Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into Kevin Spacey following an allegation that he sexually assaulted an aspiring British actor in London nearly a decade ago.
The man, who has not been identified, told authorities he had approached Spacey in 2008 asking for help with his career, according to the Sun newspaper.
The double Oscar winner then invited the young man, who was 23 at the time, to his home in South London. Spacey was artistic director of The Old Vic theatre, a post he held from 2004 to 2015.
The aspiring actor, now 32, told police that he and Spacey smoked marijuana, after which he passed out, the Sun reported.
The man alleges that, upon regaining consciousness, he found Spacey performing oral sex on him. He told the House of Cards star to stop, then fled the house. Spacey allegedly warned him not to tell anyone what had happened.
The man first gave his account to the City of London Police on Tuesday, after which the police referred the complaint to Scotland Yard.
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The Yard issued a statement on Friday saying that it was investigating an alleged incident in Lambeth, the South London neighbourhood where Spacey maintains a home, but did not name Spacey as the alleged assailant.
Spacey could not immediately be reached for comment. On Wednesday, his representative said Spacey was now “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment”.
A former House of Cards production assistant also claims Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted him, and several of the show’s crew members alleged the star displayed “predatory” behaviour on set.
Spacey “put his hands down the production assistant’s pants” and later “cornered him” in his trailer, blocking his exit while making inappropriate contact, according to a report by the US broadcaster CNN.
Eight people who currently work or previously worked on the show also made accusations about a “toxic work environment” they say Spacey created “through a pattern of sexual harassment.” They said Spacey targeted young men and that incidents included “non-consensual touching” and “crude comments.”
Netflix announced on Tuesday that it had shut down the production of the sixth and last season of House of Cards indefinitely. Spacey’s publicist, who has since parted ways with the actor, according to a report on website Deadline Hollywood, also said the 58-year-old is currently seeking “evaluation and treatment.”