Gay Talese does not sound sympathetic toward the men accusing Spacey of sexual harassment or assault.
Kevin Spacey has at least one person defending him from the onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations, of varying degrees of severity.
85-year-old author and New York Times journalist Gay Talese, credited for launching literary journalism through inventive pieces like his groundbreaking Esquire article "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold," told Vanity Fair in an interview that he feels sorry for the former "House of Cards" star, and more shockingly, told the men accusing Spacey of sexual harassment or assault to "suck it up."
"So, OK, it happened 10 years ago... Jesus, suck it up once in a while," Talese said at the annual Library Lions Gala while expressing interest in profiling the troubled actor.
Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner, is facing a career crisis that started when Anthony Rapp publicly accused the actor and producer of making a sexual advance on him decades ago when the "Star Trek: Discovery" actor was just 14. Since then, more men have come forward with disturbing allegations of harassment and groping, including eight "House of Cards" employees. One man, who remained anonymous, even claimed Spacey tried to rape him as a teen.
"I would like to ask [Spacey] how it feels to lose a lifetime of success and hard work all because of 10 minutes of indiscretion 10 years or more ago," Talese added.
The writer, who has authored 16 books, then continued to explain how everyone is guilty of doing something they are ashamed of, including the Dalai Lama.
Since the allegations came out, Netflix suspended production on the final season of "House of Cards" and severed ties with the actor, while the premiere of his Oscar buzzworthy drama "All the Money in the World" was cancelled at AFI Fest in Los Angeles, his Emmy honor was rescinded, and he is now under investigation by the London police.