Actor Kevin Spacey issued a rather strange tweet around the same time the news broke that he will be arraigned next month in a Massachusetts court in connection to an allegation that he sexually assaulted a teenager.
“Let Me Be Frank,” the actor wrote, posting a House of Cards-style video address.
Let Me Be Frank https://t.co/OzVGsX6Xbz
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) December 24, 2018
“I know what you want,” Spacey says in the instantly recognizable Southern accent he employed for the character of Frank Underwood. “Oh sure, they may have tried to separate us, but what we have is too strong, too powerful. After all, we shared everything, you and I. I told you my deepest, darkest secrets. I showed you exactly what people are capable of. I shocked you with my honestly, but mostly I challenged you and made you think. And you trusted me, even though you knew you shouldn’t. So we’re not done, no matter what anyone says. And besides, I know what you want. You want me back.”
Spacey-as-Frank criticizes “poppycock” headlines and an “impeachment without a trial,” adding:
Of course, some believed everything and have been just waiting with baited breath to hear me confess it all. They’re just dying to have me declare that everything said is true and that I got what I deserved. Only you and I both know it’s never that simple, not in politics and not in life. All this presumption made for such an unsatisfying ending, and to think it could have been such a memorable sendoff. I can promise you this. 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 I didn’t do.
The actor then alludes to his character’s death on House of Cards, which was written out after he was fired following an allegation from Rent actor Anthony Rapp that Spacey had assaulted him in 1986 when Rapp was 14 years old and Spacey was 26.
“My confidence grows each day that soon enough, you will know the full truth,” he says. “Wait a minute, now that I think of it, you never actually saw me die, did you? Conclusions can be so deceiving.”
The video was posted as Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe confirmed that Spacey will be arraigned at Nantucket District Court on January 7 on a charge of indecent assault and battery. Spacey is accused of sexually assaulting the son of Heather Unruh, a former local television news anchor in Boston.
Last year, Unruh accused Spacey of purchasing alcohol for her son at a bar in 2016 until he was drunk. Unruh says Spacey then fondled her son, sticking his hand down the young man’s pants and grabbing his genitals.
“The victim, my son, was a star-struck, 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,” Unruh said at a news conference last year.
Spacey had, until now, remained relatively silent about sexual assault allegations against him. In the midst of the allegations from Rapp, filming was suspended on the sixth and final season of House of Cards. Spacey was fired and written out of the series. Robin Wright, who played his wife, Claire, on the series, assumed the lead role. The Gore Vidal biopic Gore starring Spacey was canceled by Netflix, and director Ridley Scott, who’d casted Spacey to play industrialist J. Paul Getty III in All the Money in the World, cut his scenes from the film entirely. Spacey was replaced by Christopher Plummer, who received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for his performance.
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