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- Eight people who worked on Netflix’s “House of Cards” have accused the show’s lead actor, Kevin Spacey, of sexual harassment or assault, CNN reported Thursday. One former production assistant told CNN that Spacey put his hands down the production assistant’s pants without his consent. Spacey’s agency and publicist are no longer representing him, according to BuzzFeed News.
Eight people who worked on Netflix’s “House of Cards” accused the show’s lead actor, Kevin Spacey, of sexual harassment or assault in a CNN report published Thursday, and Spacey’s agency and publicist have dropped the actor, according to BuzzFeed News.
The current and former employees told CNN that Spacey created a “toxic” work environment with “predatory” behavior on the set of the hit Netflix show. The allegations include nonconsensual touching and crude comments toward staff members, many of them young and male, the people said.
One former production assistant told CNN that when he and Spacey were in a car, Spacey put his hands down the production assistant’s pants without consent. CNN said the production assistant went into more detail about what happened next in the car but asked that it be omitted from the report.
“I was in a state of shock,” the production assistant said. “He was a man in a very powerful position on the show, and I was someone very low on the totem pole and on the food chain there.”
The production assistant, who said Spacey had previously sexually assaulted him, said he had notified a supervisor of Spacey’s behavior and that the supervisor’s solution was never to allow the two to be alone together on the set.
“I have no doubt that this type of predatory behavior was routine for him, and that my experience was one of many, and that Kevin had few if any qualms about exploiting his status and position,” the production assistant said. “It was a toxic environment for young men who had to interact with him at all in the crew, cast, background actors.”
Another crew member told CNN that Spacey “would put his hands on me in weird ways.”
“He would come in and massage my shoulders from behind or put his hands around me or touch my stomach sometimes in weird ways that in normal everyday conversation would not be appropriate,” the crew member said.
A former camera assistant told CNN that “everybody saw” Spacey’s behavior.
“All the crew members commented on his behavior,” he said. “What gets me is we have to sign sexual-harassment paperwork before the start of the show, and apparently [Spacey] doesn’t have to do anything, and he gets away scot-free with this behavior.”
One former female production assistant also told CNN that Spacey’s conduct was well-known among staff members.
“It was very known that Kevin was inappropriate, and males I worked with complained to me about how they felt uncomfortable,” she said. “Kevin does this thing which was play fights with them in order to touch them.”
She also said Spacey would “say hello, greet them, shake their hand and pull their hand down to his crotch and touch their crotch.”
MRC, the production company for “House of Cards,” said in a statement to CNN that it was “deeply troubled” and would provide an “anonymous complaint hotline, crisis counselors, and sexual harassment legal advisors for the crew.”
In a BuzzFeed News report published earlier this week, the actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making sexual advances when Rapp was 14. Spacey apologized after the report, saying he didn’t remember the encounter but that his actions would have been “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”
Since the BuzzFeed News report, at least three more men have publicly accused Spacey of sexual misconduct. Spacey’s representatives told Business Insider in a statement on Thursday that he was “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment.”