Kevin Spacey posted a personal video on Christmas Eve for the third year in a row. The annual video is one of the few public appearances of the double Oscar winner, who has been largely out of the public eye since 2017, when Anthony Rapp recounted an alleged sexual encounter with Spacey when Rapp was a minor.
The video, released on Thursday and titled “1-800-XMAS,” focuses on other people’s difficulties during 2020, accelerated by a global pandemic.
“Listen, a lot of people turned to me last year and shared their struggles,” Spacey says in a video released Thursday. “And my ability to be there for them is really only possible because of my own difficulties. And while I’ve been honored to offer support, I have to honestly say it’s beyond my means – and it’s bigger than me. “
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Spacey then talks about those he talked to in a terrible situation, even thinking about “taking his own life,” encouraging it to “someone who’s fighting there or thinking about the idea, please don’t take that step.”
He adds: “I promise you there is a way, and at this time during this holiday and later, even if you don’t feel it, there are people out there who understand and can help because you are not alone.”
The video ends with a cover card showing the number of the national telephone line for suicide prevention.
Rapp’s revelations in 2017 led to other allegations of sexual misconduct against Spacey, who was removed from the lead role on Netflix Tower of cardsand as head of the Old Vic Theater in London, as part of the fall of grace in Hollywood and beyond. Rapp and another man sued Spacey in civil court earlier this year.
One criminal case, in which Spacey was accused of groping a young man at a Nantucket bar in 2016, was dismissed in 2019.
Spacey’s Christmas Eve video garnered more than 3 million views on YouTube last year; his 2018 had more than 8 million.
Here is today’s video: