When actor Kevin Spacey was acquitted of all of the sexual-assault fees levelled towards him again in July, it was a uncommon second of equity and rationality in an insane post-#MeToo world. A few of us had hoped that it might spell the top of the witch-hunt he’d been dealing with. His title had been cleared and so he would certainly be allowed to return to appearing. Maybe he may even be owed a number of heartfelt apologies from those that had doubted his innocence.

Sadly, this hasn’t been the case. This month, the premier of Spacey’s first movie since his acquittal has been cancelled. The Prince Charles Cinema in London’s West Finish was imagined to host the primary viewing of Management, by which Spacey gives the voice of a kidnapper who hijacks a house secretary’s self-driving automobile. However, final week, a month earlier than the movie was set to premier, the Prince Charles Cinema determined to tug out.

Greg Lynn, who runs the cinema, wrote in an electronic mail to the movie’s manufacturing firm that cinema workers have been ‘horrified that [they] have been being talked about in the identical breath as [Spacey’s] new movie for the premier’. Apparently, the cinema had solely lately realised that Spacey was going to be within the movie and was additionally planning to attend the premier. Lauren Metcalfe, Spacey’s co-star and one of many movie’s producers, mentioned that the cancellation got here ‘out of the blue’.

This therapy of Spacey is really astonishing. He has now been cleared of wrongdoing twice, on two separate events, in two totally different jurisdictions. So why is the #MeToo crowd nonetheless calling for his head?

Final October, Spacey received a civil lawsuit in New York Metropolis towards Anthony Rapp. Again in 2017, Rapp shocked the world when he accused Spacey of constructing undesirable sexual advances in direction of him in 1986, when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14. Quick ahead to 2022 and a jury unanimously agreed, after simply 90 minutes of deliberation, that the assault didn’t happen.

Then, in July this 12 months, Spacey was as soon as once more exonerated in court docket, this time in London. He was discovered not responsible of 9 counts of sexual assault. On the finish of the trial, jurors even hugged Spacey to supply their solidarity and sympathy.

In a simply world, that will have been the top of it. Spacey had confirmed – twice – that the allegations towards him couldn’t be stood up. The related events have been capable of make their instances to the court docket. The proof was thought-about. And the justice system labored as meant to ship a verdict on that proof. It was determined by jurors that Spacey was harmless past cheap doubt.

The witch-hunt towards Spacey, nevertheless, didn’t proceed with such calm rationality. As quickly as Rapp went public along with his claims, Spacey was instantly solid out of Hollywood. The movie trade, adhering to the #MeToo mantra of ‘imagine all victims’, assumed that each allegation towards him was true. Hollywood even tried to actually airbrush him out of historical past. Thousands and thousands of {dollars} have been spent changing Spacey with Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scott’s 2017 movie, All of the Cash within the World, which was shot earlier than the accusations had been made public.

Fortunately, it appears to be like just like the crew of Management have managed to discover a new venue for the movie’s premier. However it ought to by no means have come to this. The workers on the Prince Charles shouldn’t have felt ‘horrified’ on the prospect of being related to an harmless man. And Spacey shouldn’t proceed to be ostracised simply because he as soon as had the misfortune of being accused after which cleared of some horrendous crimes.

Finally, whether or not Spacey was responsible or not by no means mattered to the #MeToo witch-hunters. This merciless and unforgiving motion was by no means actually about in search of the reality or getting justice. It was about ruining the lives of whoever occurred to be the villain of the second – and burnishing one’s ‘progressive’ credentials by doing so. Sadly, this irrationality lives on.

Lauren Smith is an editorial assistant at spiked.

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