Kevin Spacey line removed from This is Us episode an hour before broadcast

2017-11-01 09:20
 

Cape Town – The popular NBC drama This is Us made had to make a change to the episode aired on Tuesday in the US.

The episode included a 2008 flashback scene in which a struggling actor learns his roommate has gotten a role in a major movie.

In the scene filmed before Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct, the thrilled roommate refers to a Kevin Spacey film.

20th Century Fox released a statement saying that the line had been edited in light of the sexual harassment allegations against Spacey. 

"In light of recent events, the producers have decided to remove the brief reference to Kevin Spacey," reads the statement.

Viewers instead heard the project identified as "a Christian Bale movie."

In an interview published by BuzzFeed News on Sunday, actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey made sexual advantages on him when he was 14-years-old. 

Spacey went on to apologise to him on Twitter and also came out as gay. (Read more)

On Tuesday the Associated Press reported a second allegation against the actor. 

Mexican actor Robert Cavazos wrote on his Facebook page that he encountered Spacey at the bar of London's Old Vic Theatre, where Spacey was artistic director, and the actor tried to fondle him against his will.

"It was more common for this guy, when he was in the bar of his theatre, grabbing whoever caught his attention," Cavazos wrote. "I didn't stand for it, but I know some people who were afraid to stop it."

Cavazos declined an interview request. There was no immediate reply to a request for comment from representatives for Spacey, who was artistic director from 2004-15.

In a statement on Tuesday, the theatre expressed "deep dismay" at the allegations and said "inappropriate behaviour by anyone working at The Old Vic is completely unacceptable."

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