Kevin Spacey Is Under Investigation By Netflix For Alleged Sexual Misconduct On ‘House Of Cards’ Set

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Netflix and House of Cards producer Media Rights Capital are responding to new allegations of sexual harassment made against Kevin Spacey. In a CNN report Thursday, multiple employees of the Netflix series accused the star and exec producer of inappropriate behavior with youngmen. One production assistant claimed that Spacey put his hands down the assistant’s pants without consent while he was driving Spacey to the set. He then alleged that Spacey cornered him and touched him inappropriately. hoc_510_unit_01328r_-_h_2017Another crew member on the political drama said Spacey “would put his hands on me in weird ways,” including massaging his shoulders and touching his stomach. Six other employees from the show talked with CNN about their experiences with Spacey.

 

In a statement, MRC responded to the latest allegations and confirmed a previous allegation of sexual harassment by Spacey in 2012.

 

“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,” the company said.

 

The statement added: “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.”

 

MRC also said that it has set up an anonymous complaint hotline, crisis counselors, and sexual harassment legal advisors for the crew in the wake of the accusations made. “MRC will continue to thoroughly investigate all current claims and any new claims that are formally brought to our attention, and will continue to monitor our own production and practices to ensure that our cast and crew feel safe and supported,” the company continued.

 

Netflix also issued a new statement Thursday regarding the latest claims made against Spacey: “When the allegations broke about Kevin Spacey on Sunday night, in conjunction with MRC, we sent a representative to set on Monday morning. Netflix was just made aware of one incident, five years ago, that we were informed was resolved swiftly. On Tuesday, in collaboration with MRC, we suspended production, knowing that Kevin Spacey wasn’t scheduled to work until Wednesday. Netflix is not aware of any other incidents involving Kevin Spacey on-set. We continue to collaborate with MRC and other production partners to maintain a safe and respectful working environment. We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the production, and have nothing further to share at this time.”

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Netflix
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