Fox’s Prison Break star Robert Knepper has been accused of sexual assault by four more women, weeks after initial allegations against him emerged, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.
The women claim that Knepper assaulted them between 1983 and 2010 in incidents that took place in both Canada and the United States.
The allegations include a claim that Knepper pinned casting producer Robin Saex Garbose against a wall before forcibly kissing her, and that he forced stylist Emma Julia Jacobs to perform oral sex on him.
According to THR, all four women contacted the outlet after they read veteran costume designer Susan Bertram’s claim that she was assaulted by the Knepper while working on the set of the Allison Anders drama Gas Food Lodging in 1991.
Bertram claimed that Knepper “jumped up” at her before grabbing her by the crotch “as hard as he could” and shoving her up against the wall.
“I flew out of that trailer as fast as I could. I just kind of fell out the door, and landed in the dirt on my knees,” she said. “I just sat there and cried for a while. My dress was torn, I was dirty. I just sat there and got myself together and went back to the wardrobe trailer.”
Knepper, who is best known for playing the role of psychopath ‘T-Bag’ in the recently rebooted series Prison Break, released a statement on Monday denying all the allegations against him:
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 allegations now present a real problem for The CW television network, which is scheduled next year to air the fourth season of iZombie, a comedy series on which Knepper has had a recurring role.
The accusations against Knepper are the latest of a string of allegations against figures across the film industry, following the emergence of dozens of sexual abuse complaints against movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Other actors implicated in the scandal include Kevin Spacey, CK Louis, and Brett Ratner.