Ac­tor ac­cused of mis­con­duct

Series sus­pended af­ter crew mem­bers ac­cuse Spacey of sex abuse

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AC­TOR Kevin Spacey, 58, who is seek­ing treat­ment af­ter be­ing ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct by a num­ber of men, is said to have made the set of the Net­flix show a “toxic” en­vi­ron­ment be­cause of his “preda­tory” be­hav­iour, which al­legedly in­cluded crude com­ments and non-con­sen­sual touch­ing.

A for­mer pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant on the po­lit­i­cal drama claims the award-win­ning star sex­u­ally as­saulted him in a car trav­el­ling to set from an off­side lo­ca­tion.

The un­named staff mem­ber al­leged Spacey, who was driv­ing, put his hands down his pants when they were just a few min­utes away from the base.

He told CNN: “I was in a state of shock. 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 as­sis­tant helped the ac­tor take his be­long­ings to his trailer and claims Spacey then cor­nered him and made in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­tact af­ter block­ing the exit.

The man said: “I told him, ‘I don’t think I’m okay with this. I don’t think I’m com­fort­able with this’.”

Spacey al­legedly be­came “vis­i­bly flus­tered” and ran back to his car, leav­ing the set for the rest of the day.

The pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant, who didn’t re­port the al­leged in­ci­dent but con­fided in a col­league, claimed he had pre­vi­ously com­plained to a su­per­vi­sor about be­ing sex­u­ally ha­rassed and so it was ar­ranged he would never be alone with the ac­tor, but the al­leged ha­rass­ment stopped for long enough for him to feel com­fort­able with the star again.

He said: “I have no doubt that this type of preda­tory be­hav­iour 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.

“It was a toxic en­vi­ron­ment for young men who had to in­ter­act with him at all in the crew, cast, back­ground ac­tors.”

Seven other peo­ple who the net­work spoke to agreed that the Amer­i­can Beauty star made life on the set of House of Cards dif­fi­cult.

One crew mem­ber, who has worked on the show – which has sus­pended pro­duc­tion in­def­i­nitely in light of al­le­ga­tions against its lead star – claimed he was reg­u­larly touched in­ap­pro­pri­ately by Spacey but didn’t “feel com­fort­able” ask­ing him to stop.

He said: “He would put his hands on me in weird ways. 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.

“That’s the worst part about this whole thing. I would love to be able to speak out about this kind of stuff and not fear.”

A for­mer cam­era as­sis­tant also claimed Spacey made no at­tempts to hide his ad­vances and “ev­ery­body saw” Spacey touch­ing peo­ple in­ap­pro­pri­ately on the set.

They said: “All the crew mem­bers com­mented on his be­hav­iour. What gets me is we have to sign sex­ual ha­rass­ment pa­per­work be­fore the start of the show and ap­par­ently (Kevin Spacey) doesn’t have to do any­thing and he gets away scot-free with this be­hav­iour.

“Who is go­ing to be­lieve crew mem­bers? You’re go­ing to get fired.”

An­other ex-crew mem­ber said: “There was one in­stance (when) a grip bent over to pick some­thing up and his ass crack was show­ing, and Kevin Spacey made a sex­ual com­ment about it.”

Net­flix in­sisted they are work­ing with pro­duc­tion com­pany MRC to “main­tain a safe and re­spect­ful work­ing en­vi­ron­ment”.

They added: “We con­tinue to col­lab­o­rate with MRC and other pro­duc­tion part­ners too. We will con­tinue to work with MRC dur­ing this hia­tus time to eval­u­ate our path for­ward as it re­lates to the pro­duc­tion and we have noth­ing fur­ther to share at this time.”

MRC is re­port­edly “deeply trou­bled” by the al­le­ga­tions and has im­ple­mented “an anony­mous com­plaint hot­line, cri­sis coun­sel­lors, and sex­ual ha­rass­ment le­gal ad­vis­ers for the crew”.

They will con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate all claims brought to their at­ten­tion. – Bang Show­biz

He made no at­tempts to hide his ad­vances and ‘ev­ery­body saw’ him touch­ing peo­ple in­ap­pro­pri­ately.

Cam­era as­sis­tant

Kevin Spacey has been ac­cused of sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing staff on House of Cards.

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