Five Women Now Accuse Actor Robert Knepper of Sexual Misconduct

Robert Knepper
Weeks after a stylist accused the actor of sexual assault, more women have come forward.  new accusations span several decades and include incidents that are alleged to have taken place in both the U.S and Canada. The women have described unwanted and even violent sexual advances that they felt compromised their safety and sense of well-being. “I don’t want revenge,” said one of the women in a recent telephone interview, “I just want peace.”
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Best known for his role as Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell on the TV series Prison Break, Knepper has had dozens of roles on TV and in movies, including spots on HomelandTransporter 3 and Hitman. The allegations against Knepper could cause potential problems for The CW, which in the early part of 2018 is set to air the upcoming season of iZombie, in which Knepper stars.

On Monday, Knepper issued the following statement:

 

“We have come to a time where hard-earned careers are being lost on the basis of accusations. I need to reiterate that these accusations against me are false. We have lost the presumption of innocence; we have lost ‘due process'; and we have lost the ability to review evidence — allowing the media to become both ‘judge and jury.’ Until I can sit down and have a dialogue with my accusers, managed not by the press but by an impartial mediator, I have nothing further to say on this matter. My wife, family and close friends, know me and my true nature and I am grateful for their love and support.”

 

The following accounts are listed in chronological order, between 1983 and 2013. All of the women contacted this magazine of their own volition, and said they had been spurred to come forward after reading about Susan Bertram’s experience.

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It was October 1983, and Robin Saex Garbos was helping to cast a theater production of June Moon, at the Manhattan Punch Line, a comedy venue on New York’s Theater Row, near Times Square.

She was 23 at the time, and she remembers what she was wearing that day — a black sweatshirt dress and black lace-up boots with heels.

 

She remembers being in the office running the casting session when she spotted Knepper, who was a young, aspiring actor, handsome and charming, with a chiseled face and a disarming smile. He introduced himself and she gave him the audition side he’d be reading.

 

Garbos then went about her business handing out assignments, getting people in order and answering questions, before retreating to a nearby office to finish up some paperwork.

When she turned around, she says Knepper was on her.

 

“He had come into the office, he pushed me up against the wall and started kissing me,” she says. “It was physical.”

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: AP
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