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Graham Norton slammed for Kevin Spacey joke

Graham Norton, laughing

TV host Graham Norton has been criticised for a joke he made about Kevin Spacey on his show.

Fans of the star hit out at the joke, which was followed by an appearance by Johnny Depp, who has been accused of domestic violence.

Spacey has been accused of a raft of incidents of sexual misconduct by various people.

In his opening monologue, Norton said: “It has been a week of sleaze, hasn’t it? A week of sleaze. There have been so many allegations, people’s careers are collapsing like a house of… dominoes.”

Adding: “Journalists are struggling to come up with enough words to describe the inappropriate behaviour. Touchy-feely, handsy, sleazy, Spacey.”

Spacey has repeatedly been accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour this week, since Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp accused him of making sexual advances on him when he was 14.

Anthony Rapp

In response, Spacey wrote on Twitter that he didn’t remember the incident, but apologised for “what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour.”

The Baby Driver actor added that he was “sorry for the feelings he [Rapp] describes having carried with him all these years,” before saying: “I choose now to live as a gay man.”

Depp appeared on the Graham Norton show alongside other stars from Murder on the Orient Express.

Other stars included Michelle Pheiffer, Dame Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Josh Gad and Johnny Depp.

Depp was accused of ex Amber Heard of domestic violence. She posted videos and images of herself during court hearings around their divorce.

Late last May, Heard alleged that Depp had thrown a mobile phone at her during an argument on Saturday.

The judge said Depp should refrain from contacting Heard after she showed a photo of her own bruised eye and cheek at the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Fans made a link between the joke about Spacey and the appearance by Depp on the show.

One wrote: “So the Graham Norton show starts with him making ‘cheeky’ jokes about the harrassment story then one of the guests is … Johnny Depp? Hmm.”

Another added: “So there’s an alleged Domestic abuse perpetrator on #grahamnorton’s sofa tonight. Not inappropriate at all…#ViolenceAgainstWomen.”

A third added: “Uncomfortable Graham Norton show tonight. Opens with Kevin Spacey put-downs, introduces Johnny Depp to huge applause. No hint of irony.”

But some defended the show, with one Twitter user saying: “What irony? Johnny Depp has been proven innocent already.”

The Old Vic theatre has been accused of a “breach of trust” by an actor who allges that he was groped by Kevin Spacey.

Spacey was this weekend sacked from the shelved Netflix hit ‘House of Cards’ amid a raft of sexual misconduct allegations.

In the wake of these allegations and Spacey’s response, Netflix announced that House of Cards would be ending after its sixth season.

And the streaming company announced the next day that it was suspending production on the show’s sixth season.

Earlier this week it was reported that Spacey sexually harassed numerous people on the House of Cards set, turning it into a “toxic” environment, eight people have claimed.

One staffer, a former production assistant, said that Spacey sexually assaulted him during one of the early seasons of the show.

All eight employees called Spacey’s behaviour “predatory,” adding that it included non-consensual touching and sexual comments.

(Netflix) House of Cards

(Netflix)

The two-time Oscar winner, who is executive producer on the show, generally targeted production staff who were young and male, they said.

British police are currently investigating an allegation of sexual assault made against Spacey.

An alleged victim claimed today that after being invited to Spacey’s London home for a drink in 2008, he passed out – and woke to find the Hollywood star performing oral sex on him.

(Netflix) House of Cards

(Netflix)

The Seven star has been dropped by both his publicist and talent agency following numerous allegations.

And now Spacey has been sacked by Netflix from House of Cards.

“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement.

“We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show. We have also decided we will not be moving forward with the release of the film Gore, which was in post-production, starring and produced by Kevin Spacey.”

One of the eight former and current House of Cards staffers, a production assistant, said that Spacey sexually assaulted while he was bringing the actor from an offsite location to the set.

Just minutes away from their destination, with Spacey driving the car, the star of the show put his hands down the staffer’s trousers, he said.

(Netflix) House of Cards

(Netflix)

The touching was not consensual, he added, recalling: “I was in a state of shock.

“He was a man in a very powerful position on the show, and I was someone very low on the totem pole”.

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