Spacey on New Allegations: 'I Can't Go Through This Again'

Upcoming documentary is said to feature men with new accusations of inappropriate behavior by actor
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 4, 2024 7:30 AM CDT
Kevin Spacey Comes Out Fighting on New Allegations
Actor Kevin Spacey addresses the media in London on July 26.   (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has denied new allegations of inappropriate behavior from men who will feature in a documentary on British television that's due to be released next week. In an online interview with journalist Dan Wootton, Spacey said he has never done anything illegal and admitted that he has struggled to get back to work after being acquitted last year of criminal charges in a London court. "I can't go through this again, allowing myself to be baselessly attacked without defending myself," he said in the interview entitled "Kevin Spacey: Right of Reply," which was aired late Friday on Wootton's YouTube channel, per the AP. Last July, a London jury acquitted Spacey on sexual assault charges stemming from allegations by four men dating back 20 years.

The court victory was his second since he saw off a $40 million lawsuit in 2022 in New York brought by Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp. The documentary Spacey Unmasked is set to air May 6 and 7 on Channel 4 in the UK and stream on Max in the US. The documentary is said to feature testimony from men on events between 1976 and 2013, the actor said during the interview. "I take full responsibility for my past behavior and my actions, but I cannot and will not take responsibility or apologize to anyone who's made up stuff about me or exaggerated stories about me," said Spacey, who won Academy Awards for The Usual Suspects and American Beauty. "I've never told someone that if they give me sexual favors, then I will help them out with their career, never," he added. Spacey also admitted that he was a "flirt" with men in their 20s and that he made "clumsy" passes at times.

"I've clearly hooked up with some men, who thought they might get ahead in their careers by having a relationship with me," he said. "But there was no conversation with me, it was all part of their plan, a plan that was always destined to fail, because I wasn't in on the deal." The actor also claimed on X that he had "repeatedly requested" that Channel 4 give him more than seven days to respond to the allegations made about him in their documentary. Spacey said the broadcaster refused "on the basis that they feel that asking for a response in 7 days to new, anonymized and non-specific allegations is a 'fair opportunity' for me to refute any allegations made against me." He added: "Each time I have been given the time and a proper forum to defend myself, the allegations have failed under scrutiny and I have been exonerated."

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