Old Vic Theatre Receives 20 Complaints about Kevin Spacey

By Grater, Tom | Screen International, November 16, 2017 | Go to article overview

Old Vic Theatre Receives 20 Complaints about Kevin Spacey


Grater, Tom, Screen International


Spacey was artistic director of the theatre for 11 years.

Kevin Spacey

London’s Old Vic theatre says it has received 20 allegations of inappropriate behaviour by former artistic director Kevin Spacey, following an investigation.

The news follows several complaints made against Spacey - beginning with fellow US actor Anthony Rapp who said Spacey made sexual advances towards him when he was 14 years old - which has resulted in London’s Metropolitan police service investigating the actor and him being fired from Netflix series House Of Cards.

Earlier this week, Sally Greene, the Old Vic chief executive who hired Spacey to the theatre, denied having any knowledge of his alleged misconduct.

Now, the theatre has confirmed that an investigation conducted by law firm, Lewis Silkin has resulted in 20 personal testimonies of alleged inappropriate behaviour by Spacey between 1995 and 2013.

A statement released by the Old Vic, which can be read in full here, said that with one exception, none of the reported incidents were raised with management.

It adds that none of the correspondents were minors at the time of the alleged incidents.

They said: “During his tenure, The Old Vic was in a unique position of having a Hollywood star at the helm around whom existed a cult of personality. The investigation found that his stardom and status at The Old Vic may have prevented people, and in particular junior staff or young actors, from feeling that they could speak up or raise a hand for help. …

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