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The bodies of Kevin Spacey accusers are piling up while the actor goes full Frank Underwood

Ari Behn, who claimed to have been sexually harassed by Spacey after a Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2007, died by suicide on December 25.

The bodies of Kevin Spacey accusers are piling up while the actor goes full Frank Underwood
Cover Image Source: NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Host Kevin Spacey attends the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

For years, Kevin Spacey spectacularly portrayed the character of a lying, murderous, corrupt narcissist on the hit series House Of Cards. In fact, his performance was so engaging and believable that it earned him a number of nominations, 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Golden Globe. Fans practically worshipped him as one of the greatest actors of his generation and Hollywood showered him with accolades.

I too was a big fan of his performance as Frank Underwood and even when an avalanche of disturbing allegations rained down on him, I argued that perhaps we should separate the art from the artist. However, ever since he dropped a vaguely threatening and undeniably creepy yuletide message on Christmas Eve last year, a rather disturbing thought has been knawing away at me: What if he wasn't acting?

What if he was simply being himself while portraying Underwood on screen? What if there isn't much of a distinction between Kevin Spacey, the actor, and Frank Underwood, the character? The signs are definitely there. Even after his rather unceremonious exit from the Netflix series following the sexual assault allegations made against him, he has refused to let go of the sinister persona and seems to take some kind of sadistic pleasure in flaunting it in front of the world come Christmas Eve. He kept the tradition alive this year as well, posting an ominous holiday video titled "KTWK," or "Kill Them with Kindness."



 

The video by itself—albeit ominous and creepy—is nothing special. It's just 59-seconds-long, features Spacey describing 2019 as a "pretty good year" where he "got his health back," and wanting "more good in this world" next year. "I know what you're thinking, Can he be serious? I'm dead serious. The next time someone does something you don't like, you can go on the attack. But you can also hold your fire and do the unexpected. You can... kill them with kindness," he concludes as the screen turns black to sinister music. The video made headlines across major publications, the internet cracked jokes about Spacey going full Frank Underwood, and the world got back to their eggnogs.



 

 



 

 



 

 

That should've been it. The video—and Spacey's—time in the spotlight should've ended after being a brief conversation topic at Christmas dinners. It did not. On Christmas day, news broke of Ari Behn's death. An author and the former husband of a Norwegian princess, Behn made headlines in December 2017 when he claimed he was sexually harassed by Spacey after a Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2007. He died by suicide on December 25, the day after Spacey's creepy video hit the internet.



 

 

According to CNN, the news was announced by Behn's family's spokesman Geir Håkonsund, who in a statement said, "It is with great sadness in our hearts that we, the very closest relatives of Ari Behn, must announce that he took his own life today. We ask for respect for our privacy in the time to come." The late author was married to Princess Martha Louise—the eldest child of Norway's King Harald V and Queen Sonja—for 14 years, and according to his website, "had achieved great literary success in Norway with his first collection of short stories, titled Trist som faen (Sad as hell)."



 

 



 

 

In an interview with Norway's radio P4 in December 2017, Behn shared his "#MeToo story about Kevin Spacey." Recounting the story as more of a strange, funny incident than as an accusation of abuse, he said, "We were having a nice chat where we spoke about theater and drama, and the little theater, the Wick, a theater in London. We had a good conversation sitting beside each other. After five minutes he said 'Hey, let's go out and have a cigarette,' then he grabbed me under the table right in the balls. I said something like, 'Maybe later.'"



 

 

The timing of Spacey's "Kill Them with Kindness" video and Behn's death sparked suspicions online. These suspicions were made stronger by the fact that Behn is the third Kevin Spacey sexual assault accuser to have died under mysterious circumstances this year. In May 2019, Linda Culkin—the first whistleblower to go public with allegations against the actor—was struck by a car while crossing the street in Quincy, Massachusetts.



 

 

According to CBS News, her death was followed by an anonymous massage therapist who had accused Spacey of sexually assaulting him during a massage session in October 2016. Listed as only "John Doe" in the court filings, his death in September led to Los Angeles prosecutors rejecting the sexual battery case related to his accusation. 2019 really has been a "pretty good year" for Kevin Spacey, hasn't it?



 

 



 

 



 

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