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James Van Der Beek said he's been groped by 'older, powerful men'

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Actor James Van Der Beek revealed in a series of tweets that he was groped by a male executive on Thursday.

The "Dawson's Creek" star took to Twitter to respond to the recent allegations that film mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted several women.

"For anyone judging the women who stayed silent, read this for perspective," Van Der Beek wrote. "Also for anyone brushing off harassment as 'boys being boys.'"

"What Weinstein is being accused of is criminal," the actor said. "What he's admitted to is unacceptable - in any industry. I applaud everybody speaking out."

Van Der Beek, 40, later wrote: "I've had my a-- grabbed by older, powerful men, I've had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger."

The 40-year-old actor said he empathized with women who have fallen victim to sexual harassment.

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Van Der Beek joins several other actors and actresses who claim that they were groped by powerful executives in the film industry.

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