Kevin Spacey’s Dark Past

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Cindy Oyervides, Editor

      Earlier this week, the well known actor Kevin Spacey was accused of having sexually assaulted actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was just 14 years old. When word broke out, Spacey released his own statement in response to Rapp. 

      In his response, Spacey claims to not remember the encounter. He then continues with an apology to Rapp. Spacey says he was drunk and has been holding in these feelings for years. As the response continues, he also comes out as gay; he explains how he’s had past relationships with men and now plans to live as a gay man. Spacey’s decision to state these two things after one another cause frustration and anger for many people.

      People complained about the fact that Spacey decided an apology for an alleged sexual assault was also a good time to come out. The fact that he included it in the apology lead some to believe that this was his excuse for doing what he did to Rapp years ago. Spacey quickly moves from the allegations to him coming out which really upset people. He failed to truly acknowledge and genuinely apologize for what he did all those years ago.

     “I was shocked and disappointed; he was a talented man that really messed up and now as a result, his career is ruined,” said Emily Wendlandt(18’).

     Spacey isn’t the first nor will he be the last actor that has been accused of having sexually assaulted people. According to Rapp, Spacey invited Rapp over to his apartment, placed him on his bed and climbed on top of him. Luckily, Rapp managed to get out from under Spacey and left. Just a few days ago, Finn Wolfhard, the actor that plays Mike Wheeler on the Netflix original called Stranger Things fired his agent after claims of him sexually assaulting multiple people came out. Instead of letting his agent get away with what he’s done, Wolfhard decided to fire him because he wanted nothing to do with a person that thinks they can get away with anything just because of their social status. Wolfhard’s decision really showed people that there’s no excuse an older person can give because if a young teen can fire their agent for screwing up, anybody can.

     “I think it’s very disturbing to know that people with that kind of power would do such a thing. It just shows that they think they are better than everyone else because of their level of power in the business industry,” said Priscila Chavez(19’).

     Since the allegations, House of Cards has been cancelled though no statement from Netflix has claimed that it had to do with the sexual assault allegations. Spacey’s career may or may not continue following the recent events because many actors accused of assaulting people either sexually or physically have continued their career despite having done really messed up things.