Disgraced Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey released a strange video on Christmas Eve, in which he appeared to be portraying the character Frank Underwood of the Netflix show House of Cards. Spacey had been fired from the show after becoming one of the first major Hollywood celebrities to be disgraced from revelations related to the #MeToo movement.
Spacey seemed to be defending himself against the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him in the video, perhaps playing towards allegations targeting now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. However, a comparison of the allegations towards two public figures doesn’t. None of the allegations against Kavanaugh were ever corroborated, whereas more than 15 accusations were made against Spacey, some of which were attested to by witnesses. In one incident, the shooting of a film project was postponed for two days after Spacey made an unwanted advance towards a male cast member.
In the video, the actor spoke in the accent of Underwood, his most well-known role.
“Oh sure, they may have tried to separate us, but what we have is too strong, too powerful. After all, we shared everything, you and I. I told you my deepest, darkest secrets. I showed you exactly what people are capable of. I shocked you with my honestly, but mostly I challenged you and made you think. And you trusted me, even though you knew you shouldn’t. So we’re not done, no matter what anyone says. And besides, I know what you want. You want me back.”
Apparently Spacey is under the impression that there’s a great desire to see his tarnished career reborn.
Spacey faced accusations of sexual misconduct and assault, initially from another actor named Anthony Rapp, that surfaced shortly after the initial barrage of abuse allegations against Hollywood kingpin Harvey Weinstein. He released a statement apologizing for “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior” on Twitter in which he announced he would be “living his life as a gay man.” Many members of the gay community were less than thrilled to see Spacey juxtapose predatory behavior with a coming-out of the closet.
In what either may be a strange coincidence, or a pre-planned bid to defend his own reputation, Spacey’s video was released on the very same day that Massachusetts prosecutors announced they would be charging Spacey with felony sexual assault. The charge of indecent assault and battery against Spacey are related to an incident at a Nantucket bar, in which Spacey allegedly sexually assaulted a drunk 18 year old man.
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