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Sharon Stone says ‘there’s so much hate’ for Kevin Spacey because abuse allegations were ‘man on man’

“That’s why he’s not allowed to come back. Because he’s offended the men.”

Sharon Stone is defending herself against criticism for supporting Kevin Spacey, who has been accused of sexual harassment by more than a dozen men since 2017.

“People are mad at me for this,” Stone said. Hollywood Reporter her previous comments on the subject. “I said that after seven years of therapy, after not being allowed to work, after losing his home, after losing everything, he should be able to come back. He contacted everyone he had offended and said he was sorry.”

She continued: “Kevin grabbed people by the genitals. A lot of people. But no one (has publicly said) he raped them or forced them into sex. But there’s so much hate towards him because in his case it was man on man.”

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The Oscar-nominated actress, who has long been open about her experiences with sexual harassment in Hollywood, added that the negative reaction to Spacey stems from the fact that his alleged victims were men, not women.

“That’s why he can’t come back. Because he insulted men,” she argued. “But can I tell you how many men have grabbed my genitals in my life? A lot more than Kevin Spacey has grabbed men’s genitals. And none of them have ever apologized to me.”

In a statement for Entertainment per weekStone clarified her comments: “I did not defend him and I will not defend him,” she said of Spacey. “When someone goes through seven years of recovery from any compulsive behavior, whether it’s drugs, alcohol, sexual behavior, and then takes responsibility for it, in our business we allow them to go back to work with their sponsor. This is the only case where that hasn’t happened. In my opinion, it’s because it’s a sexual crime by a man against a man. And we are not responsible for sexual crimes by men against women at all, and there has to be some kind of middle ground.”

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Spacey was acquitted in 2023 of sexually assaulting four men and found not guilty in a 2022 civil lawsuit filed by actor Anthony Rapp, who accused Spacey of molesting him in 1986, when he was 14 and Spacey was 26. Spacey is currently involved in another civil lawsuit in the U.K., in which he is accused of sexually assaulting a man in 2008. He has denied the allegations.

Stone said additionally THR can relate to Spacey because she, too, has been “canceled left and right,” but “now I’m in style again.”

“The thing is, I’m a dark horse. I love dark horses,” she continued, “and I don’t want to be a white horse or wear a white hat. And I understand that not everyone thinks I’m a good person. I understand that people think I’m difficult. But I’m a person who wants to make sure that you have water to drink and I want to make sure that you have books to read and a place to read them.”

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Stone was one of several stars who called for Spacey to return to Hollywood earlier this year following the Channel 4 documentary series Spacey without a maskin which 10 men accused American Beauty actor behaving inappropriately.

“I can’t wait to see Kevin back at work,” Stone said. Telegraph in May. “He’s a genius. He’s so elegant and funny and generous to a fault and knows more about our craft than most of us will ever know.”

She added: “It’s terrible that they blame him for not being able to accept that they used him and negotiated with themselves because they did not know their secret intentions.”

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Others who have spoken in Spacey’s defense include Liam Neeson, F. Murray Abraham and Stephen Fry. Earlier this year, The first reformed director Paul Schrader expressed interest in working with Spacey on a Frank Sinatra biopic after his acquittal. ‘Cancel culture won’t let him go,’ Schrader said Diversity“I wouldn’t have hired Kevin if he had been convicted. But he wasn’t convicted.”

Since Rapp was indicted in 2017, Spacey has appeared in four films: Once upon a time in Croatia, The Man Who Drawn God, ControlAND Peter Five Eight.

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