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Spacey Faces More Sexual Assault Allegations

Earlier this week, actor Anthony Rapp revealed that Kevin Spacey made sexual advances towards him when he was only 14. Only days later, eight people who work on the Spacey-produced Netflix series "House of Cards" told CNN that Spacey created a toxic work environment through constant sexual harassment. One employee alleges that Spacey sexually assaulted him. 

Rapp told the media that he was befriended by Spacey while they both were performing on Broadway in 1986. According to Rapp, Spacey invited him over to Spacey's apartment for a party. At the end of the night, Spacey placed Rapp on his bed and climbed on top of him in a sexual advance; Spacey was 26 while Rapp was only 14.

In response to these allegations, Spacey released an apology explaining that he did not recall the assault but if he had acted that way, he was sorry for "what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior." Spacey also addressed years of speculation by announcing that he has been in relationships with both men and women, and plans to "now live as a gay man."

Spacey instantly drew criticism for choosing to apologize for Rapp's allegations and come out as gay together, as if the matters were related. Many accused the actor of conflating sexual orientation with sexual assault. Spacey's publicist, Staci Wolf, indicated on Wednesday that the actor will be seeking treatment following in the wake of Rapp's allegations. The following day, Wolf and Creative Artists Agency announced that they were parting ways with Spacey.

Netflix shut down production of Season 6 of "House of Cards" earlier this week for what the company claimed were unrelated reasons. Netflix and Media Rights Capital issued a joint statement on Tuesday to say that the network will review the situation and address any cast or crew concerns. Shortly after the shutdown was announced, eight employees of the series reached out to CNN anonymously regarding Spacey.

According to these witnesses, Spacey acted "predatory" on set and would regularly make crude comments and touch staffers in nonconsensual manners. They reported that Spacey regularly targeted production staffers who tend to be young and male. One employee disclosed that Spacey cornered him after he helped take Spacey's belongings from his car to his trailor and made inappropriate contact. The production assistant told Spacey he was not comfortable with his behavior at which point Spacey left the set.

The allegations against Spacey follow on the heels of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal and allegations against actor Dustin Hoffman and director Brett Ratner, amongst others. Media Rights Capital has since implemented an anonymous complaint hotline and hired crisis counselors and sexual harassment legal advisors for the cast and crew since the Spacey allegations surfaced. 

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