When in doubt, blame it on Naziism and white supremacy.
Disgraced actor Kevin Spacey took the stand as the sole defendant in a civil trial in New York City on Monday. In front of a jury of his peers, the two-time Oscar-winning actor cried as he related his experience as a target of the short-lived #MeToo movement.
When actor Anthony Rapp – who was 14 at the time – first came forward with allegations that Spacey pursued him while attending a party at the veteran actor’s Upper East Side apartment, the star of “American Beauty” recalled telling his PR handlers, “You can’t push back. They’re going to call you a victim blamer.”
“I honestly do not remember the encounter…[b]ut if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”
“I grew up in a very complicated family dynamic,” testified Spacey in the federal trial on Monday, according to Variety. He went on to describe his father as “unemployed a great deal at the time so, therefore, he was home a lot of the time.”
“My father was a white supremacist and a neo-Nazi,” he continued, claiming that he and his siblings “had to listen to my father lecturing us for hours and hours and hours about his beliefs and his ideas.”
“My father would scream at me don’t be a — he would use an f-word that is very derogatory to the gay community I won’t say it in court,” Spacey said. “As I continued in my life, I think I just, I had a degree of shame because I wanted people to remember the characters that I played and not know too much about me.”
Spacey told the jury he was “terrified” of his own father and “wasn’t comfortable talking about things and part of those things was my father also used to yell at me about the idea that I might be gay because I was interested in theater and he didn’t encourage me in that way.”
Immediately following Rapp’s allegations, which first came to light in 2017 via a Buzzfeed article posted by the former “Rent” actor, now 46, Spacey was quick to apologize on his Instagram account.
“This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are other stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy,” he continued, adding, “I now choose to live as a gay man.”
At the outset of the trial on Monday, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan dismissed one of Rapp’s charges of intentional infliction of emotional distress, saying, “I’m not looking to duplicate damages,” the report from Variety said.
On the witness stand, Spacey changed his tune with respect to his initial apology.
“I was being encouraged to apologize — and I’ve learned a lesson, which is never apologize for something you didn’t do,” Spacey said.
“I regret my entire statement.”
More than 20 men have accused Spacey, now 63, of sexual misconduct. Whereas the current U.S. trial is a civil case, Spacey faces criminal charges in the U.K. where he maintains a second residence.
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