The wave of accusations that destroyed his successful career corresponded to the rise of the #MeToo movement, which was born in 2017 from the case of the all-powerful American film producer Harvey Weinstein.
That year, Spacey was the subject of several complaints in the United States for sexual harassment and assault. He always denied the charges but these causes then led him to reveal his homosexuality.
As a result of the accusations, he was fired from the hit Netflix series “House of Cards,” where he played the lead character, the Machiavellian US President Frank Underwood. He was also left out of a Ridley Scott movie, “All the Money in the World,” in which he was replaced by Canadian actor Christopher Plummer.
His last big appearance on the screen dates back to 2018, with the premiere of the film “Billionaire Boys Club”.
Spacey was initially accused in the state of Massachusetts of having his hands on the sex of an 18-year-old boy in a bar in July 2016. But these charges were dropped in 2019.
Last October, the New York court acquitted him in a civil proceeding for sexually touching actor Anthony Rapp, 36 years ago, during an evening in Manhattan.
In October 2020, he was ordered to pay nearly $31 million to MRC, the production company of “House of Cards,” as compensation for lost revenue attributed to his departure from the series. A Los Angeles judge confirmed this compensation last August.
In June 2021, Spacey made a timid return to the cinema with the shooting in the Italian city of Turin of a feature film directed by the Italian Franco Nero and entitled “L’uomo che disegno Dio” (The man who draws God) where, According to the producer, he embodies a secondary character.