- Dec. 4
- Danny Masterson — actor
Accusation: Four women have accused Masterson of raping them in the early 2000's. One woman filed a police report with the Los Angeles Police Department in 2004, saying Masterson raped her in 2003. One unnamed victim said Andy Yeatman, a Netflix executive, told her the company does not believe Masterson's accusers. She then told him she was one. Netflix confirmed in a statement that Yeatman did tell the woman that Netflix executives didn't believe the actor's accusers.
Response: “I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of ‘The Ranch.’ From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me," Masterson said in a statement through his attorney. "I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one.
“In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused. I understand and look forward to clearing my name once and for all.”
Read the full statement.
Aftermath: Masterson has been written out of "The Ranch."
- Nov. 30
- Israel Horovitz — Playwright and theater director
Accusation: Nine women have come forward to accuse Horovitz of sexual assault and misconduct. A New York Times report was published with some detailed accusations against him.
Response: Horovitz said he had "a different memory of some of these events," but apologized in a statement, saying, “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."
Read the full statement.
Aftermath: Gloucester Stage Company has cut ties with Horovitz.
- Russell Simmons — Entrepreneur, co-founder of Def Jam Recordings
Accusation: Accused by Jenny Lumet, daughter of director and screenwriter Sidney Lumet, of harrassment forced sex in 1991. Lumet wrote a guest column in Hollywood Reporter.
Response: "I have been informed with great anguish of Jenny Lumet's recollection about our night together in 1991," Simmons said in a statement. "I know Jenny and her family and have seen her several times over the years since the evening she described. While her memory of that evening is very different from mine, it is now clear to me that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real. While I have never been violent, I have been thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades and I sincerely and humbly apologize."
Read the full statement.
Aftermath: Simmons is stepping down from his companies, including music label Def Jam Recordings, Rush Communications and his multiple fashion lines.
- Nov. 29
- Garrison Keillor — Creator and former host of “A Prairie Home Companion”
Accusation: Inappropriate behavior with a woman who worked with him during the production of “A Prairie Home Companion.” Minnesota Public Radio retained an outside law firm for an independent investigation of the allegations.
Response: In a statement to the Associated Press, Keillor said he was fired over “a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.”
Aftermath: MPR is terminating its contracts with Keillor. Investigation is still ongoing.
- Matt Lauer — NBC “Today” show morning host
Accusation: NBC News specified few details, but noted a complaint from a colleague about Lauer’s inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. Variety.com reported later that day that multiple women accused Lauer of harassment, including exposing himself, giving a colleague an explicit sex toy and making inappropriate comments.
Response: Lauer issued a statement the following day, which former colleague Savannah Guthrie read aloud on the “Today” show. “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.”
Read the full statement.
Aftermath: In its memo about Lauer’s misconduct, NBC News announced it had terminated his employment.
- Nov. 22
- Nick Carter — Backstreet Boys member
Accusation: Accused of rape approximately 15 years ago by Melissa Schuman, former pop singer of the girl group Dream
Response: Allegations denied. “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.”
Aftermath: Nothing of note as of Nov. 30.
- Nov. 21
- John Lasseter — Pixar and Disney Animation chief
Accusation: Accused by several women of unwanted touching.
Response: Acknowledged some "missteps" with employees and apologized for any behavior that made workers uncomfortable. “No matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected.”
Aftermath: Lasseter said he is taking a six-month leave of absence to take better care of himself, recharge and "ultimately return with the insight and perspective I need to be the leader you deserve."
- Nov. 20
- Charlie Rose — PBS and CBS host
Accusation: Accused by several women of unwanted sexual advances, groping and grabbing women, walking naked in front of them or making lewd phone calls.
Response: He has apologized for his behavior but has questioned the accuracy of some of the accounts. “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. I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate.”
Aftermath: Fired from CBS, PBS cut ties and multiple universities rescinded his accolades.
- Glenn Thrush — New York Times White House reporter
Accusation: Accused of making drunken, unwanted advances on multiple women
Response: He disputes some of the accusations but has said he had had a drinking problem and apologized for "any situation where I behaved inappropriately."
Aftermath: Suspended from the New York Times. “We intend to fully investigate and while we do, Glenn will be suspended,” Times officials said.
- John Conyers — U.S. Senator (D-Mich.)
Accusation: BuzzFeed reported on a 2015 harassment settlement for $27,000 between the senator and a former staffer. More staffers have spoken out since. The Washington Post later unveiled a case of harassment involving a D.C. ethics lawyer.
Response: Conyers has denied the allegations and in his statement, he said “the mere making of an allegation does not mean it is true.” “I have long been and continue to be a fierce advocate for equality in the workplace and I fully support the rights of employees who believe they have been harassed or discriminated against to assert claims against their employers, he said.
Aftermath: House ethics investigation launched. Conyers gave up his top spot as the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. He said he would not resign.
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Timeline of 2017's sexual harassment scandals
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