Disgraced actor delivers plot twist no one saw coming by dropping a comeback video the same day news hits that he's facing a felony sexual assault charge.
Kevin Spacey just creeped out Alyssa Milano and pretty much everyone else who watched his new YouTube video declaring the world wants him back after his career was destroyed by numerous sexual misconduct, harassment and assault allegations.
Spacey dropped "Let Me Be Frank" on Monday, and the timing couldn't have been any worse, even if it was intentional.
The three-minute monologue, in character as Frank Underwood from "House of Cards," arrived on the internet the same day news hit that he's facing a felony sexual assault charge in front of a Massachusetts judge next month. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor will be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery at Nantucket District Court on January 7, 2019.
The charge stems from Boston TV news anchor Heather Unruh holding a press conference last year for her son to tell the disturbing story of how Spacey allegedly got him drunk and assaulted him when he was just 18. TMZ obtained the court documents alleging that Spacey bought the underage teen drinks, asked about his penis size, tried to lure the young man back to his home for an after party, and even reached through the victim's pants to touch his penis. The victim eventually ran out of the bar.
"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," she told the media at the time. "When my son was drunk, Spacey made his move and sexually assaulted him."
Her son's attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, on Monday released a statement reading, "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."
Milano, who is an advocate for women's rights and sexual assault victims, tweeted Spacey's video along with an article about the arraignment. "After you read this —- then watch the creepy video Mr. Spacey posted after the news broke," she tweeted.
The video features Spacey, who was fired from "House of Cards" over the sexual misconduct allegations (which included Netflix production assistants coming forward), talking to viewers from a kitchen wearing a Christmas-themed apron. "We're not done no matter what anyone says. And besides, I know what you want -- you want me back," Spacey, er, Underwood said.
"Of course some believed everything and have just been waiting with baited breath to hear me confess it all, they're just dying to me declare that everything said is true and that I got why I deserved," he said. "Wouldn't that be easy, if it was all so simple? Only you and I know it's never that simple -- not in politics and not in life."
"My confidence grows each day that soon enough you will know the full truth," the actor concluded. "Well wait a minute. Now that I think of it, you never actually saw me die, did you? Conclusions can be so deceiving. Miss me?"
Based on the vast majority of Twitter reactions from Hollywood and beyond, the answer is a clear and resounding no.
Watch the video above and see how people, including a lot of Hollywood comedy writers, are responding below.
Kevin Spacey charged with sexually assaulting 18-year-old son of Boston news anchor https://t.co/3rMuOhMuz0— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 24, 2018
👆And after you read this—then watch the creepy video Mr. Spacey posted after the news broke. 👇 #MeToo #TimesUp https://t.co/70GvesW87y
What would convince me of Kevin Spacey’s innocence? I dunno, if he did a poorly lit Christmas-themed cooking video in character from the show he was fired from— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) December 24, 2018
Multiple people told Kevin Spacey that was a good idea.— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) 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
There is literally no funny tweet that would get me to watch this Kevin Spacey video.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) December 24, 2018
The one positive aspect of the Kevin Spacey video is that we can all point to it and say, "That's what happens when you don't have a screenwriter."— Craig Mazin (@clmazin) December 24, 2018
Kevin Spacey just knocked Offset WAY down the shudder-inducing “please take me back” gesture power rankings.— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) December 24, 2018
That video made me like Kevin Spacey again. It was warm and funny and just, well, human. Welcome back king of the actors. Also Hitler is cool.— Bill Corbett (@BillCorbett) December 24, 2018
If you play that Kevin Spacey video backwards it’s just Louis saying the n-word over the Seinfeld theme.— Moshe Kasher (@moshekasher) December 24, 2018
Kevin Spacey trying to stage a comeback by denying sexual assault allegations in a Christmas themed House of Cards fan fiction video is certainly a late 2018 plot twist I didn't see coming https://t.co/N7YxWyoOYQ— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) December 24, 2018
Government shutdown Day 3. Kevin Spacey is back.— Trevor Moore (@itrevormoore) December 24, 2018
Is Kevin Spacey using Donald Trump’s legal team now?— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) December 24, 2018
If Kevin Spacey needs a lawyer, I know Rudi Giuliani is going to be available soon.— Mohanad Elshieky (@MohanadElshieky) December 24, 2018