dignity, regardless of gender, race, age and sexual preference.”
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The tech blogger was accused by several women in Silicon Valley of sexual assault. Since then, he has resigned as partner of the Transformation Group but denied the allegations. He wrote on his blog, “Even the most rudimentary fact check by news outlets would have caught a few obvious things. If I were guilty of all the things said about me, I would still not be in a position to have sexually harassed anyone.”
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The senior vice-president of content at Defy Media was accused by multiple women of harassment and misconduct. While he has been fired from his position, Signore hasn’t publicly addressed the allegations yet. His lawyer has denied them.
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