LIST: Notable Figures Facing Allegations of Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

LIST: Notable Figures Facing Allegations of Inappropriate Sexual Behavior Photo: AP, KSTP Photos

February 15, 2018 06:32 AM

Recently, sexual misconduct, harassment and assault allegations have been leveled against many prominent figures.

KSTP has compiled a list of those facing such allegations and the action that has been taken in each case. View the list below:



Rep. John Conyers (DFL-District 13, Michigan) - Conyers, the longest-serving member of the House, has been pushed to resign in the face of multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. In November 2017, Conyers announced he would step aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee while fiercely denying he acted inappropriately.

Rep. Tony Cornish (R-District 23B, Minnesota) - Cornish announced his plan to resign after two women accused him of sexual harassment.

Sen. Al Franken (Minnesota DFL senator) - Franken issued an apology and said he plans to cooperate in an ethics investigation after at least six women accused him of inappropriate behavior. Franken announced his resignation on the Senate floor Dec. 7.

Trent Franks (R-8th District, Arizona) - Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona is resigning in January after revealing that he discussed surrogacy with two female staffers.

Alex Kozinski (judge, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals) - Kozinski announced his retirement after at least 15 women made allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct against him that go back decades. The allegations include inappropriate touching and lewd comments.

Roy Moore (Alabama Republican Senate nominee) - Six women accused Moore of pursuing romantic relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was an assistant district attorney. Two have accused him of assault or molestation. Moore has denied the allegations.

Sen. Dan Schoen (DFL-District 54, Minnesota) - Schoen announced his plan to resign, and his attorney said he is set to challenge accusations made by two of three women who have accused him of sexual harassment.


Roger Ailes (former Fox News CEO) - Ailes was fired from Fox news in 2016 in the wake of a lawsuit filed by former anchor Gretchen Carlson accusing Ailes of sexual improprieties.

Mark Halperin (NBC News journalist) - Halperin was fired from NBC and his book contract was scrapped after 12 women accused him of harassment.

Garrison Keillor (former "Prairie Home Companion" host, MPR contributor) - Minnesota Public Radio terminated its contracts with Garrison Keillor and his private media companies after investigating allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him.

Matt Lauer (NBC News "Today" show host) - NBC News terminated "Today" show host Lauer after receiving a detailed complaint from a colleague "about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace" by Lauer.

Bill O'Reilly (Fox News prime-time host) - O'Reilly was fired following an investigation into harassment allegations. O'Reilly continued to deny any wrongdoing in a statement hours after he was fired.

Michael Oreskes (National Public Radio newsroom executive) - Oreskes resigned after allegations from four women of inappropriate sexual behavior or sexual harassment against him.

Charlie Rose ("CBS This Morning" host) - Rose was fired from both CBS News and PBS after eight women accused him of sexual misconduct.


John Besh (celebrity chef) - Besh stepped down from restaurant group he founded after accusations of sexual harassment by 25 women.

Louis C.K. (comedian) - C.K.'s projects, including a film release, were canceled after allegations of sexual misconduct from five women.

Patrick Connor (host, KNBR radio) - The San Francisco Bay Area radio station fired Connor for sexual comments he made about 17-year-old Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim on another station.

Michael Douglas (actor) - A woman who worked for Douglas in the late 1980s says he fondled himself in front of her - an allegation the actor has vigorously denied.

Charles Dutoit (conductor) - Four women have accused the world-renowned conductor of sexual assault on the sidelines of rehearsals and performances in Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Saratoga Springs, New York. Seven symphonies said they will release Dutoit from upcoming concert obligations while the allegations are investigated. The 81-year-old Dutoit stepped down in January 2018.

Sam Haskell (CEO, Miss America Organization) - Three former title holders who were targeted for abuse in emails to and from Miss America Organization Haskell said the group's leadership needs to be replaced.

Dustin Hoffman (actor) - Several women accused Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including an incident in which a playwright says the actor exposed himself to her in a New York hotel room when she was 16 years old. Hoffman, while not responding to all allegations, said of one incident that it "is not reflective of who I am."

John Lasseter (executive, Pixar) - Lasseter took a leave of absence from Pixar after accusations of unwanted touching were made by several women.

Roy Price (studio executive, Amazon Studios) - Price quit Amazon Studios after being accused of sexual harassment by one woman.

Brett Ratner (director) - Ratner was removed from Warner Bros. and Playboy projects after at least six women accused him of sexual harassment.

Kevin Spacey (actor) - Spacey was fired from the "House of Cards" TV production and had roles replaced in upcoming film projects after at least 24 men accused him of sexual misconduct or assault.

James Toback (writer, director) - Toback denied sexual harassment allegations made by at least 38 women.

Harvey Weinstein (producer, Weinstein Co.) - Weinstein was removed from Weinstein Co. and his membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was revoked after sexual harassment and rape allegations were leveled against him.


Reggie Lynch (center, University of Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball) - The University of Minnesota's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action recommended immediate expulsion as three sexual assault allegations emerged against the basketball player suspended in January 2018.

Warren Moon (former Vikings quarterback) - A lawsuit was filed against the Hall of Fame quarterback, accusing him of harassing an assistant for his sports marketing firm.

Larry Nassar (Michigan sports doctor) - Nassar, a former Michigan sports doctor who parlayed his reputation and personal charm into years of sexual abuse of Olympic gymnasts and other young women, was sentenced in January 2018 following the statements of more than 150 victims. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison as the judge declared: "I just signed your death warrant."

Jerry Richardson (owner, Carolina Panthers) - The Panthers announced Richardson was selling the NFL franchise amid an investigation by the league into allegations of sexual and racist misconduct by Richardson in the workplace.

Miguel Sano (third baseman, Minnesota Twins) - A Minnesota sports photographer with a presence in the camera well at Target Field accused Sano of assault. Sano denied the allegations, stating, "It never happened."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Rebecca Omastiak

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