This is Oliver Stone. With films like "JFK" and "Natural Born Killers" under his belt, the Oscar/Emmy/Golden Globe-winning screenwriter, producer, and director is one of the most powerful filmmakers in Hollywood.
He recently came under fire for not condemning Harvey Weinstein for the horrific sexual harassment allegations that have been made against the Hollywood executive.
"I'm a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial," Stone told The Hollywood Reporter. "I believe a man shouldn't be condemned by a vigilante system. It's not easy what he's going through, either. During that period he was a rival. I never did business with him and didn't really know him."
Shortly after he changed his stance, some damning stories that painted him in a very unflattering light hit the press.
Actress Patricia Arquette tweeted about an encounter that left her feeling extremely uncomfortable. Even though she had a professional meeting with him about a role in a movie with strong sexual content, she picked up on a weird vibe afterward.
Stone invited her to a screening, and she brought her boyfriend because she felt something was off. Once there Arquette said Stone confronted her about bringing him. The exchange was unpleasant, and she wanted it to serve as an example of the tricky landscape women in Hollywood have to navigate.
But the claims actress and former Playboy model Carrie Stevens made about Stone were even more alarming. She told The Hollywood Reporter that the filmmaker groped her at a party a long time ago.
"Oliver spied me standing nearby and just reached out and instead of doing what a normal person does and shaking my hand, he just groped my boob and honked it like a horn and grinned and kept walking," she said.
And now, unsettling photos of him and Salma Hayek at the London premiere of the film "Savages" in 2012 resurfaced.
Stone was pictured looking at Hayek's chest with one hand hovering over her chest.
We don't know the context around the photos, but one thing is clear — there will be zero tolerance of anything that even looks like BS toward women in the court of public opinion. And without the support of the public, these people have nothing.
We are living in a day and age where anything that even like smells predatory behavior can be exposed on social media.
We hope the lessons learned from the Weinstein fallout will make Hollywood and other industries a safer place for women.