'House of Cards' star Robin Wright finally speaks out on Kevin Spacey sexual misconduct allegations
In October last year, following a litany of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey made headlines after it was alleged that he had sexually assaulted Anthony Rapp. Rapp, who was just 14 years old at the time of the incident, said that Spacey had come on to him while intoxicated at a party.
Initially, Spacey attempted to paint the encounter as a one-off mistake, saying:
"I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago.
"But if I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years."
Since then, however, a lot more about his past has come to light - and his former co-stars are still coming to terms with it.
Robin Wright, who starred alongside the 58-year-old as his on-screen wife in Netflix's House of Cards, has recently come forward to say that she had no idea what Spacey was like off-set.
On The Today Show, Wright was asked if she ever saw any "red flags" that would have hinted at Spacey's dark personal life, but the actress - who is now due to take over as the lead character on the political drama - said that she could never have known.
"Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut. And in between setups, where we would giggle," she said. "I didn’t really... I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is."
This claim will surprise many of those who worked on House of Cards, as the show's crew have previously said that Spacey's behaviour was known about, and was even joked about on some occasions.
The showrunner, Beau Willimon, has previously made statements similar to Wright's, and last year claimed: "During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on House of Cards, I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off."
However, in a conversation with Buzzfeed, another crew member said:
"I saw that Beau said he had no idea, which I know is completely false. They had production meetings about Spacey’s flirtatious behaviour toward crew and cast, and it never made it any further than that. It was like a joke."
Of course, though, it is impossible to know what some people saw and decided to keep quiet, and what others genuinely never observed for themselves.
In the time since the allegations first emerged, Wright has been at the forefront of making sure that House of Cards still goes ahead without the disgraced actor.
Patricia Clarkson, who plays Jane Davis in the series, said that the actress is the main reason fans will get to enjoy another season:
"It was truly the great Robin Wright rallying. We have beautiful showrunners… and they killed themselves to rethink the whole show. It’s only eight episodes.
"Robin led all of this charge so that people would save their livelihoods because when the show goes away some people don’t get paid."
As of yet, no formal charges have been brought against Spacey.