The Powerful Men Taken Down By Accusations Of Sexual Assault Or Harassment In The Past Year Alone

When news broke Thursday that film mogul Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually harassed women over three decades, it felt all too familiar. Men in positions of power have long gotten away with abuse, and there are many reasons why. They often have an in-house infrastructure that maintains their power which ranges from complicit subordinates, to apologist higher-ups, to a toxic workplace and/or social culture. All of these strings have a common rape culture-y thread: "they asked for it," "they're lying," "that guy would never hurt anyone." As one agent put it to Vulture, "He asked for a few massages? Waaah! Welcome to Hollywood!"

Weinstein later lambasted The Times' reporting in an interview with Page Six Thursday evening, adding that he's going to sue the paper for $50 million. This even though Weinstein offered a sort of confession in a statement he gave to The Times following the original article's publication. "I came of age in the '60s and '70s, when all the rules about behaviors and workplaces were different. That was the culture then," he wrote. "I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it." Then he inexplicably quoted Jay Z and ended on his promise to fight the NRA. His lawyer said Friday this did not imply an admission of sexual harassment.

Whether Weinstein survives remains to be seen. Some in Hollywood think a comeback is possible. But this isn't just a Hollywood story — it fits a larger pattern including the tales of Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly. That's because this year is not like the others. Ever since Trump was elected to office in the wake of a sexual assault scandal, there has been something of an uprising among women who are disgusted by him and men like him.

Roger Ailes. L.A. Reid. Travis Kalanick—there's a powerful man for almost every sector. And although once upon a time men like this got away with fomenting a culture of toxic masculinity, that veneer appears to be cracking. The following is a list of the titans who have fallen this year. In these cases, their accusers — who were mostly women — were heard.

If you have experienced sexual violence and are in need of crisis support, please call the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

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Bill O'Reilly

The former Fox News anchor was brought down in April 2017 by an explosive report in The New York Times. The extensively investigated piece alleged years of hush settlement payments stemming from years of allegations of sexual harassment at Fox News.

When the article was published, his show The O'Reilly Factor lost dozens of advertisers. Later that month, Fox News announced that "after a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel."
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Bill Cosby

Alleged serial rapist Bill Cosby finally saw the inside of a criminal courtroom in 2016. While the trial ended on a mistrial on June 17, 2017, the prosector vowed to re-try the case. A new trial is set to take place in 2018.

Nevertheless his career as a charming father figure is dead. Since over 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault, he has lost numerous honorary degrees from academic institutions. Netflix cancelled a proposed stand-up special, and The Cosby Show was removed from syndication on several networks.
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Roger Ailes

Ailes was the founder and CEO of Fox News. In 2016, Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed suit against Ailes for sexual harassment.

That July, he resigned from his position — but not without receiving a $40 million severance payment. Ailes died in May 2017.

Other women have accused him of sexual harassment, including Andrea Tantaros and Megyn Kelly.
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Harvey Weinstein

The awards whisperer was the subject of a New York Times investigative piece that alleges he sexually harassed several woman over decades.

In response to the allegations, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the board of his company had called an emergency meeting to address the situation. Weinstein has taken a "leave of absence" and several politicians are returning (or are considering returning) campaign donations that he gave them, including New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy.
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Travis Kalanick

The founder and former CEO of ride-sharing app Uber was ousted from his position following allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination within the company.

To be clear, Kalanick himself was not accused of sexual misconduct, but of fostering a toxic workplace which allowed these actions to occur with impunity. Investors and shareholders pressured him to resign, and he did so in June 2017.
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Eric Bolling

Eric Bolling was an anchor on Fox News when HuffPost reported that he allegedly sexually harassed two female colleagues in August 2017. He reportedly sent unsolicited genital photos. In response to the accusations, Bolling's attorney told the publication, "Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications, does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made."

In September 2017, Fox News announced that they had "agreed to part ways" with Bolling.
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Antonio Marquis "L.A." Reid

In a story that flew largely under the radar, L.A. Reid exited his job as CEO of Epic Records in May 2017, amid allegations of sexual harassment at work. Billboard covered this story when it broke: a source told them that a female employee detailed the harassment, "which included alleged inappropriate remarks about her appearance and clothing and alleged propositions that caused her embarrassment and distress, making it impossible for her to continue working at the label."

Reid is a hugely powerful figure in the music industry. Artists he's worked with include Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, DJ Khaled, TLC, Usher, and Boyz II Men — for which he won one of his three Grammy awards for writing "End of The Road." He previously held top posts at Arista Records, Island Def Jam Record Group, and co-founded LaFace Records with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds in 1989.
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Bikram Choudhury

You may not know his name, but you undoubtedly know his influence. Bikram Choudhury is the creator of Bikram Yoga, a hot style performed in 104-degree studios. He is credited with popularizing hot yoga in the United States. In 2013, he was sued by former students for sexual harassment and rape. As a result of the allegations, numerous Bikram-branded yoga studios dropped the Bikram name.

He settled with a victim and agreed to pay millions in restitution. In 2017, a Los Angeles judge signed an arrest warrant against Choudhury for failing to pay said restitution. Choudhury has since fled the country and is not currently facing extradition.
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Nate Parker

In January 2016, Nate Parker was the most buzzed-about filmmaker coming out of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Fox Searchlight purchased his film Birth of a Nation, about the Nat Turner slave rebellion, for $17.5 million, which was the largest amount for a Sundance film to date. There was chatter of Oscar nominations. Parker wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the film as Nat Turner.

In the midst of the accolades, stories emerged about his 1999 rape trial. The victim alleged that she was raped by Parker and Jean McGianni Celestin (who also helped write Birth Of a Nation) while in college at Penn State. Parker was acquitted of the charges. Celestin was convicted but had the conviction overturned on appeal. The victim committed suicide in 2012.

By that fall, Parker had fallen from the graces of Hollywood, and the film flopped in the box office. Parker does not have any current film projects announced.
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Anthony Weiner

We thought we were through with Anthony Weiner's continual sexting scandals, but turns out he wasn't. In 2016, he went from being a national punchline to a sexual predator when news emerged that he was engaging in explicit sexual conversations with a minor, who was 15 years old at the time. A published photo of Weiner to the victim shows the former Congressman in his underwear posed next to his infant child.

Law enforcement confiscated his laptop as part of a criminal investigation. That laptop turned out to be incredibly consequential — Weiner was married to Huma Abedin, a top advisor to Hillary Clinton. The FBI determined that emails related to Clinton's email investigation may have been on that computer. Former FBI Director James Comey announced that Clinton would be re-investigated as a result of that cache of emails. As it was 11 days before the election, this announcement was hugely damaging to Clinton's campaign. Statistician Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight calculated that Weiner's laptop and the subsequent investigation cost Hillary Clinton crucial votes that probably could have changed the 2016 election outcome.

Abedin filed for divorce from Weiner in May 2017 after he plead guilty to criminal charges relating to sexting the aforementioned minor. Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison in September 2017.
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Chris Sacca

In June, the New York Times reported that Sacca, an early investor in companies including Twitter, Uber, and Instagram, was accused of inappropriately touching Silicon Valley entrepreneur Susan Wu’s face at a party. According to the article, Sacca disputed the account.

He later took to Medium to note that he knew Wu personally, and the context of their interaction was not business-related. However, Sacca went on to apologize for ways he may have previously contributed to gender related issues in the tech industry:

“Particularly when reflecting upon my early years in Silicon Valley, there is no doubt I said and did things that made some women feel awkward, unwelcome, insecure, and/or discouraged. In social settings, under the guise of joking, being collegial, flirting, or having a good time, I undoubtedly caused some women to question themselves, retreat, feel alone, and worry they can’t be their authentic selves.”
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Dave McClure

The same New York Times article with the allegations against Sacca also included reports of harassment from McClure, the founder and managing partner of venture capital firm 500 Startups. He reportedly sent a Facebook message to prospective employee Sarah Kunst, saying, “I was getting confused figuring out whether to hire you or hit on you.”

According to The New York Times, McClure "was no longer in charge of day-to-day operations after an internal investigation" at the time the article was published. In a post on Medium titled “I’m a Creep. I’m Sorry”, he added, “I also started counseling about a month ago to address my shitty behavior and poor judgement. I don’t expect anyone to believe I will change, but I’m working on it.”
Justin Caldbeck

In June, The Information reported that six women in tech “faced unwanted and inappropriate advances” from Caldbeck, the co-founder and managing partner of venture capital fund Binary Capital. Caldbeck later apologized and told TechCruch he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence.

Caldbeck’s LinkedIn account now says he is “Head of Self-Reflection, Accountability, & Change.”
Mike Cagney

Several fin-tech companies have emerged in recent years with the aim of helping financially burdened young adults pay off their loans and achieve greater financial independence. SoFi, a "good-guy student loan startup" currently valued at $4 billion, has become a leader in the loan refinancing space, receiving a triple-A rating from Moody's and the S&P. Along the way, the company has branded itself as somewhat edgy, but also millennial-friendly, jumping on trends like the avocado toast debate to align itself with its base.

However, SoFi's consumer-friendly imaged was tarnished last month after news surfaced of its "toxic work culture" and "inappropriate relationships" instigated by high-ranking executives. Cofounder and former CEO Mike Cagney was not initially named as a defendant in an August lawsuit, in which a former employee said "he had witnessed female employees being harassed by managers and was fired after he reported it." One month later, though, other allegations of sexual harassment pointed the finger more directly at him.

Executive assistant Laura Munoz accused Cagney of sending flirtatious, occasionally sexually explicit, text messages. Other employees claimed that "at late-night, wine-soaked gatherings with colleagues, he bragged about his sexual conquests and the size of his genitalia."

Although Cagney initially said he would leave his position at the end of 2017, his departure became effective immediately, and he stepped down as chief executive last month.
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Chris Savino

Chris Savino was fired from Nickelodeon after almost 12 women came forward to accuse him of sexual assault. Savino is the creator of Loud House, a hit cartoon on the children's network.

In a statement, Nickelodeon told Refinery29, "Chris Savino is no longer working with Nickelodeon. We take allegations of misconduct very seriously, and we are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment that is free of harassment or other kinds of inappropriate conduct."
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Roy Price

Roy Price was an executive at Amazon Studios. He was suspended (and later resigned) from the company following allegations of sexual assault by Isa Hackett, a television producer. She alleges that he told her "you're going to love my dick!" when they shared a cab ride to a hotel, among other inappropriate propositions.
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Lockhart Steele

Steele was the Editorial Director of Vox Media and the founder of Curbed. He has been fired for an alleged inappropriate sexual relationship with a subordinate, stemming from a post on Medium written by a developer.

Vox Media's CEO alerted the team about Lockhart's firing in a Slack message to the company: "Hi team, I am writing to let you know that earlier this evening Lockhart Steele was terminated effective immediately. Lock admitted engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and will not be tolerated at Vox Media.

Our investigation into issues raised by a former employee in a post on Medium continues. Anyone with information should contact our external investigation leads, [redacted].

Vox Media is committed to fostering a safe and welcoming community, and appreciates everyone who has been willing to speak up and share information during the course of this investigation."
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Mark Halperin

Veteran political journalist and MSNBC analyst Mark Halperin was accused of sexual harassment and assault by five separate women, CNN reported. The accusations range from inappropriate sexual propositions to grabbing women's breasts, and stem from his time as a political director at ABC News.

As a result of the allegations, MSNBC has terminated its associations with Halperin. In a statement, the network said "we find the story and the allegations very troubling. Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood."
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Kevin Spacey

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has been accused sexual harassment by Anthony Rapp. Rapp and Spacey met in 1986, when they were 14 and 26, respectively. Rapp told Buzzfeed News that Spacey allegedly "picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the [doorway]...and then he lays down on top of me." At the point, Rap says that the House of Cards actor was "pressing" and "tightening" around his body, in attempt to "seduce" the teenager.

Spacey addressed the accusations on Twitter, writing that "...if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior." Spacey also came out as a gay man in his statement. He was roundly criticized by media for distracting from the original allegation of sexual assault against a 14 year-old child.

Another allegation was published by Vulture. In it, an anonymous man claims to have had a sexual relationship with Spacey that began when he was 14. Spacey was 25 at the time. He says the relationship ended after an attempted rape by Spacey. The anonymous man said he come forward after reading Spacey's statement regarding Buzzfeed's article about Anthony Rapp.

Spacey's upcoming 2017s Founders Award has also been revoked by the International Academy of Televisions Arts & Sciences. He was due to receive the honor at ceremony on November 20, 2017.

On November 3, 2017, former child actor Danny Lanzetta penned an essay for HuffPost detailing his own experience while acting opposite Kevin Spacey in the play "Lost in Yonkers" in 1991. 13-years-old at the time, Lanezetta recounts an experience backstage where Spacey put his hand on his thigh. "It could have been so much worse," he wrote.

Netflix is officially severing its ties with Kevin Spacey, as of November 4, according to The Hollywood Reporter. According to the streaming service,"Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey." As they evaluate the future of the show, it has also cancelled the release of a the film Gore, which according to an official statement, "was in postproduction, starring and produced by Kevin Spacey."

On November 5, Harry Dreyfuss, son of Richard Dreyfuss, penned a report that accused Spacey of groping him when he was 18 for Buzzfeed.
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Andy Dick

Actor Andy Dick has been fired from the film Raising Buchanan after sexual harassment allegations emerged, reported The Hollywood Reporter. Dick was accused of " groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions of at least four members of the production," writes THR.

In response to questions, Dick said that while he denies the allegations of misconduct, "I might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them. That's my thing. I overtook my medication and took too many Xanax and I was a bit loopy (on set). That didn't make me rape people. I really don't get it. I'm always trying to be funny and trying to get a date. I still don't have a date. I am on Tinder and I'm looking. I don't know the difference between sexual harassment and trying to get a date. In the '70s, all the girlfriends I got was by kissing and licking their cheek. I don't know anymore. There were beautiful women and beautiful guys on the set. I flirt with them. I might kiss someone on the set and ask them to go to dinner. They are the ones that took it south."
Brett Ratner

Filmmaker Brett Ratner was accused of sexual harassment and assault by six women, according to the Los Angeles Times, which broke the story. He is accused of acts including forced oral sex. Actress Olivia Munn says that Ratner masturbated in front of her and repeatedly publicly claimed that they'd had sex, although they never have.

As a result of the allegations, Warner Bros. has ended its working relationship with Ratner. He has been removed from a current film, and his studio was evicted from the company's lot.

Rattner has sued one of his accusers for defamation, and he denies all allegations.
Michael Oreskes

When the Shitty Media Men list made the rounds through journalism circles, the media industry began to look at itself. Michael Oreskes is a senior vice president of news at National Public Radio (NPR) and previously at the Associated Press.

He was accused of sexual harassment by several employees, and NPR asked for his resignation once the allegations became public. In an internal statement, Oreskes said "I am deeply sorry to the people I hurt. My behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility."
William W. Harris

William Harris is a tenured professor of Greco-Roman history at Columbia University in New York. He is accused of sexually harassing a doctoral student, reports Gothamist.

As a result of the allegations, Harris has withdrawn from teaching students, though he still remains employed by Columbia University.
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Adam Venit

Actor Terry Crews posted on Twitter that he was the alleged victim of a sexual assault. "A high-level Hollywood executive came over to me and groped my privates. I was going to kick his ass right then — but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear, 240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho' would be the headline the next day. Only I probably wouldn’t have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL. So we left. That night and the next day I talked to everyone I knew that worked with him about what happened. He called me the next day with an apology but never really explained why he did what he did."

Variety reported that Adam Venit, an the top executive at WME motion picture group, has been placed on leave as the company looks into allegations of sexual assault stemming from Crews' story.
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David Guillod

Guillod stepped down from his position as co-CEO of Primary Wave Entertainment in November following accusations of sexual assault by actress Jessica Barth (Ted, Family Guy). Guillod had originally taken a leave of absence.

A statement, obtained by Deadline from Primary Wave announced his departure. "Primary Wave Entertainment and David Guillod have agreed to part ways effective immediately, David Guillod has resigned from the company."

Guillod is Barth's former manager. She reported him to the LAPD for drugging her and assaulting her during a dinner meeting that took place in 2012. Barth said Guillod threatened her with a lawsuit at the time, but after other charges against him were leveled by another woman she reopened her case with the police.

Guillod was an executive producer on Atomic Blonde.
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Hamilton Fish

The New York Times reports that Hamilton Fish, president and publisher of the New Republic, resigned from his position following allegations of sexual misconduct. He was previously put on leave when the allegations came to light.

In his resignation letter, he wrote that "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."
Stephen Blackwell

Billboard parted ways with its chief strategy officer, Stephen Blackwell, in early November, reported Page Six. He was accused of sexual harassment by Amy Rose Speigel, an author and editor-in-chief of Talkhouse. Speigel alleges that the incidents took place when they both worked at Death & Taxes, where she was an intern (disclosure: Speigel was my editor at Rookie Mag and someone I consider a friend).

"This email serves to inform you that Stephen Blackwell and the company have agreed to part ways," wrote John Amato, president of the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group.
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Louis C.K.

Louis C.K. is a hero comedian for many — but has been accused of sexual misconduct, reported the New York Times. Five women allege incidences ranging from nonconsensual masturbating over the phone to fully undressing and masturbating nude going back to 2003.

In advance of the Times' story, the premiere screening for C.K.'s new movie I Love You, Daddy was canceled, and a planned appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert was scrapped. The film is about a 68 year-old man, played by John Malkovich, who falls in love with a teenager, played by Chloë Grace Moretz.

The wide release of I Love You, Daddy was also later canceled. Orchard Films, the independent studio company who made the film, said in a statement that"The Orchard will not be moving forward with the release of I Love You, Daddy."
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Andrew Kreisberg

This executive producer on The CW series Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow has been suspended pending an investigation into sexual harassment allegations by staff, Variety reports. 15 people allege he has a history of inappropriate touching and sexual harassment, including asking for massages, kissing female staff without asking permission, and constantly commenting on the appearance of female staff. Kreisberg denies all of the allegations.

“We have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg. We have suspended Mr. Kreisberg and are conducting an internal investigation. We take all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and are committed to creating a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions,” Warner Bros. TV Group said in a statement provided to Variety.
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Glenn Thrush

Glenn Thrush, along with journalist colleague Maggie Haberman, have made waves this year at the New York Times for covering the Trump administration's intrigue and petty disputes. Thrush has previously worked for Newsday and Politico.

In November, Vox posted an exclusive story detailing Thrush's alleged sexual misconduct with young female journalists in their 20s. Thrush is accused of "unwanted groping and kissing to wet kisses out of nowhere to hazy sexual encounters that played out under the influence of alcohol," wrote Laura McGann. The alleged incidents stem from his time working at Politico.

The New York Times suspended Thrush from his job as a White House correspondent, as a result of the allegations.
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Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose, 75, is a respected veteran journalist, with his namesake show on PBS, a correspondent on "60 Minutes," and anchor on "CBS This Morning."

The Washington Post reported that eight women, all of whom worked for Rose, accused the journalist of "unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas."

As a result of the allegations, CBS fired Rose from "CBS This Morning" and "60 Minutes." Rose technically owns the company that produces his interview show, though they announced that they will no longer distribute his program. Bloomgberg TV also dropped its rebroadcast of Rose's show.

In a statement, Rose admitted some culpability for actions, although his remorse was vague. He told WaPo that "In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked. Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues. 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. I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives."
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John Lasseter

John Lasseter is the longtime chief creative officer at Pixar and is credited with steering the Disney-owned animation company towards multiple successes, with films like the Toy Story franchise, Finding Nemo, and WALL-E.

In November 2017, Lasseter announced that he was taking a "six-month sabbatical" after the Hollywood Reporter detailed various allegations of misconduct against him. THR describes the allegations as ranging from "grabbing, kissing, and making comments about physical attributes."

"I’ve recently had a number of difficult conversations that have been very painful for me. It’s never easy to face your missteps, but it’s the only way to learn from them," wrote Lasseter in a statement.