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09/07/2018 08:49 BST | Updated 09/07/2018 15:08 BST

'House Of Cards' Star Robin Wright Talks Kevin Spacey Sexual Misconduct Allegations For The First Time

'I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.'

‘House Of Cards’ actress Robin Wright has spoken for the first time about the allegations of sexual abuse made against her former co-star Kevin Spacey.

Wright is about to take the helm of Netflix series, following Spacey’s dismissal after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him last year.

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Robin is interviewed on 'Today'

Speaking about the accusations for the first time, Wright told ‘Today’ that the show’s team had been “surprised, of course, and ultimate saddened” by the allegations, noting she had no reason to suspect the actor of any wrongdoing, as she “didn’t really… know the man”.

When asked whether she’d noticed “any kind of red flag” while working with Spacey, the actress responded: “Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut. And in between setups, where we would giggle.

“I didn’t really... I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.” 

The reporter then posed Wright with the question of whether she thought Netflix “did the right thing in cutting ties”, to which she responded: “I don’t know how to comment on that.

“I think at that time... the shock was so intense all over the nation for many reasons, many stories, many people, I think that everybody felt that it was respectful to back off.”

When the subject of the Me Too movement was then raised, Wright noted that “of course” she had faced harassment in her industry, saying: “Seduction, I don’t care who you are, it’s about power. And once you overpower someone, that person then becomes vulnerable.

“This last year, I think, has shined a light to allow us to start a new conversation.”

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Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey in 'House Of Cards'

Wright starred as Spacey’s on-screen wife, Claire Underwood, for five series of ‘House Of Cards’, and in the upcoming sixth and final run, it’s her character who will take centre stage in the political drama.

Co-star Patricia Clarkson recently lauded Wright for “leading the charge” that ended up in a sixth series being made, when it looked like the show’s future was in doubt.

Clarkson told ‘The Talk’: “It was truly the great Robin Wright rallying. We have beautiful showrunners… and they killed themselves to rethink the whole show. It’s only eight episodes.

“Robin led all of this charge so that people would save their livelihoods because when the show goes away some people don’t get paid.”

The sixth series of ‘House Of Cards’ will debut on Netflix in the autumn.

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