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Kevin Spacey Speaks to Chris Cuomo in First TV Appearance in Years

Kevin Spacey Speaks to Chris Cuomo in First TV Appearance in Years

Kevin Spacey spoke to Chris Cuomo in a NewsNation interview on Thursday that marked his first television appearance in years.

During the interview, Spacey said he is “so much happier today, living a more authentic and open life.”

He added that he is “ready to move forward” and that he blames “fear” for the ongoing push against his return to acting.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have all the people who’ve stepped up and I know there’s going to be more coming soon,” he said. “But there are also people that I’ve spoken to who, they love me, they believe in me. They’ve stood with me in private… but they’re afraid to stand up. And I’ve been very fortunate that people have been honest with me about that. And I think that’s a shame, that we’ve come to a place as a society where people are afraid to say what they believe and what they feel because they’re afraid they’re going to get canceled too.”

Spacey has not worked in Hollywood since several men accused him of sexual misconduct beginning in 2017. In 2022, a New York jury deemed he was not liable in the 1980s assault of actor Anthony Rapp, and last summer, he was acquitted of nine charges brought against him in London. Several other lawsuits have also been dropped, but this month, 10 more men came forward with alleged abuse in Spacey Unmasked, a two-part Channel 4 documentary directed by Katherine Haywood.

Earlier this month, Spacey pushed back against the project, saying on social media, “I will not sit back and be attacked by a dying network’s one-sided ‘documentary’ about me in their desperate attempt for ratings,” also slamming the producers for not giving him time to respond.

Spacey said to Cumo on Thursday that he accepts his “accountability, I think it’s incredibly important,” but that “I am not going to be accountable for things I didn’t do or that were exaggerated or greatly changed.”

“My role going forward now is to you know — it’s like it’s like everything in life. You know, you get presented with something and you know, you make a reaction to it or you make a decision about it and it’s not the right decision and then you do it again, you do it again,” he added.

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Following Cuomo’s announcement of the exclusive interview, Spacey wrote on X, formerly Twitter, “Long time watcher, first time guest. It’s honor to join you on the other side of woke, Chris.”

This week, actors Liam Neeson, Sharon Stone and F. Murray Abraham joined director Stephen Fry in their support of Spacey, all telling The Telegraph they felt the disgraced House of Cards actor should return to Hollywood.

To Cuomo, Spacey said the Hollywood support “means a tremendous amount. It’s very gratifying,” but clarified, “I just want to go back to work. I would much rather play you in a movie than to be sitting here answering questions on your show.”

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