Opinion

A Predator of Hollywood: Kevin Spacey

Welcome to the Purge of Sexual Offenders

By: Mohamed Mahmoud and Lucia Rossi

Actor Kevin Spacey, pictured above, has come under fire for his history of sexual misconduct. (Credit: FoxNews.com)

Lately, hollywood and celebrities in general have been a cesspool for sexual accusations.

It’s something that has recurred more than we care to admit but is finally getting the attention it deserves.

Many beloved and talented celebrities have had their names tainted and are getting privileges revoked, as well as losing work opportunities, due to these offenses.

For example, Jared Fogle, the spokesperson for Subway for 15 years, ended his career when he was outed for paying for sex with minors and possessed child pornography in 2015.

Although what he did was unjustifiable, it can’t be denied how much of an impact he had on many people’s lives.

When it comes to people who are adored by fans, it’s hard to accept when they commit heinous acts and are now seen as criminals in the eyes of everyone.  

When the sexual allegations against Bill Cosby came out, it was utterly devastating because he was loved by so many for such a long time during his career.

It is perhaps this fame that gives these celebrities the idea that they can get away with their crimes and the belief that  they are entitled to whatever they want sexually, because they hold the power to control other people’s careers as well.    

A recent sexual scandal also involved Kevin Spacey.

On October 29, it was publicly released that Kevin Spacey had a sexual assault accusation placed against him by another actor, Anthony Rapp, where he stated that Kevin Spacey sexually harassed him when he was 14 years old.

Rapp claimed Spacey climbed on top of him and made sexual advances before he managed to “wriggle free”.

This also caused him to reveal his homosexuality to the world for the first time, as well as claim that he doesn’t remember this happening.

After that, other people such as Tony Montana, Daniel Beal, Roberto Cavazos, and Harry Dreyfuss, among others, opened up about their victimization by Kevin Spacey.

He was even accused of attempted rape by an anonymous artist who also claimed to be 14 at the time where the alleged victim claimed: “He is a paedophile.” And Spacey denied these claims.

Due to these allegations, Netflix has announced that they will not be producing any more episodes of “House of Cards” and that it’s sixth season will be its last.

However, the multiple allegations against Spacey has caused production the sixth season to come to a halt.

According to USA Today, Pauline Micelli, who oversees business and legal affairs for Media Rights Capital’s television productions for “House of Cards”, said that “We continue to work with Netflix with the hope of resuming production soon.”

“As we continue these discussions, we have determined together that the crew will be paid for an additional two week hiatus — beginning on November 27th and continuing through December 8th,” she continued.

Kevin Spacey even lost his role in another Netflix movie that had plans to come out in 2018 called “Gore”, as well as other roles.

Beau Willimon, creator of “House of Cards”, was shocked over these allegations, because he didn’t witness Kevin Spacey exhibit any type of misdemeanors or inappropriate behavior while he was producing the show, but was in support of Rapp.

“Anthony Rapp’s story is deeply troubling. During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on “House of Cards” I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off,” he said.

“That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously, and this is no exception. I feel for Mr. Rapp and I support his courage.”

It’s a shame that such a successful show has to suffer because of one man’s sins. And it’s a shame that so many people have suffered at the hands of such a powerful rich man.

As more reports of similar men resurface, we can really see the dangers and risks that lie with the power and fame of Hollywood, and hopefully see some justice, no matter how old the crime.

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