Actor Kevin Spacey has claimed credit for putting Netflix “on the map” and criticized the streaming platform for firing him from his show House of Cards over sexual assault allegations, some of which resulted in an acquittal at a summer trial in the United Kingdom.
“It’s bizarre that they decided to publicly cut ties with me based solely on allegations — allegations that have now been proven to be false,” Spacey said Sunday in a Christmas Eve interview with Tucker Carlson on X , formerly known as Twitter. “Because I don’t think there’s any doubt that Netflix exists because of me.
“I put them on the map and they tried to put me under the ground.”
Spacey’s remarks about Netflix’s treatment of him appear to be among the most pointed on the subject yet. As he has in other videos released around Christmas in recent years, he made these comments – and others – while playing House of Cards protagonist Frank Underwood, who in the once popular series, goes from Congress to the presidency through shady routes. means, including murder.
Spacey was found not guilty in July of sexually assaulting four men in one of the UK’s highest-profile trials linked to the #MeToo social justice movement. Last year in New York, Spacey also won a ruling that he did not molest fellow actor Anthony Rapp when the latter was a teenager, despite accusations to the contrary.
But more than a dozen men have accused Spacey, 64, of sexual misconduct, including some who have alleged assault.
Netflix fired Spacey from House of Cards in 2017, shortly after he apologized to Rapp, who had just gone public with his allegations at the time. House of Cards then entered its sixth and final season, which continued with the writing of Spacey’s Underwood character.
The streaming platform also canceled a biopic starring Spacey and based on the life of writer Gore Vidal.
Carlson, who himself was fired this year from the politically conservative Fox News network, told Spacey: “They actually tried to kill you.” »
“Yes,” Spacey replied. “But here we are, Tucker – bigger than ever.”
Netflix did not immediately respond to an inquiry about Spacey’s comments.
Carlson asked Spacey if the “mainstream media” played a role in the fallout from the accusations against him.
“Look, I think they’re doing their best to stay relevant,” said Spacey, who has already won two Oscars and a Tony Award.
After his acquittal in the United Kingdom, Spacey performed a brief scene from William Shakespeare at an Oxford theater as part of a lecture honoring conservative philosopher Roger Scruton. His first film since was Control, described by Variety as a “micro-budget Welsh thriller” and scored two stars out of five in a Guardian review.
Variety reported in October that London’s Prince Charles Cinema canceled the world premiere of Control after learning of Spacey’s role in the film.
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