Kevin Spacey Denounces Doc, Attacks 'Dying Network'

Kevin Spacey challenges new documentary's fairness and intent.

by Nouman Rasool
Kevin Spacey Denounces Doc, Attacks 'Dying Network'
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Kevin Spacey has attacked an upcoming Channel 4 docuseries, "Spacey Unmasked," set to tackle allegations of se-ual abuse and misconduct that have tarnished his career. "Spacey Unmasked" is set to premiere in the United Kingdom on May 6, with an aim to present a panoramic view of the rise and fall of the actor, through newly conducted interviews and archive footage.

In a fierce social media response, the 64-year-old actor decried the way the network handled the allegations. Spacey highlighted that despite his requests for adequate time to address the claims—which date back as far as 48 years—Channel 4 denied him more than a week to respond.

This decision, according to Spacey, denied him the opportunity to adequately investigate and contest the anonymous and vague allegations brought against him.

Spacey Slams Channel 4

Spacey's tweet conveyed a strong rebuke of Channel 4, suggesting that the network's refusal to provide him sufficient time to respond was an indication of their diminishing relevance and desperation for viewership.

"I will not sit back and be attacked by a dying network's one-sided 'documentary' about me in their desperate attempt for ratings," he wrote. He further insisted that legitimate channels exist for handling such allegations and that previous accusations had been disproven when he was given a fair chance to defend himself.

The docuseries, directed and produced by Katherine Haywood, aims to take a "forensic look" at Spacey's career, incorporating never-before-seen materials and interviews with men who have not previously been connected to the actor’s 2023 U.K.

trial. Additional testimonies are expected to shed more light on their encounters with Spacey, since this is the first time they have come out to speak about it. In 2023, however, Spacey was acquitted of all charges during a London trial related to se-ual misconduct and assault, spanning from allegedly committing offenses against four men in 2001 through 2013.

He maintained his innocence and denied the claims. "Spacey Unmasked" has also been acquired by Max for U.S. distribution, though the release date remains unspecified. As the U.K. gears up for the premiere, the documentary is likely to reignite discussions about Spacey's complex legacy, both as an acclaimed actor and a figure at the center of numerous allegations.

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