Another day, another career crashed or reputation stained.
In less than seven weeks, a cascade of 30 men prominent in their field — from entertainment to politics to journalism to business — have been accused of unacceptable sexual behavior. The gamut runs from inappropriate texting or touching to rape. It includes heterosexual and same-sex behavior.
The national conversation is welcomed by many who believe it is overdue.
But each new revelation tends to push previous ones to the sidelines, with exceptions such as Alabama candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore.
Remember Mark Halperin? It’s only been since Oct. 26 that the NBC News and MSNBC contributor was accused of the sexual harassment of at least five women. He lost his job and issued a public statement: “I am profoundly sorry for the pain and anguish I have caused by my past actions. I apologize sincerely to the women I mistreated.”
To help keep track, The New York Times has compiled a running list of prominent men called out for their behavior:
The fury is retroactive, reopening old accusations against former President Bill Clinton.
But a list has to start somewhere. The Times chose Oct. 5, the day the paper published its report on Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The newspaper said it intends to keep the list updated.
And closer to home, Kansas legislative interns have faced sexual advances and lewd comments from lawmakers of both political parties, but their harassment remained largely hidden until recent revelations.