It has been a scandalous year in Hollywood. From Bill Cosby to Harvey Weinstein, some of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry have been accused of sex crimes and misconduct. But perhaps the most shocking involves actor Kevin Spacey, who was recently accused by a Boston television news anchor of groping her then 18-year-old son. It is not the first time the actor has been accused of sexual misconduct. Last month, actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making sexual advances towards him when he was just 14 years old. Spacey has not denied the rumors. The ramifications for his career are enormous.
Although Cosby, Weinstein and Spacey have not been convicted of any wrongdoing, the allegations have already done irreparable harm to their reputations. When it comes to Hollywood, reputation is everything. Movies with A-list actors draw the most revenue at the box office. But when a celebrity is caught in a sex scandal it can often ruin their career. Consider the case of Spacey. Less than a month ago, the academy award winner was one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. Today, his career appears to be in freefall mode. After allegations surfaced of attempted sexual encounters with minors, CBS, Sony and Netflix have all contemplating whether to ever be associated with him again. Just this past week, Sony decided to drop Spacey from his role as J. Paul Getty in the upcoming film “All The Money in the World”. The recently completed film, will be reshot with actor Christopher Plummer replacing Spacey.
Spacey’s reputation among his peers has also taken a hit. Actor Bryan Cranston was recently quoted in People Magazine saying Spacey’s career, “Is Over” and that “He’s a phenomenal actor, but not a very good person.” At age 58, it appears no major studios or actors are willing to continue working with him.
Sex scandals are nothing new to Hollywood. In 1977, director Roman Polanski was arrested and charged with raping a 13-year-old girl. After pleading guilty to statutory rape charges, he was released from prison after just 42 days as part of a plea bargain agreement. But when Polanski learned the judge had rejected the plea bargain, he fled to France, where he remains today. It is important to understand Spacey has not been charged with any crime. But if the allegations are true, he could be facing a variety of sex crime charges.
Charges of rape and child pornography are some of the most serious sex crimes and carry extremely stiff penalties, including significant jail time. When it comes to criminal defense, it is important to select an experienced and knowledgeable team of legal professionals with a track record of representing high-end clients in some of the most controversial cases.
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