Morrissey defends Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein

Morrissey is not one to hold his tongue.

The British singer and former The Smiths frontman has become as well-known for his public outbursts and politically incorrect musings as for the languid melodies and acerbic lyrics that made him a pop music icon.

So it was only a matter of time before Morrissey stepped into the #MeToo debate to give his take on the harassment scandals, and outraged backlash against it, that have been thrashing through Hollywood since the first allegations of abuse emerged against disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein just over a month ago.

In an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel, published this weekend, Morrissey appeared to defend Weinstein and others, including Kevin Spacey, who have been accused of abuse, including sexual assault.

“I hate rape, I hate assault, I hate people being forced into a sexual situation,” the magazine quoted Morrissey as saying. “But in quite a few cases, you look at the situation and think that the people being described as victims are simply disappointed. In the whole history of Rock 'n' Roll there've been musicians who've slept with groupies. If you go through the history, almost everyone is guilty of sleeping with minors. Why don't we throw everyone in jail?”

Morrissey through the years
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Morrissey through the years
Morrissey, lead singer of Manchester group The Smiths, performing in concert . 12th March 1984. (Photo by Harry Prosser/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Morrissey, lead singer of Manchester group The Smiths, performing in concert . 12th March 1984. (Photo by Harry Prosser/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: Musical guest Morrissey performs on June 14, 1991 -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Singer Morrissey Photo Session in San Francisco 1997 (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
British singer Morrissey performs at the Royal Festival Hall. (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON - JUNE 25: Former frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey performs on stage as part of the Meltdown 2004 arts and music festival which he has been curating at the Royal Festival Hall on June 25, 2004 in London. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
LONDON - DECEMBER 18: British singer Morrissey performs at a one-off pre-Christmas gig promoting 'You Are The Quarry', his first album for seven years on December 18, 2004 at Earls Court in London. (Photo by Louise Wilson/Getty Images)
Benicasim, SPAIN: British singer Steven Patrick Morrissey performs during an International Festival of Benicasim (FIB) 22 July 2006. AFP PHOTO/ JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON - MAY 1: Mancunian indie singer Morrissey performs the first London date of his UK tour promoting his latest album 'Ringleader Of The Tormentors' at Alexandra Palace on May 1, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
British singer Morrissey performs during the international Festival of Beincasim on July 20, 2008. AFP PHOTO/DIEGO TUSON (Photo credit should read DIEGO TUSON/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 20: Singer Morrissey performs in concert at Chastain Park Amphitheatre on July 20, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Frank Mullen/WireImage)
(GERMANY OUT) Morrissey, Steven - Musician, Singer, Rock music, UK - performing in Cologne, Germany, Palladium (Photo by Brill/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
COACHELLA, CA - APRIL 17: Singer Morrissey performs during day one of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2009 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2009 in Indio, California (Photo by Dove Shore/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: Singer Morrissey performs at The Staples Center on March 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Morrissey performs live on stage at 02 Arena on November 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/WireImage)
The British singer Morrissey gestures during his performance in the Citibanamex arena in the beginning of his tour in Mexico in Monterrey Nuevo Leon on March 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Julio Cesar AGUILAR (Photo credit should read JULIO CESAR AGUILAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Morrissey said it was “laughable” that Ridley Scott, in response to multiple allegations of abuse against Spacey, cut the actor out of his upcoming feature All The Money in the World, reshooting Spacey's scenes with Christopher Plummer.

Speaking directly to the allegations, made by Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp that Spacey tried to seduce him, when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14, Morrissey came close to blaming the victim.

“You have to ask, where were the boy's parents. You ask yourself, if the boy didn't know what could happened. I don't know what it was like for him but in my youth I was never in a situation like that. Never. It was always clear to me what could happen. If you're in someone's bedroom, you have to know where it could lead. That's why I don't find the whole thing very believable. It seems to me Spacey has been unnecessarily attacked.”

Morrissey made a similar argument in regards to Weinstein and the now dozens of women who have come forward accusing the producer of abuse.

“Those people knew exactly what would happen (when they went up to Weinstein's hotel room), and they played along,” he said. “Afterwards they were embarrassed or they didn't enjoy it. And then they turn it around and say: 'I was attacked, I was surprised, I was pulled into the room.' But if everything went well, and it helped them to a big career, they wouldn't be talking about it.”

For the record, Morrissey said he had “never, never, never” been in a similar situation, either as abuser or abused, in his life or career.

The Spiegel interview was originally published in German.

Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault
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Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault
Kadian Noble, has filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein in New York federal court accusing the movie producer of sex trafficking by inviting her to a hotel room in France and sexually assaulting her.
Paz de la Huerta, who stars on HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire,' claims Harvey Weinstein raped her on two separate occasions in 2010: "I was in no state. I was so terrified of him," she told Vanity Fair. "I did say no, and when he was on top of me, I said, 'I don't want to do this' ... It was disgusting. He's like a pig."
British actress Lysette Anthony has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in her home in the late 1980s.
Amber Anderson said Harvey Weinstein 'behaved inappropriately' and bragged about other actresses he had 'helped' in exchange for sexual favors.
Natassia Malthe has accused Weinstein of raping her in a hotel room. On a separate occasion, after she was assured that Weinstein would not come onto her, she was allegedly escorted to Weinstein's hotel room by an assistant. In the room was another woman, who performed oral sex on Weinstein whil he asked Malthe to join.
Lupita Nyong'o wrote a detailed essay for the New York Times recounting multiple incidents with Weinstein, including an evening during which he asked her to give him a nude massage while his family was in the same home.
Marisa Coughlan said that she planned to meet Weinstein for a meeting at his hotel. Instead, he requested a massage.

Heather Graham said Weinstein told her he had an agreement with his wife that allowed him to sleep with whomever he wants. He then asked him to meet her to discuss a film project at his hotel, falsely telling her that her friend would also be present. She declined.

French actress Judith Godreche has accused Weinstein of inappropriately pressing up against her, trying to remove her sweater and asking for a massage.

Lauren Holly said that during a seemingly normal meeting with Weinstein to discuss a project, he began disrobing, got into the shower, and went to the bathroom while continuing to converse with her. He then allegedly asked her for a massage. She fled. 
Angie Everhart said that she was sleeping in her own cabin on a yacht when Harvey Weinstein entered, blocked the door and began masturbating. He told her not to tell anyone, but she "told everyone," including many actors and producers. In response, most told her that it was just Harvey being Harvey. In an interview with TMZ, she emphasized that anyone in the industry who knew Harvey at all knew that he regularly did things like what he allegedly did to her.
Kate Beckinsale has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in his hotel room when she was 17 years old.
Tara Subkoff said that in the 1990s, on the same day that she was offered a major movie role, she met Harvey Weinstein at a party. He allegedly made her sit on his lap while he had an erection. He then told her that if he did not do certain sexual things, she would not get the role that she'd already been offered. She declined. Afterward, she said, her "reputation was ruined by false gossip" and she found it near impossible to book roles.
Minka Kelly said that Harvey Weinstein offered her a lavish lifestyle in exchange for being his extramarital girlfriend. She declined.
Gwyneth Paltrow told the New York Times that Harvey Weinstein asked her for a massage in his hotel suite. After she told then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, Pitt confronted him, leading Weinstein to contact Paltrow and "scream" at her, she said.
Asia Argento has accused Weinstein of raping her in his hotel room when she was 21. She first reluctantly agreed to give him a massage, and then he forcibly performed oral sex on her. During subsequent encounters, she had consensual sexual relations with him due to fear that he would otherwise ruin her career.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of rape. In October 2016, she tweeted reference to a studio head raping her. In October 2017, in a tweet to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, McGowan referred to Weinstein by name while repeating her rape accusation. The alleged incident took place in the 1990s and resulted in a financial settlement.
Cara Delevingne has accused Harvey Weinstein of attempting to coerce her into kissing another woman in his hotel room. She had just begun her acting career and believed they were meeting just to finalize talks for a film role.
Angelina Jolie said she had a "bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth" and refused to work with him subsequently.
Jessica Barth has accused Harvey Weinstein of demanding that she get naked and give him a massage.
Emma de Caunes has accused Harvey Weinstein of unexpectedly getting naked and demanding that she lie down as other women had supposedly done before her.
Lauren Sivan has accused Harvey Weinstein of cornering her in a public space and masturbating to completion in front of her.
Mira Sorvino, seen here at a Weinstein Co. event in January 2017, said that after refusing Harvey Weinstein's advances, he dissuaded others in the industry from hiring her.
Ambra Battilana has accused Harvey Weinstein of groping her breasts and reaching under her skirt. She went to the NYPD and then conducted a sting operation, the audio of which was published by the New Yorker. In the audio, Weinstein can be heard attempting to coerce her to enter his hotel room.
Louisette Geiss has accused Harvey Weinstein of luring her to his hotel room after assuring her he wouldn't hit on her. He then disrobed and repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate, telling her he would produce her screenplay if she did.
Emily Nestor (far right), a former Weinstein Co. employee, has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.
Rosanna Arquette has accused Harvey Weinstein of dissuading others from hiring her after she rejected his sexual advances.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. She has also accused others in the industry of knowing of Weinstein's misconduct and either actively or passively hiding it.
Ashley Judd has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of asking her for a massage and then asking her to watch him shower.
Florence Darel has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in a hotel suite in 1996 while his wife was in the room next door.
Zoe Brock (left, in 2004) has accused Weinstein of getting naked and chasing her around a hotel room after she refused to give him a massage.
Katherine Kendall (right, in 2006) has accused Harvey Weinstein of disrobing and asking for a massage in his apartment after a movie screening, telling her that "everybody does it." He then asked her to at least show him her breasts, which she refused.
Romola Garai has accused Harvey Weinstein of making her feel "violated" when he watched her audition wearing only a bathrobe in his hotel room.
Lea Seydoux has accused Harvey Weinstein of forcibly trying to kiss her on the lips in 2012.
Claire Forlani said she "escaped" Harvey Weinstein on five occasions. He allegedly told her about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had in turn established their careers. He also attempted to get her to give him a massage.

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