You have to admire the dedication and resilience even though it might be rooted in severely damaged sociopathy. For the third year in a row, following his #MeToo career implosion, disgrace and subsequent expulsion from Hollywood, actor Kevin Spacey has returned to deliver another festive holiday message on YouTube in the guise of his Frank Underwood character from “House of Cards” — a Netflix show he was fired from. His character killed off, so he could never return.
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Titled 1-800-XMAS, this year’s video is less defiant than last year’s, more reflective about all those that have suffered in 2020.
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“If you’re standing in a place that you can no longer remain standing, if you’re suffering, if you need help, if you feel guilt or shame, if you’re struggling with your identity, if your back’s up against the wall, or if you feel that there’s no path for you, whatever your situation, I promise you there is a path,” he said. “At this time during this holiday and beyond, even if you don’t feel it, there are people out there that understand and can help, because you are not alone.”
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Honestly, Frank Underwood was an evil, Machiavellian man, and perhaps it’s nice that he’s finally learned a sense of compassion. On the other hand, Kevin Spacey was accused of many acts of gross sexual misconduct, including sexual advances on a 14-year-old boy (actor Anthony Rapp). Spacey was accused of rape, assault, and several Hollywood actors came forward to tell awful stories about him; Richard Dreyfuss‘ son Harry, and more. Fifteen others then came forward alleging similar abuse, including Boston anchorwoman Heather Unruh, who alleged that Spacey sexually assaulted her son, filmmaker Tony Montana, actor Roberto Cavazos and more.
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Why Spacey feels like he has any business showing his face and spreading Christmas cheer is anyone’s guess.
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Several subsequent legal ramifications from the multiple allegations against Spacey raised the threat of serious jail time. Spacey addressed some of these impending court cases in his 2018 video. “I can promise you this: If I didn’t pay the price for the things we both know I did, I’m certainly not going to pay the price for the things I didn’t do,” he said.
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At one point, at least seven criminal investigations were being explored about Spacey, but most of them couldn’t stick. Two cases eventually went to court, and the final criminal assault charges against Spacey were dropped in July 2019 by prosecutors, when the anonymous massage therapist who accused him died. Heather Unruh’s son dropped a similar case against Spacey one month earlier.
Spacey is now free to continue dropping videos on YouTube at Christmas. “Enjoy” the video below.