The high-powered talent agency CAA and publicist Staci Wolfe, owner of Polaris Public Relations, are ending their relationships with Spacey, according to sources, just as a number of staff members of Netflix’s TV series “House of Cards” came forward with new complaints about nonconsensual sexual encounters with the star. Spacey created a “toxic” work atmosphere, eight current or former employees told CNN.
Several accusations against Spacey have emerged following BuzzFeed’s report last week of an account by actor Anthony Rapp, who alleged that Spacey made an unwanted sexual advance in 1986 when Rapp was just 14. Spacey said he didn’t remember the encounter, but if it did occur it was likely due to “drunken behavior,” and he apologized. He also declared then that he was gay, a move critics characterized as a strategy intended to distract attention from Rapp’s accusation.
On Wednesday, Wolfe, who was still representing the actor, said that Spacey was “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment.”
Since the accusations emerged, filming for “House of Cards” has been suspended and a planned International Emmys Founders Award for Spacey was dropped. More accusations have been leveled against Spacey in London, where he was the artistic director of the Old Vic theater from 2004 to 2015.