KEVIN Spacey was one of Hollywood’s most decorated actors – known for roles in acclaimed films such as The Usual Suspects and American Beauty as well as the Netflix series, House of Cards.
But following allegations he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy – claims which prompted him to publicly come out as gay for the first time – he is now facing a wave of criticism for his alleged behaviour and the timing of his announcement.
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What are the allegations against Kevin Spacey?
Actor Anthony Rapp, best known for his role in Star Trek: Discovery, gave an interview to Buzzfeed in which he alleged Kevin Spacey made sexual advances to him when he was a 14-year-old boy.
Spacey, then aged 26, is alleged to have invited Rapp to his New York apartment for a party before picking him up and placing him on his bed when the party had finished.
Rapp, now 46, claims Spacey then climbed on top of him and made sexual advances before he managed to “wriggle free”.
Tony Montana, a filmmaker and director, said Kevin Spacey groped him in a Los Angeles pub in 2003.
Montana claimed Spacey grabbed him by the crotch at The Coronet Pub in West Hollywood while he was ordering a drink.
He told online gossip website Radar: “I went up to order a drink and Kevin came up to me and put his arm around me. He was telling me to come with him, to leave the bar. He put his hand on my crotch.”
British barman Daniel Beal claimed Spacey flashed at him outside a hotel in Goodwood, Sussex in 2010 — and gave the then-19-year-old a £5,000 watch to try to silence him.
He said the actor kept touching his hands when he served him drinks and he approached him when he went outside for a cigarette break.
Daniel told The Sun: “Before I had a chance to do anything he got his d*** out. I said ‘What the f*** are you doing?’ He said: ‘It’s big isn’t it?'”, before insisting on trading his £5k Portifino watch for Daniel’s £20 Casio.
Actor Roberto Cavazos, who worked with Spacey when he worked the Old Vic in London between 2004 and 2015, said he routinely preyed on young male actors.
He said the “only requirement was to be a male under the age of 30 for Mr Spacey to feel free to touch us”.
Mr Cavazos had to fend off two “unpleasant” advances including when Spacey pressed him up against the theatre bar, he claimed in a Facebook post.
The son of actor Richard Dreyfuss came forward to allege Spacey groped him while his father was in the same room.
He claims the alleged incident happened in 2008 while his Oscar-winning dad was starring in Spacey’s play at the Old Vic Theatre.
He said it happened when he was 18, and claims Spacey put his hand on his thigh a number of times.
Spacey’s lawyer Bryan Freedman, told BuzzFeed – who published the original claims – his client denied the allegation.
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Anonymous artist who claims he had relationship as a 14-year-old boy
The alleged victim, who is now a 48-year-old artist, said his relationship with the actor, who was then 24, ended when Spacey attempted to rape him.
He told Vulture magazine that he first met Spacey in 1981 while attending a weekend acting class in Westchester County in New York.
Two years later he claims he bumped into Spacey in New York’s Central Park. He was 14 at the time.
He said: “I called him on the phone the next day, and he told me how he was in love with me and wanted to see me.”
The artist said they started a relationship soon after, but it ended when the actor tried to rape him.
The alleged victim claimed: “He is a paedophile.”
Mr Spacey denies the allegations.
Former production assistant on House of Cards
The anonymous man said he was driving Spacey to the House of Cards set near Baltimore when the star put his hands down the production assistant’s trousers.
He said: “I was in a state of shock. He was a man in a very powerful position on the show and I was someone very low on the totem pole and on the food chain there.”
Netflix said: “Netflix was just made aware of one incident, five years ago, that we were informed was resolved swiftly.
“On Tuesday, in collaboration with MRC, we suspended production, knowing that Kevin Spacey wasn’t scheduled to work until Wednesday. Netflix is not aware of any other incidents involving Kevin Spacey on-set.
“We continue to collaborate with MRC and other production partners to maintain a safe and respectful working environment.
“We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the production, and have nothing further to share at this time.”
23-year-old actor in London
British cops are investigating claims a 23-year-old actor woke up to Kevin Spacey performing a sex act on him at the star’s London home.
The man claims that he woke to find Spacey performing a sexual act on him and then fled the address after being warned by the American Beauty actor not to tell anyone about it.
The sexual assault, allegedly carried out in 2008, could see Spacey quizzed by Met officers.
It is understood that the complainant had asked the House of Cards star, who was artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre between 2004 and 2015, to help with his career.
According to a source, the complainant said they smoked weed and he passed out unconscious.
He came round to discover Spacey performing oral sex on him and told him to stop, it is alleged.
The young man is said to have run from the house and Spacey allegedly told him: “Don’t tell anyone about this.”
The alleged victim, now aged 32, contacted City of London Police on Tuesday after a raft of stories emerged about Spacey allegedly abusing a teenage boy.
The complaint was referred to the Metropolitan Police to deal with, as the offence is alleged to have occurred in their area.
It is understood that no arrest or charge has been made.
Kris Nixon, from Belfast, claims the US star groped him twice in a week and told him he could perform a sex act “better than your girlfriend”.
The young barman said he had been invited to a party at Spacey’s London apartment when the US star allegedly sidled up to him on a sofa and grabbed his crotch.
Spacey then made the alleged seedy comment to the 20-year-old, whose girlfriend had left him alone on the couch while getting a drink.
And the actor — Old Vic artistic director at the time — pestered him again a week later after returning to Kris’s bar with some of his theatrical crew, it is claimed.
How has Kevin Spacey responded to the sexual assault claims?
Within hours of the Anthony Rapp allegations surfacing, Kevin Spacey posted a statement on Twitter apologising but saying he could not remember the incident.
He also publicly came out as gay for the first time.
The statement said: “I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I’m beyond horrified to hear his story.
“I honestly do no remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago.
“But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.
“This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life.”
“I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fuelled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy.
“As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.
“I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behaviour.”
Spacey has denied the anonymous paedophilia claims and declined to comment on other allegations.
What action has been taken by entertainment bosses?
Netflix announced it will end acclaimed political drama House of Cards – in which Spacey plays ruthless politician Frank Underwood – following the allegations.
The media streaming company said it was “deeply troubled” by the claims.
Filming for the sixth series is ongoing and the final instalment is expected to be screened next year.
However it was claimed the decision had already been taken to bring the show to a close after the sixth season.
The International Emmy Awards has also announced it will no longer honour Spacey with the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award.
The 58-year-old had been set to receive the accolade, which is given to entertainment personalities ‘whose unique creative accomplishments contribute to the quality of global television production’ at the November 20 ceremony in New York.
A statement said: “The International Academy has announced that in light of recent events it will not honor Kevin Spacey with the 2017 Intl Emmy Founders Award.”
And in the wake of the allegations against him Spacey’s scenes in the new Ridley Scott epic All The Money In The World have been axed – six weeks ahead of its release day.
People close to the production said he’s been replaced by Christopher Plummer, who is starting reshoots immediately in the role of J. Paul Getty.
All of Spacey’s scenes will be reshot and co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are expected to participate.
Reuters Netflix has said it will end House of Cards after the current series
Why are people criticising Kevin Spacey for coming out as gay?
Following his statement, Spacey was accused of trying to deflect from the sex assault allegations by announcing his homosexuality.
Actress Rosie O’Donnell compared Spacey to disgraced move mogul Harvey Weinstein.
She wrote on Twitter: “u don’t remember the incident – 30 years ago? – f*** u kevin – like Harvey we all knew about u – I hope more men come forward.’
Curb Your Enthusiasm actress Wanda Sykes tweeted: “No no no no no! You do not get to “choose” to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks!”
Two-time Oscar winner Zachary Qunito added: “It is deeply sad and troubling that this is how Kevin Spacey has chosen to come out
“Not by standing up as a point of pride – in the light of all his many awards and accomplishments thus inspiring tens of thousands of struggling LGBTQ kids around the world – but as a calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusation that he attempt to molest one.”
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