Dutch bank cancels Kevin Spacey conference invite

Dutch bank ING on Friday cancelled an invitation for Kevin Spacey to attend a conference that will be held later this month, as the US actor faced string of accusations of sexual harassment.
The decision came after Spacey became the latest star to become embroiled in Hollywood's widening sexual misconduct scandal, when he apologised over accusations he made an advance on a 14-year-old actor in the 1980s.
Several more allegations have surfaced since, with former workers at The Old Vic theatre in London revealing experiences of inappropriate behaviour when the Oscar-winning actor was artistic director there from 2003 to 2015.
"We have decided to put a stop to our collaboration with US actor Kevin spacey," ING said, referring to an invitation for the star to attend a business conference taking place in the city of Rotterdam on November 29.
"Amid the concern building this week over the suspicions that Spacey had committed sexual assault, we do not want him come to the BusinessBoost Live (conference)," ING said on the website of the event that it is hosting along with the Tribe Company, an entertainment enterprise.
Spacey, 58, found himself in the spotlight when Anthony Rapp accused the star of making a "sexual advance" when he was 14 and Spacey was 26.
Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos then accused Spacey of sexual harassment, saying he fended off two "unpleasant" advances that "bordered on harassment" while at The Old Vic, but that others were afraid to do so.
Filmmaker Tony Montana also alleged Spacey grabbed his crotch in a Los Angeles bar in 2003.
Spacey said he could not remember the alleged encounter with Rapp but apologised, saying he was "beyond horrified".
Several other claims were reported in the US and British press, as Netflix announced its suspension of the award-winning "House of Cards" sixth season.
Spacey's presence at the ING conference "would distract from ... (its) goal of inspiring big data entrepreneurs and bringing them together to help them pursue their business ambitions", the bank said.
© 2017 AFP
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