Today has been a weird one in the weird life of actor Kevin Spacey. It started with the video above, in which he delivers an odd message while in character as Frank Underwood from his Netflix show House of Cards. It continued as felony sexual assault charges were revealed against the disgraced actor.
And the day is still young.
The video itself would be newsworthy as it seems to either insinuate he has more planned for his acting career while also possibly being a claim of innocence about the charges that were about to be revealed. Whether that was intentional or not is unknown, but it’s creepy nonetheless.
The charges are disgraceful.
The alleged assault on a male victim took place at a Nantucket bar in July 2016.
Last year, former Boston TV news anchor Heather Unruh held a press conference to share her son’s allegation of sexual assault against Spacey. Her then 18-year-old son she said was sexually assaulted by Spacey inside the Club Car Restaurant on Nantucket. Unruh says her son, who was not of legal drinking age, told Spacey he was and that the actor “bought him drink after drink after drink.”
“My son was a starstruck, straight 18-year-old young man who had no idea that the famous actor was an alleged sexual predator or that he was about to become his next victim,” she said at the time. “When my son was drunk, Spacey made his move and sexually assaulted him.”
Unless he’s proven innocent, his life in entertainment is over. This isn’t one of those mishaps in an entertainer’s life that one can bounce back from in the public eye. Then again, stranger things have happened; Roman Polanski is still somehow admired by many. But in the age of #MeToo, it’s hard to imagine Spacey’s career recovering any time in the next couple of decades.
It’s a shame that these charges, if true, mean that millions of Americans have enjoyed the exceptional acting abilities of a sexual predator. With multiple investigations under way on two continents, the prospects for a Frank Underwood comeback are slim.