Kevin Spacey created a “toxic” work environment on the set of “House of Cards” through a pattern of sexual harassment and assault, eight employees who work on or used to work on the show told CNN.
One former production assistant accused the Oscar winner of sexually assaulting him during one of the show’s earlier seasons, CNN reports. All eight current or former employees spoke out anonymously for fear of reprisal.
They all alleged to the outlet that Spacey displayed “predatory” behavior on the set of the Netflix show, touching employees without consent and making lewd comments towards staffers who were usually young men.
The former assistant told the outlet that he was driving with the actor to set, and he allegedly put his hands down the production assistant’s pants. The production assistant told CNN that the touching was nonconsensual.
“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 production assistant did not tell any of his managers at the time, he said.
Netflix has since shut down production on House of Cards indefinitely, after announcing that its upcoming sixth season will also be its final.