‘I didn’t know the man’: Robin Wright breaks silence on Kevin Spacey sexual misconduct claims
Robin Wright, who plays Claire Underwood on Netflix political drama House of Cards, has broken her silence on the allegations of sexual misconduct against co-star Kevin Spacey.
Speaking to the Today show, Wright said that the cast was “surprised” and “ultimately saddened” at the allegations of sexual misconduct against Spacey.
“We forged ahead. We were so thankful that we were able to complete the series as planned,” she added.
Wright also said that she and Spacey were not close, saying they “never socialised outside of work.”
“He was never disrespectful to me, so that’s my personal experience. That’s the only thing I feel I have the right to talk about.
“Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut and in between set-ups where we would giggle. I didn’t know the man, I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.”
Wright also said that she hasn’t heard from Spacey since the allegations surfaced.
Wright’s interview comes as the cast prepares to launch the sixth and final season of House of Cards, with Wright at the helm.
When allegations surfaced, Netflix temporarily shut down production on the show, and ultimately announced that a final season would go ahead without Spacey.
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The season – which will consist of just eight episodes – is expected to be released in autumn by Netflix.
It has not yet been revealed how Spacey’s character will be written out of the show.
Actor Anthony Rapp last year alleged that Spacey made sexual advances towards him at a party when he was just 14 years old, which prompted further allegations from people in both the UK and the US.
Spacey is currently being investigated for five accusations of sexual assault and one for assault by London Metropolitan Police. He is also being investigated by Los Angeles police for a case of sexual assault that was brought to them in April.
Wright also weighed in on the #MeToo movement. When asked if she has experienced harassment, she said: “Of course, who hasn’t?
“This is a bigger, broader issue, which is seduction. It’s about power. Once you overpower someone, that person then becomes vulnerable, and this last year has shined a light in a new way to allow us to start a new conversation, so we just need to shift the paradigm.”