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London theatre: 20 men made allegations against Spacey

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 01:52

London's iconic Old Vic theatre says it received 20 separate allegations of inappropriate conduct by Kevin Spacey from men connected to the institution during his tenure as artistic director there. Matthew Larotonda reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE OLD VIC, KATE VARAH, SAYING: "The Old Vic apologizes wholeheartedly." A theatre in London says 20 separate men have come forward to them with allegations of misconduct against actor Kevin Spacey - its former artistic director. The Old Vic says it couldn't verify any of the claims and wouldn't share specific details. But a law firm hired to conduct the investigation says 14 of the men were encouraged to go to the police. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE OLD VIC, KATE VARAH, SAYING: "Much has changed at the Old Vic in recent years, and we will continue to work to model and safeguard the open culture that we want the Old Vic to be known for." Actor Roberto Cavazos claimed two weeks ago that Spacey had behaved inappropriately toward him when they both worked there, although it is not known whether Cavazos is one of the men listed in the findings. The scrutiny of Spacey started after an actor in the US Anthony Rapp, accused Spacey of making an unwanted sexual advance on him as a minor in 1986. Spacey was 26 at the time. He's said that he does not remember the incident. The House of Cards actor hasn't commented publicly about Cavazos' claim or any misconduct connected to the Old Vic. A statement from the theatre says they believe Spacey's star status led to a quote, "cult of personality" around him when he worked there between 1995 and 2013... ... which may have led to junior staff or younger actors feeling they couldn't speak out. The theatre also reported that they'd asked Spacey to participate in their investigation but received no response from him. Reuters has not been able to verify any of the claims against Spacey and his lawyer didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. The last statement from his representatives two weeks ago said he was seeking treatment.

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London theatre: 20 men made allegations against Spacey

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 01:52