Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into a second alleged sexual assault by Kevin Spacey that took place in London, this time dating back to 2005, Variety has learned.
The new allegation was made last week, shortly after London’s Old Vic theater said it had received 20 complaints of inappropriate behavior by former artistic director Spacey after it appealed to people to come forward with concerns and complaints. The theater said it had advised more than a dozen of the complainants to go to the police with their allegations, but it is not clear whether the new investigation launched by Scotland Yard is a result of that advice.
Police had already begun investigating an alleged assault on a young man that took place in 2008 in Lambeth, the London borough where The Old Vic is located and where Spacey had a residence. The alleged victim in that incident is believed to have been an aspiring actor who sought career advice from Spacey. The Yard does not identify either alleged victims or suspects.
The new investigation centers on an alleged incident, or possibly incidents, in Lambeth dating back to 2005.
“On Friday, 17 November, a further allegation was made about the same man” suspected in the 2008 case, the Yard said in a statement Wednesday. “The allegations are of sexual assaults against a man (Victim 2) in 2005 in Lambeth. Officers from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offenses Command are investigating.”
Spacey was artistic director of The Old Vic from 2004 to 2015. In its statement last week, the theater said it had received no complaints of inappropriate behavior during his actual tenure. But it also acknowledged that the Oscar-winning actor’s stardom had created a “cult of personality” that discouraged any alleged victims or witnesses of misconduct to make their complaints known.
Spacey has been removed from from the movie “All the Money in the World” and has been dropped from the hit TV series “House of Cards.” He has denied allegations of assault, but said he is currently seeking “evaluation and treatment” of his behavior.
A number of allegations against Spacey have surfaced since actor Anthony Rapp said he was the subject of an unwanted advance from the star when he was a teenager.