Kevin Spacey Accused of Sexual Misconduct by House of Cards Crew Members, Netflix RespondsPhotos by Jason Merritt/Getty TV News House of Cards
New allegations against Kevin Spacey have arisen, this time from eight current and former crew members of Netflix series House of Cards. Netflix’s first big show suspended production of its sixth and final season Tuesday, days after actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making unwanted advances toward him when Rapp was just 14.
The new allegations come from a CNN report, with one former House of Cards production assistant saying that he and Spacey were driving to the set one afternoon when the actor put his hands down the production assistant’s pants without consent. “I was in a state of shock,” the production assistant told CNN. “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.”
Now, Netflix has responded to the new allegations against Spacey. In response to claims of “predatory” behavior creating a toxic environment on the House of Cards set, Netflix tells EW:
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.
Netflix continues on by saying that they will continue to “investigate” the matter to ensure the safety of the cast and crew. The streaming company and Media Rights Capital, one of the production groups behind the series, state that a crew member complained about “a specific remark and gesture” made by Spacey back in 2012, during the beginning of the show’s production. “Immediate action” was taken, which included Spacey participating in a “training process,” and no such complaints have been made until now.
Yesterday, Spacey was reported to be seeking further “evaluation and treatment.” Both the actor’s agency, CAA, and his publicist, Staci Wolfe of Polaris, have cut ties with him.