Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Kevin Spacey returns with another Christmas video

Disgraced Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey has shared another Christmas video, urging anyone struggling over the festive period to seek help (Matt Crossick/PA)
Disgraced Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey has shared another Christmas video, urging anyone struggling over the festive period to seek help (Matt Crossick/PA)

Kevin Spacey has shared another Christmas video, urging anyone struggling over the festive period to seek help.

The star, 61, has been in exile from Hollywood since the actor Anthony Rapp accused him of inappropriate behaviour in October 2017.

Spacey, who for the last two years has shared a Christmas video as Frank Underwood, his character from House Of Cards, struck a different tone in his latest festive message.

Sitting on a park bench, the Usual Suspects star said he wanted to take an “entirely different approach this year” after “a lot of people” had been in touch sharing their struggles.

Reflecting on his own “difficulties”, Spacey urged anyone contemplating taking their own life, “please do not take that step”.

Walking around the park, he said: “If you’re standing in a place that you can no longer remain standing, if you’re suffering and need help, if you feel guilt or shame, if you’re struggling with your identity, if your back’s up against the wall or if you feel that there is no path for you, whatever your situation, I promise you there is a path and that at this time, during this holiday and beyond, even if you don’t feel it, there are people out there who understand and who can help. Because you are not alone.”

Spacey added: “So I just want to wish everyone a merry Christmas, a great 2021 and say to all those out there who might be suffering – it gets better. It does get better.”

The video ended with a suicide prevention hotline phone number.

Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner, was one of Hollywood’s most lauded stars when Rapp came forward in 2017, alleging he was the victim of an “unwanted sexual advance” as a 14-year-old in 1986.

Further allegations followed and his career has not recovered. Spacey has faced legal action in Los Angeles and Nantucket, Massachusetts, but is yet to be found liable in any case.

Spacey is also being investigated by Scotland Yard. Rapp and another unnamed man have launched legal action in New York.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]