Kevin Spacey on coronavirus layoffs: 'I feel as though I can relate'

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May 06, 2020 - 2:06 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Actor Kevin Spacey compared people out of work because of the coronavirus to his own "bleak and horrible" experience of losing acting gigs amid sexual assault allegations.

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The 60-year-old actor hasn’t been in a film or TV series since he was dropped from House of Cards in 2017 amid a string of sexual assault allegations, all of which he has denied.

According to the Daily Mail, Spacey told the German business conference Bits & Pretzels, “'I don't think it will come as a surprise for anyone to say that my world completely changed in the fall of 2017.”

“My job, many of my relationships, my standing in my own industry were all gone in just a matter of hours,” he said.

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Asked about the current coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world, Spacey said he can relate to the millions of people out of work.

“I don't often like to tell people that I can relate to their situation because I think it undermines the experience that they may be having, which is their own unique and very personal experience,” Spacey said. “But in this instance, I feel as though I can relate to what it feels like to have your world suddenly stop.”

“And so, while we may have found ourselves in similar situations, albeit for very different reasons and circumstances, I still believe that some of the emotional struggles are very much the same,” the actor said. “And so I do have empathy for what it feels like to suddenly be told that you can't go back to work or that you might lose your job and that it's a situation that you have absolutely no control over,” he said.

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