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Kevin Spacey Hired Psychologist To Examine Accuser Anthony Rapp, Expert Found Alleged Victim ‘Perpetuated A False Memory’ For Financial Gain & Showed Signs Of ‘Narcissistic Personality Traits’

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Kevin Spacey hired a professional psychologist to examine his sexual assault accuser, Anthony Rapp, who claims the 49-year-old suffers “narcissistic personality traits” and has an “excessive need for admiration.”

In legal documents obtained by Radar, the expert outlines all the reasons they believe Rapp “generated and perpetuated a false memory” about the alleged incident with Spacey.

“Diagnostically, Mr. Rapp displays narcissistic personality traits, in that he has an excessive need for admiration, has a grandiose sense of self-importance, and believes that he is special (i.e. saved his family’s life on several occasions),” the psychologist alleges.

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Claiming Rapp perpetuated his allegations against Spacey because he was “apparently moved by the #MeToo movement and wanted very much to be a part of it,” the expert adds, “Openly disclosing this alleged incident that occurred with Mr. Spacey became an effective vehicle to move the movement’s spotlight onto himself.”

The medical expert says Rapp has “enjoyed the attention, praise and sympathy his allegations have given him.”

Adding that Rapp had “resentment towards closeted gay actors,” the expert claims, “Mr. Spacey was just such an actor and his tremendous success made him a focus of Mr. Rapp’s resentment.”

Upon examining Spacey’s accuser, the psychologist concludes, “Obviously, as with any civil lawsuit involving a claim of psychological damage, one cannot ignore the lure of a substantial financial settlement as a motivating factor for making such a claim either. In other words, in my psychiatric opinion, there are both external (financial reward) and internal (emotional gratification and public support) reasons for advancing Mr. Rapp’s claim against Mr. Spacey.”

As Radar reported, Rappaccused Spacey of making a sexual advance on him in 1986 when he was just 14 years old.

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The actor, along with one other male, sued Spacey for sexual assault in September 2020.

These aren’t the only allegations made against Spacey.

After Rapp came forward with his allegations against the American Beauty actor, Spacey offered an apology but insisted he “does not remember the encounter.”

In his statement, Spacey said, “But if I did behave then as he [Rapp] describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”

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Police Unions Sabotage Police Reform. Senate Never Voted on House Bill That Would Ban Immunity, No-Knock, Chokeholds

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By Isaiah Poritz, opensecrets.org
September 23, 2021 1:06 pm

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Formal talks on bipartisan police reform legislation broke down on Wednesday after the two parties failed to put forward any joint legislation on the issue. That underscores the political power of police unions, which have rallied against reform. The talks began last year amid national outrage after George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was killed by police in Minnesota.

Negotiators from both parties took aim at each other for the failed talks, with Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), President Joe Biden and other Democrats arguing that Republicans rejected even the most minimal reforms, while Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said Democrats walked away from a clear comprise.

But Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), the lead negotiator for House Democrats, blamed the disintegration of negotiations on police unions.

Chief among the issues that forced the stalemate was qualified immunity, the legal principle that protects police officers from facing civil lawsuits.

The money spent on lobbying does not capture the full extent of police union power. Endorsements by police unions can hold sway over the votes and campaign contributions of hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers.

The National Fraternal Order of Police, which represents over 355,000 members, is against legislative efforts to end qualified immunity. The organization’s president, Patrick Yoes, said in a Senate Judiciary hearing last year that “police officers need protection in order to perform discretionary functions fundamental to law enforcement.”

The organization and its subsidiaries spent $90,000 on federal lobbying expenditures in the first half of 2021, and spent $270,000 in 2020. The group’s five lobbyists reported lobbying on 28 different bills this year including the Qualified Immunity Act of 2021, introduced by Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) to put qualified immunity for police officers into federal law.

Other police unions spent similar amounts on lobbying. The National Association of Police Organizations spent $80,000 on lobbying through the first half of this year and $160,000 each year since 2008. The International Union of Police Associations spent $40,000 so far this year and $80,000 each year since 2005.

The effort to stop police reform legislation has worked. Congress hasn’t been able to push through any reform despite legislative proposals from both parties.

In 2020, the House passed the George Floyd Justice in Police Act, a sweeping police reform bill that would have ended qualified immunity and only provided federal money to police forces that banned chokeholds and no-knock warrants. The bill didn’t receive a vote in the Senate.

In 2020, the National Fraternal Order of Police PAC gave 83% of its contributions to Republicans, the first year the PAC gave more to Republicans than Democrats since 2004.

In June 2020, Scott introduced his own bill that Democrats argued didn’t go far enough. The New York Times reported that Scott met with the president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Larry Cosme, and former Attorney General William Barr while he wrote his legislation, and Cosme and Barr lobbied against an end to qualified immunity.

Scott’s bill didn’t address qualified immunity or provide incentives to ban chokeholds and no knock warrants.

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association spent $70,000 on lobbying so far this year and $120,000 last year.

The money spent on lobbying does not capture the full extent of police union power. Endorsements by police unions can hold sway over the votes and campaign contributions of hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers.

Data compiled by OpenSecrets shows that current and retired police officers gave at least $1.5 million to candidates in both parties during the 2020 election. Fifty-five police union and law enforcement PACs have donated over $1.1 million to congressional campaigns in both parties since 1994.

Many of the biggest recipients of police union campaign contributions are Democrats, including Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), who co-chairs the House Law Enforcement Caucus, House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), and Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

OpenSecrets data shows that Pascrell received $43,000 from police unions and law enforcement PACs since 2004 and Hoyer has received $35,500 form those groups since 2005. Over their careers, Leahy received $21,250 from those groups and Klobuchar received $15,000.

In 2020, the National Fraternal Order of Police PAC gave 83% of its contributions to Republicans, the first year the PAC gave more to Republicans than Democrats since 2004.

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Kevin Bacon to star in ’empowering’ LGBT+ conversion therapy horror film

Kevin Bacon is joining the cast of an untitled LGBT+ conversion camp horror film by renowned scary film producer Blumhouse. Bacon has been known occasionally to dip his toes into the horror genre with such films as Friday the 13th, Tremors, Flatliners and The Hollow Man. According to Deadline, he’s signed up to star…

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Billy Eichner's Gay Rom-Com To Make History With All-LGBTQ Cast Playing Every Major Role

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Madison Cawthorn’s openly gay challenger just released a damning new attack ad against him and, wow

One of Rep. Madison Cawthorn‘s Democratic challengers (who happens to be gay) just released a new attack ad against him and the Claws. Are. Out.

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara was the first person to share her plans unseat the antigay Republican lawmaker in 2022 when she announced her candidacy last March, less than two months after he was sworn into office.

“Some people will say, a gay woman who’s a Christian minister just can’t get elected in the South. Not to mention she’s a Democrat,” she said in a powerful campaign announcement video. “But I say, an insurrectionist, who flirts with Nazis, and fires up a violent crowd to attack our democracy, well, he shouldn’t get reelected anywhere.”

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Now, the Buncombe County commissioner and mother of thee has released another video and this time she’s calling out the 25-year-old Nazi enthusiast for being, well, a 25-year-old Nazi enthusiast.

“Like too many young men before him, from around the world and right next door, Madison Cawthorn exhibits the signs of a young man who has been radicalized by extremists” she says in the video.

“As a mom, an ordained minister and a county commissioner, I’m running to defeat Madison Cawthorn, not by confronting hate with more hate, but with love of neighbor, love of community, and love of country. Violent extremism has no place in western North Carolina. This isn’t who we are. We need to be crystal clear about the difference between right and wrong.”

The video also features Beach-Ferrara’s wife and children.

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“I’m asking for your help, not just to defeat him, but to come together to create the America our kids deserve,” the candidate says.

Beach-Ferrara definitely has an uphill battle ahead of her. Not only did Cawthorn beat his last Democratic opponent 54 to 42, but she’s running in a district that Donald Trump won by 11 points in 2020. Still, she believes she has what it takes to unseat the accused sexual predator.

Watch the video below.

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Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Says She's 'Not Ready Yet' To Mourn Willie Garson's Death

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Billy Porter just paid an emotional tribute to this screen legend…

Elizabeth Taylor. Via Shutterstock.
“You know, I have been gay a long time. I’ve been out since the ’80s, when it wasn’t so popular. HIV was around, Elizabeth Taylor was one of the first people in the public eye with celebrity to show the world how to love, to show the world what unconditional love looks like. And all these years later to be honored in her name is… takes my breath away. Well I’m an artist, right? And I’ve been an artist all my life. And I haven’t always had a platform where anybody cared. I’ve always been the same person, I’ve always been doing this. The world has caught up. The world has changed. There is an evolution that’s going on. We’ve come a long way. And I know sometimes that’s hard to see because there’s so much negativity, but we also have to remember how far we’ve come. And I want to make sure that there’s a focus on that coming from me. And change, change has happened and change will continue to happen. The world only spins forward. It’s an emotional time, and emotional in a good way. In a really good way. To be seen, inside of a space where I was not for a long time and not only not seen, but dismissed from the conversation…it is breathtaking to me that in the choosing of myself, in the choosing of my truth and my authenticity, my life has transformed and it’s magical! You know it’s really, really magical and that’s all I can say!”–Actor and activist Billy Porter, paying tribute to the late Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor became one of the loudest voices advocating for LGBTQ rights and AIDS research at the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. She subsequently raised millions of dollars for the cause. In the same interview with Entertainment Tonight, when asked what Porter would say to Taylor, he uttered simply “Thank you.” Porter himself came out as HIV+ earlier this year and received the Commitment to End AIDS Award from the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation this month.

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JoJo Siwa Makes 'Dancing With The Stars' History With Same-Sex Quickstep

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Ex-LGBTQ ally Tulsi Gabbard goes on batsh*t rant blaming “Deep State” for failed 2020 campaign

Tulsi Gabbard’s at it again, folx!

This week, the ex-LGBTQ ally went on Fox News to once again push her eye-rolling narrative that Hillary Clinton conspired with the “Deep State” to kill her chances of being president in 2020.

Appearing on Fox News Primetime to take what she called “something of a victory lap” after attorney Michael Sussmann was indicted for “not disclosing his ties to the Hillary Clinton campaign when he reported damaging information about former President Donald Trump to the FBI,” Gabbard said the indictment was even more evidence of what she’s been saying all along.

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Related: Tulsi Gabbard hits Fox News to bash gender neutral language less than 24 hours after exiting Congress

“It really points to the fact that we have a situation in our country where the powerful elite, people like Hillary Clinton and those around her—the deep state, the media—they’re all colluding to destroy outsiders who they deem as posing a threat to their power,” she said.

Gabbard went on to say that what Clinton & Co. essentially do is “create this dictatorship” that separates “those who put country first, those who are not afraid to challenge the establishment” from everyone else and then try to “eliminate these outsiders if they indeed pose a threat to their power.”

Riiiiight. We’re sure Tulsi’s failed presidential campaign had to do with that nonsense and not the fact that she was running in a very crowded field of extremely qualified candidates and, oh yeah, she has a looooong history of advocating for antigay causes, which is generally something most Democrats find disqualifying these days.

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Related: Tulsi Gabbard abandons commitment to LGBTQ people, goes full on bigot as she exits Congress

When asked whether Clinton caused harm to her pristine public image, Gabbard answered in the affirmative before comparing herself… to Donald Trump?

“This happened to me. It also happened to Donald Trump. This is not about Democrats or Republicans. It’s about their concerted and collective effort working together to destroy and silence who challenge their power.”

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Hmmmm. We’re not sure comparing yourself to Donald Trump on Fox News is the smartest way to get Democrats to support you. Of course, when it comes to smart campaign strategies, Gabbard’s record is far from exceptional.

Watch. Or don’t.

Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.

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