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Actor James Van Der Beek revealed that he had been sexually assaulted

12 October 2017, 05:00 | Glen Norman

39;I applaud everybody speaking out': James Van Der Beek in September Credit Rich Fury

39;I applaud everybody speaking out': James Van Der Beek in September
Rich Fury

"For anyone judging the women who stayed silent, read this for perspective". "I understand the shame is unjustified, the inability to say stop".

Besides the men who've finally come clean about their sexual harassment experiences, over 15 women - including successful A-listers - have spoken out about various Hollywood men's sexual advances.

Van Der Beek added: "For anyone brushing off harassment as "boys being boys" ..."

"What Weinstein is being accused of is criminal", he said. What he's admitted to is unacceptable - in any industry.

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.

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Then, he goes in on his own experiences of harassment in Hollywood, saying that he was groped by "older, powerful men" and how they cornered him in inappropriate situations when he was much younger.

"There's a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome", Van Der Beek said. "Because this kind of thing happened to ME", he tweeted. American football player turned actor Terry Crews revealed earlier this week that a "high level Hollywood executive" groped him.

"Jumping back I said What are you doing?!" 'My wife saw everything and we looked at him like he was insane. "He just grinned like a jerk (sic)", he continued. "'240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho' would be the headline the next day", he wrote.

'He called me the next day with an apology but never really explained why he did what he did.

James Van Der Beek has confessed that he was sexually harassed by an "older" and "powerful" man when he was younger.

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"I understand and empathize with those who have remained silent".

Crews shared his story because he wanted people to know that Weinstein "is not the only perpetrator".

Harvey Weinstein is accused of sexually harassing and raping more than 25 women.

It has led to him being fired from the film company he founded and his wife leaving him.

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