London's Old Vic Theater "Deeply Dismayed" About Kevin Spacey Allegations
"Inappropriate behavior by anyone working at The Old Vic is completely unacceptable," said the theater where the actor served as artistic director from 2004 until 2015.
London's Old Vic theater on Tuesday responded to allegations against Kevin Spacey who served as its artistic director from 2004 until 2015.
In a statement, the Old Vic said it "would like to respond to recent media reports by making it clear that we are deeply dismayed to hear the allegations levied against Kevin Spacey."
It added: "Inappropriate behavior by anyone working at The Old Vic is completely unacceptable. We aim to foster a safe and supportive environment without prejudice, harassment or bullying of any sort, at any level, as set out in our joint statement with the theatre industry on 23 October."
Added the Old Vic: "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 news follows claims made by Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp, who told BuzzFeed on Sunday that Spacey tried to make a sexual advance toward him when Rapp was 14 years old.
Rap said that he attended a party at Spacey’s apartment where the star picked him up "like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold" and lay down on top of the 14-year-old actor. “He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp said. “I don't know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
Upon tweeting an apology, Spacey said that he did not remember the incident, but apologized for "inappropriate drunken behavior."
He also added, to the outrage of GLAAD and several LGBTQ groups, that he is choosing "to live as a gay man." Several people in the LGBTQ community responded in anger at Spacey's "deflection" in coming out as a gay man in the same statement as an apology for sexual assault.