The Kevin Spacey scandal has now spread out beyond both the original allegation by actor Anthony Rapp and the halting of production on Netflix’s “House of Cards”.
On Tuesday Spacey’s brother, 62-year-old Randall Fowler who is a Rod Stewart impersonator and limo driver by trade, told The Sun that he found the allegations disturbing but was not surprised due to their father whom he dubs a ‘Nazi child rapist’ who ran a “house of horrors” home.
Fowler claims their father would regularly beat and rape Randall, while younger brother Kevin managed to avoid it by ‘minding his P’s & Q’s’ and Randall doing everything in his power to protect the younger sibling from the abuse.
A spokesman for Spacey back in 2004, when Fowler first publicly stated his claims, said: “Kevin has not experienced any of the distress that his brother describes as he has never been a victim of abuse and can only sympathise with him.”
Others came forward on Wednesday with filmmaker Tony Montana telling Radar Online that he was groped by Spacey in a Los Angeles bar in 2003 when Spacey reportedly walked up to him, forcefully grabbed his crotch and refused to let go saying: “this designates ownership.” Montana was able to pull Kevin Spacey’s hand away, but the actor then proceeded to follow Montana into the restroom.
On top of that actor Robert Cavazos, who performed at London’s historic Old Vic theater when Spacey served as its artistic director between 2004 and 2015, came forward with his own report. He described multiple instances of Spacey arranging ‘picnics’ at the theater with actors to discuss their careers where he would inappropriately touch them: “It seems the only requirement was to be a male under the age of 30 for Mr Spacey to feel free to touch us. It was so common that it even became a local joke (in very bad taste)” he wrote in a Facebook post.
Then came a report at Vulture in which a 48 year-old East Coast artist, currently with a long-term partner, came forward to speak about a sexual relationship he had with the actor when he was just 14 and Spacey was 24. He says the relationship ended with an attempted rape and he has come forward now because he was enraged at Spacey’s response to Rapp’s story and that he’s “worked really hard to have a nice life and feel safe, and I’m not giving that up for him.”
Earlier today, CNN posted a lengthy report in which eight people who work or have worked on “House of Cards” described Spacey’s behaviour as ‘predatory’ and included “nonconsensual touching and crude comments and targeted production staffers who were typically young and male”. All eight spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of professional repercussions for speaking out.
One former production assistant alleges to the outlet that Spacey sexually assaulted him during one of the show’s early seasons. The alleged sexual assault came months after the production assistant had complained to a supervisor that Spacey was sexually harassing him. The supervisor’s solution was to never let the production assistant be alone with Spacey while they were on set.
Another, a crew member who worked on the show for all six seasons, alleges that Spacey routinely harassed and touched him. A female former production assistant who worked on several seasons says she witnessed Spacey’s sexual misconduct with male crew members on set, instigating “play fights with them in order to touch them” and would pull people’s hand down to his crotch and touch their crotch, or reach up their shorts.”
Netflix says in a statement to CNN that: “Netflix was just made aware of one incident, five years ago, that we were informed was resolved swiftly. On Tuesday, in collaboration with MRC, we suspended production, knowing that Kevin Spacey wasn’t scheduled to work until Wednesday. Netflix is not aware of any other incidents involving Kevin Spacey on-set.”
MRC, the production company behind “House of Cards,” tells the news network in a separate statement on Thursday that they have implemented “an anonymous complaint hotline, crisis counselors, and sexual harassment legal advisors for the crew.”
Spacey’s publicist Staci Wolfe said in a statement on Wednesday that the actor is seeking unspecified treatment following Rapp’s allegations, and as of today she is no longer his publicist as his agency CAA has parted ways with the actor. Spacey did not respond to CNN’s request for comment about the new allegations today.
In light of all this, Variety reports that a planned supporting actor Oscar campaign for Spacey’s role in Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” has been shelved. Sony and TriStar Pictures are looking to salvage the awards marketing strategy by focusing on co-stars Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg.
The same isn’t true of Dustin Hoffman who is up for possible supporting actor recognition in “The Meyerowitz Stories”. No plan has been made to change that film’s awards campaign despite two women having come forward alleging sexual harassment by the eighty-year-old screen legend.