by Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge
Though Netflix pulled the plug the other day on House of Cards after actor Kevin Spacey admitted to sexual assault on a 14-year old, it appears that Spacey’s character Frank Underwood — a Machiavellian figure who wielded power by any means possible — may be a truer reflection of Spacey’s actual personality and behavior than many in the film industry would care to admit. Yesterday multiple cast and crew members of the now defunct Netflix series came forward to tell CNN that Spacey created a “toxic” atmosphere on set in which his aggressive sexual behavior was something, as one camera assistant said, “everybody saw” — but which few formally complained about for fear that their careers would end.
The CNN story was published the same day that yet another man has come forward to say he had a sexual relationship with Kevin Spacey at the age of 14 – which included an attempted rape — while Spacey was an adult working on Broadway. Similar to now substantiated allegations against powerful movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the floodgate of accusations has now opened against Spacey, and it is likely that more will continue to emerge in the coming weeks. Both embattled figures, who were until very recently among the most powerful in Hollywood, now say they are “seeking treatment” in isolation as accusations are quickly turning into police investigations in different parts of the globe.
And in the midst of this recent fallout, it’s not only Netflix that has quickly dropped Spacey, but the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that he will not be honored at the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award, having this week revoked his reward. But also like Weinstein, who appears to have assaulted women over a period of multiple decades, Spacey’s behavior was apparently known all around Hollywood, to the point that it was referenced in a punchline in a 2005 episode of The Family Guy.
Meanwhile, the testimonies from the House of Cards cast and crew couldn’t be more shocking. One detailed account given to CNN from an unnamed former production assistant appears to have taken place in Maryland, near the House of Cards filming location.
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