James Van Der Beek Says He Was Sexually Assaulted: ‘I’ve Had My Ass Grabbed By Older, Powerful Men’

As the stream of accusations against Harvey Weinstein grows, actor James Van Der Beek has become the latest celebrity to speak out about the time he became a victim of sexual assault.

“I’ve had my ass grabbed by older, powerful men, I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger,’ the What Would Diplo Do? star tweeted early Thursday morning.

“I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle. There’s a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome,” he added.

“For anyone judging the women who stayed silent, read this for perspective. Also for anyone brushing off harassment as ‘boys being boys’…What Weinstein is being accused of is criminal,” said the former Dawson’s Creek star.

“What he’s admitted to is unacceptable — in any industry. I applaud everybody speaking out”

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews also took to Twitter to open up about the time he was sexually assaulted by a “high level Hollywood executive.”

“My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates,” he said in a series of tweets recounting the incident.