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People Respond to Kevin Spacey's 'Disturbing' Video Following Sexual Assault Charges

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If you’ve experienced sexual abuse or assault, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact The National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.

People are warning each other not to watch a video posted by Kevin Spacey that began circulating shortly after it was announced the actor will be facing criminal assault charges for the sexual assault of a Massachusetts teen in 2016.

According to the Boston Globe, Spacey will be charged with indecent assault and battery at Nantucket District Court on Jan. 7.  Following the news, Spacey posted a video to his social media profiles in the style of Frank Underwood, the character he played on the Netflix show “House of Cards” who was killed off after actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of sexually assaulting him as a teen. (Editor’s note: The Mighty is not linking to the video out of respect for sexual assault survivors.) Netflix replied to The Mighty’s request for comment stating it has no comment and had nothing to do with the video.

Spacey says a number of disturbing and problematic things in the video, such as “you trusted me, even though you knew you shouldn’t.” The actor speaks as his character did, maintaining eye contact with viewers the entire time. He proclaims his innocence while attempting to gaslight viewers in hopes of getting them to subscribe to his narrative — behaviors commonly exhibited by people who abuse their power. “You wouldn’t believe the worst without evidence, would you? You wouldn’t rush to judgments without facts, would you? Did you? No, not you. You’re smarter than that.”

People were quick to respond to Spacey’s video, calling it “unsettling” and “creepy.”

The holidays can already be a tough time for sexual assault survivors. Whether social gatherings make you anxious or going home means revisiting a triggering place, if you’re a sexual assault survivor who’s struggling, take extra care of yourself this holiday season. Pay no mind to conversations (or videos) that make you uncomfortable, and instead surround yourself with people who make you feel safe and loved. If you need resources or reminders, we’ve listed some below. You can also use the hashtag #HolidaysAreHard to connect with people in The Mighty’s community.

Originally published: December 24, 2018
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