After a week that has seen mounting allegations of sexual misconduct against him, actor Kevin Spacey has released a new statement saying that he is “seeking” treatment.

Spacey is one of several Hollywood figures who have dominated headlines in the last week accused of instances of sexual harassment or abuse, including filmmakers Brett Ratner and James Toback and veteran actor Dustin Hoffman.

The specific allegations against two-time Oscar-winner Spacey started earlier this week when actor Anthony Rapp claimed that Spacey had harassed him at a part when he was just 14 years old. Responding to that allegation, Spacey said that was “beyond horrified” and, while saying he didn’t recall the incident, was “sorry for the feelings [Rapp] describes having carried with him all these years.”

Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey has released a second statement regarding sexual misconduct allegations

Controversially, he used the same statement to announce that he now “lives as a gay man” – a move which was criticised by LGBTQ organisations that argued that his decision to come out was a cynical attempt to “deflect” from the allegations.

A spokesperson for the 58 year old actor said on Thursday (November 2nd): “Kevin Spacey is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment.”

However, the statement did not specify what kind of treatment Spacey was seeking, abruptly ending: “No other information is available at this time.”

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Since Rapp’s allegations, filmmaker Tony Montana and actor Roberto Cavasos have come forward to allege wrongdoings against Spacey.

Mexican actor Cavasos claimed in a Facebook post that Spacey “routinely preyed” on young male actors. “There are a lot of us who have a ‘Kevin Spacey story’,” he claimed, adding: “It seems the only requirement was to be a male under the age of 30 for Mr Spacey to feel free to touch us.”

The Old Vic Theatre in London, where Spacey was artistic director from 2004 to 2015, has since set up a confidential complaints process for inappropriate sexual behaviour, and released a statement this week.

“Inappropriate behaviour by anyone working at The Old Vic is completely unacceptable. We aim to foster a safe and supportive environment without prejudice, harassment or bullying of any sort, at any level… We want our employees to feel confident, valued and proud to be part of The Old Vic family. Any behaviour we become aware of which contravenes these goals will not be tolerated.”

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