Actor Kevin Spacey leaves the US District Courthouse on October 06, 2022 in New York City. Spacey's trial began today with jury selection after allegations of alleged sexual misconduct surfaced in 2017 by actor Anthony Rapp. (Photo by Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

New British Doc Reignites Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Kevin Spacey


Kevin Spacey probably wishes he could just quit his scandal ridden past, but the Hollywood Reporter writes that a new two-part documentary about Kevin Spacey – "Spacey Unmasked" – continues to name the twice-Oscar winner of sexual assault with ten men coming forth to describe the actor's inappropriate behavior with them. "None of them were involved in the London trial that saw the actor acquitted of nine charges in July 2023, and all but one have never spoken out before. The charges stemmed from alleged acts that occurred from 2001 to 2013; Spacey was artistic director of London's Old Vic Theatre from 2004 until 2015."

"Spacey Unmasked" airs on May 6 and 7 on Channel 4 in the UK. It promises a "forensic" look at the accusations. Between presenting his career highs and wisecracking persona on talk shows, the doc "features the testimonies of a group of men – identified by their first names only – that span five decades, ranging from a teenage Spacey at high school to the height of his House of Cards fame, as well as his time at the Old Vic."

THR continues: "Many of the victims claim to have been starstruck by Spacey, bowled over by his promise to aid them in their careers, only to soon realize it was at the cost of exchanging alleged 'sexual favors,' often while on set as they claim he 'kidnapped' crewmembers to 'run lines.'"

In another THR report, Spacey pushed back on X (formerly Twitter) with a lengthy post where he denied the accusations and takes aim at Channel 4 for not allowing him more than seven days to respond to the accusations in the doc.

On Thursday, the actor pushed back against the doc, taking to X, formerly Twitter, to deny the allegations put forward in the documentary and on the British broadcaster's program. "I will not sit back and be attacked by a dying network's one-sided 'documentary' about me in their desperate attempt for ratings," he wrote in a long thread. "There's a proper channel to handle allegations against me and it's not Channel 4. Each time I have been given the time and a proper forum to defend myself, the allegations have failed under scrutiny and I have been exonerated."

The Oscar winner accused the channel of giving him too short a window to respond to the statements made in the program.

"Over the last week, I have repeatedly requested that @Channel4 afford me more than 7 days to respond to allegations made against me dating back 48 years and provide me with sufficient details to investigate these matters. Channel 4 has refused on the basis that they feel that asking for a response in 7 days to new, anonymized and non-specific allegations is a 'fair opportunity' for me to refute any allegations made against me," Spacey continued on X.

THR writes the actor promises a fuller response to the British documentary. "Tune in this weekend to see my response on Channel 4 and @RoastBeef TV may find themselves 'speechless,' but I no longer will be," Spacey wrote.

He faced nine criminal charges from four different men in his U.K. trial, ranging from unwanted touching to, according to testimony from one man, performing oral sex on the man while he was asleep. The charges stemmed from alleged acts that occurred from 2001 to 2013; Spacey was artistic director of London's Old Vic Theatre from 2004-15.

THR adds that a Channel 4 statement given to publication in response to Spacey's post reads: "Kevin Spacey has been given sufficient opportunity to respond."

In "Spacey Unmasked," one actor, Scott, tells viewers: "If you don't pay the toll in sexual favors, you'll have a decent career, but you won't see your name in lights."

Amongst the new allegations in the doc include "that the star pushed his groin into the face of an Old Vic worker while serving as the venue's director and that he masturbated in front of an aspiring actor as they watched 'Saving Private Ryan' in a public theater, before trying to move the victim's hand to join in," writes THR.

"I felt his whole groin in my face... I could smell him," Danny, an Old Vic staff member from 2007 until 2008, says in the doc. "I could feel him getting pleasure (from) it... It was all about, 'I can do this, I can do this to you. I'm Kevin Spacey.'"

An ex-marine said that Spacey forced himself onto him while at a party of Bruce Willis', while many of those interviewed suggested that the star allegedly enjoyed preying on straight men, "enjoying the chase" of trying to "flip" them. "Everybody knows: if you don't want to go home with Kevin, don't be the last guy in the bar with him," Jesse, an ex-colleague of Spacey's, says in the doc.

Another encounter described in the film came from a crew member named Jesse on 1999 film "The Big Kahuna." "He just rips out his d*** and shoves his tongue in my mouth... I remember thinking, 'Okay, so that's how Hollywood is?'"

Ruiari, an actor at the Old Vic in 2013, says that he was assaulted by the actor who turned him away from photographers at an afterparty in the British capital. Spacey, like a "shark", then "moved into press mode" for the cameras, he claims.

And Daniel, another actor, described his alleged assault this way: "I felt like I was staring at a soulless monster."

"The Channel 4 doc comes in the wake of Spacey being acquitted in July 2023 of nine charges in a U.K. criminal case, and will air on Max and Investigation Discovery, though no U.S. premiere dates have been announced." Writes THR.

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