3 Years After #MeToo, Hollywood Grapples With a New Crop of Accusations

J. Clara Chan and Beatrice Verhoeven
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More than three years after the #MeToo movement arose in Hollywood, a new crop of accusations has been leveled against prominent celebrities for sexual abuse or harassment, some of them — including 34-year-old actors Armie Hammer and Shia LaBeouf — on the younger end of those previously accused of misconduct. This time, the consequences have been relatively swift, sometimes after a single accuser or even an anonymous one has come to light. Hammer, for example, dropped out of Lionsgate’s “Shotgun Wedding” shortly after photographs of salacious private messages hinting at cannibalism and rough sex circulated anonymously online. CAA parted ways with LaBeouf (when LaBeouf decided to take a break from acting to focus on recovery) after his ex-girlfriend, singer FKA Twigs, filed a lawsuit over sexual battery and assault. Marilyn Manson was accused by one of his exes, actress Evan Rachel Wood, of grooming and “horrifically” abusing her — and promptly lost his talent representation, record label and two TV roles. And this week, the once-powerful writer-director-producer Joss Whedon faced new accusations of misconduct, this time from former “Angel” cast member Charisma Carpenter. After WarnerMedia dropped him from HBO’s “The Nevers” last fall amid an investigation into reports of his...

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