Morrissey defends 'needlessly attacked' Kevin Spacey amid sexual assault allegations
Morrissey has defended actor Kevin Spacey after he was removed from a forthcoming film amid a string of sexual assault allegations against him.
The 58-year-old singer has dubbed the decision to replace the star in ‘All The Money In The World’ “ridiculous”, adding that Kevin has been “needlessly attacked”.
The first of Kevin’s alleged victims to come forward was Stark Trek actor Anthony Rapp, who claimed that Kevin tried to seduce him at a party in his house in 1986, when Anthony was just 14 years old.
Responding to the allegation, Kevin said that he was “beyond horrified” by the claims but admitted that he couldn’t remember the incident, coming out as gay later in his statement.
When asked what he thought about Kevin being replaced in his new film, Morrissey told German newspaper Der Spiegel: “I think that’s ridiculous. As far as I know, he was in the bedroom with a 14-year-old.
“Kevin Spacey was 26, the boy 14. In that case, you ask yourself where the parents of the boy were? You ask yourself whether the boy sensed what could happen.
“I don’t know how things are with you, but I have never been in situations like these in my youth. Never. I was always aware of what could happen.
“If you’re in somebody’s bedroom, you need to be aware of where that could lead. Because of that, all of that doesn’t seem very credible to me.
“To me it seems as if Spacey was needlessly attacked.”
Morrissey also lashed out at the women who have accused Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, adding: “The people know exactly what is happening and they are playing along.
“Afterwards they find it embarrassing or they didn’t like it. And then they turn it around and say, ‘I’ve been attacked, I’ve been surprised, I was dragged into the room’.
“But if everything had gone just fine and made possible a great career, they wouldn’t talk about it.
“I hate rape. I hate sexual assault. I hate sexual situations that are forced upon someone.
“But in very many of these cases, you look at the circumstances and you think that the person, who is called a victim, is simply disappointed.”
Since Anthony Rapp spoke out against Kevin Spacey, multiple other men have come forward with similar allegations of sexual misconduct.
Over 50 women have also accused Harvey Weinstein of serious sexual assault, with Weinstein denying all claims of non-consensual sexual conduct.
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