A district attorney in Massachusetts filed felony sexual assault charges against Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, over a year after a former Boston TV news anchor's son said that Spacey sexually assaulted him at a Nantucket bar in 2016.
In what may or may not be a coincidence, Spacey Tweeted for the first time since October 30, 2017, sharing a strange video about his House of Cards character, who was killed off by producers after the star was accused of numerous sexual assaults.
The Boston Globe first reported, the charges, and then Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe released a statement noting, "On December 20, 2018 following a public show cause hearing at Nantucket District Court, Clerk Magistrate Brian Kearney issued a criminal complaint of indecent assault and battery against Kevin S. Fowler, also known as Kevin Spacey. The incident is alleged to have occurred on or about July 7, 2016 at a local restaurant. An arraignment is scheduled for January 7, 2019 at Nantucket District Court."
Multiple accusations, spanning the globe, piled up against Spacey after actor Anthony Rapp said, on October 29, 2017, that Spacey tried to assault him when he was 14 years old. Spacey apologized, but blamed it on being drunk and also used the apology to come out of the closet. The allegations essentially torpedoed Spacey's career, with director Ridley Scott decided to erase him from a completed film, All the Money in the World, (Christopher Plummer replaced him) and House of Cards killing off his character, President Frank Underwood, off-screen, for its final season.
Heather Unruh, a former anchor for ABC affiliate-WCVB, came forward with her son's story in November 2017, detailing how Spacey allegedly gave her underage son "drink after drink after drink" at the Club Car restaurant in July 2016. She said, "My son was a starstruck, straight 18-year-old young man who had no idea that the famous actor was an alleged sexual predator or that he was about to become his next victim. When my son was drunk, Spacey made his move and sexually assaulted him," by reaching into her son's pants and "grabb[ing] his genitals."
Another person in the restaurant stopped Unruh's son and encouraged him to run. Unruh said that while her son confided in family members, he was too "embarrass[ed]" and scared to press charges: "Nothing could have prepared my son for how that sexual assault would make him feel as a man. It harmed him and it cannot be undone. While he has tried his best to deal with it, as he says, it's always there and it continues to bother him."
In February, Unruh asked witnesses to assist in the case:
My Son needs your help. Please come forward. Help us stop a predator. If you are the woman (or u know) who told my Son to run from #KevinSpacey at #Nantucket’s #ClubCar restaurant, July 2016, please speak up. My Son deserves #Justice #NoMoreSilence #MenToo please Retweet! pic.twitter.com/H7sCsTbpcD
— Heather Unruh (@HeatherUnruh) February 8, 2018
Last month, when someone asked if the investigation was ongoing, Unruh replied, "The wheels of justice turn slowly... learning to be patient."
In Spacey's just-released video, titled "Let Me Be Frank," he wears a Santa Claus apron and says, apparently as Frank Underwood, "I know what you want. Oh sure, they may have tried to separate us, but what we have is too strong, too powerful. 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 honestly, 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."
He continues, "Of course, some believed everything and have been just waiting with baited breath to hear me confess it all. They're just dying to have me declare that everything said is true and that I got what I deserved. Only you and I both know it's never that simple, not in politics and not in life. All this presumption made for such an unsatisfying ending, and to think it could have been such a memorable sendoff... 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."
"My confidence grows each day that soon enough, you will know the full truth. Wait a minute, now that I think of it, you never actually saw me die, did you? Conclusions can be so deceiving," Spacey posits. The video then ends with a cartoonish dramatic music flourish (it's exactly like the one used in Saturday Night Live's Californians sketch).
Media reports earlier this year: Kevin Spacey accused of sexual assault
Kevin Spacey: ........... I’m gay
Media reports December 2018: Kevin Spacey charged with sexual assault
Kevin Spacey: .................................... I’m Frank Underwood
— PUSHA TASH (@du_rag_cula) December 24, 2018
(Kevin Spacey is meeting with the worst PR company of all time)
PR flack: "So here's our idea: we film you, in character as Frank Underwood, in a poorly-lit kitchen, reciting a ton of skin-crawling dialogue, and then we release the clip on Christmas Eve."
— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) December 24, 2018
Did Bryan Singer direct the Kevin Spacey Christmas Special?
— Tyler Coates (@tylercoates) December 24, 2018
Kevin Spacey sliding in at the last minute with the greatest self-own of 2018
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) December 24, 2018
That Kevin Spacey video is further proof that no matter how rich and famous you get you need at least 3 people in your life who have no problem saying to you... pic.twitter.com/mvbJkWywEa
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) December 24, 2018
If any other celebrity needs to go completely insane right now, Kevin Spacey has given you a few hours of cover.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) December 24, 2018
Mitchell Garabedian, who is representing the Unruh family and is an attorney who represented victims of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal (as depicted in Spotlight), told the Globe today, "The complainant has shown a tremendous amount of courage in coming forward. Let the facts be presented, the relevant law applied and a just and fair verdict rendered."