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As more and more accusations roll in about famous and powerful men doing unspeakable things and getting away with it, more terrible apologies come in at the same time.

The non-apologies of abusive men frequently divert blame away from themselves and use language to distance themselves from facing the consequences.

So many of them deny the incidents which they are accused of due to a lack of memory, but how would they remember those moments which are so normalised to them, yet so horrendous for their victims?


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First up: it’s resident gross misogynistic and inherently mediocre comedian Louis CK.

Louis C.K.’s memorably controversial apology definitely concealed the truth, gaining flack for using words like “regret” and “remorse” instead of a straight-up “I’m sorry.”

He fesses up to his behaviour, most likely because of the overwhelming amount of evidence and accusations of harassment going back years, but doesn’t say he is sorry. It’s certainly an deflective rhetoric, which points out the seeming reverence which women apparently had for him.


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Donald Trump

The Access Hollywood footage of him bragging about “grabbing women by the pussy” was widely circulated and showed the entire world his ruthless perpetuation of rape culture.

He has never apologised for his behaviour, even deflecting to Bill Clinton: “Bill Clinton has actually abused women, and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimated his victims," he said.

Kevin Spacey

In one of the worst apologies known to mankind, Spacey totally deflected his part in sexually assaulting Anthony Rapp when he was only 14 by coming out, essentially implying that he was a predator because of his homosexuality. Needless to say, it offended a lot of people.

Rapp said Spacey picked him up, put him on his bed and "was trying to get with me sexually" in 1986, when Spacey was 26.

“I honestly do not remember the encounter,” in other words, and possibly more disturbingly, his abuse of power never dawned on him as memorable because it never dawned on him as abusive.

James Franco

James Franco offered a statement after five women from his acting class accused him of demeaning and exploitative behaviour, which was about as respectful as R. Kelly lyrics. Busy Phillips has recently claimed that he was a bully on the set of Freaks and Geeks in her new memoir

Franco responded by telling Stephen Colbert on the Late Late Show:

“Look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I have done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being. The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate. But I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice, because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So I don’t want to shut them down in any way”

He is desperately trying to portray his support for a movement which should be taking him down. The entire statement reeks of narcissism, Franco solely recalls his own choices, words, and tone as HE remembers it.

Harvey Weinstein.

The movie mogul whose sexual and physical predations started the campaign and led to his arrest, issued an apology quoting a fabricated Jay-Z lyric:

"Jay Z wrote in 4:44 “I’m not the man I thought I was and I better be that man for my children.” The same is true for me.."

His contrition partially hinges on how he phrases his remorse, but this man clearly couldn’t care less about how he treats women or his family. Let his terrible apology rot alongside him in jail, if he even gets a sentence longer than a month.

Remember: these are only the apologies of men who have been caught. Some men who have been caught or accused have never apologised, nor have they felt the true consequences of their actions. 

Choices, words and tone sound entirely different to women who live their lives in a culture that still canonizes men as the ultimate figures of intrinsic authority. Our culture regularly denies women agency over their own bodies even as it exploits and commodifies them simultaneously.


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“Boys will be boys” as they say.

To which we respond: “Boys will be held accountable for their actions.”


Kevin Spacey has claimed that the 18-year-old man which accused him of groping told Spacey he was older and welcomed flirting.

The notorious Hollywood actor pleaded NOT guilty to sexually assaulting the young man in 2016.

The plea was entered on the actor's behalf, which happens automatically under Massachusetts law.


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The incident happened in Nantucket, and Spacey has been ordered to have zero contact with his accuser following the sexual assault charges.

The Daily Mail are reporting that the former House of Cards actor claims the teenager; "said he was a 23-year-old student studying business at Wake Forest University."

He also maintains the young restaurant worker "sought out a friend for the specific purpose of introducing him" to Spacey.


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In court yesterday, (Spacey also was caught speeding before appearing) the motion claims the teen "welcomed drinks" from the famous actor and allowed him to; "put his arm around around him near the piano while they did sing-a-longs and even left the bar to smoke."

It's alleged that the young man gave his phone number to Spacey, which the motion states suggested "mutual and consensual flirting".

Spacey doesn't actually deny groping the teen, but it does state that the teenager "did not object to the alleged touching, he did not ask Spacey to stop and he did not remove himself from the situation".

The young woman who was in contact with the accuser was never told about the alleged assault, it is purported.

A number of accusations have emerged about the veteran movie star, such as Anthony Rapp's explosive claims;


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CNN reported yesterday that Spacey gave a nod of acknowledgement following the judge's order for him to refrain from contacting his accuser.

A spokeman lawyer said: "The commonwealth is requesting that Mr Spacey be ordered to stay away and no contact with the named victim and his family."

Judge Thomas Barrett said; "Certainly the court will impose those conditions."

The 59-year-old actor was seen arriving at court surrounded by paparazzi, less than a five-minute walk from the place where the alleged assault took place; Club Car lounge.

Spacey was silent on the claim and refused to comment as he left the courtroom and headed to his car. The next hearing date is March 4, but the actor is not obliged to attend.

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After Kevin Spacey faced allegations of sexual assault last year, Netflix made the decision to drop the actor from House of Cards.

The political drama featured him as the main character, so fans were concerned how the newest season would play out.

And after watching the first five episodes of season six, I can honestly say that his termination was the best thing to happen to the series.


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House of Cards has been a masterful twist of legal strategy and sinister plotting, exposing the underbelly of politics the public never sees.

After Francis Underwood secured the presidency at the end of season two, critics thought the following three seasons became a grasping at straws, trying to find a new goal for the man who finally achieved what he wanted.

However, others believe that they were necessary and highlighted the dangers of corruption, for they explored the possibility of a criminal in as commander-in-chief of a nation. How would he keep his position?

His downward spiral into the depths of worse and worse crimes, in my opinion, showed that this corruption cannot be sustained in a position of power – eventually, you’ll be found out (or in this case murdered).

But the real focus should have been on Claire's rise from background co-star to forefront leader.


Failure is impossible. -Susan B. Anthony

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So, where does this leave us in season six?

Claire Underwood is president and steps up to fill Spacey’s shoes. Actually, not fill his shoes because that would ensue she is merely a replacement when in actuality she dominates the lead in a way he never could. She fills the screen with stigma-shattering power.

The opening scene begins with Claire sitting in the oval office at the president’s desk while two men stand in front of her, telling her what she should do.

From the start, we know the newest season isn’t just going to pit Claire’s strength against the presumed authority of men, but it means so much more amidst the current sexual assault allegations in Hollywood.

It’s time for women to step forward and refuse to be “managed” – that’s the word she uses throughout her role. Claire says men have tried to manage her her whole life and instead of blatantly putting them in their equal place, she takes them on Underwood style.

Through a series of well thought out moves, Claire plays into the common beliefs that everyone around her has – “a grieving widow is not fit for office” and “women are too emotional to be involved in war strategy, let alone have the nuclear button”.


Don’t worry and definitely do not question her.

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She plays the role so well that even I became frustrated with her actions. For while she chillingly breaks the fourth wall to promise us her honesty, we still remain in the dark when it comes to her grand plan.

It’s not until the fifth episode that everything falls into place and her mastery is revealed. And I felt my conviction for, at times, falling into the stereotypical trap. Of course, Claire is the smartest character to hit the screens, she knows exactly what people want to believe and how to use it against them.

Although reviews have been mixed about the newest season, everyone seems to agree that Robin Wright (Claire Underwood) shows unparalleled talent in her role – as if it was who she was born to play.

My advice is to re-watch the last season or at least a few episodes before you start season six, for they bring back a few far off characters that I had forgotten about.

And be sure to accept the newly introduced iconic Shepherd duo. Their roles are brilliantly thought out and needed as Claire’s arch enemies. Bill Shepherd is the entitled white man we all want to punch in the face, and Greg Kinnear portrays him perfectly.

And even if you feel lost among the first four episodes, stick through it until the end of the fifth. You won’t be disappointed, for there is nothing more satisfying then when everything clicks into place – especially when it’s for a character you’ve been rooting for.


The new House of Cards trailer is here, and we are woke.

Kevin Spacey has been under fire for allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour. Last year, Anthony Rapp bravely came forward and accused the Oscar-winning actor of making sexual advances towards him when he was just 14-years-old.

As a result of the revealed incident, Netflix reportedly said they were planning on dropping Kevin from the following season of House of Cards.

And now, the political drama’s recent trailer has officially killed off his character of Frank Underwood, verifying the series’ previous statement.

The chilling, short clip opens with Blaire Underwood in all-black at a graveyard.

“I’ll tell you this though, Francis. When they bury me it won’t be in my backyard.

“And when they pay their respects, they’ll have to wait in line,” the powerful woman says, looking straight into the camera lens.

The camera then pans out to reveal her husband’s grave beside that of his father’s.

Captioned “You should have known”, the haunting video officially puts an end to Kevin's starring role.

We cannot wait to see Claire take over the Oval Office. Her strong portrayal of the female lead is empowering as she shows that she doesn’t need a male co-star to slay it on set.

The show’s final season will debut on November 2nd, and we can’t wait to see it!


Morrissey has condemned the decision to re-cast Kevin Spacey in a film following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Speaking to German newspaper Der Spiegel, the former Smiths frontman claimed the actor had been “needlessly attacked” and questioned the credibility of the accusations.

“I think that's ridiculous. As far as I know, he was in the bedroom with a 14-year-old,” he said.

Adding: “Kevin Spacey was 26, the boy 14. In that case, you ask yourself where the parents of the boy were?”

"You ask yourself whether the boy sensed what could happen."

"I was always aware of what could happen. If you're in somebody's bedroom, you need to be aware of where that could lead.

"Because of that, all of that doesn't seem very credible to me. To me it seems as if Spacey was needlessly attacked."

Although the outspoken musician made it clear that he did not condone non-consensual sexual acts in any form, he expressed little sympathy towards the victims of such incidents.

“I hate rape. I hate sexual assault. I hate sexual situations that are forced upon someone.”

“But in very many of these cases, you look at the circumstances and you think that the person, who is called a victim, is simply disappointed.”

The 58-year-old responded in a similar fashion when asked specifically about the allegations made against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.

“The people know exactly what is happening and they are playing along. Afterwards they find it embarrassing or they didn't like it.”

“And then they turn it around and say 'I've been attacked, I've been surprised, I was dragged into the room'. But if everything had gone just fine and made possible a great career, they wouldn't talk about it.”

Needless to say, his comments did not go down well, with many disappointed fans taking to social media to accuse the singer of victim blaming.


While the vast majority of people would commend the men and women who have come forward with their stories of assault and rape at the hands of Hollywood's biggest names, not everyone is as supportive.

Take American writer and journalist, Gay Talese, for example.

Speaking at a recent event in New York, Talese gave his opinion on the spate of allegations emerging from the entertainment industry, and appeared to suggest that the victims of these crimes should have kept their experiences a secret.

Focussing specifically on the allegations levelled at Kevin Spacey by Anthony Rapp, Talese said: "I feel so sad, and I hate Anthony Rapp that ruined this guy’s career. So, OK, it happened 10 years ago … Jesus, suck it up once in a while!”

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Talese suggested that few people have a perfect past – intimating that victims of crimes should display a sense of compassion.

"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!" he said.

This week, Daily Mail journalist, Dame Ann Leslie, came under fire for suggesting that abused women 'can't have it both ways'.

"They seem to spend their time now saying women are traumatised because some some silly old drunk in Parliament put his hand on her knee or anything like that. You can’t have it both ways," she argued.

“You can't say women are strong and empowered and then say they're scared and they're going to cry and all that sort of thing."


On Monday, Broadway actor, Anthony Rapp, claimed Kevin Spacey tried to seduce him when he was just 14-years-old.

Since then, the House of Cards actor has issued an apology, come out as gay, and has been dropped by Netflix.

In the week that followed Rapp's allegations, a number of other men came forward claiming Spacey had acted inappropriately toward them, the latest of whom is Richard Dreyfuss' son, Harry.

Richard is an American actor/ writer, best known for his roles in Jaws, Stand By Me and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

In a piece written for Buzzfeed News, Harry Dreyfuss explained what happened the night the alleged incident took place.

“When I was an 18-year-old senior in high school, Kevin Spacey groped me,” he revealed.

“It happened one night when the three of us were alone in Kevin’s apartment rehearsing my father’s lines. My father didn’t see, and I didn’t tell him about the incident for many years. Instead, I spent the next nine years telling people the story at parties for laughs.”

He describes how he did not want to alert his father because Spacey was his boss at the time.

Harry went on to explain how, as he began to share his story with more and more people, he realised just how common these types of incidents were.

“Often, they would respond by saying, “I know a guy that that happened to as well.” The victims in many of these stories were often young men.”

“All of these responses made me realize there wasn’t anything funny about my story. It wasn’t a joke,” he added.

The 27-year-old admits that although he had his reservations about coming forward, the recent string of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and indeed the other victims who have spoken out against Kevin Spacey, inspired him to do so.

“I came to see how important it is to add my voice to the people who are demanding a better world. A world in which powerful men are no longer allowed to feel safe to do this, or far worse.”

Last night, Richard tweet in support of his son saying: "I love my son @harrydreyfuss more than I could explain with all the words in the world. And I am so incredibly proud of him right now."


Netflix has cut ties with Kevin Spacey, the star of its show House of Cards, following allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour.

Earlier this week, the streaming service announced that it had suspended production of the political drama series' sixth and final season, and it had now emerged that Spacey's character, Frank Underwood, has been axed from the series completely.

“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey,” the company said in a statement late on Friday.

Earlier this week, Broadway actor, Anthony Rapp, claims Spacey tried to seduce him when he was just 14-years-old.

Spacey has since issued a statement saying he does not recall the incident and offered an apology before announcing that he is living his life “as a gay man.”

While it is unclear at this stage how producers will deal with his absence, it is understood that his departure may not mean the end of the show.

“While we continue the ongoing investigation into the serious allegations concerning Kevin Spacey’s behaviour on the set of House of Cards, he has been suspended, effective immediately,” Media Rights Capital, the company that produces the show, said in a statement.

“MRC, in partnership with Netflix, will continue to evaluate a creative path forward for the program during the hiatus.”

According to Variety, one scenario being discussed by producers is the option of killing off Spacey's character, and instead, have the sixth series focus his wife Claire, played by Robin Wright.


Rosie O'Donnell has come in for criticism after weighing in on the controversy surrounding Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey in recent days.

The 55-year-old actress and chat show panellist responded directly to Spacey's recent statement, where he claimed he has no recollection of an incident involving a then 14-year-old Anthony Rapp.

Dismissing Spacey's claims that he doesn't remember attempting to seduce the child star, Rosie wrote: "u don't remember the incident – 30 years ago? – f*ck u Kevin." (sic)

"Like Harvey we all knew about u – I hope more men come forward," she added. (sic)

While many of Rosie and Spacey's peers have been quick to condemn the latter in the last 24 hours, Rosie's contribution to the conversation has made her culpable in the eyes of many Twitter users.

"Why not say anything then if you knew or had heard stories? Very easy to call it out when it’s already out," responded one member of the public.

"You knew he was a paedophile & kept quiet? Good God," wrote another while someone else added: "Pretty sure that makes you complicit."

Rosie defended herself against the barrage of criticism by arguing it wasn't her responsibility to disclose the information.

 "Aint my secret – this is MEN IN POSITIONS OF POWER – from priests – to studio heads – fathers – teachers – it is the water we all swim in," she argued.


Yesterday, Kevin Spacey made the decision to respond to allegations of misconduct against a minor by coming out as homosexual – a move which has been condemned by the public, the press, his peers, and most notably, the LGBTQ community.

Appalled that the Hollywood star would not only attempt to deflect attention from the matter at hand, but also draw a comparison between paedophilia and homosexuality, Twitter was quick to condemn the House of Cards star.

In the wake of the controversy, former Star Trek actor, George Takei, was asked his opinion, and ultimately concluded that an obvious abuse of power is at the heart of these issues.

"When power is used in a non-consensual situation, it is a wrong," George told The Hollywood Reporter.

Referring to the Star Trek star, who alleged that Spacey attempted to 'seduce' him when he was just 14, George added: "For Anthony Rapp, he has had to live with the memory of this experience of decades ago."

George dismissed Spacey's argument that he does not recollect the incident which reportedly took place in the 1980s, and asserted that Spacey has a responsibility towards the younger actor, and on that occasion chose to ignore it.

“For Kevin Spacey, who claims not to remember the incident, he was the older, dominant one who had his way."

"Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight — that is a deflection. They do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it," George argued.


Producers look set to move ahead with plans to create a potential House of Cards spin-off series, set in the same universe as the political drama.

The news follows the announcement that production of the hit Netflix show will cease after six series.

It comes just days after the series' lead actor, Kevin Spacey, was accused of sexually harassing an underage boy more than 20 years ago.

Broadway actor, Anthony Rapp, claims Spacey tried to seduce him when he was just 14-years-old.

“I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually,” he told BuzzFeed.

The House of Cards actor has since issued a statement saying he does not recall the incident and offered an apology before announcing that he is living his life “as a gay man.”

It's understood the decision to end the Netflix drama was made before the claims emerged, though this is yet to be confirmed.

According to Variety, producers are now in the early stages of development of multiple spin-off ideas, including a series focused around Doug Stamper's career.


Earlier today we reported on Kevin Spacey's recent statement in light of allegations levelled against him by actor Anthony Rapp.

In a hugely questionable move, the House of Cards actor attempted to deflect attention from Rapp's allegations by choosing to come out as gay – a decision which has thoroughly disgusted members of the public as well as his peers within the entertainment industry.

Spacey has been accused of conflating homosexuality with paedophilia, in addition to taking Rapp's lived experience as a platform to tell his own story.

Twitter has been quick to condemn the acclaimed actor, with many insisting they have lost all respect for him.

Take a look at what the public and his peers have to say on the matter.