One of the most successful and respected actors in Hollywood has now turned into the most resented following multiple sexual harassment allegations. The star of the popular Netflix series House of cards, Kevin Spacey, has been dropped by his publicist, talent agency, and some of his biggest roles.
Anthony Rapp, an American actor known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway musical Rent, released a statement last month accusing Spacey of sexually harassing him in 1986, when Rapp was 14. Spacey’s response described the event as “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior”. Rapp’s statement was followed by many more accusations, including multiple young men from the not-for-profit London theatre where Spacey was artistic director for more than 10 years. “It seems the only requirement was to be a male under the age of 30 for Mr Spacey to feel free to touch us” wrote Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos, who often starred in plays at the theatre. “There are a lot of us that have a ‘Kevin Spacey story’.”
American film maker Tony Montana claims he was left with PTSD for 6 months after Spacey forcefully grabbed his crotch at an LA bar, and later followed him to the men’s washroom. British barman Daniel Beal has accused Spacey of flashing him
outside of a hotel in Sussex when Beal was 19, and later giving him a £5000 watch to try to silence him.
Following these allegations, Spacey’s successful career has been shattered. The sixth season of House of cards has been suspended until further notice, and Spacey has been dropped as the recipient of the unique International Emmy Founders Award.
Successful Hollywood producer and former film executive Harvey Weinstein has also begun to witness the end of his career after sexual harassment and rape allegations from numerous women. In a recent New York times article, it was revealed that Weinstein has been paying off victims of his harassment and abuse for decades.
This has sparked over 70 women to share their stories of Weinstein’s misconduct towards them, including actresses Lupita Nyong’o, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and Cara Delevigne. As stated by the New York Times: “Accounts of Mr. Weinstein’s conduct seem to follow a common narrative; women reported to a hotel for what they thought were work reasons, only to discover that Mr. Weinstein, who has been married for most of three decades, sometimes seemed to have different interests”.
Harvey Weinstein has been fired by the board of his production company, The Weinstein Company, and the company itself has been dropped as a producer of many upcoming films.
Thankfully we live in a time when we are beginning to shed light on serious issues in our society, and hopefully moving towards better lives for everyone.