London├óΓé¼Γäós Old Vic Theater Investigated 20 Cases Of Kevin Spacey’s Alleged ‘Inappropriate Behavior’

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The accusations against disgraced actor Kevin Spacey keep rolling in.

On Thursday, the Old Vic theater in London reported 20 “personal testimonies” detailing “allegations of a range of inappropriate behavior” relating to the 58-year-old.

As you may know, the (former) House Of Cards star served as the West End institution’s artistic director from 2004 to 2015. The allegations from 16 staffers and four others stem from incidents occurring between 1995 and 2013.

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According to the theater, all but one case were unreported. Trustees had been unaware of the allegations and none were made by people who had been minors at the time.

The press release said:

“In all but one case, those individuals alleging inappropriate behaviour by Kevin Spacey did not come forward at the time or asked that no formal action be taken. Despite having the appropriate escalation processes in place, it was claimed that those affected felt unable to raise concerns and that Kevin Spacey operated without sufficient accountability. This is clearly unacceptable and The Old Vic truly apologises for not creating an environment or culture where people felt able to speak freely.”

Now, the theater is determined to create a safe space:

“On behalf of The Old Vic Board of Trustees, to all those people who felt unable to speak up at the time, The Old Vic truly apologises. Inappropriate behaviour by anyone working at The Old Vic is completely unacceptable. We will foster a safe and supportive environment without prejudice, harassment or bullying of any sort, at any level. We want anyone who works here to feel confident, valued and proud to be part of The Old Vic family.”

As no legal claims were made, nor settlements paid out, it’s “not been possible to verify any of these allegations” — but, at least bringing the dark to light will prevent further abuse from happening.

We hope more employers take note of sexual harassment policy changes that need to happen across the board.

[Image via Joe/WENN.]

Nov 16, 2017 11:01am PDT

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