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Hollywood Stars Face Fresh Allegations of Sexual Harrassment

  • Hollywood star Kevin Spacey has been accused of making sexual advances towards actor Anthony Rapp, then aged 14, in 1986.

    Hollywood star Kevin Spacey has been accused of making sexual advances towards actor Anthony Rapp, then aged 14, in 1986. | Photo: Reuters

Published 1 November 2017

Sexual harassment claims against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have prompted a raft of similar allegations against other producers and actors.

Fresh allegations of sexual harrassment have emerged against some of the biggest names in Hollywood, as the scandal involving producer Harvery Weinstein continues to spread thoughout the entertainment industry. 

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Roberto Cavazos, an actor at a London theater where Kevin Spacey was artistic director between 2004 and 2015, published a Facebook post on Wednesday accusing the Hollywood star of sexual misconduct.

Cavazos, from Mexico, said he had experienced "a couple of unpleasant encounters with Spacey that verged on what you could call harassment." The actor posted in Spanish: "There are many of us who have a 'Kevin Spacey story.' It seems that we only needed to be men under 30 years old for Mr. Spacey to feel free to touch us."

Spacey has already publicly apologized to another actor, Anthony Rapp. On Monday, the actor accused Spacey of trying to seduce him in 1986 when he was just 14. Spacey said he did not remember the incident, but that if the allegation was true, it was "deeply inappropriate drunken behavior."

Spacey publicly came out as gay for the first time in a statement, but LGBTQ groups immediately condemned the gesture as an attempt to deflect attention away from his predatory behavior. Activists also criticised the linking of homosexuality with pedophilia, and using alcohol as a justification for his actions.

Production studio Media Rights Capital and Netflix announced on Tuesday that filming of the sixth season of House of Cards would be suspended "until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew."

Spacey is just one of several prominent figures in the entertainment business who have been accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of recent allegations against Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

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On Wednesday, Anna Graham Hunter accused 80-year-old Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman, star of "The Graduate" and "Tootsie", of sexual harassment.

In extracts from her 1985 diary and notes to her sister, she alleged that Hoffman made vulgar remarks and jokes at her expense while she was working as a 17-year-old production assistant on the set of the 1985 TV film "Death of a Salesman." "He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my ass, he talked about sex to me and in front of me," she wrote.

Also on Wednesday, six women – including "X-Men: Apocalypse" star Olivia Munn, and Natasha Henstridge – accused "Rush Hour" filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

They alleged that Ratner had either masturbated in front of them, described sex acts, or made unwanted sexual advances in incidents dating back to the early 1990s on movie sets, private homes, or at industry events. Ratner's attorney promptly denied the "outrageous, derogatory allegations."

Ratner, 48, is one of Hollywood's most successful directors and producers. His films include "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Horrible Bosses." He was also working with Playboy Enterprises to direct a film about the late Hugh Hefner, but the company has said in a statement that it is "deeply troubled" by the allegations.

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