October 23rd, 2017 | Updated on April 8th, 2023
On October 5th, the New York Times, in a powerful report revealed multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein, an article that led to the resignation of four members of the Weinstein Company’s all-male board, and to Weinstein’s firing.
Asia Argento, an Italian film actress and director, said that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her—because she feared that Weinstein would “crush” her. “I know he has crushed a lot of people before,” Argento said. “That’s why this story—in my case, it’s twenty years old, some of them are older—has never come out.”
Argento went on the record with her story in an article from The New Yorker published on October 10, in which she described an encounter with Weinstein that ended with him performing forced oral sex on her.
“He terrified me, and he was so big,” she told The New Yorker. “It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare.” The actress admitted that she let Weinstein continue just so that the encounter could end since she was incapable of defending herself.
In the course of an intensive investigation, Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them. Their allegations corroborate and overlap with the Times’s revelations, and also include far more serious claims.
In an audio recording captured during a New York Police Department sting operation in 2015, Weinstein admits to groping a Filipina-Italian model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, describing it as behavior he is “used to.”
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After being confronted with allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact, Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials speaking on the condition of anonymity. Among the recipients, The Times found, were a young assistant in New York in 1990, an actress in 1997, an assistant in London in 1998, an Italian model in 2015 and Ms. O’Connor shortly after, according to records and those familiar with the agreements.
Many Hollywood stars such as Lupita Nyong’o, Lena Headey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne among others have accused Weinstein of sexually harassing them, with Rose McGowan claiming he raped her.
People like Harvey Weinstein are not an anomaly to Hollywood, saying women are sexually harassed at the hands of powerful men everywhere, said Priyanka Chopra.
Several famous musicians, actors, and athletes have been charged with sex crimes. Some of these celebrities were the victims of false allegations, while others were found guilty of rape and molestation.
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Sex crimes forever alter the lives of the people whom they affect, which is why, when a celebrity gets accused of a sex crime, they’re forever changed in the eyes of the public. However, an accusation doesn’t necessarily mean guilt, and there are many cases of people falsely accusing celebrities of sex crimes in order to extort money from them or garner attention.
Here is a look at celebrities who were accused, charged or convicted of sexual assault or crimes :
1. Michael Jackson
In 1993, Michael Jackson was accused of child molestation by the mother of a 13-year-old boy. The 1994 civil trial ended with a settlement between Jackson and the alleged victim. In 2003, Jackson was charged with seven counts of child sexual abuse and was found not guilty in 2005.
2. Bill Cosby
In 2004, Bill Cosby was accused of sexual misconduct by 13 different women. The civil lawsuit claimed he drugged and sexually assaulted the women. Cosby settled with undisclosed terms.
3. Woody Allen
Woody Allen has been suspected of having sexual relations with minors since 1992, when Allen was found with nude photos of his partner Mia Farrow’s 20-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi. Allen and Soon-Yi were married in 1997. In 2014, Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, accused Allen of sexual assault.
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5. R. Kelly
R. Kelly was charged with statutory rape and child pornography in 2002 after a video surfaced that appeared to show Kelly having sex and urinating on an underage girl. After several delays, Kelly was found not guilty in 2008.
6. John Travolta
In 2009, a cruise ship worker claimed that John Travolta sexually assaulted him. The man says that Travolta exposed himself during a neck massage and later offered the man $12,000 to keep quiet. Travolta denies all allegations.
7. CeeLo Green
In 2012, CeeLo Green was accused of sexually assaulting a woman whom he had eaten dinner with in Los Angeles. The LA District Attorney did not have enough evidence to bring rape charges, and Green was later charged with furnishing a controlled substance. He pled not guilty.
8. Britney Spears
In 2012, Britney Spears was accused of sexual harassment by former body guard, Fernando Flores. He claimed the pop star flashed him and invited him into her bedroom while she was nude.
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9. Kobe Bryant
NBA player Kobe Bryant was accused of rape in 2003. The charges were eventually dropped in 2004, but Bryant did admit to having consensual sex with a woman who was not his wife.
10. Bryan Singe
In 2014, X-Men director Bryan Singer was accused of sexually abusing a male teenager. The accuser has since filed additional lawsuits against other prominent members of the entertainment industry.
11. Gary Glitter
Musician Gary Glitter was convicted of child pornography in 1999 and child molestation in 2006. He was sentenced to three years in prison.
12. Sean Penn
In 1988, Sean Penn was charged with domestic violence for an incident involving his then-wife Madonna. Allegedly, Penn tied Madonna to a chair and gagged her before leaving the house to get alcohol. When he returned, he is rumored to have only untied the singer when she agreed to perform sexual acts.
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13. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt was charged with indecent exposure in 1988 for an incident in which the Fight Club actor allegedly mooned drivers on the Pacific Coast Highway in California.
14. Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson was convicted of a rape charge in 1992 after sexually assaulting 18-year-old Desiree Washington, who was the reigning Miss Black Rhode Island at the time. Tyson served three years in prison for the crime.
15. Al Gore
In 2006, Al Gore was accused of making unwanted sexual advances towards a female masseuse. In 2010, the former Vice President was cleared of any wrong-doing.
16. Jim Morrison
In 1969, Jim Morrison was arrested for indecent exposure after performing a concert in Miami with The Doors. He was later convicted and avoided jail time by paying a $50,000 bond.
17. Oscar Wilde
Writer Oscar Wilde was convicted of sodomy and indecent acts in 1895. He spent two years in prison.
18. Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur was charged with sexual battery and sodomy in 1993. Shakur admitted to having consensual sexual relations with the woman who accused him of the assault and was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse.
19. Tommy Lee
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was charged with indecent exposure after he dropped his pants while taking a bow at a 1990 concert. He was fined $1,647 for the incident.
Rapper Nelly was arrested in October 2017 while on tour in Washington state. He was booked for second-degree rape following an encounter that allegedly took place on his tour bus. Nelly was quickly released, and tweeted that he is “completely innocent.”
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21. Anthony Kiedis
Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis was charged with indecent exposure and sexual battery after performing a concert in 1989. He paid a fine for the indecent exposure charge and appealed the sexual battery charge.
22. Tucker Carlson
In 2001, a woman brought a lawsuit accusing Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson for rape. The accusation was proven false.
23. Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson was charged with indecent exposure in 1994 and was charged with sexual misconduct in 2001 by a male security officer. The charges were later reduced to disorderly conduct and Manson paid a fine of $4,000.
24. Paul Reubens
In 1991, Paul Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure while he was at an adult movie theater. In 2003, Reubens was charged with child pornography, but the charge was later reduced to obscenity.
25. Roman Polanski
Director Roman Polanski was charged with statutory rape, sodomy, and child molestation after he had consensual sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl. Most of the charges were dropped and Polanski pled guilty to statutory rape. The sentence was set to be probation, but when Polanski learned that the judge wanted to cause a media storm by sentencing him to jail time, he fled the United States.
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26. Ben Roethlisberger
In 2009, a civil lawsuit was filed when a woman accused Ben Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room. In 2010, it was revealed that the NFL player was also being investigated for another instance of sexual assault. Criminal charges were not filed in either case.
27. Jerry Lawler
In 1993, former professional wrestler Jerry Lawler was charged with rape and sodomy of a 15-year-old girl. The charges were later dropped when the accuser admitted that she made up the story.
28. David Copperfield
In 2007, magician David Copperfield was accused of sexually assaulting a woman. After a grand jury investigation, officials determined that there was not enough valid evidence to press charges against Copperfield.
29. Billie Joe Armstrong
Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong was arrested for indecent exposure in 1996.
30. Jim Brown
NFL player Jim Brown was charged with rape and sexual assault in 1985. The charges were later dropped.
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31. Errol Flynn
Actor Errol Flynn was charged with statutory rape in 1942. He was found not guilty, but the publicity negatively impacted his film career.
32. Jeffrey Jones
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off actor Jeffrey Jones pled no contest to charges of child pornography. However, he was sentenced to five years probation and is a registered sex offender.
33. Ol’ Dirty Bastard
The Wu-Tang Clan rapper was kicked out of a hotel in Germany for indecent exposure in 1998. Allegedly he was standing naked on his balcony.
34. Joseph Simmons
Rev Run was charged with rape in 1991, but the charges were later dropped.
35. Marv Albert
Marv Albert was charged with forcible sodomy and assault and battery in 1997. He pled guilty to the assault charge and was given a 12-month suspended sentence.
36. Sean Kingston
Sean Kingston was accused of sexual assault from a woman who visited his hotel room in 2010. Police determined that the woman did not seem credible, so charges were not filed.
37. Charlie Parker
Jazz legend Charlie Parker was charged with indecent exposure in 1946, but the charges were later dropped.
38. George Best
Soccer player George Best was charged with child molestation in 2005, but the charges were later dropped.
39. Mike Mills
R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills was arrested for indecent exposure in the early 1980s.
40. Alex Da Silva
“So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer Alex Da Silva was charged with four counts of forcible rape, two counts of assault with intent to commit rape, and two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object. He was found guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.