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James Van Der Beek Reveals Story Of Sexual Abuse By Male Executive

In wake of the Harry Weinstein scandal, the men in Hollywood like James Van Der Beek are also coming forward and sharing stories of sexual harassment from big-time industry titans.

On Thursday morning (October 12), Van Der Beek took to Twitter to reveal that he had been previously groped by a male executive. "For anyone judging the women who stayed silent, read this for perspective," he wrote to his 306,000 followers with a link to an article from The Cut called "I’m a Coward." "Also for anyone brushing off harassment as 'boys being boys. What Weinstein is being accused of is criminal. What he's admitted to is unacceptable - in any industry. I applaud everybody speaking out."

Later on, the 40-year-old actor revealed that he's had "[his] ass grabbed by older, powerful men." "I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger," he added. 

Because names started to run wild due to these revelations, Van Der Beek also had to deny any speculation around potential perpetrators. "FTR, the harassment I tweeted about was by people 99.9% of you don’t know. 2 were charged (by others) & punished. The other has since died," he wrote. "So apologies to any mentors & champions and wonderful friends I’ve made in this industry who may have been pulled into wrongful speculation. I realize I left a door open by not initially naming, but please don’t impugn innocent people w/out cause. That’s not fair. Or right."

Van Der Beek joins Everybody Hates Chris star Terry Crews, who also revealed this week that he been groped by a "high-level Hollywood executive." Scroll on below to see James Van Der Beek's full series of tweets on the matter.

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