And Another. And Another.

[Content Note: Sexual assault.]

As more people come forward to share their stories of being sexually harassed and/or assaulted by prominent men, two more men are facing allegations.

1. Amy Kaufman and Daniel Miller at the L.A. Times: Six Women Accuse Filmmaker Brett Ratner of Sexual Harassment or Misconduct.
On Ratner's behalf, [his attorney Martin Singer] "categorically" disputed their accounts.

"I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment," Singer said in a 10-page letter to The Times. "Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client."
That may be, but Ratner is yet another figure whose predatory behavior has long been an open secret.
In December, Tina Fey, speaking at the Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, cracked: "Brett Ratner is here. In his defense, he thought this was a thing where you could eat breakfast off of 100 women."
The whispers are becoming a cacophony of shouted accusations against these guys. There are a lot of men shaking in their boots that they will be next. Good. I hope they are.

2. Paul Farhi at the Washington Post: NPR's Top Editor Placed on Leave After Accusations of Sexual Harassment.
NPR is investigating allegations by two women who said the head of its news department made unwanted physical contact with them while he was employed by another news organization nearly two decades ago.

The women, both journalists at the time of the alleged incidents, made the accusations in recent weeks against Michael Oreskes, senior vice president of news and editorial director at the Washington-based public broadcasting organization.

In response to the allegations, NPR said Tuesday that it has placed Oreskes on indefinite leave.

In separate complaints, the women said Oreskes — at the time, the Washington bureau chief of the New York Times — abruptly kissed them while they were speaking with him about working at the newspaper. Both of them told similar stories: After meeting Oreskes and discussing their job prospects, they said he unexpectedly kissed them on the lips and stuck his tongue in their mouths.
For fuck's sake.

If you, like me, are wondering whether the head of NPR's news division being a misogynist predator with zero respect for women might have influenced their coverage of the first woman ever nominated for the United States presidency by a major party, well, that's just another mystery lost to the sands of time.


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