Kevin Spacey’s Former Theater Has Opened a Confidential Tip Line – Vanity Fair
The Old Vic, a nonprofit theater in London for which Kevin Spacey served as artistic director for a little over a decade beginning in 2004, has opened a confidential tip line for reporting “inappropriate behavior.” In a statement posted to its site, the Old Vic wrote that it was “deeply dismayed to hear the allegations” against Spacey. “We want our employees to feel confident, valued, and proud to be part of The Old Vic family. Any behavior we become aware of which contravenes these goals will not be tolerated,” the statement continued.
Allegations of Spacey’s sexual advances on sets and in other professional settings have increased since Anthony Rapp told BuzzFeed that Spacey had tried to “seduce” him when he was just 14 years old. On Monday, writer Nadine West tweeted, “KS groped my young male friend when they were both working at the Old Vic. Was apparently always known as one to avoid. Sadly unsurprised.”
Spacey responded to Rapp’s revelation late Sunday night, releasing a statement in which he both apologized to Rapp and confirmed, for the first time, that he is gay. “I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior,“ he wrote.
On Tuesday, the theater opened the tip line. “If you have been connected with The Old Vic or in our employment and feel you have a complaint that you were unable to raise, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Any experience shared will be treated in the utmost confidence and with sensitivity,” the statement reads. The theater has tapped “external advisors” to help process the responses.
This is one of many ripple effects. The allegations also led on Tuesday to the suspension of House of Cards’ production indefinitely.