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17 November 2017 - Old Vic Inquiry on Kevin Spacey Finds 20 Reports of Misconduct

Publié par Marion Coste le 17/11/2017
Kevin Spacey: Old Vic theatre finds 20 allegations of 'inappropriate behaviour'
Anita Singh and Danny Boyle (The Telegraph, 16/11/2017)
The Old Vic has received allegations from 20 young men saying that they were victims of "inappropriate behaviour" by Kevin Spacey.
Fourteen of the allegations were so serious that the theatre advised the complainants to contact police. Most of the alleged victims were members of staff.
Spacey was The Old Vic's artistic director from 2004-2015. All but one of the allegations fall within that period, although one dated back to 1995 when Spacey was involved in an Old Vic production.
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Covering Up

Old Vic says ‘cult of personality’ meant Kevin Spacey claims were not reported
Mark Brown and Hannah Ellis-Petersen (The Guardian, 16/11/2017)
The Old Vic theatre has “wholeheartedly” apologised for not creating an environment where people could raise concerns about Kevin Spacey after receiving 20 individual allegations of inappropriate behaviour by the actor.
The theatre said 14 of the allegations were so serious that it had advised complainants to take the matter up with the police.
An investigation into the conduct of Spacey during his 11 years at the Old Vic has concluded that the actor’s star power, which the theatre described as a “cult of personality”, contributed to failings at the organisation.

'Cult of Personality'

Kevin Spacey’s Hollywood star power ‘silenced alleged victims’ at Old Vic theatre
David Sanderson (The Times, 17/11/2017)
The Old Vic theatre has advised 14 people who claim to be victims of Kevin Spacey’s “sexually inappropriate behaviour” to contact the police as it acknowledged that the actor’s “star power” had deterred complaints against him.
It said 19 people had alleged that Spacey’s behaviour had been inappropriate during his tenure as artistic director at the theatre, with one other allegation dating back to 1995.
Its investigation concluded that a “cult of personality” had existed around the Oscar-winning actor whose “stardom and status at the Old Vic” may have prevented junior staff and young actors from feeling that they could “speak up or raise a hand to help”.
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The Old Vic: New Statement
(The Old Vic, 16/11/2017)

Today The Old Vic commits to a new way forward after releasing findings of an investigation into the alleged conduct of former Artistic Director Kevin Spacey.
Current Artistic Director Matthew Warchus 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.
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"17 November 2017 - Old Vic Inquiry on Kevin Spacey Finds 20 Reports of Misconduct", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2017. Consulté le 02/03/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2017/17-november-2017-old-vic-inquiry-on-kevin-spacey-finds-20-reports-of-misconduct