17 November 2017 - Old Vic Inquiry on Kevin Spacey Finds 20 Reports of Misconduct
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.
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'
David Sanderson (The Times, 17/11/2017)
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”.
(The Old Vic, 16/11/2017)
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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