Another liberal icon has been accused of sexual misconduct – this time offering work to a male writer in exchange for sex.
Earlier in the week, Jann Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone magazine was on NBC hawking “gun control.”
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Wenner has responded by admitting proposing a sexual liaison, just not the “work for sex” part.
As reported in USAToday.
Jann Wenner, the founder of once high-flying rock world magazine Rolling Stone, has been accused of offering freelance work for sex to a male writer in 2005.
Ben Ryan, now 39, told BuzzFeed News Friday that he was sexually harassed during an encounter with Wenner at his Manhattan home. After fixing Ryan a drink, the publisher kissed him and promised a 25-article contract in exchange for sex.
Ryan says he left after 90 minutes, eventually doing one article for Wenner-owned Men’s Journal. “I’m not saying he killed my dreams, but it was a discouraging part of the process,” Ryan said.
Wenner issued a statement to the outlet in which he acknowledged that the encounter took place.
“He turned me down, which I respected,” Wenner said, adding that no such writing-for-sex contract was extended. “I have never and would never make an offer of this kind.”
Wenner is the latest in a growing list of high-profile figures to have been singled out for inappropriate behavior in the wake of women accusing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of a range of lewd acts and harassment over decades, including rape.
In recent days, female comedians told The New York Times that comedian Louis CK had a persistent habit of masturbating in front of women without their consent, while Kevin Spacey has faced a savage hit to his career since a number of men have come forward with stories of being sexually harassed by the actor.
Wenner, who has been out as gay for decades, cultivated a raucous, bisexual culture within the walls of his magazine empire, according to a new book by Joe Hagan called Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine.