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Finding the power of speech

7 1 27

OPINION: The accused said nothing as he entered the court. And he said nothing as he left.

He just smiled. That same half-smile so familiar from many of his 86 television, screen and stage credits, the same smile we saw when he accepted his two Academy Awards for best actor. And the crinkles around his light brown eyes, so piercing they could wound at 20 paces. Even in the criminal dock this week, charged with sexual assault, Kevin Spacey had an undeniable presence.

Perhaps it was good, then, that he had nothing to say at Nantucket District Courthouse. His accusers believe Spacey has used that southern drawl and Hollywood clout to silence those he has harmed.

If there has been one thing that distinguished the #MeToo movement of the past year, it is that survivors of sexual harassment and assault have felt supported to tell their stories. These are stories many women and men have felt too fearful and ashamed to tell, until now.

* Kevin Spacey in court on charge of groping man
* Spacey accuser reportedly filmed alleged assault
* Special investigation: #MeTooNZ

"Most men who come forward aren't nineteen years old; my son is an exception," says former TV........

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