Kevin Spacey Allegations Show Sexual Harassment Comes in the Same-Sex Form Too

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After the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment allegations, there has been a flood of new allegations against other Hollywood power players, both in front of and behind the camera. More women and men in Hollywood are finding the courage to publicly confront their abusers, exposing the truth behind the “casting couch”. The powerful elite can longer contain the secret. A pattern of abuse and harassment exists in the film industry, and it not contained to just young women.

Since the Weinstein bombshell, we have seen women come out against other Hollywood moguls like Producer/Director Brett Ratner, Director James Toback, and actor and comedian Louis C.K. But these claims are not limited to male on female accusations. There have been several same-sex allegations. Anthony Edwards and Terry Crews have talked about being sexually assaulted by male Hollywood executives. Perhaps the most troubling claims have been levied against actor Kevin Spacey.

The initial claim against Spacey was that he had tried to seduce an underage actor at a party. The actor, Anthony Rapp, now an adult, came forward with his story, which in turn unleashed more claims against Spacey from other House of Cards crew and actors. Even waiters and a bar patron have said that Spacey groped them against their will.

There is now a long list of Spacey accusers, including:

  • Filmmaker Tony Montana
  • Actor Roberto Cavazos
  • Hotel Worker Daniel Beal
  • An unnamed House of Cards production assistant
  • News Anchor Heather Unruh’s son
  • Richard Dreyfuss’ son Harry Dreyfuss

The accusations lean towards the same predatory-type behavior. Spacey used his power and position to target lower-level employees who were vulnerable and felt unable to resist or report the behavior. They were afraid that by reporting the incident they would possibly lose their careers and never work in the entertainment industry again. One production assistant 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.” Still, even after Spacey’s behavior has come to light, this production assistant remains afraid to be identified or have his story told in detail.

As a result of the allegations, Netflix completely cut ties with Spacey. All of the networks working with Louis C.K. also fired him. The behavior of Spacey, Louis C.K. and others sheds light on an unsettling pattern of behavior and power relations in the workplace – and one that has clearly affected same sex relations in Hollywood. For men, reporting sexual abuse and harassment has always been completely taboo, perhaps even moreso than with respect to opposite sex claims. Reporting abuse is not something that many men do even though statistics show 1 in 6 men are victims of harassment or abuse.

Potential victims can include not just actors but also Production Assistants, Make-Up Artists, Extras and Lesser-Known Stars, Art and Sound people, Camera Production Members, Directors Associates, Production Coordinators and Location Scouts, Production Company Assistants, Agency Assistants, Agency Mailroom Workers, Management Company Assistants, Development Employees, Studio Employees, Personal Assistants, and Interns.

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