Thursday 19 September 2019

'Wait for evidence,' says Kevin Spacey in new video

Actor Kevin Spacey is seen in this still image taken from a YouTube video released on Christmas Eve. Photo: Kevin Spacey/YouTube/via REUTERS
Actor Kevin Spacey is seen in this still image taken from a YouTube video released on Christmas Eve. Photo: Kevin Spacey/YouTube/via REUTERS

Andrew Buncombe in New York

Kevin Spacey has urged fans to "wait for the evidence" in a remarkable video posted online - in which he assumes the voice of 'House of Cards' character Frank Underwood - hours after a sexual assault charge against him was announced.

One charge of indecent assault and one of battery were confirmed against the actor in connection with the alleged sexual assault of the son of a Boston TV anchor.

Spacey is due to appear in court on January 7.

Almost as quickly as the charges were announced, Spacey posted the video on Twitter in which he urged people to wait for the evidence before making a judgment.

He did so in the voice, and persona of Underwood, the 'House of Cards' character he played for five seasons until he was fired from the show after being accused of inappropriate sexual advances by actor Anthony Rapp.

"Oh sure, they may have tried to separate us," Spacey says in the video posted on Monday, titled "Let me be Frank".

"But what we have is too strong, it's too powerful and 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 honesty, 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."

The actor asked those watching not to jump to conclusions as to his guilt, saying "you're smarter than that".

He adds: "Because 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."

Independent News Service

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