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 tv look in years.

Through the interview, Spacey stated he’s “a lot happier right this moment, dwelling a extra genuine and open life.”

“Now, I wish to show that I’m a person of nice character,” he stated. “I look ahead to with the ability to show to people who that I’m the benefit of who I’m as a human being.”

Spacey has not labored in Hollywood since a number of males accused him of sexual misconduct starting in 2017. In 2022, a New York jury deemed he was not liable within the Eighties assault of actor Anthony Rapp, and final summer time, he was acquitted of 9 costs introduced in opposition to him in London. A number of different lawsuits have additionally been dropped, however this month, 10 extra males got here ahead with alleged abuse in Spacey Unmasked, a two-part Channel 4 documentary directed by Katherine Haywood.

Earlier this month, Spacey pushed again in opposition to the challenge, saying on social media, “I can’t sit again and be attacked by a dying community’s one-sided ‘documentary’ about me of their determined try for scores,” additionally slamming the producers for not giving him time to reply.

To Cuomo on Thursday, he stated he accepts his “accountability,” however that “I’m not going to be accountable for issues I didn’t do or that have been exaggerated or tremendously modified.” He went on to say he’s “prepared to maneuver ahead” and that he blames “concern” for the continuing push in opposition to his return to performing.

“I’ve been very lucky to have all of the individuals who’ve stepped up, and I do know there’s going to be extra coming quickly,” he stated. “However there are additionally people who I’ve spoken to who, they love me, they imagine in me. They’ve stood with me in personal… however they’re afraid to face up. And I’ve been very lucky that folks have been sincere with me about that. And I believe that’s a disgrace, that we’ve come to a spot as a society the place individuals are afraid to say what they imagine and what they really feel as a result of they’re afraid they’re going to get canceled too.”

Following Rapp’s 2017 allegation that Spacey molested him in 1986, Spacey got here out as homosexual. The actor stated on Thursday, “I used to be so fiercely closeted for thus lengthy and was simply making an attempt to guard and fiercely defend my, my private life,” including that “I really feel so grateful that I’m capable of come out the opposite aspect of all of this extra loving, extra current, extra forgiving, extra compassionate, and never bitter or offended or revengeful.”

This week, actors Liam Neeson, Sharon Stone and F. Murray Abraham joined director Stephen Fry of their assist of Spacey, all telling The Telegraph they felt the disgraced Home of Playing cards actor ought to return to Hollywood.

To Cuomo, Spacey stated the assist “means an amazing quantity. It’s very gratifying,” including, “I simply wish to return to work. I’d a lot somewhat play you in a film than to be sitting right here answering questions in your present.”