The Old Vic theater in London says it has uncovered 20 allegations of inappropriate behavior by Kevin Spacey.
The theater announced the finding on Thursday after it commissioned an investigation by an outside law firm. Spacey was artistic director there from 2004 to 2015.
The Old Vic said the allegations covered 1995 to 2013. The theater added that most of the claims were from before 2009, and that it has not been possible to verify any of the allegations.
Most of the alleged victims shared their stories because they were promised anonymity. The Old Vic said no legal claims or formal grievances were filed during Spacey’s time as artistic director, and no settlement agreements or payments were made.
“Despite having the appropriate escalation processes in place, it was claimed that those affected felt unable to raise concerns and that Kevin Spacey operated without sufficient accountability,” the theater said in a statement.
“The investigation found that his stardom and status at The Old Vic may have prevented people, and in particular junior staff or young actors, from feeling that they could speak up or raise a hand for help,” it said.
“This is clearly unacceptable and The Old Vic truly apologizes for not creating an environment or culture where people felt able to speak freely,” the statement said.
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SOURCE: CNN, Lisa France