Apart of the ever-worsening shitstorm that is Kevin Spacey's career, eight cast and crew members of Spacey's former awards vehicle House of Cards have anonymously stepped forward to accuse the actor of sexual assault and harassment. As these stories continue pouring in, the show's creator Beau Willimon is garnering criticism for not knowing about Spacey's behavior on set.
Willimon came forward Thursday night, to set the record straight to Deadline. In his statement, the creator and former showrunner wrote, "The production did not inform me of the incident that occurred in season one regarding Kevin Spacey or of any action taken as a result." He continued, "I feel awful for the people who were wronged while working for House of Cards."
The skepticism surrounding Willimon's knowledge of Spacey's abuse on set stems from a 2012 incident on set that warranted an investigation into the show's star by Media Rights Capital, the House of Cards' production company.
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"During our first year of production in 2012, someone on the crew shared a complaint about a specific remark and gesture made by Kevin Spacey," the company wrote in a statement to Deadline. "Immediate action was taken following our review of the situation and we are confident the issue was resolved promptly to the satisfaction of all involved. Mr. Spacey willingly participated in a training process and since that time MRC has not been made aware of any other complaints involving Mr. Spacey."
But in Willimon's defense, his role on the show in 2012 was that of showrunner. This role required the bare minimum of on-set production involvement and, instead, had Willimon write the series' scripts remotely, according to Deadline.
Additional sources claimed, "MRC was fairly tight with information on the show and, remarkably, could conceivably not have have passed such a complaint along to Willimon."