After becoming one of the earliest and most egregious cases of a Hollywood A-lister falling from grace amid a sexual assault allegation in the #MeToo era, Kevin Spacey is now facing another round of public excoriation over claims that he behaved in a racist manner on the set of Netflix’s “House of Cards.”
Earl Blue, the head of VIP Protective Services, has publicly accused Spacey of refusing to shake hands with his black employees, the Daily Mail reported. The company was hired to handle on-set security during the filming of the Netflix original’s first season in 2012.
Most shockingly, Blue said that a handful of black security guards who were watching a trailer for the show overheard Spacey telling his personal security manager, “I don’t want n****rs watching my trailer.”
When Blue complained to set managers about Spacey – who had been given the nickname “The Powers That Be” – his complaints were dismissed.
“That’s just the way he is; we’ve got to keep him happy,” Blue was allegedly told.
To top it all off, producers declined to renew the $1.1 million contract with Blue’s company, which allegedly sparked a fallout that led to VIP Protective Services losing millions of dollars in revenue.
“I was a tremendous fan of [Spacey] but now I am disgusted by him,” said Blue, a 51-year-old Navy veteran who served for 11 years. “I lost fait that I am in the right job after the contract was terminated. I questioned myself for months. What could I have done differently?”
“Then I came to the realization that I did everything I was supposed to do, I was just dealing with a racist man,” he continued. “I sat on it for four years because I believed in confidentiality but when it comes to the point where people are being harmed, enough is enough. I realized he was getting worse and worse.”
Blue went on to describe a pattern of behavior on the part of Spacey that appeared to suggest racist tendencies, including one bizarre instance that saw Spacey allegedly go out of his way to avoid shaking any of the black security guards’ hands.
“I have experienced this before,” he said. “I have been black my whole life and I can tell when a person is not looking at me as a person but they are looking at me as a color.”