The Princess of Norway’s former husband has alleged that he was groped by Kevin Spacey ten years ago.
Ari Behn was married to Norway’s Princess Märtha Louise at the time and met the actor during a Nobel Peace Prize party.
Spacey was hosting the event with Uma Thurman in Oslo when the incident allegedly occurred.
“We had a nice conversation, he was sat next to me,” Behn told Norwegian radio station P4.
“After five minutes, he says ‘Hey, let’s go out and have a cigarette’, and then he touched me right on the balls under the table.”
Naturally, Behn was so taken aback by Spacey alleged actions that all he could say was “eh, maybe later”.
“I was black in my hair at that time, ten years younger and right up his alley,” he added.
Spacey has been accused of sexual harassment and sexual abuse from numerous alleged victims over the past six weeks, since Anthony Rapp came forward with his alleged experience in October.
Rapp claimed in an interview that Spacey made a “sexual advance” on him back in 1986, when he was just 14 years old and Spacey was 26.
Spacey issued a statement saying that he has “a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor,” and admitted that he is “horrified to hear this story.”
The actor did not deny the allegation, but said that he does not “remember the encounter”.
However, Spacey then decided to use the statement to say: “I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.”
Many were quick to criticise Spacey for choosing this moment to clarify his sexuality as it perpetuates the gross stereotype that bigots use to claim that gay men are predatory.
Rapp’s allegations inspired many more alleged victims to come forward, including eight former and current crew members on House of Cards.
The Old Vic, based in Waterloo, London, initially said they had received no complaints about Spacey during his time as artistic director, from 2004 to 2015, when the accusations emerged.
But last month, the theatre released the conclusions of an investigation into allegations concerning Spacey’s conduct at the theatre, and the results weren’t good.
The investigation, which was carried out by an external law firm on behalf of The Old Vic, resulted in 20 personal allegations of “inappropriate behaviour” carried out by Spacey between 1995 and 2013.
“Despite having the appropriate escalation processes in place, it was claimed that those affected felt unable to raise concerns and that Kevin Spacey operated without sufficient accountability,” they said.
“This is clearly unacceptable and the Old Vic truly apologises for not creating an environment or culture where people felt able to speak freely.”
Spacey has been fired from his role as Frank Underwood in hit Netflix series House of Cards, with Robin Wright to become the main focus of the show.
He was also completely cut from Ridley Scott’s upcoming film All The Money In The World six weeks before its release date on 22 December.
If you have been a victim of sexual assault and would like to seek support, you can call the Sexual Assault Casework & Support helpline on 0800 704 2040, or visit Galop UK”s official website for more information.