James Van Der Beek Comes Forward About His Experience with Sexual Assault

"I’ve had my ass grabbed by older, powerful men."

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Following reports and allegations of sexual misconduct (opens in new tab) from studio executive Harvey Weinstein, James Van Der Beek has come forward with his own experience of assault from powerful men in Hollywood.

While Van Der Beek didn't name the people who assaulted/harassed him, he did say the following:

His comments come in the wake of certain corners of the internet being judgmental about why the women who accuse men of inappropriate behavior don't come forward sooner. They also come in the wake of a Twitter thread from Terry Crews, who accused (opens in new tab) an unnamed Hollywood male of groping him.

Mehera Bonner
Entertainment Editor

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.