​Old Vic accused of ignoring sexual harassment allegations against Kevin Spacey

The Old Vic Theatre has been accused of ignoring sexual harassment allegations involving Kevin Spacey.


2nd November 2017
/ By Matthew Whitehouse

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Following Anthony Rapp’s allegations that actor Kevin Spacey made sexual advances towards him when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26. 

A number of incidents have been reported regarding Spacey’s 11-year stint as Artistic Director of The Old Vic.

Speaking to The Guardian, a former employee said: “We were all involved in keeping it quiet.” 

Mexican actor, Roberto Cavazos, too, spoke of a “couple of unpleasant encounters” at the theatre. 

The former Old Vic employee, who wishes to remain nameless, recounted: “I witnessed him groping men many times in all sorts of different situations.

“He was taking advantage of the fact that he is this great icon… 

“He touched men on the crotch. Doing it really fast so they couldn’t get out of the way.”

The theatre issued a statement with an email: "Since we set up this confidential line of communication, we are already seeing the great benefits of the new policy of openness and the safe sharing of information. 

"We stand by, support and strongly encourage the industry wide culture shift that is underway.

Should anyone wish to come forward with any other concerns of inappropriate behaviour The Old Vic can be emailed on confidential@oldvictheatre.com.

The Old Vic is one of London and the UK’s most respected theatrical institutions, open since 1818.