London’s Old Vic theatre has said the theatre’s investigators had heard from 20 people who accused actor Kevin Spacey of a range from behaviour that made people feel uncomfortable to “sexually inappropriate” touching during his 11-year run as artistic director of the renowned playhouse.

“During his tenure, The Old Vic was in a unique position of having a Hollywood star at the helm around whom existed a cult of personality,” the theatre 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.”

Long a leading light in both film and theatre, Spacey is one of the biggest names to lose work since the media detailed sexual harassment and abuse allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein earlier this year. The reports sparked a wave of abuse and harassment allegations across the industry.

The actor has since been fired from the Netflix hit TV series ‘House of Cards’, and also dropped by his talent agency and publicist.

The allegations follow an investigation that a law firm started this month at the request of the theatre, amid reports being circulated about the actor’s behaviour while being its artistic director from 2004 to 2015.

Staff who may have been aware of the alleged behavior “were unclear about how to respond; in some cases they did not consider allegations of misconduct to be serious and, where they clearly did, they said they did not feel confident that The Old Vic would take those allegations seriously given who he was,” the report found.

He’s 58.

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London's Old Vic theatre has said the theatre's investigators had heard from 20 people who accused actor Kevin Spacey of a range from behaviour that made people feel uncomfortable to 'sexually inappropriate' touching during his 11-year run as artistic director of the renowned playhouse. 'During his tenure, The Old Vic...