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The Spacey Report

Why did Kevin Spacey use a statement denying sexual assault as an opportunity to come out? And what does it say about Hollywood’s larger issues around homosexuality, power and the prevalence of sexual “misconduct”?

Though it seems like eons ago now, it was only last month that the New York Times and the New Yorker published allegations by dozens of women who say they were victimised by Hollywood movie industry titan Harvey Weinstein. The allegations range from sexual harassment to sexual assault to rape, and since the publication of the article a further 80 women have come forward with similar claims.

The Weinstein scandal has been the catalyst for the similar allegations against a raft of powerful, high-profile men. The breadth of the problem, variations of which have been long acknowledged in the entertainment ‘biz’ – everyone knows about the casting couch – is extensive and appears to pervade every single aspect of the industry.

Men, women and, even children are open to victimisation in the the multi-billion dollar entertainment industry. In past month, straight men like Terry Crews and James Van Der Beek both said they had been “groped” by powerful figures. Van Der Beek said he was subjected to “sexual conversations” and groping while still teenager working on Dawson’s Creek. Crews revealed that his assault – in which he says a “Hollywood honcho” groped his genitals in front of his wife – occurred last year at a function.

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Our second annual sex issue is a hotbed of intimacy issues, as we explore the effect dating apps have had on modern gay relationships with scientist and author Giovanni Frazzetto. We meet some of the crack-team making sure we’re all in good sexual health at the Gay Men’s Health Service, while Avram Finkelstein, one of the men behind the iconic 1980s Silence = Death poster, talks art and AIDS activism with ACT UP’s Will St Leger. Anna Mac Carthy Adams gives a timely update on the complex situation same-sex parents currently face, despite the passing of the marriage referendum and children’s legislation, and we meet the man behind the return of Silver Stars, a moving musical about gay men who dared to be out and proud in Ireland of the 1980s.