Actor Kevin Spacey had been charged with one count of felony sexual assault, according to the Boston Globe who has spoken to The Cape and Islands, Massachusetts, district attorney.
Cape and Islands D.A. Michael O’Keefe told the paper that Spacey was being charged for the alleged sexual assault of the teenage son of former Boston WCVB-TV news anchor Heather Unruh at a Nantucket bar in July 2016. Spacey is due to be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery at Nantucket District Court on Jan. 7.
Following the Globe’s breaking news, Spacey weighed in via his social media accounts releasing an extremely bizarre “Let Me Be Frank” defense video on YouTube in the voice and character of Frank Underwood, his former U.S. President character from Netflix’s “House Of Cards” (who probably can’t be happy given they own the rights to the character). Underwood was killed off at the beginning of season six of “House Of Cards” that aired this past October, following multiple charges of rape and which began surfacing in the fall of 2017, which prompted Netflix to remove the actor from the popular political show he starred in.
The video is extraordinary and disconcerting, the actor affecting the deep-voiced Southern twang of Underwood unironically and breaking the fourth wall to talk to the audience the way the character always did on the show (wearing a Christmas themed apron while seemingly cooking in his kitchen).
“I can promise you this,” Spacey says in the video with a dramatic pause, “If I didn’t pay the price for the things we both know I did do, I’m certainly not going to pay the price for the things that I didn’t do.”
“Of course, they’re going to say I’m being disrespectful, not playing by the rules,” he continued. “Like I ever played by anyone’s rules before. I never did, and you loved it.”
The video goes on unapologetically like this, Spacey claiming he’s unafraid of the “poppycock, the animosity, and the headlines, the impeachment without a trial.”
The clip is very, very odd and honestly reeks a little bit of an insulated man who hasn’t been outside in a while and or can’t read the room. No word on who directed or wrote the clip, but please do reach out if you find out which auteur worked on it.
During the height of the Spacey sexual assault allegations in the fall of 2017 which decimated his career, director Ridley Scott famously recast his lead role in his drama “All The Money In The World,” at the eleventh hour, reshooting the entire movie—or at least Spacey’s part—in eleven days with Christopher Plummer in the lead instead.
This is some shit, man. Take a look.