Old Vic releases statement following investigation into Kevin Spacey
The Old Vic theatre today released the conclusions of an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Spacey, who was artistic director between 2004 and 2015.
The theatre revealed it received 20 personal testimonies of alleged inappropriate behaviour by the actor, during his 11 year tenure.
The Hollywood star’s presence at the theatre created what was described as a “cult of personality”.
That statement continued: ‘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.’
Nick Clarry, Chairman of The Old Vic, said: ‘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.”
Matthew Warchus, current artistic director, said: ‘I have genuine and deep sympathy for all those who have come forward and said they were hurt in some way by my predecessor’s actions.
‘Everyone is entitled to work in an environment free from harassment and intimidation.”
“The Old Vic is now actively engaged in the process of healing and the process of prevention. These allegations have been a shock and a disturbing surprise to many of us.”
Following on from the allegations, Kevin Spacey was dropped by his talent agency, and shooting on the hit Netflix series ‘House of Cards’ was also canceled.
Most recently Ridley Scott announced he was reshooting scenes from his latest film ‘All the Money’ to replace the disgraced actor with Christopher Plummer.Tags: