Sexual harassment pervades Hollywood, insiders say

Three years after we started hearing public accusations of sexual assault against comedian Bill Cosby, we learn of another apparent serial harasser in Hollywood, which many in and close to the industry say represents not another lone wolf but an example of more intrinsic industry behavior.

"The Hollywood system is really broken. Harvey [Weinstein] is the tip of the iceberg, I fear,"'s Rob Shuter. "We're going to figure out many, many more guys are doing this."

Shuter and the rest of the planet watched that discovery process continue to unfold Friday as the number of women accusing producer and now former studio director Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault climbed into the dozens, including Oscar winners Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.

"Harvey's the most powerful person in Hollywood," Shuter said. "There's probably not one person as powerful as Harvey. That's why this is so, so shocking. However, it's not isolated."

The New Yorker's unveiling of Weinstein as an apparent predator not only inspired his victims to identify themselves but also actresses and actors alleging assault and harassment against other Hollywood leaders.

"There's always a loophole for the rich and famous," Rebecca King-Crews told TMZ. "It's sad but true."

King-Crews said she and her husband actor Terry Crews attended a party last year at which a high-level Hollywood executive groped her husband.

A former "ER" actress accused George Clooney of helping to blacklist her after she complained of sexual and racial harassment on set.

Ben Affleck apologized for groping an actress a decade ago on the set of an MTV show.

James Van Der Beek of "Dawson's Creek" said older powerful men had groped him as well.

And Amazon suspended its head of Amazon Studios for allegedly harassing an executive producer.

Exorcising such systemic behavior of harassment, Shuter said, requires installing more women in roles where they make decisions.

"If a woman's at a table, whether it's a dinner, the board room, anywhere, the conversation changes," Shuter said. "We need more women in power."