ING Bank scraps Kevin Spacey from business conference over "commotion" caused by sexual assault claims

 
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Dutch bank ING has removed Kevin Spacey from the lineup of a forthcoming business conference, following allegations of sexual harassment made against the actor.

In a statement seen by City A.M., the bank said that the "commotion" around the stories of Spacey's misconduct would potentially "distract from the aim of BusinessBoost Live: inspiring entrepreneurs and helping them be successful in achieving their ambitions".

Spacey had been set to speak at the event at the end of this month alongside Endemol co-founder John De Mol and Google X CBO Mo Gawdat.

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But following multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault which emerged in the wake of the Harvey Weinsten scandal, ING said it was no longer "desirable" to have Spacey present and that it had decided to "end the collaboration" with him.

The news follows a decision by Netflix to end House of Cards just a day after allegations against its star.

It was reported today that another allegation against Spacey had emerged from a British actor, leading to the involvement of Scotland Yard.

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