James Van Der Beek shares assault story: 'I've been grabbed by older, powerful men'

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'I applaud everybody speaking out': James Van Der Beek in September - Getty Images North America
'I applaud everybody speaking out': James Van Der Beek in September - Getty Images North America

Dawson's Creek actor James Van Der Beek has added his voice to the plethora of accounts of sexual assault in Hollywood. 

Van Der Beek, 40, defended famous victims for not coming forward about their assault sooner, adding that he had felt silenced after his experiences as a young star.

On Wednesday night US time, Van Der Beek posted a series of comments on Twitter:

Van Der Beek broke into the industry when he was 20, taking on the title role in hit teen series Dawson's Creek, before being cast in films including Rules of Attraction.

He is among a number of stars who have been sharing their stories of assault on social media in the wake of allegations that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein assaulted and raped dozens of women over a three-decade period. 

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