- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 12, 2017

James Van Der Beek has apologized after alleging on Twitter that he was groped by “older, powerful men” in Hollywood, saying the vagueness in his tweets led to some wrongful finger pointing.

The “Dawson’s Creek” veteran took to Twitter early Thursday to praise the numerous women who have come forward to allege sexual assault and harassment by disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, saying he has also faced inappropriate behavior in the industry.

“What Weinstein is being accused of is criminal. What he’s admitted to is unacceptable - in any industry. I applaud everybody speaking out,” Mr. Van Der Beek wrote. “I’ve had my ass grabbed by older, powerful men, I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger…”

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

Mr. Van Der Beek returned to Twitter 10 hours later after his comments made national headlines, saying the men who allegedly harassed him have already been brought to justice.

“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,” the actor 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,” he added.

Mr. Van Der Beek isn’t the first male actor to allege sexual harassment in Hollywood. On Tuesday, Terry Crews said a “high level Hollywood executive” grabbed his testicles.

“This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME,” the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star wrote in a series of tweets.

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