American History: #MeToo, 5 Years Later: Chronology of Revolutionary Movement–Allegations, Accountability, Activism

Timeline of Allegations, Accountability, Activism





Activist Tarana Burke coins “Me Too” on MySpace.


Oct. 17: Comedian Hannibal Buress’ riff about Bill Cosby resurfaces rape accusations, and investigation of Cosby follows.


July 21: Fox News chairman Roger Ailes forced out– allegations that he sexually harassed several women at the company.

Oct. 7: “When you’re a star, they let you do it”–Washington Post publishes leaked Access Hollywood footage in which then presidential candidate Donald Trump boasts of committing sexual assault.

Woman’s March of Jan. 21, 2017, set stage for takedowns of alleged abusers. SARAH MORRIS/GETTY IMAGES

Jan. 21:

Millions of Americans participate in Women’s March, one day after President Trump’s inauguration.

March 19: Fox News ousts Bill O’Reilly after multiple harassment claims.

Oct. 5: “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades”— The New York Times publishes Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s investigation of Hollywood’s worst-kept secret.

Oct. 10: The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow cites 13 women accusing Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.

Oct. 10: On Twitter, Terry Crews accuses WME agent Adam Venit of groping him.

Oct. 11: One day after publicly condemning Weinstein, Ben Affleck apologizes on Twitter to actress who’d accused him of groping her in 2003.

New York Times’ Oct. 5, 2017, exposé on Harvey Weinstein. COURTESY IMAGE

Oct. 12: Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigns after an Amazon producer tells about his abusive advances: “You will love my dick.”

Oct. 15: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as reply to this tweet,” Alyssa Milano posted on Twitter.

The hashtag goes global: #YoTambien #BalanceTonPorc #QuellaVoltaChe

Oct. 17: female showrunner on a Weinstein drama accuses Bob Weinstein of making repeated unwelcome advances.

Oct. 17: “Let’s break this curse” — in solidarity with #MeToo, Björk accuses director Lars von Trier of long-term harassment.

Oct. 22: Los Angeles Times interviews 38 women accusing director James Toback of harassment and assault. More than 200 women would eventually come forward.

Nov. 1: “He physically forced himself on me,” Natasha Henstridge accuses Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct, tells the Los Angeles Times.

Nov. 2: Accused of rape, Danny Masterson fired from Netflix’s The Ranch, which is eventually canceled.

Nov. 8: Deadline reports that Kevin Spacey’s scenes in All the Money in the World will be reshot with Christopher Plummer.

Nov. 9: “A Third Woman Accuses Jeremy Piven of Sexual Assault: ‘I Was Fighting Back Tears’”–People

Nov. 9: “He told me I owed it to him to let him see me naked,” Mad Men writer Kater Gordon says of creator Matt Weiner in The Information.

Nov. 10: Louis C.K., responds to claims that he masturbated in front of women without their explicit consent

Nov. 17: Amazon fires Jeffrey Tambor from Transparent after multiple harassment claims.

Nov. 20: Charlie Rose dropped by CBS, PBS and Bloomberg after 8 women accuse him of sexual misconduct.

Nov. 21: “John Lasseter Taking Leave of Absence From Pixar Amid ‘Missteps’”

Nov. 29: NBC fires Today host Matt Lauer after the first of several accusations of misconduct.

Nov. 29: Minnesota Public Radio terminates its contract with Garrison Keillor following a report of inappropriate behavior with a subordinate.

Dec. 3: New York’s Metropolitan Opera suspends conductor James Levine after 3 men said he sexually abused them when they were teenagers.

Dec. 6: Five women, including Ashley Judd, appear on Time‘s Person of the Year cover, titled “The Silence Breakers.”

Dec. 7: Pressured by fellow Democratic senators, Al Franken announces his resignation over misconduct allegations he largely denied.

Dec. 11: Celebrity chef Mario Batali admits the claims against him are true and apologizes, leaving his show and restaurants.

Dec. 13: “I’m part of the problem”: Documentarian Morgan Spurlock cancels himself, making public a rape accusation against him and stepping away from his projects.

Dec. 14: “Dustin Hoffman Accused of Exposing Himself to a Minor, Assaulting Two Women”

Dec. 19: Silicon Valley Star T.J. Miller Accused of Sexually Assaulting and Punching a Woman”


Jan. 1: 

Formation of Time’s Up–founding donors include Shonda Rhimes, Ashley Judd, Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman

Jan. 5: Several women accuse Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis of rape.

Jan. 7:

Stars dress in black and wear Time’s Up pins to the Golden Globes.

Jan. 8: Catherine Deneuve and more than 100 other prominent French women sign a letter denouncing overreach of the #MeToo movement.

Jan. 11: “Five Women Accuse Actor James Franco of Inappropriate or Sexually Exploitative Behavior” — Los Angeles Times

Jan. 11: Community writer Megan Ganz publicly forgives creator Dan Harmon for harassing her, following his full-throated apology.

Jan. 14: publishes an anonymous woman’s account of a date with comedian Aziz Ansari, stirring controversy over what constitutes sexual misconduct.

Jan. 15: Timothée Chalamet donates his salary from Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York to Time’s Up, among other causes. Co-stars Selena Gomez and Rebecca Hall follow suit.

March 4: Allegations of inappropriate on-set behavior hanging over him, 2017’s best actor winner, Casey Affleck, sits out the 2018 Oscars.

March 28: After investigation, AMPAS clears its president, John Bailey, of sexual harassment accusations.

April 26: Former NBC anchor Linda Vester accuses Tom Brokaw of sexual harassment: “I felt powerless to say no. He could ruin my career.”

May 18: The first of several women accuses French director Luc Besson of sexual assault.

May 24: “I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”—Morgan Freeman about allegations of harassment

May 25: Harvey Weinstein arrested on rape charges; he posts $1 million bail.

Aug. 19:  New York Times reports that Asia Argento, one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, settled separate sexual assault complaint made against her.

Sept. 9: “Leslie Moonves Negotiates His Exit From CBS, Six Women Raise New Assault and Harassment Claims”–New Yorker

Sept. 16: Christine Blasey Ford goes public with accusation of rape against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is confirmed 20 days later.

Bill Cosby on the first day of his trial in September 2018. MARK MAKELA/GETTY IMAGES

Sept. 25: Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years for drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.

Oct. 4: Burke speaks at a town hall in Chicago titled “Keeping Black Girls at the Center of #MeToo.”

Dec. 5: Lena Dunham, an early #MeToo supporter, apologizes for initially defending Girls writer Murray Miller against an allegation of sexual assault.

Dec. 18: Amber Heard publishes an op-ed in The Washington Post speaking out against domestic abuse — prompting ex Johnny Depp to sue for defamation.


Feb. 13: Ex-wife Mandy Moore, Phoebe Bridgers and other women accuse singer Ryan Adams of harassment and emotional abuse in a New York Times report.

Feb. 18: Time’s Up chief executive Lisa Borders resigns amid misconduct allegations against her son.

March 6: “‘I Need to Be Careful’: Texts Reveal Warner CEO Kevin Tsujihara Promoted Actress Amid Apparent Sexual Relationship”

July 6: Financier Jeffrey Epstein is arrested for sex trafficking of minors and dies in his jail cell a month later.

Sept. 24: Plácido Domingo cuts ties with the Met Opera amid sexual harassment probe.


March 6: Hachette Book Group cancels Allen’s memoir Apropos of Nothing after employee walkout and protest by HBG author Farrow, Allen’s estranged son.

Feb. 28: Several women walk out of France’s César Awards after Roman Polanksi’s Officer and a Spy wins the top prize.

March 11:

Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years for rape and sexual abuse.

May 22: Lawyer for Tara Reade, who accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, drops her as client, citing credibility issues.

July 2: Epstein’s confidant Ghislaine Maxwell is arrested.

Nov. 2: Depp loses UK trial against The Sun for calling him a “wife beater.”


Feb. 1: Evan Rachel Wood accuses ex Marilyn Manson: “He started grooming me when I was teenager and horrifically abused me for years.”

Feb. 11: “There was a rule. Saying. He’s not allowed in a room with Michelle again,” posts Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Michelle Trachtenberg regarding her on-set experience with creator Joss Whedon.

April 27: Publisher W.W. Norton takes best-selling Philip Roth: The Biography out of print after accusations of sexual assault against its author, Blake Bailey.

Aug. 26: Time’s Up CEO Tina Chen resigns amid criticism of the organization’s role in defending New York Governor Andrew Cuomo against allegations of sexual harassment.


March 10: Paris court upholds 2018 rape charges against actor Gérard Depardieu.

April 13: “This is not fair. This is not just. This is not American.” Frank Langella refutes allegations of inappropriate conduct that got him fired from Netflix series The Fall of the House of Usher.

May 6: Fred Savage fired from the Wonder Years reboot after investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.

June 1: Depp wins a $10 million defamation case against Heard, in a trial widely seen as undermining the #MeToo movement.

June 29: R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison on charges involving sexual exploitation of children.

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