By Erica Abbott
Reports that a “House of Cards” producer claimed Kevin Spacey “drugged and raped” Justin Bieber amid an allegation of sexual misconduct are false. Rumors that multiple sources accused the actor of preying on young male stars stemmed from a notorious purveyor of fake news.
According to Hoax Alert, the fake claim originated on YourNewsWire, a disreputable/clickbait website known for publishing conspiracy theories and fake news. The article claimed that an unnamed producer accused Spacey of “drugging and raping” Bieber when the singer was a pre-teen. It purported:
Kevin Spacey is a well-known sexual predator who boasted of “drugging and raping Justin Bieber” when he was underage, according to a House of Cards producer who warns that Spacey’s behavior “makes Harvey Weinstein look like a choir boy.”
“I’m not trying to play down what Harvey Weinstein is accused of doing,” the production staffer said, “But his victims were adults. Kevin has spent decades using his power and influence to fraternize with young, often underage boys.
“Everyone in the industry knows about Kevin. Spacey’s crimes are some of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood. He preys on young usually ‘straight’ male child or teen stars early on in their career, and of course the ‘straight’ victims don’t say a word about it because they are ashamed.
[…] Multiple sources claim Justin Bieber and Zac Efron were aggressively pursued by Kevin Spacey and Hollywood director Brian Singer when they first entered the entertainment industry as pre-teens.
The report, however, is entirely fabricated. Spacey was not accused by any producer of “drugging and raping” Bieber and, while YourNewsWire contains no disclaimer on their website, RationalWiki provides a short description on the site:
YourNewsWire (styled as YourNewsWire.com) is an Los Angeles-based clickbait fake news website known for disseminating conspiracy theories and misleading information, contrary to its claimed motto (“News. Truth. Unfiltered”).
On Sunday, “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Rent” actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making “a sexual advance” toward him at a party more than 30 years ago. BuzzFeed News reported that “at the end of the night, [Spacey] picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance.” Spacey was 26 at the time; Rapp, 14.
In response to the BuzzFeed report, Spacey tweeted a statement in which he said he did “not remember the encounter,” but apologized for “what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” He also came out in the statement, the timing of which was criticized by many on social media.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
Amid the scandal, Netflix’s “House of Cards” indefinitely suspended production after initially stating that the series would end after season six. Netflix said they were “deeply troubled” by the allegation. Spacey’s Emmy honor was also rescinded, the International Emmy Awards tweeted on Monday.
There have been no other sexual misconduct accusations made against Spacey at this time.
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