Old Vic Says 20 People Reported Misconduct by Kevin Spacey


The Old Vic theater in London said 20 people have come forward with allegations of inappropriate behavior by Kevin Spacey from 1995 to 2013. Credit Daniel Leal-Olivas/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

LONDON — The Old Vic theater here said 20 people have come forward with allegations of inappropriate behavior by the actor Kevin Spacey before and during his time as the theater’s artistic director.

Following accusations of sexual misconduct against the actor, the theater opened an investigation into Mr. Spacey’s 11-year tenure, from 2004 to 2015, and released the conclusions in a report on Thursday. The theater apologized to those affected for “not creating an environment or culture where people felt able to speak freely.”

The report said that only one of the 20 complaints was raised at the time. The theater said that despite processes being in place for reporting such issues, people did not feel able to raise concerns.

The report said of Mr. Spacey: “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.”

After the actor Anthony Rapp accused Mr. Spacey of sexual misconduct 31 years ago, when Mr. Rapp was 14, more men came forward with similar allegations. Some of the allegations center on Mr. Spacey’s time at the Old Vic theater, which has been accused of turning a blind eye to them.


Kevin Spacey in June 2011 Credit Evan Agostini/Invision, via Associated Press

In an initial statement on Oct. 31, the Old Vic said it was “deeply dismayed” by the allegations and announced it was setting up a confidential email address for people to come forward.

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