Entertainment Celebrity Sylvester Stallone stands accused as allegations continue to mount
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Sylvester Stallone stands accused as allegations continue to mount

Sylvester Stallone accused of sexual assault
Sylvester Stallone in 1986, around the time of the alleged sexual assault. Photo: Getty
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Hollywood was shaken to its very foundations by the accusations of sexual misconduct levelled at powerhouse producer Harvey Weinstein, as broken by the New York Times.

Since the Weinstein bombshell, the dominos have fallen in Hollywood, as more women felt emboldened to speak out against the powerful and heavyweights of entertainment.

The latest to stand accused is Rocky star Sylvester Stallone and his bodyguard, who allegedly sexually assaulted a teenage girl at a Las Vegas hotel more than three decades ago.

The 16-year-old girl filed a report with Las Vegas police, claiming she was “intimidated” into having sex with the then 40-year-old actor and bodyguard Michael De Luca in 1986, according to the Daily Mail.

The alleged victim was threatened by Stallone to not tell anyone after the incident, and if she did “they would have to beat her head in”, the paper reported.

Stallone, through his spokeswoman Michelle Bega, has denied the allegations, calling it a “ridiculous, categorically false story”.

As yet more women (and men) are emboldened to speak out against their accused abusers, we take a look at some of the most high-profile names involved.

The accused

Justice League star and two-time Oscar-winner Ben Affleck has been accused of sexual harassment by One Tree Hill actress and former MTV presenter Hilarie Burton, and by makeup artist Annamarie Tendler.

Burton and the One Tree Hill crew have also accused showrunner Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment. He has been suspended from current show Royals.

Netflix’ House of Cards have fired Kevin Spacey after allegations of sexual assault of a minor made by Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp, who was 15 years old at the time. Many more men have come forward, including 20 from his tenure at London’s Old Vic theatre. Director Ridley Scott has cut Spacey from his already completed film All the Money in the World, re-shooting his scenes with Christopher Plummer.

Actor and comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple colleagues including Rebecca Corry.

Actor Steven Seagal has been accused of sexual harassment by actresses including Portia de Rossi and Julianna Margulies.

Dustin Hoffman, star of Rain Man and The Graduate, has been accused of sexual harassment by writer Anna Graham Hunter.

Dustin Hoffman. Photo: Getty

Oliver Stone, director of Natural Born Killers and JFK, has been accused of sexual harassment by actress Carrie Stevens.

Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor has quit the award-winning Amazon series in which he plays trans woman Maura Pfefferman, after accusations of sexual harassment by co-star Trace Lysette and former assistant Van Barnes, which he denies.

Trans actress Lysette said: “My hope is that Amazon can find the good in this, and use this as an opportunity, a teachable moment to re-centre the other trans characters in this show with the family members instead of just pulling it.”

Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick has been accused of sexual assault by three women.

Danny Masterson, star of Netflix series The Ranch and formerly That ’70s Show has been accused of sexual assault.

Star Trek lead George Takei, currently in Australia on a talking tour, has been accused of sexual assault by model Scott R. Brunton, strenuously denying the claims while on stage at the Melbourne Town Hall on Thursday.

Director and producer Brett Ratner has been accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault by several women including X-Men star Ellen Page, who also says he outed her. Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot has forced him out of her superhero sequel.

The Lost Boys and Goonies actor Corey Feldman has accused both co-star Jon Grissom and also Alphy Hoffman, who ran a kids’ club for young actors, of sexually assaulting him as a child.

Producer and writer Gary Goddard has been accused of sexually assaulting ER actor Anthony Edwards when he was a teenager.

Bugsy director and screenwriter James Toback has been accused of sexual harassment by hundreds of women.

Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton has been accused of sexual harassment by journalist Danielle Young.

Andrew Kreisberg, executive producer and writer on multiple DC Comics TV series – including Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl – has been suspended following multiple accusations of sexual harassment on set.

Eddie Berganza, longstanding DC Comics editor, was fired following multiple accusation of sexual harassment from co-workers. 

Amazon Studios head Roy Price resigned after accusations of sexual harassment made by The Man in the High Castle producer Isa Hackett.

Fashion photographer Terry Richardson has been banned from shooting for Condé Nast publications following accusations of sexual harassment.

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Model Gisele Bündchen and Terry Richardson in 2013. Photo: Getty

Harvey Weinstein’s brother and former business partner Bob Weinstein also stands accused of sexual harassment by The Mist showrunner, Amanda Segel.

Hollywood agent Adam Venit has been stood aside following a sexual harassment claim by Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Terry Crews.

Mark Halperin, The Circus presenter, journalist, MSNBC analyst and author, stands accused of sexually harassment and assault during his time at ABC News.

Comedian and Netflix’ Love guest star Andy Dick has been fired from the Raising Buchanan film set after accusations of sexual harassment.

Former President George H.W. Bush has accused of sexual harassment by several women, including Turn: Washington’s Spies star Heather Lind.

Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore (Alabama) has been accused of both sexual harassment and sexual assault, but denies the accusations and refuses to pull out of the race.

Former comedian turned US Senator Al Franken has been accused of sexual harassment by his one-time stand-up colleague, now radio presenter Leeann Tweeden. “I felt disgusted and violated,” she said.

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