It’s been a heated few weeks in Tinsel Town, as numerous women and men come forward to speak up about the sexual advances and abuse they’ve suffered at the hands of Hollywood’s big-wigs.
Harvey Weinstein was the first to fall, and after Anthony Rapp spoke up about Kevin Spacey propositioning him a just 14, more men are coming forward to speak up about his “inappropriate” behaviour.
Comedienne and actress Rosie O’Donnell claims that, like Weinstein, Spacey’s behaviour was an unspoken secret in the industry. Although, surely the whole world knew he had a thing for younger guys? That was hardly a secret at all. Even we’d heard tales of Spacey throwing parties at his pad with hoards of wannabes making themselves comfortable on the casting couch.
But Rosie tweets, implying that his predatory behaviour was widely known:
u don't remember the incident – 30 years ago? – fuck u kevin – like Harvey we all knew about u – I hope more men come forward @KevinSpacey
— ROSIE (@Rosie) October 30, 2017
Rosie since received criticism for not coming forward earlier, but that’s all easy to say, but how can you call someone out on a wicked whisper? Unless you witnessed something first-hand, it puts you in a difficult position. Not to mention that these people telling her she’s “part of the problem”, are extremely naive underestimate the huge scale – and enormous power – of men doing this.
Filmmaker Tony Montana, has since come forward to say that: “He was telling me to come with him, to leave the bar. He put his hand on my crotch forcefully and grabbed my whole package.”
Montana claims Spacey, who appeared drunk, then told him “This designates ownership.” Kevin and crew ended up leaving the bar not long after the incident.
Roberto Cavazos claims: “It seems the only requirement was to be a male under the age of 30 for Mr Spacey to feel free to touch us. It was so common that it even became a local joke (in very bad taste),” while he worked with Spacey, at the Old Vic theatre.
Spacey knew that he had he could get away with more, because human nature is to shy away from conflict, especially if that person is a position to ruin your career. Women allowed Weinstein to behave this way because they were scared they’d never work, or get their big break, and in a similar tone, Kevin used his position to prey on men, because he knew that he could.
The Sun, reports that a hotel worked named Daniel Beal was 19 at the time when Spacey exposed himself to him, claiming: “It’s big isn’t it?” before attempting to get him to engage sexually.
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Fucking douchebag. Yeah, you act in films and have a big dick, so just flop your cock out on the desk for concierge, eh?
Though it’s not believed that Spacey directly correlated his sexual advances with these men’s careers, like Weinstein – who often implied that if they didn’t comply sexually, their success would be stifled, he was more of a drunk perv getting away with what he could, that doesn’t change the fact that he used his abused his position in the industry, and probably a number of men – and potentially boys.
What most people fear is that speaking out will come back negatively on themselves, but what they don’t realise is that if this person has done it once, they’ve done it before (and will do it again), so by having the courage to voice what happened, not only will they find unity with other victims, but also potentially prevent it from happening again.