June 8, 2023

 

After an alarming revelation last week by Anthony Rapp accusing Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct, a string of confessions have been made by the crew members of the House Of Cards series. Eight crew members have reported being sexually assaulted and harassed by Spacey. They spoke about how Spacey’s actions were “predatory” and he made the working environment “toxic.”

As told to CNN, on account of keeping themselves anonymous, the former employees opened up about a few incidents where they were inappropriately touched by the Spacey. They described Spacey’s behaviour as “predatory,” saying it included nonconsensual touching and crude comments and targeted production staffers who were typically young and male.

A former production assistant spoke of an incident where he was asked to drive Spacey to a designated location where the series was being shot. When they were just five minutes away from the destination, Spacey put his hands down the assistant’s pants leaving him flustered and shocked. He refused to give further details due to fear of being identified. “I was in a state of shock,” he had told CNN. “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.” Later, Spacey reportedly tried to corner the assistant in his trailer.

Another crew member who worked on show consistently for all six seasons said that Spacey routinely harassed him and touched him.”He would put his hands on me in weird ways,” the crew member said. “He would come in and massage my shoulders from behind or put his hands around me or touch my stomach sometimes in weird ways that in normal everyday conversation would not be appropriate.”

Colleagues never complained because they were afraid of the repercussions and believed they would be thrown off the set if they spoke against such a powerful star, CNN reports.

Another female colleague admits to having witnessed such incidents and said that it was quite normal for Spacey to behave this way with young men.”It was very known that Kevin was inappropriate and males I worked with complained to me about how they felt uncomfortable,” she told the news channel, adding, “Kevin does this thing which was play fights with them in order to touch them.” She said she saw Spacey approach “multiple people” to “say hello, greet them, shake their hand and pull their hand down to his crotch and touch their crotch. I have friends who said he reached up their shorts on set.”

Earlier this week Media Right Council (MRC) and Netflix did take action against the accusations made against Spacey as they announced season 6 to be the finale season of the series. They also issued statements where MRC said that a similar incident was brought to their notice in 2012 against which they had taken necessary actions.

MRC’s full statement responding to today’s CNN story reads:

“We are deeply troubled to learn about these new allegations that are being made to the press concerning Kevin Spacey’s interaction with members of the crew of House of Cards,” the MRC statement said. “As the producer of the show, creating and maintaining a safe working environment for our cast and crew has always been our top priority. We have consistently reinforced the importance of employees reporting any incident without fear of retaliation and we have investigated and taken appropriate actions following any complaints. For example, during our first year of production in 2012, someone on the crew shared a complaint about a specific remark and gesture made by Kevin Spacey. Immediate action was taken following our review of the situation and we are confident the issue was resolved promptly to the satisfaction of all involved. Mr. Spacey willingly participated in a training process and since that time MRC has not been made aware of any other complaints involving Mr. Spacey.”

Netflix’s full statement reads:

“When the allegations broke about Kevin Spacey on Sunday night, in conjunction with MRC, we sent a representative to set on Monday morning. Netflix was just made aware of one incident, five years ago, that we were informed was resolved swiftly. On Tuesday, in collaboration with MRC, we suspended production, knowing that Kevin Spacey wasn’t scheduled to work until Wednesday. Netflix is not aware of any other incidents involving Kevin Spacey on-set. We continue to collaborate with MRC and other production partners to maintain a safe and respectful working environment. We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the production, and have nothing further to share at this time.”

Kevin Spacey, on the other hand, is yet to comment on the issue and his now former publicist Staci Wolf and Creative Arts Agency have parted ways with the actor.

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