Published: Thu, November 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Old Vic Says 20 People Reported Misconduct by Kevin Spacey

Old Vic Says 20 People Reported Misconduct by Kevin Spacey

Spacey pictured here giving a speech at The Old Vic Theatre in 2015.

The Old Vic said a "cult of personality" prevented staff speaking out about Kevin Spacey, its former artistic director, after 20 people claimed they were victims of "inappropriate behaviour" by the star.

Kevin Spacey was artistic director of The Old Vic theatre until 2015.

Because of this, and because Spacey hasn't commented on the allegations, "The review can not therefore make any findings of fact about the alleged misconduct", the statement says.

Warchus's statement notwithstanding, the Old Vic's report outlines the accusations against Spacey and lays the groundwork for how the organization should proceed. All but two of the instances happened before 2009, according to the investigation. "The investigation resulted in 20 personal testimonies shared of alleged inappropriate behavior carried out by Kevin Spacey during his time as artistic director", the Old Vic said. The theater said no legal claims or formal grievances were made against Spacey during his tenure.

Spacey has not commented on the allegations, which have not been verified by the theater.

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The theater said that beginning Thursday it has committed to "a new Way Forward" that will "build on existing practices and procedures to ensure that the theatre fulfills its duty of care" to those who work there. Many who observed the alleged behavior said they were "unclear about how to respond", or "did not feel confident that The Old Vic would take those allegations seriously", given Spacey's position and notoriety.

It was revealed that one person came forward at the time they were claiming they were abused by Spacey, but no action was taken. We will foster a safe and supportive environment without prejudice, harassment or bullying of any sort, at any level.

A woman in the USA state of MA claimed the "House of Cards" sexually assaulted her 18-year-old son last year, while actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making advances on him when he was 14 years old. "We have a significantly more robust and effective workplace now than ever before; but there is always more to be done, and lessons to learn from", they said.

'It is incorrect, unfair and irresponsible to say that everybody knew.

In more than a month since allegations surfaced in the press about serial predatory behaviour by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, victims have said they feel emboldened to voice allegations against men who had been seen as unassailable.

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