The clouds darkening Kevin Spacey's career have darkened further following the news that the actor is facing a second criminal investigation by the Metropolitan Police in London.
Already under investigation for a 2008 allegation that he had forced himself upon a man in his flat during the 58 year old actor's tenure as the artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in Lambeth, this fresh allegation dates back even further, to 2005.
It is part of a pattern of allegations which has seen twenty men come forward to say that they were the victims of unwanted sexual advances from Spacey during his tenure at the Old vic, which lasted from 2004 to 2015, but so far just two have resulted in criminal investigation.
The 2008 allegation centres on a man's claim that he passed out at Spacey's flat after smoking maruijuana with him. Upon awakening, he discovered Spacey performing oral sex on him.
A Metropolitan Police statement, not specifically naming Spacey said:
"It is alleged a man assaulted another man (Victim 1) in 2008 in Lambeth. On Friday, November 17 a further allegation was made about the same man. The allegations are of sexual assaults against a man (Victim 2) in 2005 in Lambeth. Officers from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are investigating."
The embattled Oscar winner's career is already suffering after accusations of sexual advances made to the actor Anthony Rapp when the latter was only 14. Since then, more than twelve men have added their accusations to a damning chorus which leaves the tarnished star in career limbo. Cut adrift by his representation and dropped from the hit Netflix show "House of Cards", which had done so much to bring the actor's work to a new generation of viewers, he even suffered the ignominy of having his entire part in the forthcoming Ridley Scott film "All the Money in the World" re-shot with Christopher Plummer, Scott reasoning the extra expense worth it not to be associated with the now toxic Spacey brand.
With a second appointment with the Met looming, he's discovering that a gigantic critical reputation is no protection against allegations of sexual misconduct.