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James Van Der Beek relates harassment experience in support of Weinstein accusers

James Van Der Beek has recounted his own personal experience with sexual harassment following the mounting allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

In support of all the women who have made claims that the they were sexually assaulted or harassed by the film producer, Van Der Beek shared his story on Twitter Wednesday evening (11 October) condemning Weinstein’s behaviour.

“I’ve had my ass grabbed by older, powerful men,” the actor wrote. “I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger…”

The actor called Weinstein’s behaviour “criminal” and “unacceptable,” and adding that he applauds everybody speaking out.

Upon sharing an article of a woman relating her experience of harassment, Van Der Beek wrote: “For anyone judging the women who stayed silent, read this for perspective.“

He went on to applaud the growing list of Weinstein’s accusers – including Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cara Delevingne – for speaking out.

“I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle,” he wrote. “There’s a power dynamic that’s impossible to overcome.”

Van Der Beek played the lead role in teen drama Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2003 when he was just 21. His film credits include Varsity Blues (1999) and The Rules of Attraction (2002).

Two separate investigations into the decades-worth of allegations faced by Weinstein surfaced in The New York Times and The New Yorker over the past week inspiring numerous Hollywood stars – including Angelina Jolie and Lea Seydoux – to come forward with their unsettling experiences with the producer.

The latter exposé features three accusations of rape.

Actors ranging from Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep to Mark Ruffalo and Jessica Chastain have criticised Weinstein both for his alleged behaviour and his statement in response to the allegations. 

Bizarrely, Mean Girls actor Lindsay Lohan leaped to his defence posted a series of Instagram videos in which she described Weinstein’s condemnation as “very wrong.”

The producer – whose wife Georgina Chapman announced today (11 October) she is to separate from him – was fired from his position at the Weinstein Company in the wake of the allegations.   

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