Morrissey is being criticized for comments defending Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey from accusations of sexual harassment and assault.
The former Smiths frontman told German magazine Der Spiegel he thinks Anthony Rapp knew what he was getting into.
“As far as I know, he was in a bedroom with a 14-year-old. Kevin Spacey was 26, boy 14,” he said. “One wonders if the boy did not know what would happen. I do not know about you, but in my youth I have never been in situations like this,” he continued. “Never. I was always aware of what could happen. When you are in somebody’s bedroom, you have to be aware of where that can lead to. That’s why it does not sound very credible to me. It seems to me that Spacey has been attacked unnecessarily.”
Since Rapp came forward in October, other actors have accused Spacey, and some 20 people made complaints about unbecoming behavior while Spacey was artistic director of London’s Old Vic Theater.
Morrissey also came to the defense of studio head Harvey Weinstein, whose been accused by dozen of women.
“People know exactly what’s going on,” he offered. “And they play along. Afterwards, they feel embarrassed or disliked. And then they turn it around and say: ’I was attacked, I was surprised’. But if everything went well, and if it had given them a great career, they would not talk about it.”
The singer clarified that he condemned sexual violence, but said in some instances its just a case of sour grapes.
“I hate rape. I hate attacks. I hate sexual situations that are forced on someone. But in many cases one looks at the circumstances and thinks that the person who is considered a victim is merely disappointed.”
OMG. The sh*t people say. Dudes need to stop giving interviews for awhile. Quid pro quo sexuality is generally not how you get a job Morrissey. Is that how you got your record deal? While you’re mouthing off let us know the secrets of your own “success.” https://t.co/WZwx7CriEv
— Mx Viv (@mxjustinVbond) November 19, 2017