8 'House of Cards' Employees Accuse Kevin Spacey of Harassment

Sharon Knolle
(Netflix)

After "House of Cards" suspended filming in the wake of accusations of sexual harassment against star Kevin Spacey, eight staffers have come forward with their own stories of inappropriate behavior.

That's in addition to a man who told Vulture that, when he was 14, he had a consensual sexual relationship with the actor that nearly ended in his being raped by Spacey. ("Star Trek: Discovery" actor Anthony Rapp was the first to accuse Spacey, alleging that Spacey made a sexual advance on him when Rapp was 14.)

Due to this snowballing of accusations, Spacey's publicist Staci Wolf and his longtime agency, CAA, have both dropped the Oscar-winning actor.

Employees on "House of Cards" allege that Spacey created a "toxic" work environment. A production assistant told CNN that, while he was driving Spacey to the set, the actor put his hands down the assistant's pants. "I was in a state of shock," he told CNN. "He was a man in a very powerful position on the show and I was someone very low on the totem pole and on the food chain there."

The harassment allegedly continued once they reached the set, when the assistant helped Spacey bring his belongings into his trailer. "I told him, 'I don't think I'm OK with this, I don't think I'm comfortable with this,'" the production assistant said. That's when Spacey became "visibly flustered" and left the set for the rest of the day, according to the production assistant.

"I have no doubt that this type of predatory behavior was routine for him and that my experience was one of many and that Kevin had few if any qualms about exploiting his status and position," the employee said. "It was a toxic environment for young men who had to interact with him at all in the crew, cast, background actors."

A former camera assistant told CNN "everybody saw" that Spacey was touching crew members inappropriately. "All the crew members commented on his behavior. What gets me is we have to sign sexual harassment paperwork before the start of the show and apparently [Kevin Spacey] doesn't have to do anything and he gets away scott-free with this behavior."

No one complained because they didn't want to lose their jobs says the ex-employee: "Who is going to believe crew members? You're going to get fired."

MRC, the company that produces "House of Cards," told CNN on Thursday that they have set up "an anonymous complaint hotline, crisis counselors, and sexual harassment legal advisors for the crew." They added they are "deeply troubled" by the allegations and that they were only aware of one incident that occurred in 2012 that was "resolved promptly to the satisfaction of all involved."

Space is currently "in treatment," per the New York Times.

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