Gay Talese to Kevin Spacey Accusers: 'Suck It Up'

Author, 85, says actor's career shouldn't be ruined over the scandal
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2017 8:03 AM CST
Gay Talese to Kevin Spacey Accusers: 'Suck It Up'
Author Gay Talese in 2013.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Kevin Spacey finally has someone sticking up for him in public, though the thoughts expressed by 85-year-old author Gay Talese aren't going over well. "Jesus, suck it up once in a while," he said of the accusations at a function for the New York Public Library. The topic came up when Talese, famous for his magazine profiles, was asked who he'd like to write about these days, per Vulture. Spacey, he responded. "I feel so sad, and I hate that actor that ruined this guy’s career," said Talese, referring to actor Anthony Rapp, who broke the scandal open by recounting how Spacey tried to have a sexual encounter with him when Rapp was just 14. "So, OK, it happened 10 years ago," said Talese, who did not seem aware of the subsequent allegations by other young men accusing Spacey of sexual misconduct.

The Vanity Fair reporter talking to Talese says the author became clearly "agitated" as he went on. "I would like to ask [Spacey] how it feels to lose a lifetime of success and hard work all because of 10 minutes of indiscretion 10 years or more ago." Then came the odd comparison to the Dalai Lama. "You know something, all of us in this room at one time or another did something we’re ashamed of," he said. "The Dalai Lama has done something he’s ashamed of. The Dalai Lama should confess. ... Put that in your magazine!" The Washington Post notes that Talese has been taking flak of late for comments seen as demeaning to women, and it rounds up some of the negative Twitter reaction to Talese's Spacey comments. (Talese also ran into controversy over his latest book.)

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