'House of Cards' producer to investigate new Kevin Spacey on-set harassment claims

Netflix and House of Cards producer Media Rights Capital are responding to new allegations of sexual harassment made against Kevin Spacey.

In a CNN report Thursday, multiple employees of the Netflix series accused the star and exec producer of inappropriate behavior. One production assistant claimed that Spacey put his hands down the assistant's pants without consent with he was driving Spacey to the set. He then alleged that Spacey cornered him and touched him inappropriately.

Another crew member on the political drama said Spacey "would put his hands on me in weird ways," including massaging his shoulders and touching his stomach. Six other employees from the show talked with CNN about their experiences with Spacey.

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Movie producer Harvey Weinstein is accused of sexually assaulting or harassing dozens of women, including a number of well-known celebrities, over the past several decades.

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Actor Jeffrey Tambor has been accused of sexual assault by two women from the Amazon series, "Transparent."  

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Sen. Al Franken is accused of kissing a groping a woman without her consent during a United Service Organizations (USO) tour in 2006.

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Eleven women have come forward accusing President Donald Trump of unwanted touching or kissing. Trump has called the sexual harassment claims 'fake news.'

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Hundreds of women accused longtime Hollywood writer and director James Toback of sexual harassment.

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Comedian Louis C.K. has been accused of forcing women to watch him masturbate, according to the New York Times.

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Director Bret Ratner has been accused of sexual harassment by several women, including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.

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Actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance towards him when he was 14 years old.

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Roger Ailes, the former president of Fox News Channel, was accused of sexually harassing former anchor Gretchen Carlson and several other women from the network.

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Bill Cosby has faced sexual assault allegations from about 60 women, including several women who claim he drugged them.

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Mark Schwahn, the former "One Tree Hill" showrunner, was accused of sexual harassment by a large number of the show's cast and crew.

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Roy Moore faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with underaged girls.

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Bill Clinton faced numerous allegations of sexual assault and misconduct while he was president of the United States, with accusers including Juanita Broaddrick, who accused him of rape, Kathleen Willey who said he groped her and Paula Jones who said he exposed himself to her without consent.

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Actor Casey Affleck settled lawsuits out of court wth two women who accused him of sexual harassment.  

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Bill O'Reilly has reportedly made numerous settlements with women who accused him of sexual harassment.

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Anthony Weiner, a former Democratic congressman was sentenced to 21 months in prison in September 2017 after pleading guilty to sexting a teenage girl.

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Veteran journalist Mark Halperin has been accused of sexually harassing women while he worked at ABC News.

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Singer R. Kelly is accused of holding women against their will in houses in Illinois and Georgia in a reported 'sex cult.'

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Former Fox Host Eric Bolling was accused of sending unsolicited lewd text messages to female colleagues.

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Director Roman Polanski fled the US after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Several other women have also come forward to accuse him of sexual assault.

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Chef John Besh stepped down from the company he founded after female employees reported facing sexual harassment there. 

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Photographer Terry Richardson was labeled the 'Harvey Weinstein of Fashion' by the Sunday Times amid widespread accusations of sexual harassment by models.

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Singer Kesha accused Lukasz Gottwald aka Dr. Luke of drugging and sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions.

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Former champion boxer Mike Tyson was convicted of raping a Miss Black America contestant in 1992. 

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Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been accused of sexual abuse by dozens of his former patients and athletes.

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Music mogul L.A. Reid left his position as Epic Records CEO/Chairman in 2017 amid harassment claims by a female assistant.

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Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigned following reports that he harassed a producer and ignored an actress' allegation of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein.

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Several women have accused former President George H.W. Bush of groping them during photo ops.

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Chris Savino (right), creator of  'The Loud House' was suspended by Nickelodeon after being accused of making unwanted advances toward multiple women.

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Actor Steven Seagal was accused of sexual misconduct by Inside Edition's chief investigative correspondent Lisa Guerrero.

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Michael Oreskes, senior vice president of news and editorial director of National Public Radio, was accused of inappropriate conduct with two women in 1990s.

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Dustin Hoffman was accused of sexually harassing a production assistant when he was 48 and she was a high school senior.

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Jeremy Piven was accused by actress Ariane Bellamar of groping her on two separate occasions. Piven 'unequivocally' denied the allegations.

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Ben Affleck apologized for acting 'inappropriately' towards Hilarie Burton during an appearance on MTV's "Total Request Live" in 2003.

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Andy Dick was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct on set, including groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions.

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Four women, including several that were also fellow Scientologists, have accused actor Danny Masterson of sexual assault, according to HuffPost.

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Actor Ed Westwick was accused by actress Kristina Cohen of raping her in his home.

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David Guillod, producer of 'Atomic Blonde,' is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting several woman.

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Andrew Kreisberg, the showrunner for "Supergirl," was suspended in November 2017 amid numerous sexual harassment allegations by members of his staff.

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Actor Tom Sizemore was reportedly told to leave a film set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress told her mother that he had touched her genitals.

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Steve Jurvetson left his own venture capital firm after allegations of sexual harassment

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A former model accused George Takei of sexually assaulting him 36 years ago.

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Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo accused former FIFA president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at an award ceremony in 2013.

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A former writer for 'Mad Men' said the show's creator Matthew Weiner told her that she owed it to him to let him see her naked.

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Ron Jeremy has been accused of sexually assaulting more than a dozen women and the allegations span more than 30 years.

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In a statement, MRC responded to the latest allegations and confirmed a previous allegation of sexual harassment by Spacey in 2012.

“We are deeply troubled to learn about these new allegations that are being made to the press concerning Kevin Spacey’s interaction with members of the crew of House of Cards. As the producer of the show, creating and maintaining a safe working environment for our cast and crew has always been our top priority," the company said.

The statement added: "We have consistently reinforced the importance of employees reporting any incident without fear of retaliation and we have investigated and taken appropriate actions following any complaints. For example, during our first year of production in 2012, someone on the crew shared a complaint about a specific remark and gesture made by Kevin Spacey. Immediate action was taken following our review of the situation and we are confident the issue was resolved promptly to the satisfaction of all involved. Mr. Spacey willingly participated in a training process and since that time MRC has not been made aware of any other complaints involving Mr. Spacey."

MRC also said that it has set up an anonymous complaint hotline, crisis counselors, and sexual harassment legal advisors for the crew in the wake of the accusations made. "MRC will continue to thoroughly investigate all current claims and any new claims that are formally brought to our attention, and will continue to monitor our own production and practices to ensure that our cast and crew feel safe and supported," the company continued.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 27: Kevin Spacey onstage to present Britannia Award for Excellence in Television presented by Swarovski at the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards Presented by American Airlines And Jaguar Land Rover at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 24: Actor Kevin Spacey during the 'Bits & Pretzels Founders Festival' at ICM Munich on September 24, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images for Bits & Pretzels)
ROME, ITALY - AUGUST 26: Kevin Spacey looks on prior to the Serie A match between AS Roma and FC Internazionale on August 26, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Kevin Spacey attends the Woodside Gallery Dinner in benefit of Elton John AIDS Foundation in partnership with BVLGARI at Woodside on June 22, 2017 in Windsor, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BVLGARI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: Kevin Spacey attends the European Premiere of 'Baby Driver' at Cineworld Leicester Square on June 21, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage )
NEW YORK, NY ? JUNE 12: Kevin Spacey attends the O&M afterparty for the Tony Awards at the Carlye Hotel on June 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rebecca Smeyne/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 11: Kevin Spacey at THE 71st ANNUAL TONY AWARDS broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 11, 2017 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Actor Kevin Spacey attends the 71st Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Kevin Spacey, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend attend the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Kevin Spacey performs onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
TODAY -- Pictured: Matt Lauer and Kevin Spacey on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Kevin Spacey attends the Build Series to discuss his new play 'Clarence Darrow' at Build Studio on May 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Kevin Spacey discusses 'Clarence Darrow' with the Buld Series at Build Studio on May 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Actor Kevin Spacey enters the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on May 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: Actor Kevin Spacey and Chairman and President of The Stronach Group Belinda Stronach arrive at The Stronach Group Owner's Chalet at 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 08: Actor and Executive Producer Kevin Spacey attends Netflix's 'House of Cards' For Your Consideration Event at Netflix FYSee Space on May 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0656 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Kevin Spacey during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on April 18, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 2: Oscar, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey will host THE 71st ANNUAL TONY AWARDS, live from the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Sunday, June 11 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Joe Pugliese/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor Kevin Spacey performs 'New York State of Mind' with Billy Joel at his 40th consecutive sold-out show at Madison Square Garden on April 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Myrna M. Suarez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actors Kevin Spacey (L) and Natalie Portman pose during The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_009 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TNT)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: (L-R) Actors Zoey Deutch, Nicholas Hoult, and Kevin Spacey attend the 'Rebel In The Rye' Premiere at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Actor Kevin Spacey attends the Singles Final between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Andy Murray of Great Britain at the O2 Arena on November 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
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Netflix also issued a new statement Thursday regarding the latest claims made against Spacey: “When the allegations broke about Kevin Spacey on Sunday night, in conjunction with MRC, we sent a representative to set on Monday morning. 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. We continue to collaborate with MRC and other production partners to maintain a safe and respectful working environment. We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the production, and have nothing further to share at this time.” 

The accusations follow those made by Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp, who alleged in a Oct. 29 BuzzFeed Newsarticle that Spacey made sexual advances towards him in 1986 when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14. Spacey tweeted a statement offering his "sincerest apology" to Rapp but said he did not remember the incident. In the statement, he also came out as gay, a move which was criticized by many in Hollywood as well as GLAAD.

On Monday, Netflix and MRC confirmed the upcoming sixth season of the series, which had already started production, would be its last. In a joint statement, the companies said they were "deeply troubled" by the accusations. Executives from both companies traveled to the Maryland set to discuss the situation with cast and crew to ensure their safety. On Tuesday, Netflix and MRC suspended production on the series indefinitely.

On Wednesday, Spacey's rep said he is "taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment" in the wake of the allegations.

Read more: Kevin Spacey to Seek "Evaluation and Treatment" in Wake of Sexual Assault Claim

 

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