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Robin Wright discusses whether Kevin Spacey deserves a second chance

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The House of Cards star has spoken at length about her disgraced former co-star for the first time.

Last October, Kevin Spacey was accused by actor Anthony Rapp of making sexual advances towards him when Rapp was just 14 years old. In the wake of Rapp’s allegations, at least 15 other men and women came forward to publicly allege that Spacey had also sexually harassed or assaulted them or men that they knew.

The allegations effectively terminated the career of an actor who, for years, had been one of the most respected men in the worlds of film, TV and theatre. Spacey was removed from the cast of House of Cards, and his scenes were cut from film All the Money in the World, with Christopher Plummer taking on his role instead. In November 2017, Spacey’s publicist and talent agency announced that they were severing ties with him.

With Spacey dropped by House of Cards, his co-star Robin Wright was left to lead the hit Netflix political drama. Now, Wright has spoken at length about the allegations against Spacey for the first time.

In a new interview with Porter magazine, Wright said she didn’t feel she was in a position to argue for or against Spacey being given a career reprieve. However, she said she wasn’t opposed to the idea of second chances in general.

“I don’t know how to comment on that, I really don’t,” Wright said, when asked whether she thinks Spacey will ever deserve a comeback.

“I believe every human being has the ability to reform. Has the ability to reform.

“In that sense, second chances, or whatever you are going to call it – absolutely, I believe in that. It’s called growth.”

Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey promoting House of Cards in 2015

The subject of second chances in the wake of the #MeToo movement has been widely discussed recently, thanks in part to the attempted comebacks of men such as comedian Louis CK.

Previously, Wright had only commented on the allegations against Spacey to say that she “didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.” Speaking to the Today show in July, she said that she hadn’t spoken to the actor since he left House of Cards.

In her interview with Porter, Wright said she still had not spoken to Spacey. “No,” she replied, when asked if she wanted to reach out to him.

“He’ll reach out when he’s ready, I’m sure. I think that’s the way it should go.”

When asked if she felt sorry for Spacey, Wright said that she felt “sorry for anybody whose life is in the public arena”, something she described as “a nightmare”. However, she emphasised that this didn’t mean she condoned or excused his actions.

“I believe everyone’s personal life should be personal. Positive, negative, neutral, whatever – I don’t believe it should be anybody’s business,” she said.

“But I’m not talking about this [#MeToo] movement. I’m talking about media. The exposure. It’s an awful feeling.”

In July, it was revealed that Scotland Yard is currently investigating six claims that Spacey sexually assaulted men in the UK in 1996, 2008 and 2013, during his tenure as artistic director at London’s Old Vic theatre.

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Moya is Women’s Editor at stylist.co.uk, where she is currently overseeing the Visible Women campaign. As well as writing about inspiring women and feminism, she also covers subjects including careers, podcasts and politics. Carrying a tiny bottle of hot sauce on her person at all times is one of the many traits she shares with both Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton.

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