James Van Der Beek says he's been groped by 'older, powerful men'

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James Van Der Beek is opening up about harassment he says he faced early in his career, in light of widespread sexual misconduct allegations launched at movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

"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," the 40-year-old actor shared on Twitter Wednesday. "I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle. There’s a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome."

Van Der Beek shot to fame in the late 90s as star of the hit teen drama series Dawson's Creek, and has gone on to star in TV shows Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23, and What Would Diplo Do? for Viceland.

His revelations come after actresses including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, Cara Delevingne and Kate Beckinsale, among others, described sexual advances and inappropriate behaviour on the part of Weinstein.

Earlier this week Terry Crews also went on record as being groped by a high-level Hollywood executive.

Van Der Beek later added that the people he tweeted about wouldn't be widely known by the public, and two of the accused were charged by others, and another has since passed away.

Given his experience, he shares his respect for those who have shared their stories.

"What Weinstein is being accused of is criminal. What he’s admitted to is unacceptable - in any industry. I applaud everybody speaking out," he tweeted.
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