Michael Oreskes

Name: Michael Oreskes

Age: 63

Role: Top editor at NPR

Accusations: 3 women say Oreskes made unwanted sexual advances toward them years ago, when he worked at the New York Times and they were seeking jobs there.

Company Reaction: Oreskes was placed on leave by NPR at the end of October, 2017 & resigned Nov 1.

Oreske’s Response: Admitted wrondoing in an internal memo, saying his behavior was “wrong and inexcusable.”

Kevin Spacey

Name: Kevin Spacey

Age: 58

Role: Academy Award-winning actor; most recently the star of the Netflix hit, “House of Cards”

Accusations: An actor named Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of sexually assaulting him in 1986 when Rapp was just 14 years old.

This was followed by 8 employees of House of Cards saying that Spacey had created a toxic work environment through a pattern of sexual harassment.

Company Reaction: Production was halted on “House of Cards,” and Netflix said they didn’t want anything to do with it if Spacey remained involved.

Spacey’s Response: Spacey took the opportunity of his apology to come out of the closet; a move that earned him tremendous backlash from all sides.


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House of Cards Employees Allege Sexual Harassment, Assault by Kevin Spacey , Money.CNN.com, by Chloe Melas, Nov 3, 2017

James Toback

Name: James Toback (updated 4/29/18)

Age: 73

Role: Hollywood screenwriter and director

Accusations: A total of 359 women have now accused Toback of sexual harassment, over a period of 4 decades. Most of the accusations amount to Toback masturbating in front of them (or on them – there a disturbingly high number of accusations that involve Toback dry-humping their leg).

38 of these women sat down for interviews with the Los Angeles Times’ Glenn Whipp for an expose he published on Oct 22, 2017 (see the Big Picture section, below). Within 24 hours, an additional 200 women had reached out to Whipp with their stories of Toback’s vulgar behavior toward them, which he published in a second story on Oct 23, 2017.

The Los Angeles Police Department said it has fielded numerous calls from women wanting to file criminal complaints against Toback.

Company Reaction: While Hollywood is disgusted, there doesn’t seem to be any one person, company or organization that could inflict serious consequences on Toback, so none have. He has, however, been dropped by his agent, Jeff Berg.

Toback’s Response: Toback categorically denies the allegations, saying it would be “biologically impossible” for him to have done everything he’s accused of, as he has diabetes and a heart condition. Rolling Stone’s Hillel Aron got a vociferous denial over the phone, which you can hear on the Response tab, below.

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“In a hotel room, a movie trailer, a public park, meetings framed as interviews or auditions quickly turned sexual. During these meetings, Toback boasted of sexual conquests with the famous and then asked humiliating personal questions. How often do you masturbate? How much pubic hair do you have? He’d tell them, they said, that he couldn’t properly function unless he “jerked off” several times a day. And then he’d dry-hump them or masturbate in front of them, ejaculating into his pants or onto their bodies and then walk away. Meeting over.”

38 Women Have Come Forward to Accuse Director James Toback of Sexual Harassment , The LA Times, by Glenn Whipp, Oct 22, 2017

200 More Women Share Their James Toback Stories, After 38 Accuse Director of Sexual Harassment, The LA Times, by Glenn Whipp, Oct 23, 2017

The majority of the accusations revolve around Toback masturbating in front of them – while she complies with his demand to pinch his nipples, while he looks into her eyes, while he watches her undress (saying it’s for an acting part), or just while he dry-humps her leg.

They’re all detailed in sordid detail in the article in the Big Picture section, but several have told their own stories in other outlets: 

Sari Kamin, Medium, 10/16/17, “I am one of the countless women that filmmaker James Toback has harassed.” 

Adrienne LaValley, actress
Starr Rinaldi, actress
Louise Post, guitarist & vocalist for Veruca Salt
Kelley Raleigh
Karen Sklaire, drama teacher
Anna Scott, LA radio reporter
Echo Danon, actress
Sari Kamin
Terri Conn, actress
Chantal Cousineau, actress
Ashly McQueen, flight attendant

Toback has now been dropped by his agent, Jeff Berg. 

Toback emphatically denied all accusations, which he categorically called “pathetic lies” in his (brief) interview with Rolling Stone reporter, Hillel Aron. 

What’s most interesting about Toback’s denial is the way he somehow manages to portray himself both as an angry, affronted man of integrity as well as a self-pitying victim who all these despicable people are just ganging up on. 

Who else have we heard exhibiting this tone, hmmm…..? (see Donald Trump)

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Roger Ailes

Name: Roger Ailes

Age: 52

Role: Chairman and CEO of Fox News for 20 years

Accusations: First Gretchen Carlson, then Megyn Kelly, accused Ailes of sexual harassment early in their careers. They were followed by some 20 other women.

The Justice Department opened an investigation into Fox News in February, 2017. They’re looking into whether Fox News failed to inform shareholders about the massive settlements that were being paid out for these sexual harassment suits for Ailes and O’Reilly.

Company Reaction: Carlson settled with 21st Century Fox for $20 million

Ailes’s Response:Ailes denied the accusations and called it a “retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract.”

Roger Ailes died May 18, 2017 at the age of 77.


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Gretchen Carlson sued Roger Ailes in June, 2016, claiming she had been fired for refusing Ailes’ unwanted sexual advances. While Carlson ultimately settled her lawsuit for $20 million, she also opened the floodgates of women who began coming forward with stories of harassment and assault by not just Roger Ailes but also Bill O’Reilly. One of the women to come forward was Megyn Kelly, who at the time was one of Fox News’s biggest stars. 

What ultimately was revealed was that there had been a pervasive culture of not just harassing and assaulting women, but also actively silencing them. Numerous Fox News executives have been accused of having been complicit in the harassment schemes of Ailes and O’Reilly. 

But sexual harassment turns out to be the least of Fox News’ problems. The Justice Department has opened an investigation into whether the network has been truthful with shareholders about the huge settlements it has been paying out for these harassment lawsuits. That investigation in turn has led to a second investigation, which is still ongoing, into whether crimes such as wire fraud were also committed. 

Money.CNN.com, by Brian Stelter
July 8 2016

NYMag.com, by Gabriel Sherman 
July 19, 2016

Ailes was forced to resign within a matter of weeks. However he was slated to receive in excess of $40 million, the amount due on his multi-year contract with Fox. There was much speculation about Ailes’ options, post-Fox. One was to join the Donald Trump campaign. However, Ailes died just a month after stepping down from Fox. 

Money.CNN.com, by Brian  Stelter
July 21, 2016

Gretchen Carlson 

Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News host, files a lawsuit against Roger Ailes on July 6, 2016. In it, she claimed she was terminated for refusing Ailes’ unwanted sexual advances. Ailes denies the allegations, but ultimately settles with Carlson for $20 million on Sept 6, 2016.

Megyn Kelly 

Instead of joining the pro-Ailes voices, Kelly, one of Fox News’s biggest stars at the time, came out publicly with accusations that Ailes had sexually harassed her a decade earlier. 


Laurie Luhn 

While most of Ailes’ accusers rebuffed his advances, Luhn gave in to him; resulting in a sexual involvement with Ailes that listed many years. Despite this fact, she says she felt “psychologically tortured” by what he did to her. 

Read Luhn’s lurid tale for yourself, to understand how such a thing could be possible. 

Andrea Tantaros 

“Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros filed a lawsuit on Monday alleging that she was sexually harassed by former network chief Roger Ailes and host Bill O’Reilly. The suit, which describes Fox News as a misogynistic, sex-fueled cult, also alleges that newly appointed Fox News co-president Bill Shine encouraged her to drop her harassment claims.” 

Read more: Money.CNN.com, by Dylan Byers, Aug 23, 2016 

Juliet Huddy 

(this one is about Bill O’Reilly) 

Roger Ailes resigns from Fox News. 

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Matt Lauer

Name: Matt Lauer

Age: 61

Role: Anchor, NBC’s The Today Show


8 female co-workers have accused Lauer of workplace harrassment and assault, including rape. Dozens more have spoken of 2 decades of abuse of power and flagrant verbal sexual harassment.
Matt Lauer Accused of Sexual Harassment by Multiple Women (Exclusive), Variety, Nov 29, 2017, by Ramin Setoodeh and Elizabeth Wagmeister

Since the original story broke, there has been a great deal of additional reporting – much of it by Ronan Farrow at The New Yorker and for his book, Catch And Kill.

Brooke Nevils (whose name was originally kept from the public) filed a human resources complaint with NBC on Nov 28, 2019 that Lauer raped her anally in a hotel room, without consent and while she was too drunk to consent, while they were reporting on the Sochi Olympics together in 2014.

She herself didn’t use the word rape in her complaint; but in the session with NBC lawyers that night, Nevils’ lawyers walked her through a series of questions that allowed her to describe what happened to her as clearly fitting the legal definition of rape. All this is reported in Farrow’s book Catch and Kill, and is summarized in this interview with NBC.

The account is also detailed in this article https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8xwd3k/matt-lauer-allegedly-raped-an-nbc-news-colleague-at-the-sochi-olympics and in this one https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/matt-lauer-rape-nbc-ronan-farrow-book-catch-kill-1203364485/

Immediate Consequences:

Lauer was fired by the end of the HR meeting with Nevils and her lawyers in the wee hours of Nov 29. This left his former colleagues Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb to break the news to the viewing public at the start of the show that morning, just 3 hours after having learned of it themselves.

Fired from NBC on Oct 17, 2017 – see the tweet

Lauer’s Initial Response:

Statement of apology on Oct 17, 2017 – read his statement

Lauer’s Ongoing Responses:

In October 2019, Lauer issued a statement denying Nevils’ allegation (after it came back into the news as the result of the publication of Farrow’s book Catch and Kill), saying it was consensual. He went on to say the allegation is “categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense,” and that it is all part of a scheme to promote Farrow’s book.

Here we would list 1, 2 or 3 articles that we as editors think most accurately and/or comprehensively captures what’s important about the set of allegations against this person. For each we include a one-paragraph summary.

Variety Magazine

conducted a 2-month investigation, during which many of Lauer’s current and past co-workers said the sexual harassment and assault was rampant. Read the story here

Need editorial summary

These are the 3 (5? 10? ) most ____ (notorious? Impactful? first???) of Matt Lauer’s accusers.  

Click here {link} for the full list; as well as links to all the reporting about the accusers and their stories.

Anonymous Accuser #1

The accuser who catalyzed Matt Lauer’s firing remains anonymous, but it has been reported that his harassment and assault of her began while they were covering the 2014 Sochi Olympics together. She and her attorney brought her accusations to NBC’s HR department on Oct ___, 2017 and Matt Lauer was fired by the network within 48 hours.

More about Anonymous Accuser #1: {link}

Anonymous Accuser #2:

Another of Matt Lauer’s anonymous accusers is a subordinate who claims that after Lauer asked her to his office, he locked the door and bent her over a chair to have intercourse. She passed out during the incident and awoke on the floor, at which time Lauer called the nurse.

More about Anonymous Accuser #2: {link} 

Addie Zinone

Present age: 41

Age at incident: 24

Role/relationship at incident: Production Assistant at NBC news

Accusation: an abuse of power that led to a month-long consensual relationship

Addie’s story: Variety.com by Ramin Satoodeh, Dec 14, 2017

More about Addie {link}  so far the only thing I’ve found that would go on a “more” page is her video interview with Megyn Kelly – unless the link for more about Addie just goes to her section of the list of all the accusers, mentioned above??

Andrew Lack, the chairman of NBC News, released the following statement on ___: I can’t find a link to this statement – it would be better to do that than to print it here. Also I”m pretty sure this isn’t the full statement…  

“Dear colleagues, on Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

Today Show host Savannah Guthrie and guest host Hoda Kotb took the air later that day to read the statement and give their reaction to their viewers. See the video here.

Matt Lauer’s only response has been to release the following statement on Oct __, 2017:

There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC. Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly. Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.

I can’t find a link to this statement – it would be better to do that than to print it here.

Ann Curry on CBS This Morning  

Corey Feldman, on The Dr. Oz Show

I haven’t been able to find a clip of him actually on the show…

The New York Times, Nov. 29, 2917

By Ellen Gabler, Jim Rutenberg, MichaelM. Grynbaum and Rachel Abrams

Mark Halperin

Name: Mark Halperin

Age: 52 (in 2017)

Role: Political analyst and NBC News and MSNBC contributor; formerly of ABC News (his employer when the sexual misconduct took place)

Halperin’s situation is notably different than almost all the other men who have been exposed by the 2017-and-beyond #MeToo era. This is because he called out his own behavior more than a decade ago, before anyone “caught” him, or accused him. He left ABC News, spent several years in therapy, and maintains that his professional relationships ever since were markedly different. Read his full statement below. 

It’s also notable however that several of his accusers are frustrated that while Mark has taken responsibility for some of what he did, he denies the remarkably similar instances of inappropriate physical contact they all report having experienced. 

They also feel that he hasn’t done enough to atone or make amends, or that he should be restored to his platform of power. They note that he hasn’t even attempted to apologize – much less make amends – to any of them privately. 


More than a dozen named and anonymous female colleagues accuse Halperin of harassment and assault – including sitting on his lap while having an erection, masturbating in front of them, and attempting to kiss and grope them against their will – during his tenure at ABC News beginning in the 90’s and into the mid 2000’s.

The two CNN articles below focus, unfortunately, on Mark; perhaps because for these 2 stories the accusers were mostly requesting anonymity. The Washington Post story does a better job of centering the 9 women they spoke to. 

‘I don’t want to sit on your lap,’ she thought. But, she alleges, Mark Halperin insisted, by Paul Farhi, Washington Post, Oct 26, 2017
Five Women Accuse Journalist Mark Halperin of Sexual Harassment, by Oliver Darcy, CNN, Oct 26, 2017
Four more women accuse Mark Halperin of harassment, bringing total to at least a dozen, by Oliver Darcy, CNN, Oct 27, 2017

Lara Setrakian was a junior reporter covering the 2006 midterm elections. Halperin was the political director for ABC News. She visited his office one day at his invitation to “talk politics.” Instead, according to Lara, “he kissed me and touched me inappropriately. I left that room shaken. I told some trusted colleagues but didn’t directly file a complaint. I was worried about the consequences of speaking out — just as many of my colleagues still are today.”

Lara continues: “I speak out now because I should have then. And because we need the broadcast industry — everyone in it — to acknowledge what happens to women in our newsrooms, including but beyond the physical abuse. Young television journalists in their 20s are often under intense pressure to look sexually attractive and physically flawless — as judged by their supervisors. Intense anxiety, self-loathing and eating disorders can ensue. With time, newswomen in their 30s and 40s can feel terrorized by the same pressure; it implies a “sell by” date to their time on air. Losing one’s sex appeal can mean losing one’s seat as a reporter. That fact stings even deeper when men can not only age gracefully, but lie, plagiarize, assault women and stay on air.”

Lara first told her story anonymously to CNN; shortly thereafter, she came forward publicly. Read Lara’s story in her own words here, in The Washington Post, Oct 27, 2017.

Dianna Goldberg May was a young researcher at ABC News in 1994 when Halperin called her into his office and invited her to sit on his lap. He had an erection. This happened 3 or 4 times. “I didn’t know what to do,” said May [the married name she now goes by], now a lawyer. “He was important. He wasn’t my superior, but he was certainly in a superior position to mine. I didn’t say anything. I didn’t know how to at the time. I knew it was wrong.”
Read Dianna’s story here in The Washington Post, Oct 26, 2017 

Eleanor McManus writes that as a 21 year old recent college grad hoping to make a career in the media business, she reached out to Halperin for career advice and he asked her to come see him. “I was thrilled that someone from ABC News was willing to meet with me — perhaps that was my way in the door. It was my first official meeting; I even had to buy a suit for the occasion.

I don’t quite remember what we talked about, but I do remember him asking me to sit down next to him on the couch. I thought it was awkward to sit on the couch when I was perfectly comfortable sitting in the chair across from his desk. But I complied, and I also remember him sitting a little too close to me.

At one point I felt a bit too uncomfortable, and I stood up to thank him for the meeting. That’s when he leaned in, tried to kiss me, and attempted to do a bit more. I didn’t want to offend the man in charge of political programming at ABC News, and I tried to be courteous and apologetic, and practically ran out of the office.

Looking back, knowing what I know now, I should not have been so courteous and apologetic. I should have told him his actions were wrong and reported him to the ABC News HR department. But, as many have said before me, I was young and naive and didn’t want to ruin my career before it even began.

Read Eleanor’s full story here on CNN, Oct 27, 2017

Emily Miller wrote on Twitter and Facebook that she was “attacked” by Halperin when she worked for ABC News. In a second tweet in the thread she wrote, “I did not report Halperin to ABC because I thought I was the only one, and I blamed myself, and I was embarrassed and I was scared of him.”

Clarissa Ward is a CNN senior correspondent who once worked with Halperin at ABC News tweeted that Halperin’s bad behavior “was an open secret.”

Many more women told anonymous stories about Halperin:

  • Another former ABC News employee, who was about 25 at the time, said Halperin would frequently press his genitals against her, despite being rebuffed. He also propositioned her for sex on the 2004 campaign trail. 
  • Another former ABC News employee says that once when she went to the ladies room, she emerged to find Halperin standing just outside the door, almost blocking her. He suggested they go into the bathroom to have sex. 
  • While on the campaign trail in 2004, another ABC News junior staffer says that Halperin suggested they go up to her hotel room and have sex. 
  • An ABC News Desk assistant in her early 20’s asked Halperin for career advice. He invited her to his office after 10pm and sat at his desk, with her sitting in a chair across from him, and masturbated throughout their conversation. 
  • While an intern at the White House in the late 90’s, Halperin offered her career advice. They went to lunch in Manhattan, and at the end of it Halperin threw her forcibly against the glass window of the restaurant and tried to kiss her. 
  • While a desk assistant on “World News Tonight” in the fall of 2006, another woman says Halperin pursued her in the office. Trying to kiss her, asking her if she had a boyfriend – despite the woman rebuffing Halperin repeatedly. 
  • Another woman, while a 19-year-old intern in 1995, says Halperin offered to help her do research. He went with her into a tiny 1-person viewing booth in a museum, at which point she noticed he had an erection. She fled, while he called after her that they should get margaritas. 


Haplerin was fired from MSNBC on Oct 17, 2017; his contract with NBC News terminated on Oct 30, 2017.

Projects with Penguin Press, Showtime and with HBO have all since been canceled.

Halperin’s Response: 

Read his full statement from Oct 27, 2017 on Twitter. What follows is an abridged version of it.

“I am profoundly sorry for the pain and anguish I have caused by my past actions.

The world is now publicly acknowledging what so many women have long known: men harm women in the workplace. For a long time at ABC News, I was part of the problem.

Towards the end of my time at ABC News, I recognized I had a problem. No one had sued me, no one had filed a Human Resources complaint against me, no colleague had confronted me. But I didn’t need a call from HR to know that I was a selfish, immature person, who was behaving in a manner that had to stop.

For several years around my departure from ABC News, I had weekly counseling sessions to work on understanding the personal issues and attitudes that caused me to behave in such an inappropriate manner.

Those who have worked with me in the past decade know that my conduct in subsequent jobs at TIME, Bloomberg, NBC News, and Showtime has not been what it was at ABC. I did not engage in improper behavior with colleagues or subordinates.

Some of the allegations that have been made against me are not true. But I realize that is a small point in the scheme of things. I bear responsibility for my outrageous conduct at ABC News.

I hope that not only will women going forward be more confident in speaking up, but also that we as an industry and society can create an atmosphere that no longer tolerates this kind of behavior.

I know I can never do enough to make up for the harm I caused [but] I work to make amends and contributions both large and small.

Updates & Developments:

October, 2019: Mark sat down for an interview with Jennie Willoughby, the woman whose viral blog post, Why I Stayed, sparked the global hashtag #AndSoIStayed. The post was about the abusive marriage she stayed in for 4 years, to former Trump presidential aide, Rob Porter.

While Jennie said on the Solving #MeToo podcast that she believes Mark’s contrition is real, the final video was unfortunately edited in such a way that much of the empathy she felt and expressed for him has been stripped out.

August, 2019: Mark Halperin attempts a comeback with Trump Book, by Ed Pilkington, The Guardian

Like a number of other men who have fallen in the #MeToo era, Halperin has attempted to return to a public stage by putting himself forward for radio interviews, and launching a current affairs email service, World Wide of News.

But writing and launching book about how to defeat Trump in 2020 – some would call it a followup to his 2008 book about the election, Game Change – is a comeback on a whole different level.

The move has his accusers and other critics extremely upset.

“Until Mark demonstrates any understanding of how destructive his behaviors were to so many, he doesn’t deserve another platform. Those promoting this book, profiting from it and supporting Mark by speaking with him are on the wrong side of history.” Dianna Goldberg May
‘He doesn’t deserve another platform’; Mark Halperin’s new book deal blasted by sexual harassment accusers, by Tim Elfrink, The Washington Post, August 19, 2019

“He leveraged his position as a prominent journalist to prey on women. He has yet to take responsibility for his actions by apologizing to his victims or demonstrating genuine contrition. Giving him a book once again puts him in a position of authority and that is a slap in the face to all the women that he has victimized,” Eleanor McManus
Disgraced Pundit Mark Halperin’s Accusers Call New Book Deal a ‘Slap in the Face’, by Justin Baragona, Audrey McNamara and Maxwell Tani, Daily Beast, Sept 9, 2019

Their uproar has in turn caused many of the 75 people Halperin interviewed for the book back pedaling hard. Check out this exchange between David Axelrod (a Halperin interviewee) and Emily Miller, one of Halperin’s accusers.