October 13, 2017 at 2:15 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
James Van Der Beek reveals sexual harassment by ‘powerful men’

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Actor James Van Der Beek has revealed that while working as a young actor he encountered sexual harassment from industry executives.

Van Der Beek, best known for his role as Dawson in teen drama “Dawson’s Creek,” defended the victims in the Harvey Weinstein scandal in a series of tweets.

“For anyone judging the women who stayed silent, read this for perspective,” Van Der Beek writes. “Also for anyone brushing off harassment as ‘boys being boys.”

“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…” Van Der Beek continued. “I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle. There’s a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome.”

Van Der Beek isn’t the only male actor to share similar stories of sexual harassment. Terry Crews and Rob Schneider have also revealed their encounters with top male executives.

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