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Kevin Spacey Accused in 20 Incidents of 'Inappropriate Behavior' at London's Old Vic Theater

Kevin Spacey Accused in 20 Incidents of 'Inappropriate Behavior' at London's Old Vic Theater
From TIME - November 16, 2017

An investigation by the London theater which Kevin Spacey presided over for 11 years as artistic director found 20 personal testimonies that alleged inappropriate behavior carried out by the Hollywood star.

A statement released by The Old Vic theater Thursday morning stated that the 20 incidents took place between 1995 and 2013, with all but two falling before 2009. It added that, despite the allegations, no legal claims, formal grievances, formal disputes, settlement agreements or payments were made or authorized in relation to Spacey 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 statement said. 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.

Spacey has not commented on the allegations, which have not been verified by the theater. Just one of the 20 allegations was raised with the theaters management at the time.

The Old Vics current artistic director Matthew Warchus expressed genuine and deep sympathy for all those who have come forward.

These allegations have been a shock and a disturbing surprise to many of us, he said. It is incorrect, unfair and irresponsible to say that everybody knew. But as a result of the investigation, what we have learnt is how better to call out this behavior in future.

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