Kevin Spacey vs. the Variety Reporter

Kevin Spacey
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Matthew Belloni
February 13, 2022

You’d think that Kevin Spacey couldn’t sink lower. Think again! The disgraced Oscar winner, who in recent years has appeared only in bizarre Christmas videos and an arbitration ruling that he must pay $31 million for imploding the final season of House of Cards, is now using the legal system to harass a Variety reporter—and even hold him in contempt of court. What a guy.     

Adam Vary is the reporter. He previously worked for Buzzfeed, where he authored the 2017 article in which actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of preying on him as a young man. The story sparked a wave of accusers to come forward and marked a key moment in the burgeoning #MeToo movement. Spacey’s career soon disappeared like Keyser Soze.

Tellingly, Spacey never sued Buzzfeed. But Rapp later sued Spacey, claiming the sexual assault caused him severe emotional and psychological damage. That civil case is heading toward trial in federal court in New York, and as part of his defense, Spacey has now targeted Vary. The writer received 29 separate document demands and sat for a 7-hour deposition in December. Spacey’s lawyers say that Vary’s communications with Rapp and their pre-article friendship are relevant to determining Rapp’s credibility and the veracity of his claims.