Months after multiple allegations of sexual assault emerged against Kevin Spacey, the 58-year-old actor is back in the news cycle for more disturbing accusations: The head of the firm responsible for security during filming of House of Cards' first season is accusing Spacey of racism, including using the n-word on set.
Earl Blue of VIP Protective Services told Daily Mail that, during filming in 2012, Spacey would not only refuse to shake hands with his predominantly black staff, he also wouldn't acknowledge them whenever they said hello.
"He looks me up and down, looks at my supervisor up and down, and reaches across us to shake the hand of the police officer and then walks away," Blue claimed. "We are all standing there looking at each other like, 'Okay, that was awkward.'"
Blue also says he overhead Spacey complain to his personal security manager that he did not want "n*ggers watching my trailer."
As company boss, Blue often oversaw main talent, which is why he was positioned 15 feet from Spacey's trailer. But every time the actor left to go on set, Blue claims, he would lock his trailer, walk away, look at Blue, and then proceed to go back and double check to see if his trailer was locked.
"He would look at me, walk back to his trailer and check to make sure the door was locked. Over the course of that day I started laughing at him. He did it every single time he left his trailer—at least a dozen times," claims Blue. "He obviously had some uneasiness about me being near the trailer. I would smile at him and even speak, say 'Good morning' or 'Good afternoon.' But he would never reply."
Blue says it's not the first time he's encountered hostility over his race.
"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. They are coming to a conclusion about what type of person I am."
"But I'm there to do a job," he continued, "And it doesn't matter if you speak to me. I'm going to do that job. So we kept filming."
He raised concerns about Spacey to the set managers, who consistently referred to the leading actor as "The Powers That Be." But they shrugged off his complaints, telling Blue, "That's just the way he is—we've got to keep him happy."
Despite Spacey's disapproval of security personnel, Blue says Knight Takes King, which managed on-set production of House of Cards, told him they were "really pleased" with VIP's handling of security and there were "no complaints."
Which is why Blue was surprised to receive a call saying that Knight Takes King had decided not to renew their $1.1 million contract with VIP Protective Services for the show's second season. When he asked for a reason, he says was simply told, "Unfortunately, Earl, it's 'the powers that be.'"
"I lost faith that I am in the right job after the contract was terminated," Blue told The Daily Mail. "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 now plans to sue Spacey, claiming the fallout from his contract resulted in millions of dollars in lost revenue. Though he has worked in the entertainment industry for nearly two decades, including on multiple Oscar-nominated films, Blue and VIP Protective haven't gotten any substantial work since 2012.
"Since I left that show I have been operating at a loss."
After years of remaining silent, Blue explains why he's now coming forth with the claims.
"I sat on it for four years because I believe 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."
In October 2017, Spacey's brother, Randall Fowler, accused their late father of being sexually abusive, racist and anti-Semitic. Both boys took to calling Thomas Fowler “the Creature,” he claimed, because of his inhumane brutality.