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The YouTube video, titled “Let Me Be Frank,” was shared from Spacey’s official Twitter account Monday, and sees the actor seemingly addressing real-life events while in character as Frank Underwood from House of Cards. His post on Twitter also had 14,000 shares and 41,000 likes after the one-day period.
The poorly timed video was posted as news broke that Spacey will be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery at Nantucket District Court in Massachusetts on Jan. 7. The alleged assault on a teenage male victim took place at a Nantucket bar in July 2016.
In the video, Spacey defends himself against the #MeToo movement and sexual misconduct allegations made against him. He also comments on how House of Cards handled his character’s demise in its final season.
The Netflix political thriller, starring Robin Wright, wrote Spacey out of the show after he was fired over mounting sexual misconduct accusations. His character was killed offscreen and the details surrounding Frank’s disgraceful death weren’t revealed until the series finale. Netflix also erected an actual gravesite for Francis J. “Frank” Underwood that fans can visit in the character’s hometown of Gaffney, S.C.
“I know what you want. You want me back,” Spacey says in his Christmas Eve video, while assuming the Southern accent and demeanor of Frank, who often broke the fourth wall to talk to viewers on House of Cards. Speaking directly to the camera while wearing a Santa apron, he says, “Of course, some believed everything and have been just waiting with bated breath to hear me confess it all. They’re just dying to have me declare that everything said is true and that I got what I deserved. Only you and I both know it’s never that simple, not in politics and not in life.”
Spacey has been accused of sexual misconduct and assault by more than a dozen alleged victims since actor Anthony Rapp first came forward about the Oscar-winning star in October 2017, and at the height of the #MeToo movement. Spacey is still under investigation in Los Angeles and in England for other alleged sexual assaults.
Meanwhile, Netflix had no comment. “All this presumption made for such an unsatisfying ending, and to think it could have been such a memorable send-off,” Spacey continues in the three-minute video, making a thinly veiled reference to the end of House of Cards. “I can promise you this. If I didn’t pay the price for the things we both know I did do, I’m certainly not going to pay the price for the things I didn’t do…. My confidence grows each day that soon enough, you will know the full truth.”
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