Kevin Spacey Foundation in UK Shuts Down After Sexual Assault Accusations

Spacey’s charitable foundation will shut down as investigations against the actor continue

Last Updated: February 27, 2018 @ 9:49 AM

The Kevin Spacey Foundation will shut down operations in the U.K. as investigations into sexual assault allegations continue against the actor, the foundation’s trustees announced on Tuesday, one day before it is set to close.

The foundation was founded 10 years ago to encourage youth involvement in the arts, but has greatly reduced its presence after several actors and crew members on Spacey’s projects accused him of harassment and assault.

“The Trustees have reached the conclusion that the work of the Kevin Spacey Foundation UK is no longer viable and as such the Foundation will be closing on the 28 February 2018,” reads the statement posted on the organization’s website.

“The Trustees would like to thank all their partners, artists and organisations for the great work that has been done in association with the Foundation. The Trustees hope that the objects of the charity will be taken forward by other organisations.”

The “Usual Suspects” star created the organization while serving as the creative director of the Old Vic Theatre in London, a position he held from 2004 to 2015.

But since actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of assaulting him when he was 14, the Old Vic has opened a confidential hotline to allow anyone who was harassed or assaulted by Spacey during his time working at the theatre to come forward. In November, the Old Vic said that it had received more than 20 complaints of “inappropriate behavior” against Spacey, and advised 12 of the complainants to bring their accounts to the police.

“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 Old Vic’s report read. “This is clearly unacceptable and The Old Vic truly apologises for not creating an environment or culture where people felt able to speak freely.”

Spacey has not yet faced criminal charges for any of the accusations made against him, but his career has plummeted, as he was removed from the hit show “House of Cards” which earned him five Emmy nominations, and triggered reshoots for the Ridley Scott film “All The Money In The World,” which saw Spacey’s performance as oil tycoon J. Paul Getty being replaced by Christopher Plummer.

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