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Journalist and author Gay Talese, who wrote for such publications as The New York Times and Esquire during the 1960s, on Tuesday voiced his opinions on the current allegations of sexual harassment and assault levied against actor Kevin Spacey.
“I would like to talk to Kevin Spacey,” the writer told Vanity Fair at the annual Library Lions Gala at the New York Public Library.
“I would like to ask [Spacey] how it feels to lose a lifetime of success and hard work all because of 10 minutes of indiscretion 10 years or more ago,” Talese said. The journalist was likely referring to the initial allegations of sexual assault against Spacey made by Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp in a report by Buzzfeed News. The alleged incident took place when Rapp was 14 years old and Spacey was in his mid-20s.
Talese, though not naming Rapp in his comments, went on to say, “So, O.K., it happened 10 years ago. … Jesus, suck it up once in a while!”
He added that “all of us in this room at one time or another did something we’re ashamed of,” and then included the Dalai Lama.
Since the initial BuzzFeed report, Spacey has been accused of sexual assault and harassment by numerous others. He has since been fired from his Netflix show House of Cards and had his planned Gore Vidal biopic Gore dropped. Additionally, his still-to-be-released film All the Money in the World was pulled from the upcoming AFI Fest, and he is under investigation by the London police.
Upon the release of Rapp’s accusations, Spacey issued a response on Twitter in which he apologized for the alleged incident and also announced he would be living “as a gay man.” The statement drew immediate criticism from many in the LGBT community for deflecting attention away from the assault.
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