How do you apologize when accused of sexual misconduct? In Hollywood, it runs the gamut

Christie D'Zurilla, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Traditionally, this is the time of year when Hollywood practices its acceptance speeches; instead many high-profile members of the entertainment industry have been perfecting their apologies.

As the number of men accused of sexual harassment and misconduct continues to increase, so do the ways in which the industry, and the accused, respond. Where it took a week for Harvey Weinstein to be ousted from his company after he was accused by multiple women in The New York Times and The New Yorker, Pixar's John Lasseter was put on leave and "Today's" Matt Lauer fired before any accusations were made public.

The men's responses have varied. Some, including Brett Ratner, James Toback, Ed Westwick and Jeremy Piven, have simply denied all charges, and Weinstein denies allegations of rape. But most have issued some form of public apology, whether for specific acts or for any misunderstanding or harm that they might have unintentionally caused.

The denials often prompted more women and men to come forward with new allegations, and the apologies have not fared much better, perhaps because they have shared certain notes. The apologia chorus:


Harvey Weinstein: "I so respect all the women and regret what happened."


Kevin Spacey: "I have a lot of respect and admiration for (accuser) Anthony Rapp as an actor."

Dustin Hoffman: "I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put (a former intern) in an uncomfortable situation."

Sen. Al Franken: "While I don't remember the rehearsal for the skit as (my accuser) does, I understand why we need to listen to and believe women's experiences."

Russell Simmons: "This is a time of transition. The voices of the voiceless, those who have been hurt or shamed, deserve and need to be heard."


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