Following a series of allegations of sexual assault made against the actor Kevin Spacey, Scotland Yard issued a statement today revealing that they were investigating an incident reported in Lambeth. Spacey is not named in the statement, which centres on an incident from 2008 where ‘it is alleged a man assaulted another man’. According to the report in Variety, the man, now 32, was 23 when the alleged incident happened. At the time, Spacey was artistic director of The Old Vic theatre in London. He is accused of performing oral sex on a man who had passed out after smoking pot with the actor. Spacey allegedly warned him to never tell anyone what happened.
This news comes shortly after actor Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed of an incident from his youth, where at the age of 14 Spacey allegedly made an aggressive and unwanted advance on him. After indefinitely suspending the production of the final season of House of Cards, Netflix fell under further scrutiny after CNN reported on eight accusations of sexual misconduct by Spacey on the set of the show, where he is said to have created an incredibly toxic work environment. This week, Vulture also interviewed an anonymous accuser who went into painful detail about the relationship he had with Spacey when he was 14. I heartily recommend you read the full piece, although this paragraph is worth a particular focus.
I would call him a pedophile and a sexual predator. When I turned 25, I looked at every 14-year-old boy I could see, to try to understand what those men had seen, because I still on some level thought I had been a tiny adult. That whole year I was 25, I tried to just see the ones who were like six-foot-two, and 200 pounds — they all looked like children. They all looked like somebody who was 10 years old four years ago. Nobody looks fuckable. Nobody … I couldn’t conjure it up. I couldn’t conjure up the desire. It was nauseating to think of having sex with them, and that was, I think, certainly when I understood, on a very deep level, these men were fucked up. Up until then, I just thought about him as somebody who had really done me wrong and tried to rape me, but not as somebody who had functioned as a predator. And then, if you’re interested in sexual predation, you start to read about it, and you realize all these patterns and techniques, and it all kind of falls within a set of practices.