22 powerful men in politics and media accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of Harvey Weinstein

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Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein fell from his lofty pedestal atop the entertainment industry in October after more than 80 women accused him of varying degrees of sexual misconduct.

Since the accusations against Weinstein came to light, the floodgates have opened and scores of women have come out with allegations against some of the most powerful figures in media and politics.

Here are some of the biggest names in the industry who have been accused of sexual misconduct. This list includes men who were accused after the Weinstein allegations came to light, but also some prominent men in media and politics whose accusations resurfaced after Weinstein’s accusers came forward.


Longtime NBC host Matt Lauer

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NBC announced on November 29 that it had fired Lauer after a colleague reported he had engaged in “inappropriate sexual behavior” in the workplace.

Before being dismissed, Lauer had long been a staple at NBC and on the “Today” show. He joined the network in the early 1990s and hosted “Today” for 20 years.

NBC News’ chairman, Andy Lack, sent staff a memo on Monday saying he had “received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer.”

Lack added that NBC had reason to believe “this may not have been an isolated incident.”

Savannah Guthrie, Lauer’s co-host on the “Today” show, announced Lauer’s departure from the network on Wednesday and read Lack’s statement on air.

“This is a sad morning for ‘Today’ and NBC News,” she said. “We just learned this moments ago, just this morning. As I’m sure you can imagine, we are devastated, and we are still processing all of this.”

Lauer has yet to comment.


Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan

Conyers, 88, has been accused of sexually harassing several former staffers. He denies the allegations but announced on November 26 that he would step down as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee pending an investigation into his conduct.

He did not say he would resign. Conyers’ announcement came after a former staffer claimed the congressman fired her after she rejected his sexual advances.

“I have come to believe that my presence as Ranking Member of the Committee would not serve these efforts while the ethics committee investigation is pending,” Conyers said in a statement. “I cannot in good conscience allow these charges to undermine my colleagues in the Democratic caucus, and my friends on both sides of the aisle in the Judiciary Committee and the House of Representatives.”

Shortly before his announcement, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi drew sharp criticism when she defended Conyers and told NBC’s Chuck Todd that Conyers was an “icon.” She quickly changed course after Conyers announced he would step down.

“We are at a watershed moment on the issue, and no matter how great an individual’s legacy, it is not a license for harassment,” Pelosi said in a follow-up statement. “I commend the women coming forward.”


Roy Moore, former judge and current Alabama Senate candidate

Nine women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct or pursuing relationships with them when they were teenagers. Among them are:

• Leigh Corfman told The Washington Post that she was 14 years old when the then-32-year-old Moore made unwanted sexual advances toward her.

• Two other women told The Post that they dated Moore when they were 17 and 18 years old. Another woman said Moore asked her out when she was 16 but that they did not go out.

Gena Richardson told the paper that Moore asked her out while she was a high school senior, and allegedly gave her an unwanted “forceful” kiss that scared her.

• Beverly Young Nelson said during a press conference Nov. 13 that Moore attempted to sexually assault her when she was a 16-year-old waitress.

•Tina Johnson told AL.com that Moore allegedly “grabbed” her buttocks in 1991 while she was in his law office.

Moore has vehemently denied all the accusations against him and painted them as a liberal smear on his campaign.

Several prominent Republicans have since disavowed Moore, and called on him to step down. Some have also floated the option of removing him from the chamber if he wins Alabama’s special election in December.

But Moore continues to have strong support from Alabama’s Republican establishment. He also earned two de facto endorsements from President Donald Trump.

On Nov. 19, many of Alabama’s most influential newspapers ran a scathing editorial condemning Moore and endorsing his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones.


Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota

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Sen. Al Franken returned to work on Capitol Hill November 27 following an eight-day absence as he dealt with the fallout from several sexual harassment allegations.

Los Angeles TV broadcaster Leeann Tweeden alleged in a column for 790 KABC that Franken kissed and groped her without her consent in 2006, while she was part of a United Service Organizations tour to entertain military service members abroad.

In a statement sent to Business Insider, Franken apologized to Tweeden.

“I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it,” he said.

A second woman accused Franken on Nov. 20 of groping her buttocks when they took a photograph together in 2010.

Lindsay Menz, 33, told CNN that Franken “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear.” She said his hand was “wrapped tightly around my butt cheek.”

Franken released a statement after Menz went public with her allegations, saying that he takes “thousands” of photos with people and did not remember taking the picture with Menz.

“I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected,” he said.

Franken has asked that the Senate undertake an ethics investigation into his actions since Tweeden accused him of inappropriate conduct.

“Coming from the world of comedy, I’ve told and written a lot of jokes that I once thought were funny but later came to realize were just plain offensive,” he said. “But the intentions behind my actions aren’t the point at all. It’s the impact these jokes had on others that matters. And I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to come to terms with that.”


Longtime television host and CBS News anchor Charlie Rose

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Eight women accused Rose, a veteran TV journalist, of sexual misconduct including groping, lewd phone calls, and exposing himself.

The alleged encounters took place from the late 1990s to 2011, according to The Washington Post. All the women either worked for or hope to work for Rose at the “Charlie Rose” show, which has aired on PBS since 1993.

Three women who formerly interned for Rose told Business Insider’s Rachael Levy told Business Insider that they experienced inappropriate behavior – including unwanted touching – in 2005, 2008, and 2010. It’s not clear whether the women Business Insider spoke with are among the eight women who told The Post their stories.

Reah Bravo told The Post that Rose made sexual advances toward her while she was an intern and associate producer on the “Charlie Rose” show. “He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim,” she said.

Kyle Godfrey-Ryan used to be Rose’s assistant when she was 21 and said Rose walked naked in front of her at least a dozen times when she was at his home. She said he also made multiple late-night or early-morning phone calls to her and told her he fantasized about her swimming naked in a pool while he watched.

Megan Creydt told The Post that Rose put his hand on her thigh when she worked on his show between 2005 and 2006. She said she believed he was “testing” her boundaries.

Five other women spoke on the condition of anonymity and described similar behavior to that described in Creydt’s, Godfrey-Ryan’s, and Bravo’s accounts.

Rose said he was “deeply” sorry for his behavior in a statement to The Post: “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.”

He added that he had come to a “newer and deeper recognition” of the pain his conduct had caused and that he had “profound” respect for “women and their lives.”

CBS, PBS, and Bloomberg have all suspended Rose.


Glenn Thrush, White House reporter for The New York Times

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The New York Times suspended Thrush in November after Vox reported that four women accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

According to the report, Thrush typically made advances toward younger, less experienced female journalists when he worked at Politico, before his tenure at the The Times.

The Times called the allegations against Thrush “very concerning” and said it would investigate the matter.

Politico CEO Patrick Steel called the report’s findings “serious and disturbing” and emphasized that the behavior described was unacceptable and would “not be tolerated, period” at Politico.


Mark Halperin, former NBC News political analyst and MSNBC contributor

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Mark Halperin was dismissed from NBC and MSNBC after CNN’s Oliver Darcy reported that he had sexually harassed at least a dozen women when he worked at ABC News.

One woman accused him of masturbating in front of her in his office at ABC News, and another claimed he threw her against a window at a restaurant and tried to kiss her. When she refused his advances, she said, he told her that she would never have a future in politics or the media.

Halperin also had an upcoming book and HBO adaptation that was canceled in the wake of allegations against him.

“I am profoundly sorry for the pain and anguish I have caused by my past actions. I apologize sincerely to the women I mistreated,” Halperin said in a statement.


NPR chief news editor David Sweeney

NPR dismissed David Sweeney on November 28, after at least three female journalists accused him of sexual harassment.

“David Sweeney is no longer on staff,” Chris Turpin, acting senior vice president of news, said in a staff email, according to NPR reporters Merrit Kennedy and David Folkenflik.

One producer told NPR that Sweeney kissed her in 2002 when they were on assignment in Washington, DC. Another told the network that Sweeney tried to kiss her at a restaurant in 2007, after she approached him for advice.

Lauren Hodges, an NPR editor, said Sweeney asked her invasive questions about her personal life in 2013 and that he gave her unsolicited gifts and joked about taking her on vacation with him.

Hodges added that when she did not return Sweeney’s advances, she was removed from the network’s news desk.

NPR chief editor Edith Chapin will assume Sweeney’s role.


Former President George H.W. Bush

Six women have accused former President George H.W. Bush of unwanted sexual contact and misconduct since the allegations against Weinstein came out.

Actress Heather Lind was the first to speak out publicly, and she said in an Instagram post that Bush touched her from behind while they were at a 2014 screening of her television series, “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” in Houston, Texas. The post has since been removed.

Lind was photographed next to Bush, who is in a wheelchair, and his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush.

Bush’s spokesman released a statement shortly after Lind came forward.

“At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures,” the statement said. “To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke – and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured joke.”

Actress Jordana Grolnick, author Christina Baker Kline, Maine Senate Republican candidate Amanda Staples, and former journalist Liz Allen also came forward with similar allegations of unwanted touching. A sixth woman, Roslyn Corrigan, told TIME that Bush touched her from behind during a photo-op when she was 16.

The allegations against the former president span from 2003 to 2016. His spokesman said in a statement after Corrigan came forward that Bush “does not have it in his heart to knowingly cause anyone harm or distress.”


Lockhart Steele, former editorial director at Vox Media

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Vox fired Lockhart Steele in November after he was accused of sexually harassing at least one person, which included unwanted kissing, The Awl reported.

Vox’s CEO reportedly informed employees through a company Slack channel that Steele had been terminated after he admitted to engaging in conduct that was inconsistent with the company’s values.

CEO Jim Bankoff later said it was “an ongoing investigation,” according to The Awl. He said there has been a termination but said it wasn’t “concluded” yet.


Florida Democratic state Sen. Jeff Clemens

Florida Democratic state Sen. Jeff Clemens resigned after Politico reported that he had an extramarital affair with a lobbyist.

Republicans slammed Clemens for abusing his power as a state lawmaker, and Democrats said that it was not an isolated incident.

“I have made mistakes I am ashamed of, and for the past six months I have been focused on becoming a better person,” Clemens said in a statement after he decided to resign on October 27. “But it is clear to me that task is impossible to finish while in elected office. The process won’t allow it, and the people of Florida deserve better.”

“All women deserve respect, and by my actions, I feel I have failed that standard,” he continued. “I have to do better.”


Florida Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala

Florida Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala came under fire when Politico reported that six women accused him of sexual harassment and groping. Latvala is a gubernatorial candidate in Florida and has since been stripped of his position as Senate budget chief.

He is being investigated by the Senate and faces the possibility of expulsion. Latvala has denied all of the allegations against him.


Former Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel

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Bittel resigned as chair of the Florida Democratic Party after six women accused him of “demeaning” behavior, including leering at them, commenting on their breasts and appearances, and inviting them aboard his private jet.

Bittel apologized for his behavior after the allegations came out, and he resigned after four candidates for Florida governor called on him to step down.

“When my personal situation becomes distracting to our core mission of electing Democrats and making Florida better, it is time for me to step aside,” Bittel said in a statement. “I am proud of what we have built as a Party and the wins we have had for Florida families, but I apologize for all who have felt uncomfortable during my tenure at the Democratic Party. I am working with our leadership to set the date for our party to elect my successor.”


Jeff Hoover, former speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives

Jeff Hoover stepped down as speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives earlier this month after The Courier-Journal reported that the lawmaker had reached a secret settlement in a sexual harassment case brought by a female member of his staff.

The woman engaged in suggestive text messages with him when a fellow staffer told her she needed to cater to Hoover’s desires to advance in her career, the paper reported.

“If you decided to send a photo of the black lace g string, I won’t share,” Hoover texted the woman, according to The Courier-Journal. “For my eyes only.”

However, the woman said she realized the relationship made her uncomfortable and contributed to a hostile work environment.

After the outlet broke the story, Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky asked that anyone who had secretly settled sexual harassment claims resign from office.

Hoover stepped down as speaker but still remains a representative.


Matt Zimmerman, former senior vice president at NBC News and one of the top talent bookers for the ‘Today’ show

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NBC Universal fired Matt Zimmerman on November 14 after The Hollywood Reporter reported allegations that Zimmerman engaged in inappropriate conduct with two women at the company.

Sources told THR that Zimmerman was accused of having numerous relationships with women who were his subordinates, at least one of whom directly reported to him.

“We have recently learned that Matt Zimmerman engaged in inappropriate conduct with more than one woman at NBCU, which violated company policy,” a company representative said in a statement Tuesday. “As a result, he has been dismissed.”


Michael Oreskes, former senior vice president in charge of news at NPR and former editor at The New York Times

Michael Oreskes resigned from NPR earlier this month amid the company’s investigation of allegations by at least two women who claimed he made unwanted physical contact with them almost 20 years ago, when he worked as an editor at The New York Times.

The women alleged, in separate complaints reported by The Washington Post, that Oreskes kissed them without their consent while they were discussing their job prospects with him.

The two women said they met with Oreskes when he said he was interested in their work and in guiding them with their careers. He also hinted at hiring them as Times reporters, according to The Post. Neither of them were hired.


Hamilton Fish, former president and publisher of The New Republic

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Hamilton Fish resigned from The New Republic after initially taking a leave of absence from the company, according to a memo obtained by Business Insider.

Win McCormack, the liberal activist who bought the publication in 2016, sent out a memo to staffers in October saying he had asked for an immediate and independent investigation into several complaints regarding inappropriate interactions between Fish and female employees.

The New Republic “is committed to creating and maintaining a respectful, professional work environment, free from harassment of any kind,” the memo continued. McCormack said he took the allegations “very seriously” and that J.J. Gould and Art Stupar would step in as acting president and acting publisher, respectively.


Leon Wieseltier, former editor at The New Republic

Several former female employees accused Leon Wieseltier of making inappropriate advances when he helmed The New Republic for three decades, according to Politico.

Wieseltier was set to commandeer a new magazine being published by Emerson Collective, the company backed by Steve Jobs’ wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, when the allegations came to light.

As a result, Emerson Collective cut ties with Wieseltier and canceled publication of the magazine he was going to oversee.

Wieseltier acknowledged his behavior in a statement.

“For my offenses against some of my colleagues in the past I offer a shaken apology and ask for their forgiveness,” the statement said. “The women with whom I worked are smart and good people. I am ashamed to know that I made any of them feel demeaned and disrespected. I assure them that I will not waste this reckoning.”


Bill O’Reilly, former Fox News commentator and conservative media personality

Bill O’Reilly was the undisputed king of Fox News until April.

He departed from the network that month, following an exodus of advertisers that came on the heels of an explosive report from The New York Times saying he and Fox News had paid out $13 million to five women to settle sexual-harassment claims they had brought against him.

Multiple other women also accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment after the initial revelations.He has denied all of the allegations against him.


Roger Ailes, former Fox News CEO

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Ailes resigned as the CEO and chairman of Fox News in 2016, after several women who worked at the network accused him of sexual harassment.

Among the most prominent figures to accuse him of misconduct was host Gretchen Carlson, who filed a lawsuit against Ailes in July 2016. Megyn Kelly, current NBC host and former Fox News anchor, also accused Ailes of making unwanted sexual advances toward her when she first started at the network.

Ailes died in May.


Former President Bill Clinton

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Bill Clinton has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct by four women.

• Juanita Broaddrick accused him of raping her in her hotel room in the late 1970s when he was Arkansas Attorney General.

• Kathleen Willey accused him of groping her without her consent in the Oval Office in 1993.

• Paula Jones accused Clinton of exposing himself and propositioning her in an Arkansas hotel room in 1991.

• Leslie Millwee came forward publicly for the first time in October 2016 to accuse Clinton of sexually assaulting her in 1980.

Clinton has denied all of the allegations against him.


President Donald Trump

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At least 16 women have accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment and misconduct.

The allegations emerged during the 2016 presidential campaign, after Trump was heard talking about groping women without their consent in a leaked Access Hollywood tape from 2005.

“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump said on the tape. “You can do anything … grab ’em by the p—y. You can do anything.”

Trump and his allies dismissed the allegations against him as “locker room talk,” and denied the sexual misconduct allegations. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders recently suggested the women were lying.