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The ‘Wreckoning’: List of accused grows

On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan joined the chorus of those calling on Rep. John Conyers to resign. Immediately. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi finally joined, after defending Conyers for days.

Must Read Alaska readers have helped compile a list of well-known and politically powerful men who have recently been accused of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct toward those over whom they hold power. Readers have culled the names from media sources that include the Associated Press to Breitbart News.

These gentlemen, mainly of the Left, have joined Weinstein in the unfolding “Sexual Revolution’s Reign of Terror,” as one blogger has dubbed it:

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Celebrity chef John Besh: Accused by 25 women of sexual harassment; stepped down from his company.

Singer Nick Carter: Accused by singer Melissa Schuman of rape that she says occurred 15 years ago. He denies.

Comedian Louis C.K.: Accused of sexual misconduct. His latest film is on hold, and Netflix special canceled. He apologized.

Cinefamily executives Hadrian Belove and Shadie Elnashai: Accused of sexual misconduct.

Actor Richard Dreyfuss: Accused of sexual harassment. He denies.

Film producer Adam Fields: Accused of offering a promotion in exchange for sex. He denies.

Director-producer Gary Goddard: Accused of sexually molesting a 12-year old boy many years ago. He denies.

Casting couch employee Andy Henry: Urged women to strip while working on the “CSI” series. Has been fired.

Actor Dustin Hoffman: Accused by a woman of sexual harassment when she was 17. He apologized.

Playwright Israel Horowitz: Accused of sexual misconduct with a 16-year-old actress, and eight others.

Actor Robert Knepper: Accused by one woman of sexual assault. He denies.

Showrunner Andrew Kreisberg: Accused by 19 women of sexual harassment and groping. He denies.

Pixar, Disney Animation chief John Lasseter: Accused by women of unwanted touching. He says they were missteps and he is taking a leave of absence.

Actor Jeremy Piven: Accused by three of sexual misconduct. He denies.

Filmmaker Brett Ratner: Accused by at least six women of sexual harassment. Playboy shelved projects with Ratner and Ratner stepped away from Warner Bros. He denies the allegations.

Comedy festival organizer Gilbert Rozon: Accused by nine women of sexually harassing or assaulting them. Rozon stepped down as president of Montreal’s “Just for Laughs” festival and apologized.

Producer Chris Savino: Accused of harassing up to 12 women. Fired from Nickelodeon. He apologized.

Actor Steven Seagal: Accused by two women of rape. He denies.

Def Jam Records mogul Russell Simmons: Accused by model Keri Claussen Khalighi of coercing her to perform a sex act and later penetrating her without her consent in his New York apartment in 1991. Simmons says it was consensual. Also now accused of rape.

Actor Tom Sizemore: Accused of groping an 11-year-old actress in 2003. He denies.

Actor Kevin Spacey: Accused by at least 24 men of sexual misconduct or assault. London police reportedly investigating two sexual assaults. Fired from “House of Cards.” He has self-reported that he is seeking treatment.

Director Oliver Stone: Accused by Melissa Gilbert of sexually harassing her. Former Playboy model Carrie Stevens said he groped her during a party. Stone has not responded to the allegations.

Actor Jeffrey Tambor: Accused of sexual misconduct. He denies.

Actor George Takei: One man alleges sexual assault. He denies.

Writer-director James Toback: Accused by hundreds of women of sexual harassment. Beverly Hills police investigating. He denies.

“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner: Accused by one woman of sexual harassment. He denies.

Producer Harvey Weinstein: Accused by dozens of women of sexual harassment or sexual assaults, including rape. Fired by The Weinstein Co. and expelled from various professional guilds. Under investigation by police departments in New York, London, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. Weinstein denies, says it was consensual.

Actor Ed Westwick: Accused by two women of sexual assault. BBC pulled an Agatha Christie adaptation from its  schedule and halted a sitcom starring the former “Gossip Girl’ actor. Los Angeles police are investigating. He denies.

NBC News talent booker Matt Zimmerman: Accused of inappropriate conduct by multiple women at the network. He was fired.

NBC “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer:  Accused of inappropriate sexual behavior. He was fired.

Garrison Keillor, former host of “A Prairie Home Companion”:  Accused by one woman at Minnesota Public Radio for a touching incident. He was fired. Washington Post dropped his column.

Senior CNN Producer Teddy Davis, of Jake Tapper’s State of the Union. Accused of behavior “that does not align with the standards and values of CNN. He was fired.

Billboard magazine executive Stephen Blackwell: Accused of sexual harassment by one woman. He resigned.

Penguin Random House art director Giuseppe Castellano: Accused by one woman of sexual harassment. Penguin Random House is investigating.

New Republic publisher Hamilton Fish: Accused of multiple sexual harassment acts. He resigned.

Bloomberg/NBC Commentator Mark Halperin: Accused of harassing about 12 women while at ABC News. Book contract terminated. Fired from job at NBC News. Denies most allegations.

Artforum publisher Knight Landesman: Accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and sued by one woman. He resigned.

NPR news chief Michael Oreskes: Accused of inappropriate behavior or sexual harassment by at least four women while at The New York Times, NPR and The Associated Press. He was fired.

Amazon executive Roy Price: Accused by one woman of sexual harassment. He resigned.

PBS and CBS host Charlie Rose: Accused by several women of unwanted sexual advances, groping and grabbing women, walking naked in front of them or making lewd phone calls. He has apologized for his behavior. But he also challenges the accusations.

New York Times White House reporter Glenn Thrush: Accused of making drunken, unwanted advances on women. He disputes some accusations but has said he had had a drinking problem. Suspended.

Webster Public Relations CEO Kirt Webster: Accused of sexual assault by one woman. Firm renamed and Webster is “taking time away.”

Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner: Accused by one man of sexual harassment. He says he is sorry, didn’t mean it.

Fashion photographer Terry Richardson: Accused of sexual harassment for years and now banned from working with Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ.

National Public Radio Chief News Editor David Sweeney: Accused of sexual harassment. Fired.

Editorial Director Lockhart Steele, Vox Media: Accused of sexual harassment. Fired.

Unnamed Employee, Vox Media: Accused of sexual harassment. Resigned.

Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief and MSNBC Contributor David Corn: Multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and untoward touching.

Literary Editor Leon Wiesletier, the New Republic: Accused of sexual harassment.

Publisher Hamilton Fish, the New Republic: Numerous allegations of sexual harassment

Writer Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone magazine: Wrote a memoir about the sexual abuse of female staffers. Now says it was fiction.

Publisher Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone magazine:  Accused of sexual misconduct

Senior Editor Ian Prior, The Guardian newspaper: Accused of sexual harassment, groping.

Unnamed Guardian employee: Accused of sexual harassment, groping.

Matt Sullivan, Guardian: Accused of sexual misconduct, groping. Fired.

Fashion Photographer Bruce Weber: Accused of sexual advances with a male model.

Opera conductor James Levine: Accused of sex with an underage teenage boy for years.

Geraldo Rivera: Accused last week of drugging and gropping Bette Midler in the 1970s. He has apologized.

Politics

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel: Accused of sexually inappropriate comments and behavior toward a number of women, Bittel resigned.

Florida Democratic state Sen. Jeff Clemens: Resigned after a report that he had an extramarital affair with a lobbyist.

Florida Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala is being investigated by the Senate over allegations of harassment and groping. Latvala denies.

Former President George H.W. Bush: Accused of patting seven women below the waist while posing for photos with them in recent years, well after he left office. The 93-year-old Republican has issued repeated apologies through a spokesman “to anyone he has offended,” with the spokesman noting that the former president uses a wheelchair and that his arm sinks below people’s waists when they take photos with him.

U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.): Accused of sexual harassment toward staffers in his office. Settled one claim of harassment. He denies the allegations.

Minnesota Democratic state Sen. Dan Schoen and Republican Rep. Tony Cornish: Accused of groping and persistent advances and sexting. They both say they are resigning.

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.): Accused of forcibly kissing Los Angeles radio anchor Leeann Tweeden while rehearsing for a 2006 USO tour; was  photographed with his hands over her breasts as she slept. Accused by three other women of touched their bottoms. Franken apologized, sort of. Senate ethics investigation under way.

Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover: Settled a sexual harassment claim from a staffer. Stepped down as speaker but denies the harassment allegation. He remains in the Legislature.

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore (R.-Ala.): Accused of sexually assaulting two women decades ago when they were teenagers; about a half-dozen other women have accused Moore of inappropriate conduct. The former state Supreme Court chief justice denies and is resisting pressure from national GOP to withdraw.

Johnny Anderson, a staffer for Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards: Accused of sexual harassment, the deputy chief of staff for programs resigned but denies.

Nevada Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen: Accused by a former aide  of repeatedly making sexual advances toward her during the 2016 congressional campaign.

ALASKA POLITICS

Artist and former legislative aide Dani Bickford has accused former lawmakers of sexual harassment, including Jay Ramras, John Harris, and Bill Thomas, and she has accused a former coworker of complicity, and a current senator of sexual harassment, based on reports she had read on a blog. None but current Sen. David Wilson has made comments, and he has defended himself against the accusations.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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