London's Old Vic theater provided a confidential email address that could be used by anyone who had an allegation of sexual harassment or assault by Kevin Spacey, who served as artistic director there from 2004 to 2015. On Thursday the theater revealed that it has thus far accumulated 20 "personal testimonies" of alleged misbehavior that occurred through 2013, though all but two occurred prior to 2009, reports the Guardian. In a statement, the Old Vic expressed that a "cult of personality" around Spacey caused those making the allegations to stay silent at the time; of the 20, only one raised the issue "formally or informally" with management at the time.
reads in part, "Despite having the appropriate escalation processes in place, it was claimed that those affected felt unable to raise concerns and that Kevin Spacey operated without sufficient accountability. This is clearly unacceptable and the Old Vic truly apologizes for not creating an environment or culture where people felt able to speak freely." No one who made the claims was a minor when the alleged behavior occurred, notes the theater. It adds, "It has also not been possible to verify any of these allegations, and it is important to note that Kevin Spacey has not commented on them. The review cannot therefore make any findings of fact about the alleged misconduct."
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