Eight House of Cards employees are now accusing Kevin Spacey of sexual harassment
Things just keep getting worse for Kevin Spacey. After apologizing for possibly (he was drunk and doesn't recall) sexually harassing a 14-year-old actor named Anthony Rapp, the famous actor is now being accused of sexual harassment by eight of his fellow staffers and employees on House of Cards. It seems that Mr. Spacey never quit allegedly sexually harassing his fellow male actors.
These eight people spoke to CNN, and several of their stories were detailed in print. A former production assistant describes a pretty traumatizing story of sexual assault, where he was picking up Kevin Spacey to drive him to a shooting site for the show. The production assistant had to drive him into Baltimore for 30 miles, when he alleges that Spacey reached down his pants while he was driving.
"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."
Later, inside a trailer on the show's set, Spacey stopped him from leaving. Physically blocking him inside the trailer and making "inappropriate contact" with his body, the assistant finally said: "I don't think I'm ok with this, I don't think I'm comfortable with this." At that point, Spacey, embarrassed, left the trailer in a huff.
Eventually, he told a supervisor about what had happened, and from that point on, Spacey and the production assistant were not allowed to be alone together any longer on set.
The assistant said:
"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. It was a toxic environment for young men who had to interact with him at all in the crew, cast, background actors."
A member of the crew who had worked on all six of the show's seasons also had a Spacey story. 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 assistant who did camerawork on the show said:
"All the crew members commented on his behavior. What gets me is we have to sign sexual harassment paperwork before the start of the show and apparently [Spacey] doesn't have to do anything and he gets away scott-free with this behavior."
"Who is going to believe crew members?" he lamented. "You're going to get fired."
A representative for MRC, the company which produces House of Cards for Netflix, said:
"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. 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."