Kevin Spacey appears to think he can perform bizarre acts of defensiveness and charm to deflect from multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him, including new criminal charges that he groped an 18-year-old busboy at a Massachusetts bar in 2016.
Six days after posting his now infamous viral “Let Me Be Frank” video, Spacey emerged from his hide-out in Baltimore Sunday, bringing a Domino’s pizza to a paparazzo who has been staking him out.
TMZ videotaped Spacey delivering the pizza to the photographer, telling him, “It’s not a big deal. Appreciate what you’re doing.”
Spacey then told the photographer, who works for the Daily Mail, “Try to stay warm and have a happy new year.”
— TMZ (@TMZ) December 30, 2018
The Daily Mail added that Spacey had purchased the medium cheese and tomato pizza from Domino’s and handed it to the photographer after emerging from a $6 million, waterfront townhouse in Baltimore. For his pizza delivery, Spacey wore a baseball cap that read, “Retired since 2017,” the Daily Mail reported.
The Daily Mail said the 59-year-old Academy Award-winning actor has been hiding out at the five-story townhouse and plotting his career comeback. The Baltimore Sun said rumors surfaced in 2017 that Spacey had purchased the townhouse in the Inner Harbor, though the actor’s agent said that he, not Spacey, owned the home.
In the fall of 2017, Spacey was hit with multiple reports that accused him of sexually assaulting more than 30 young men or teen boys over the decades. Authorities in Los Angeles, the U.K. and Massachusetts launched criminal investigations against him.
The reports led to Spacey being ousted from “House of Cards,” the Netflix political drama that is filmed in Baltimore. Spacey also was abruptly replaced by Christopher Plummer in the Ridley Scott film, “All the Money in the World.”
Spacey is finally facing criminal charges for one of allegations. On Dec. 24, the Boston Globe reported that prosecutors in Massachusetts had charged Spacey with indecent assault and battery, stemming from a 2016 incident at a Nantucket, Massachusetts bar.
The alleged victim, the son of former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh, was 18 years old at the time and working as a busboy at the bar. Unruh told reporters last year that Spacey bought her son multiple drinks after he lied to the actor that he was of drinking age. After her son became drunk, Unruh said Spacey put his hand down her son’s pants and grabbed his genitals.
According to the criminal complaint, authorities say that a Snapchat video shows Spacey “touching the front” of the accuser’s “pants by his crotch,” the New York Times reported.
Spacey is scheduled to be arranged on the charges on Jan. 7.
A few hours after the Globe reported the criminal charges against Spacey, the actor posted a YouTube video, “Let Me Be Frank,” in which he addresses the real-life sexual misconduct accusations as his fictional “House of Cards” character Frank Underwood.
Let Me Be Frank https://t.co/OzVGsX6Xbz
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) December 24, 2018
It was the first time that Spacey publicly addressed the allegations against him since he was first accused of misconduct in October 2017. According to a report by Buzzfeed News, actor Anthony Rapp said Spacey made a sexual advance toward him in 1986 when he was 14 and Spacey was 26.
Spacey tweeted a response at the time, saying, “I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”
But Spacey added to the outrage against him by using his seeming apology to come out as gay.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
In his Christmas Eve YouTube video, Spacey took a more defensive tone against the allegations by performing as Frank Underwood, his character who was killed off “House of Cards” after he was fired.
The video is notable in other ways because Spacey was accused of assaulting one production assistant on the “House of Cards” set and otherwise creating a “toxic” work environment through a pattern of sexual harassment that targeted young male crew members, according to a CNN report published in November 2017.
In his YouTube video, Spacey stood in a kitchen, wearing a Santa Claus apron and appearing to prepare a Christmas Eve meal.
“Of course, some believed everything and have just been waiting with bated breath to hear me confess it all,” Spacey said. “They’re just dying to have me declare that everything said is true and that I got what I deserved. Wouldn’t that be easy if it was all so simple? Only you and I both know it’s not that simple, not in politics and not in life.”