With the string of accusations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood calming down a bit in recent months, it seemed as though they were done. It all started with Harvey Weinstein, and shortly after that, the careers of major players in the industry like Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner and Louis C.K. were pretty much ended after accusations were leveled against them. So. Who’s next in this long list? Jared Leto, apparently.
It started with this tweet from actor Dylan Sprouse (you know, the kid from Big Daddy):
Yo @JaredLeto now that you’ve slid into the dm’s of every female model aged 18-25, what would you say your success rate is?
— Dylan Sprouse (@dylansprouse) May 16, 2018
It then escalated, when Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn tweeted the following:
He starts at 18 on the Internet?
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 16, 2018
I guess I should have said that it escalated very quickly. Stuff like this involving Leto isn’t exactly new, though. Back in 2014, the actor was accused of grabbing a stripper’s neck while she gave his brother a lap dance:
Former adult-film star Vicki Marie Taylor claims that Jared Leto is very kinky, after spending an evening with him in Little Rock, Arkansas. Vicki was appearing at a strip club when a roadie for Jared’s band, 30 Seconds to Mars (which was playing at a nearby college) invited her and three other dancers to a post-concert get-together one night in April 2002. At the time, Jared was in the middle of a three-year relationship with Cameron Diaz.
“The other girls and I stripped down to bikinis and hung out with Jared and the band backstage,” Vicki, now a mainstream actress, tells Star. “After a while, Jared invited me onto his tour bus. His brother, Shannon, the band’s drummer, was already on it and the three of us were the only people there. I gave Jared a lap dance for just a minute, but then he asked me to do the same for his brother, who was sitting on a cough. As I started to dance for Shannon, Jared suddenly grabbed me around the throat from behind and said to me, I can reach pure sexual enjoyment in 30 seconds just by looking into your eyes.’ Obviously it was kind of weird situation.”
Jared sat back down and watched Vicki lap dance his brother for 10 minutes, she claims, then the interlude ended when a roadie announced it was time for them to leave for their next gig.
“Jared is one of the stranger guys I’ve ever met… and at the time, I couldn’t stop thinking, ‘Is this how he acts with Cameron?’”
In 2015, there was an article that compared Jared Leto to Bill Cosby, in which one of the excerpts from an alleged victim read:
“He was very pushy into coercing me to do sexual acts with him and he was quite rough and forceful. Once he was unnecessarily rough and when I told him it hurt he didn’t stop – he never did anything slowly or for my pleasure.”
In 2016, actress Ariane Bellamar said Leto grabbed his crotch and growled at her on the set of Suicide Squad. It’s fair to point out that he’s a method actor, and stays in character, so it was probably something he was doing to try and go all out as the Joker. Leto’s reps did deny these allegations, however.
There’s even a “groupie forum” in which fans of the actor have shared their stories. There’s an entire list of allegations over at Imgur that were posted on December 21st of last year:
Jared Leto: Allegations and Witnesses (creepy behaviour, harassment, & rape)
While Imgur isn’t exactly the best source to go off of, it should be pointed out that stuff like this was on the internet for years about Kevin Spacey before the allegations against the actor became more public. It should also be pointed out that there hasn’t been a police report filed against Leto for these accusations.
It’s also not the first time that Gunn said something negative about Leto:
Driving home from Vegas trading stories about what a dick Jared Leto is.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 1, 2012
In regard to the tweet we mentioned earlier about Gunn and Sprouse, people on Twitter haven’t exactly been kind:
@JamesGunn is a shithead. A homophobic and sexist. And now he’s accusing Jared Leto of being a pedophile. It’s pathetic. I liked that guy as a director. Where are the bloggers now?
— Master Kent!! (@mindisinnocent) May 17, 2018
James Gunn insinuating that Jared Leto sleeps with underage girls is a new fucking low for him…. fuck him.
— ᴊɴᴀᴘɪᴇʀ. (@JNapierrr) May 16, 2018
So James Gunn is using his platform to ruin Jared Leto over rumors, but ignored the underage boys Bryan Singer’s been accused of sexually abusing? Ok. pic.twitter.com/6gIhygZsTX
— Jerome Deserved Better RIP (@WeirdNPissdOff) May 16, 2018
If I was @JaredLeto I’d be contacting my lawyers for libel.
— Stemot (@Stemot1978) May 16, 2018
Even though this has been out there for years…okay.
— Shawn Madden (@shawnxmadden) May 16, 2018
It’s from reddit fan fiction. Gunn is treating it as a real accusation. If you have any real evidence I’d love to hear it.
— Stemot (@Stemot1978) May 16, 2018
I’m confused why you think you have the right accuse someone of something as serious as this… jokingly or not. This is harmful in so many ways wtf is wrong with you
— ayanna zod (@uprisingenvoys) May 16, 2018
Jared leto has been known for years to like to have sex with underage girls. He likes to play rape fantasies with his underage groupies. He is a creep. He wants them to hurt. Read it years ago on sites were his groupies tell their experiences with him.
— Debby van der Himst (@Debby_NL) May 16, 2018
It was fanfiction! dear God, please do your research.
— Jo Costello (@MaJoJovi) May 16, 2018
Hmm… you said that shit? Wow pic.twitter.com/U66z1kXcGt
— ♆Ŧoy♆🌹🌙🧘🏾♀️ (@toyrabbit) May 16, 2018
Gunn is a shitehead who is openly homophobic and sexist, yet you seem to ignore it. But the same Gunn accuses Leto of being a pedo and you are ready to accept it without proof? Now I haven’t seen any evidence and don’t know if there is any, so excuse me if there is any
— The Other People (@2c7li) May 16, 2018
Media issues vs anon issues about Jared Leto.
Its obvius who want your attention to get more likes, isnt? pic.twitter.com/H8oivi0qRQ
— la leyenda (@wholreallyam) May 16, 2018
@JaredLeto : wins an oscar, is very successful both as a musician and an actor @dylansprouse : *someone who’s known for acting in Disney when he was like 8* *also tries to drag him*
This says a lot, doesn’t it?
— ☾ (@letomeme) May 16, 2018
You have an evidence? So, don’t mess with him.
— 30 STM ❤❤ (@walkon30stm) May 16, 2018
Yo @dylansprouse now that you’ve slandered @JaredLeto , what would you say your success rate is? 🙃
— Lucie🤘🏼 (@echelon2311) May 16, 2018
As far as the conclusion to this story, we’re not exactly sure how it will play out. When we get anymore information, including a statement from Leto or his representatives, we’ll be sure to post it accordingly. As always, feel free to tell us your thoughts in the comment section down below.