Veteran actor Kevin Spacey has reportedly been accused of sexual harassment by several co-workers working for his hit Netflix series "House Of Cards."
CNN reported Thursday that eight people working for or who previously worked for Spacey's Netflix show described a "toxic" work environment created by the actor, who one of the sources said sexually assaulted him during an early season of the show. All eight sources remained anonymous for fear of retribution.
One source, a former production assistant, described an encounter with Spacey in which the actor "cornered him" and initiated unwanted contact.
"I told him, 'I don't think I'm ok with this, I don't think I'm comfortable with this,' " the former assistant said, according to CNN, adding Spacey grew "visibly flustered" and fled the trailer, leaving the production for the remainder of the day.
"I was in a state of shock," he said. "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 same former assistant described Spacey's behavior as both "predatory" and "routine."
"I have no doubt that this type of predatory behavior was routine for him and that my experience was one of many and that Kevin had few if any qualms about exploiting his status and position," he said. "It was a toxic environment for young men who had to interact with him at all in the crew, cast, background actors."
Netflix said in a statement to CNN on Thursday that they had sent a representative to the "House of Cards" set earlier this week.
"Netflix was just made aware of one incident, five years ago, that we were informed was resolved swiftly," the statement said. "On Tuesday, in collaboration with MRC, we suspended production, knowing that Kevin Spacey wasn't scheduled to work until Wednesday. Netflix is not aware of any other incidents involving Kevin Spacey on-set. We continue to collaborate with MRC and other production partners to maintain a safe and respectful working environment. We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the production, and have nothing further to share at this time."
Netflix announced this week that it would suspend production of what was to be the final season of "House Of Cards" after previous allegations that Spacey made sexual advances toward actor Anthony Rapp when the latter was 14 years old.
It was also announced this week that Spacey will not be honored with the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award as a result of the accusations.
“The International Academy has announced that in light of recent events it will not honor Kevin Spacey with the 2017 Intl Emmy Founders Award,” read a tweet from the International Emmy Awards account.
Spacey has apologized, saying he was “beyond horrified to hear” Rapp’s account and that he did not remember the incident. He has yet to respond to the latest allegations.