Kevin Spacey is being erased from an upcoming film and replaced by another actor – just over a month before the movie is due to be released.
The 58-year-old, who had a prominent role in Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World, has been mired in allegations of sexual misconduct.
Christopher Plummer is now being lined up to play the role of billionaire John Paul Getty, and all of Spacey’s scenes are going to be reshot.
The extraordinary measure came as fresh allegations were made against the American Beauty star, who has now been accused of plying a teenager with drinks and grabbing his genitals.
Spacey has not been arrested or charged with any crime.
Sony Pictures has also withdrawn the movie from the American Film Institutes (AFI) annual festival in Los Angeles, which is due to start on 16 November.
All The Money In The World, which had finished post-production and was being trailed in cinemas and online, had been expected to open in the US on 22 December.
Scott is reportedly planning to keep this release date – and the film’s co-stars, Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams, are expected to be involved in the reshoots.
Variety magazine reported that Spacey had been involved in about two weeks of filming, including several scenes in which he was the only actor on screen.
Netflix says it will no longer be involved with Spacey’s hit show House Of Cards and will not release a film in which he plays Gore Vidal.
At the end of October, actor Anthony Rapp had accused Spacey of sexually assaulting him when he was 14.
Since then, other allegations have surfaced, and the Oscar-winning star said he is seeking evaluation and treatment.
The latest allegations come from Heather Unruh, who said her star-struck son was bought drink after drink by the actor when he was at a bar in Nantucket, Massachusetts, in July 2016.
Spacey stuck his hand inside my son’s pants and grabbed his genitals, she claimed.