James Van Der Beek took to Twitter Wednesday evening to relate his personal experiences with sexual harassment and express support of the women who’ve come forward to expose sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein.
“I’ve had my a– grabbed by older, powerful men,” the “What Would Diplo Do?” actor wrote. “I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger…”
Van Der Beek continued, showing support for women who delayed their allegations. “I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle,” he said. “There’s a power dynamic that’s impossible to overcome.”
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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: James Van Der Beek attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 22, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
James Van Der Beek attends the Hollywood Reporter and SAG AFRA 2017 Emmy Nominees Night party at the Jean-Georges at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, on September 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHRIS DELMAS (Photo credit should read CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Actor James Van Der Beek throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the MLB game between the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The Rockies defeated the Dodgers 9-1. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 03: Actor James Van Der Beek is seen on August 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by VMAL/Star Max/GC Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford talk to James Van Der Beek about his new movie 'What would Diplo Do' on Wednesday, Aug.2, 2017 -- (Photo by: Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: James Van Der Beek -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 28: Executive producer/actor James Van Der Beek of 'What Would Diplo Do?' at the Viceland and A+E Networks portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 28, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Lifetime Television)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 28: Executive producer/actor James Van Der Beek of Viceland's 'What Would Diplo Do?' poses for a portrait during the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 28, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Smallz & Raskind/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 27: Actor James Van Der Beek and wife Kimberly Brook attend the premiere of 'Room 104' at Hollywood Forever on July 27, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: James Van Der Beek is seen on July 21, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: James Van Der Beek attends Comic-Con International 2017 - VICELAND Bus at SDCC on July 21, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: James Van Der Beek attends VICELAND Presents What Would Diplo Do @ Comic Con 2017 on July 21, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for VICELAND)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: Actor James Van Der Beek at 2017 WIRED Cafe at Comic Con, presented by AT&T Audience Network on July 21, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED)
BRENTWOOD, CA - JUNE 03: Actor James Van Der Beek and wife Kimberly Brook attend the 16th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball on June 3, 2017 in Brentwood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 30: James Van Der Beek attends the premiere of IFC Films' 'Band Aid' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 23: James Van Der Beek, Emilia Van Der Beek, Olivia Van Der Beek and Kimberly Brook attend the Safe Kids Day at Smashbox Studios on April 23, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 22: James Van Der Beek arrives to the 14th Annual Global Green Pre-Oscar Gala at TAO Hollywood on February 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Kimberly Van Der Bekk and James Van Der Beek attend Rachel Zoe's Los Angeles Presentation at Sunset Tower Hotel on February 6, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Rachel Zoe)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 30: Kimberly Van Der Beek, James Van Der Beek and family attend the GOOD+ Foundation's 1st Halloween Bash at Sunset Gower Studios on October 30, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/FilmMagic)
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Earlier in the evening, he commented on Weinstein specifically, calling his behavior “criminal” and “unacceptable,” and adding that he applauds everybody speaking out.
“For anyone judging the women who stayed silent, read this for perspective,” he wrote, retweeting an article in which a woman relates her experience of being harassed, and calls out Hollywood for normalizing abusive behavior.
For anyone judging the women who stayed silent, read this for perspective. Also for anyone brushing off harassment as “boys being boys.” https://t.co/UX9xWxpn2K
Van Der Beek rose to prominence in the entertainment industry when he was young, starring in “Dawson’s Creek” beginning at the age of 21.
The scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein, which exploded as the result of an incendiary New York Times report, has created a domino effect in Hollywood, with several notable entertainment figures, including Gwenyth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, coming forward with experiences relating to the mogul. The report dated back decades, and detailed eight instances of women settling out of court with Weinstein, who was fired from his company. On Tuesday, another report was released in the New Yorker alleging further instances of assault.
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault
Paz de la Huerta, who stars on HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire,' claims Harvey Weinstein raped her on two separate occasions in 2010: "I was in no state. I was so terrified of him," she told Vanity Fair. "I did say no, and when he was on top of me, I said, 'I don't want to do this' ... It was disgusting. He's like a pig."
British actress Lysette Anthony has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in her home in the late 1980s.
Amber Anderson said Harvey Weinstein 'behaved inappropriately' and bragged about other actresses he had 'helped' in exchange for sexual favors.
Natassia Malthe has accused Weinstein of raping her in a hotel room. On a separate occasion, after she was assured that Weinstein would not come onto her, she was allegedly escorted to Weinstein's hotel room by an assistant. In the room was another woman, who performed oral sex on Weinstein whil he asked Malthe to join.
Lupita Nyong'o wrote a detailed essay for the New York Times recounting multiple incidents with Weinstein, including an evening during which he asked her to give him a nude massage while his family was in the same home.
Marisa Coughlan said that she planned to meet Weinstein for a meeting at his hotel. Instead, he requested a massage.
Heather Graham said Weinstein told her he had an agreement with his wife that allowed him to sleep with whomever he wants. He then asked him to meet her to discuss a film project at his hotel, falsely telling her that her friend would also be present. She declined.
French actress Judith Godreche has accused Weinstein of inappropriately pressing up against her, trying to remove her sweater and asking for a massage.
Lauren Holly said that during a seemingly normal meeting with Weinstein to discuss a project, he began disrobing, got into the shower, and went to the bathroom while continuing to converse with her. He then allegedly asked her for a massage. She fled.
Angie Everhart said that she was sleeping in her own cabin on a yacht when Harvey Weinstein entered, blocked the door and began masturbating. He told her not to tell anyone, but she "told everyone," including many actors and producers. In response, most told her that it was just Harvey being Harvey. In an interview with TMZ, she emphasized that anyone in the industry who knew Harvey at all knew that he regularly did things like what he allegedly did to her.
Kate Beckinsale has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in his hotel room when she was 17 years old.
Tara Subkoff said that in the 1990s, on the same day that she was offered a major movie role, she met Harvey Weinstein at a party. He allegedly made her sit on his lap while he had an erection. He then told her that if he did not do certain sexual things, she would not get the role that she'd already been offered. She declined. Afterward, she said, her "reputation was ruined by false gossip" and she found it near impossible to book roles.
Minka Kelly said that Harvey Weinstein offered her a lavish lifestyle in exchange for being his extramarital girlfriend. She declined.
Gwyneth Paltrow told the New York Times that Harvey Weinstein asked her for a massage in his hotel suite. After she told then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, Pitt confronted him, leading Weinstein to contact Paltrow and "scream" at her, she said.
Asia Argento has accused Weinstein of raping her in his hotel room when she was 21. She first reluctantly agreed to give him a massage, and then he forcibly performed oral sex on her. During subsequent encounters, she had consensual sexual relations with him due to fear that he would otherwise ruin her career.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of rape. In October 2016, she tweeted reference to a studio head raping her. In October 2017, in a tweet to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, McGowan referred to Weinstein by name while repeating her rape accusation. The alleged incident took place in the 1990s and resulted in a financial settlement.
Cara Delevingne has accused Harvey Weinstein of attempting to coerce her into kissing another woman in his hotel room. She had just begun her acting career and believed they were meeting just to finalize talks for a film role.
Angelina Jolie said she had a "bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth" and refused to work with him subsequently.
Jessica Barth has accused Harvey Weinstein of demanding that she get naked and give him a massage.
Emma de Caunes has accused Harvey Weinstein of unexpectedly getting naked and demanding that she lie down as other women had supposedly done before her.
Lauren Sivan has accused Harvey Weinstein of cornering her in a public space and masturbating to completion in front of her.
Mira Sorvino, seen here at a Weinstein Co. event in January 2017, said that after refusing Harvey Weinstein's advances, he dissuaded others in the industry from hiring her.
Ambra Battilana has accused Harvey Weinstein of groping her breasts and reaching under her skirt. She went to the NYPD and then conducted a sting operation, the audio of which was published by the New Yorker. In the audio, Weinstein can be heard attempting to coerce her to enter his hotel room.
Louisette Geiss has accused Harvey Weinstein of luring her to his hotel room after assuring her he wouldn't hit on her. He then disrobed and repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate, telling her he would produce her screenplay if she did.
Emily Nestor (far right), a former Weinstein Co. employee, has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.
Rosanna Arquette has accused Harvey Weinstein of dissuading others from hiring her after she rejected his sexual advances.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. She has also accused others in the industry of knowing of Weinstein's misconduct and either actively or passively hiding it.
Ashley Judd has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of asking her for a massage and then asking her to watch him shower.
Florence Darel has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in a hotel suite in 1996 while his wife was in the room next door.
Zoe Brock (left, in 2004) has accused Weinstein of getting naked and chasing her around a hotel room after she refused to give him a massage.
Katherine Kendall (right, in 2006) has accused Harvey Weinstein of disrobing and asking for a massage in his apartment after a movie screening, telling her that "everybody does it." He then asked her to at least show him her breasts, which she refused.
Romola Garai has accused Harvey Weinstein of making her feel "violated" when he watched her audition wearing only a bathrobe in his hotel room.
Lea Seydoux has accused Harvey Weinstein of forcibly trying to kiss her on the lips in 2012.
Claire Forlani said she "escaped" Harvey Weinstein on five occasions. He allegedly told her about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had in turn established their careers. He also attempted to get her to give him a massage.