When sexual assault allegations surfaced against actor Kevin Spacey last fall, the entertainment industry actually listened. He was cut from his starring role on House of Cards, and his scenes in All the Money in the World were reshot with Christopher Plummer. However, his House of Cards costar Robin Wright appears to think his actions aren’t beyond redemption. In a new interview with Net-a-Porter, Wright essentially said she thinks Spacey deserves another chance.
“I don’t know how to comment on that, I really don’t,” Wright told Net-a-Porter when asked if Spacey deserved a second chance. “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.”
Wright explained that she wasn’t talking about the #MeToo movement, or those who publicly accuse their assaulters. “I’m talking about media. The exposure. It’s an awful feeling,” she told Net-a-Porter.
While we generally agree in the power of second chances, we think it’s critical to differentiate a day-to-day character flaw with a pattern of longterm sexual harassment, abuse of power, and assault. Keeping Spacey out of the entertainment industry isn’t just about “punishing” him—it’s about ensuring the safety of those around him and respecting the experiences and trauma of his victims.
We understand that Wright was likely attempting to navigate an on-the-spot interview question with nuance and sensitivity, but we wish she had come down much firmer on this point for the sake of victims everywhere.
Wright first commented on the allegations against Spacey this past July.
In an appearance on NBC’s Today, host Savannah Guthrie asked Wright if she had witnessed any signs of Spacey being a sexual predator. Wright deflected, telling Guthrie she hardly knew her costar.
In October 2017, actor Anthony Rapp told BuzzFeed News that when he was 14, a 26-year-old Spacey made a sexual advance toward him. By mid-November,USA Today reported that the number of men who had accused Spacey of sexual misconduct grew to 15. We sincerely hope these victims see justice.