James Van Der Beek says male executive groped him

39;I applaud everybody speaking out': James Van Der Beek in September
Rich Fury

39;I applaud everybody speaking out': James Van Der Beek in September Credit Rich Fury

James Van Der Beek shared on Twitter Wednesday that he was the victim of sexual assault as a young actor in Hollywood as news about producer Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct continues to dominant headlines.

Van Der Beek, who was 21 years old when the show debuted, also defended the women who've spoken out against Weinstein.

Then, he goes in on his own experiences of harassment in Hollywood, saying that he was groped by "older, powerful men" and how they cornered him in inappropriate situations when he was much younger.

In a series of tweets, the 40-year-old actor said he can relate to the women who had kept silent for so long, because he has also endured unwanted attention of a sexual nature. "I applaud everybody speaking out", he began. "There's a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome".

Van Der Beek added that "what Weinstein is being accused of is criminal". His film credits include Varsity Blues (1999) and The Rules of Attraction (2002).

His comments came after he slammed those who judged the women who have alleged that they were sexual assaulted or harassed by Weinstein.

"This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why?"

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The Vice star is not the first male Hollywood actor to reveal he was the target of sexual harassment, on Tuesday Terry Crews said a "high level Hollywood executive" groped him.

'That night and the next day I talked to everyone I knew that worked with him about what happened, ' Terry tweeted. "Jumping back I said, 'What are you doing?!' My wife saw everything [and] we looked at him like he was insane".

He said he can understand the "unwarranted shame, powerlessness and inability to blow the whistle". 'My wife saw everything and we looked at him like he was insane.

'I let it go. But Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator, ' he concluded.

'Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless'.

"Hollywood is not the only business we're this happens, and to the casualties of this behavior - you are not alone".

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