Two Hollywood actors claim they have been sexually harassed

Actor James Van der Beek (left) and Terry Crews revealed that they have faced sexual harassment in their career.
Actor James Van der Beek (left) and Terry Crews revealed that they have faced sexual harassment in their career.PHOTO: AFP, HBO

LOS ANGELES (WP) - Actor James Van der Beek revealed on Wednesday that he faced sexual harassment early in his career.

In a series of tweets, the 40-year-old Dawson's Creek star said he had been targeted by older, powerful men.

"I've had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger," he wrote."I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness and inability to blow the whistle. There's a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome."

Van der Beek later tweeted: "The harassment I tweeted about was by people 99.9 per cent of whom you don't know. Two were charged (by others) & punished. The other has since died."

On Tuesday, actor Terry Crews also shared his experience of being groped by a "high level Hollywood executive". Crews said he was at a Hollywood function last year with his wife when the incident happened.

The 49-year-old Brooklyn Nine-Nine star decided not to pursue the matter because he was worried about jeopardising his career.