Powerful men accused of sexual misconduct: A running list

Anchors, moguls, politicians include Matt Lauer, Russell Simmons, Mario Batali

By Michelle Ganley - Online Editor
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Mario Batali attends a dinner as part of the Bank of America Dinner series curated by Chefs Club at Bank of America Building on October 13, 2016 in New York City (Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for NYCWFF).

(GMG) - Just in the past month or so alone, allegations against "The Chew" co-host Mario Batali, "Today" show host Matt Lauer and humorist Garrison Keillor led to their prompt dismissals or suspensions, while music mogul Russell Simmons stepped down from the companies he founded after a second allegation of sexual misconduct surfaced.

And the list keeps growing.

Yes, prominent men have faced sexual misconduct claims before.

But the accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein have opened a floodgate, sparked an international conversation and put new pressure on companies, industries, and political leaders to respond. President Donald Trump has condemned some of the accused, been more muted about others, and found himself again being asked about sexual harassment and misconduct allegations leveled against him during last year's presidential campaign. The Republican says they're fake.

The #Metoo moment is also prompting re-examination of past sexual misconduct claims against powerful men, as well. Check out the graphic below for a running list.

 

 

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