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Kevin Spacey must wish he had a real-life Doug Stamper from the hit show House of Cards to make all the bad publicity go away.
It would have been naive to think only one allegation of impropriety would emerge from his past to come back and haunt him, and sure enough, barely 48 hours after the first allegation lodged by Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp, a new story has hit the news stands. According to British tabloid The Sun, a British barman by the name of Daniel Beal has told them how Spacey approached him as he was working at the bar in the Goodwood Park Hotel, in West Sussex in 2010. Beal, who was 19 at the time, has accused the Oscar-winning actor of following him outside on a work cigarette break, where he allegedly tried to make him handle his unmentionables.
While normally we would not comment upon such matters on Watchuseek, this particular alleged incident is unusual because it also involves a Swiss watch.
According to Mr. Beal, once back in the bar, Mr. Spacey took off his £5,000 IWC Portofino and handed it to him in exchange for his own £20 plastic Casio.
Daniel Beal wearing the IWC Portofino Hand Wound Monopusher watch allegedly given to him by Kevin Spacey
Daniel Beal said yesterday: “I thought he was joking but he took off his watch and gave it to me. “Looking back, I realize it was to keep me quiet.”
Well that worked didn’t it. Not.
Apparently, within a few days, an aide for Mr. Spacey called Mr. Beal requesting the watch be returned to the actor, but by that time Beal had already sold it for £3,200. He said: “All my friends were telling me to keep it. But I felt dirty wearing it.”
Spacey’s management then made a complaint to the hotel about Dan.
Beal explained: “The hotel was demanding I give the watch back. Spacey or his people had obviously complained I had somehow acted inappropriately. But it was him in the wrong.”
Whether or not this story is verifiable, Kevin Spacey can often be seen wearing an IWC Da Vinci while portraying US President Frank Underwood in House of Cards, so clearly he has an affinity for IWC Watches.
In the meantime, not only is House of Cards filming indefinitely on hold, the Old Vic theater in London, where Kevin Spacey worked successfully as Artistic Director for over 10 years, has set up a hotline for people to call in case they have something to report during the actor’s time at the helm.
Pundits are also busy analyzing the acceptance speech he gave in 2000 for his Best Actor Oscar for American Beauty in which he said:
‘To my friends, for pointing out my worst qualities. I know you do it because you love me. And that’s why I loved playing Lester, because we got to see all of his worst qualities and we still grew to love him.
Batten down the hatches, we’re in for another storm.
Over the past three decades, the Portofino watch family has established itself as one of IWC Schaffhausen’s most successful families and is equally popular with both men and women.
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