(Ben Sellers, Headline USA) During a trial for sexual misconduct stemming from allegations that he molested a 14-year-old boy more than three decades ago, disgraced actor Kevin Spacey deflected by blaming his conservative upbringing.
“My father was a white supremacist and neo-Nazi,” the House of Cards star told the court, according to Deadline Hollywood.
“My father used to yell at me about the idea I might be gay,” Spacey said. “He would scream at me: ‘don’t be a’… he would use an f word that was very derogatory to the gay community.”
Spacey’s sexuality was long considered an open secret in the industry, as was his penchant for young boys. In 2004, Spacey claimed he was walking his dog when he was “mugged” by a young man at 4 a.m. in a London park, the Daily Mail reported.
But following the so-called #MeToo reckoning, when many female victims came forward to expose their abuse at the hands of powerful men in the entertainment industry and elsewhere, Spacey’s own depraved house of cards suddenly collapsed.
After several of his own victims came forward, offering credible accounts of their abuse, Spacey took the occasion to come out as gay, drawing indignation from the LGBT community.
At his $40 million civil trial in New York for an alleged 1986 assault on then-teenager Anthony Rapp, Spacey—who was in his mid-20s at the time—again tried to shift the focus from his criminal conduct by turning himself into the victim.
The 63-year-old Oscar winner offered the courtroom an impromptu biography of his childhood trauma in a conservative household and the “hours and hours” of psychological torment he suffered.
“I have never talked about these things publicly. Ever,” he said.
Rapp and another companion, then 19-year-old actor John Barrowman, recounted visiting Spacey’s studio apartment, where he sought to groom and predate both teens.
In addition to the alleged abuse, Spacey—who has portrayed many characters with dark secrets like his own, often touching on themes of homosexuality and pedophilia—appears to have psychologically manipulated the youngsters in a variety of ways to deter them from coming forward.
““I was a big boy,” Barrowman testified. “I was also, actually, to be honest, quite flattered that an older man was showing any interest in me.”
Ben Sellers is the editor of Headline USA. Follow him at truthsocial.com/@bensellers.