These days, it seems we're literally inundated with accusations of sexual assault. Everywhere we turn, another public figure is being accused of sexual assault, and usually, it's not by just one woman. No, it's six or seven or sixty, or hundreds – many of them usually public figures themselves with enough wealth and clout that no one can doubt that these men couldn't have done what they're accused of doing.
It seems that the floodgates are finally open, and women feel comfortable and supported enough to name and shame their assaulters with the hopes that this will lead to more punitive measures.
This week, two more public figures were accused of assault – director Brett Ratner and actor Jeremy Piven.
Jeremy Piven, you may remember from the HBO show "Entourage" where he played high-powered agent Ari Gold.
Ratner was accused by six women including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.
@bobbyislewis and I at @Comic_Con promoting #medinahshow Bobby that shirt is killin me😂😂😂always cracking people up https://t.co/jCfl1pT63T— Natasha Henstridge (@Natasha Henstridge)1500743142.0
Even worse, when Ratner met her at a Creative Artists Agency party years later, he told her that he'd he'd ejaculated to magazine covers of her. At least two people overheard the interaction and corroborated it.
Ratner denied the charges through his lawyer.
And yet, the other four women, all of them also actresses, had similar claims.
While many people praised Ratner for being a family man, he himself admits that he keeps questionable company.once told Variety magazine that James Toback, who has been accused of assaulting over 300 women, and Roman Polanski, who drugged and raped a 13-year old girl and was convicted of it, were among his “closest friends." Birds of a feather?
Piven, for his part, has been accused of repeated sexual assault by actress Ariane Bellamar.
#HAPPYHALLOWEEN! This year I’m going as ‘the hoe that deserved to be sexually assaulted ‘cause she showed her cleav… https://t.co/UxehztZsgT— Ariane Bellamar (@Ariane Bellamar)1509450064.0
He also sent her explicit messages, which, as she notes, are documented.
And, don’t try to deny it, sir. @HBO has us on 📼 together, & I’m sure @sprint has electronic back-ups of your abusi… https://t.co/PmKIBQ3NYX— Ariane Bellamar (@Ariane Bellamar)1509406600.0
- Don't feel entitled to other people's bodies.
- Don't touch people that don't want to be touched.
- Don't touch people in ways they don't want to be touched even if they want to be touched.