Kevin Spacey Accused of Sexual Assault and Routine Harassment on Set of ‘House of Cards’

Eight people have corroborated the story of his alleged predatory behavior.


Eight individuals told CNN that actor Kevin Spacey, last week accused of harassing actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26, created a hostile work environment on the House of Cards set in which sexual harassment was a norm.

One former production assistant alleges that Spacey sexually assaulted him in a car. The assistant told CNN that Spacey put his hand down the assistant’s pants without consent before they arrived on the House of Cards set. 

“I was in a state of shock,” the man said. “He was a man in a very powerful position on the show and I was someone very low on the totem pole and on the food chain there.” 

The man claimed Spacey proceeded to corner him in a trailer, at which point he said, “I don’t think I’m okay with this, I don’t think I’m comfortable with this.” Spacey reportedly became “flustered” and fled.

The numerous sources paint a picture of routine inappropriate touching on-set and crude sexual comments targeted at young male assistants.

Spacey’s publicist, Staci Wolf, said Thursday that she and Creative Artists Agency would no longer be representing Spacey, who is reportedly “seeking treatment.”

The former production assistant says he informed his supervisor about Spacey’s harassment months before the alleged assault.

“I have no doubt that this type of predatory behavior was routine for him and that my experience was one of many and that Kevin had few if any qualms about exploiting his status and position,” he told CNN. “It was a toxic environment for young men who had to interact with him at all in the crew, cast, background actors.”

 

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Kevin Spacey Blasted for Bizarre Response to Allegations He Sexually Harassed a 14-Year-Old

The actor has been criticized for conflating homosexuality and child molestation.


Kevin Spacey is facing criticism for the way he linked his sexuality to his apology about allegations of sexual advances towards a 14-year-old actor.

The House Of Cards star and former artistic director of London’s Old Vic theatre said he could not remember sexually harassing Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp in 1986.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell lamented the timing of Spacey’s decision to come out as gay.

“It is tragic that it has taken allegations of sexual harassment for Kevin Spacey to finally come out as gay, after not disclosing his sexuality for decades. It is even worse that he mixes up his sexuality with inappropriate behaviour. His gayness is irrelevant. It’s his actions that have prompted concern,” he told the Guardian.

Tatchell added: “Although women are the main victims of sexual abuse and inappropriate behaviour by male public figures, clearly some men are victims too. All those affected, whatever their gender or sexuality, deserve admiration for coming forward and telling their story.

“We have to respond to the post-Weinstein outpouring of revelations by changing the male and workplace culture that allows abuse to happen. To protect future generations, it should be mandatory for all schools to teach pupils about consent and abuse issues and to challenge the disordered forms of masculinity that fuel sex abuse.”

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Rapp said Spacey, then aged 26, put him on a bed and climbed on top of him after a party at his apartment.

In a statement Spacey said that if this did happen he owes Rapp his “sincerest apology”. The statement goes on discuss living as a gay man, prompting widespread criticism that Spacey appears to be conflating homosexuality with abuse.

 

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— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017

 

Spacey said in the statement posted on Twitter: “I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fuelled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy.

“As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behaviour.”

Louise Brealey, a writer and actor who plays Molly in Sherlock, accused Spacey of “breathtaking arrogance” over the way he apologised.

 

Spacey trying to hide behind coming out & offering drunkenness as an excuse for jumping on a child shows his breathtaking arrogance.

— Louise Brealey (@louisebrealey) October 30, 2017

 

Rose McGowan – one of the many actors who have accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment – suggested Spacey was trying to deflect attention from the allegations by writing openly about his sexuality.

 

Dear fellow media:

Keep focus on #AnthonyRapp BE THE VICTIM’S VOICE. Help us level the playing field.

— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 30, 2017

 

Later she indicated she was cutting ties with Spacey.

 

Bye bye, Spacey goodbye, it’s your turn to cry, that’s why we’ve gotta say goodbye. #ROSEARMY

— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 30, 2017

 

Actor and comedian Billy Eichner tweeted: “That Kevin Spacey statement. Nope. Absolutely not. Nope.”

“But honestly I hesitate to make jokes because the Spacey statement is truly disgusting, irresponsible and dangerous.”

 

That Kevin Spacey statement. Nope. Absolutely not. Nope.

— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 30, 2017

 

Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson, said it was “disgusting” of Spacey to conflate coming out as gay with preying on a 14-year-old in a tweet that has been shared more than 3,000 times.

 

Coming out as a gay man is not the same thing as coming out as someone who preyed on a 14-year-old. Conflating those things is disgusting

— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) October 30, 2017

 

Rapp told BuzzFeed he believed Spacey was trying to “seduce” him, but that he was able to “squirm” away soon afterwards, locking himself in the bathroom before telling Spacey he was leaving.

“As I opened the door to leave, he was leaning on the front door [frame]. And he was like, ‘Are you sure you wanna go?’ I said, ‘Yes, good night’, and then I did leave,” Rapp said.

Rapp said that for years he did not tell anyone about his experience. It was not until Spacey’s career began to rise in the 1990s and 2000s that Rapp became angrier and more frustrated at the memory, saying his “stomach churns” when he sees Spacey now.

“I still to this day can’t wrap my head around so many aspects of it. It’s just deeply confusing to me,” Rapp said.

As a gay man himself, Rapp said he had found Spacey’s firm stance on his own private life deeply frustrating: “I wanted to scream to the rooftops, ‘This guy is a fraud!’”

Rapp attributed his ability to cope in the aftermath of the alleged incident to his acting training, and that he had “locked it away” within himself. But he also said there were times afterwards when he found seeing Spacey on screen and in person highly distressing and that he dreaded the prospect of the two of them ever working together.

Rapp considered himself fortunate that “something worse didn’t happen” – but also expressed incredulity that it happened at all. He says he considered talking to Spacey about the encounter but never did.

The actor also considered legal action, but was advised he did not have grounds to make a case. He had previously told the story, with Spacey’s name removed, in 2001 to the Advocate, a US gay men’s magazine.

Rapp told BuzzFeed he felt compelled to come forward publicly in the wake of the wave of sexual assault accusations against disgraced industry mogul Harvey Weinstein.

In a series of tweets after the publication of the interview, Rapp said: “I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out, to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me.”

 

Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time.

— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) October 30, 2017

 

 

 

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