Famed author Gay Talese recently came to the defense of Kevin Spacey amidst a wave of accusations of sexual assault against the actor. Talese gave a bizarre and rabid defense of Spacey to Vanity Fair, mourning the actor’s career, claiming his accusers should “suck it up” and comparing the disgraced actor to the Dalai Lama.
“I would like to talk to Kevin Spacey,” he said. “I feel so sad, and I hate that actor that ruined this guy’s career. So, OK, it happened 10 years ago . . . Jesus, suck it up once in a while!”
Talese is an American journalist and author. His work for The New York Times and Esquire magazine during the ’60s helped define literary journalism. His most famous articles are about Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra.
Vanity Fair explained Gay Talese “possibly had not kept up with the growing scope of the accusations online,” and noted that he was “visibly agitated” during the interview.
“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.”
Referring to the roomful of media elite around him, he added, “You know something, all of us in this room at one time or another did something we’re ashamed of. The Dalai Lama has done something he’s ashamed of. The Dalai Lama should confess . . . put that in your magazine!”
Emboldened by the actresses who’ve recently spoken out about sexual misconduct in Hollywood, openly gay actor Anthony Rapp claimed that Spacey invited him over to his apartment for a party (in 1986) and, at the end of the party, carried Rapp into his bed and climbed on top of him to sexually engage him.
Rapp was only 14 years old. He said, “My stomach churns. I still to this day can’t wrap my head around so many aspects of it. It’s just deeply confusing to me.”
Since Rapp, approximately 19 others have come forward with allegations of sexual advances Spacey made on young actors, crew members and others. As a result, his talent agency (Creative Artists Agency) and his publicist (Polaris) have both dropped him, as has the entertainment company Netflix.