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Kevin Spacey says he was ‘too handsy’ in the past – BBC News

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  • Author, Ian Aikman
  • Role, BBC News

Actor Kevin Spacey has described himself as “being too handsy” in the past, in a new interview.

Speaking with Piers Morgan, the 64-year-old admitted to “pushing the boundaries” in reference to allegations of inappropriate behaviour that brought his career to a halt in 2017.

The interview, broadcast on the Piers Morgan Uncensored YouTube channel, featured a direct discussion of how Mr Spacey views his past actions.

When asked to clarify what he meant by “pushing the boundaries”, the double Oscar winner said: “Being too handsy, touching someone sexually in a way that I didn’t know at the time they didn’t want.”

Pressed on the potential for this being criminal conduct, Mr Spacey said he has “been gentle with people” and he would not use the word “grope” to describe his actions.

“You want to be gentle. You want to see if they’re going to respond positively,” he added.

Mr Morgan asked him: “Would you say all of that was consensual or was it an attempt at seduction, that if it was repelled, by definition becomes I guess non-consensual, that if you’re being handsy, if you’re groping people, and they don’t want to do it …”

To which Mr Spacey replied: “… then they should let you know they don’t want to do it so that you can understand it’s non-consensual and stop.”

Actors Ruari Cannon and Danny De Lillo both alleged inappropriate behaviour by Mr Spacey in the documentary.

Mr Cannon alleged that Mr Spacey touched him inappropriately in public at a press night for an Old Vic theatre production in 2013. Mr Spacey said the allegation was “ridiculous and it never happened”.

Mr De Lillo alleged the actor thrust his groin towards his face while he was seated at a production at the same theatre. Mr Spacey said he found the accusation “completely offensive”.

After the documentary was broadcast, a group of Hollywood stars including Sharon Stone, Stephen Fry and Liam Neeson called for Mr Spacey to be allowed to return to acting.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Ms Stone said: “I can’t wait to see Kevin back at work. He is a genius.”

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Image caption, Kevin Spacey and Sharon Stone hosted an event at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011

Mr Spacey won the Oscar for best actor for American Beauty in 2000, and for best supporting actor for The Usual Suspects in 1995.

He was also the artistic director at the Old Vic Theatre in London between 2004 and 2015.

In a statement, the Old Vic said it had conducted an investigation in 2017 into alleged inappropriate conduct by Mr Spacey at the theatre between 2005 and 2013. It said there were “no findings of fact” regarding the actor’s alleged misconduct, and no evidence of formal complaints against him.

Mr Spacey was sacked while filming the Netflix series House of Cards after the first allegations against him emerged in 2017.

His scenes from the then-upcoming Ridley Scott film All the Money in the World were erased and reshot with Canadian actor Christopher Plummer replacing him.

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