Kevin Spacey is turning heads after the actor posted a controversial video in character as the devious President Frank Underwood from the Netflix series "House of Cards" as he was hit with a criminal charge for an alleged sexual assault.
In the video, Spacey dons a Christmas-themed apron and talks directly to the camera, just like he did on the series, which he was written out of in 2017 following allegations of sexual assault and harassment.
“If I didn't pay the price for the things we both knew I did do, I’m certainly not going to pay the price for the things I didn't do,” he says in the video.
The backlash to the video was immediate.
"Kevin Spacey has apparently lost his mind what an absurd video,” actress Rosanna Arquette tweeted. Actress Alyssa Milano called it "creepy."
It was posted the same day authorities announced that he is now facing a criminal charge for allegedly sexually assaulting a former TV anchor's 18-year-old son in a bar.
The Santa print apron suggests the video was recorded the video in recent days. There's a turkey off to the side and a vase of white flowers behind Spacey as he speaks from a kitchen.
So what prompted him to post the strange video?
“Kevin Spacey was looking to play to the court of public opinion. I think he lost. I think it was very weird and very odd,” Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5W Public Relations, told Inside Edition. “It's a bad mistake that I think will ultimately hurt him.”
Spacey has completely dropped out of sight since the scandal erupted more than a year ago. One report says he is "living as hermit" at a rented ranch in Thousand Oaks, California. Police documents list his address as Winnetka, California, 25 miles outside Los Angeles.
Another report says he's in hiding in the south of France. There's even a claim that he's laying low in the remote and sparsely populated Cook Islands, more than 4,000 miles from the U.S.
He's apparently using his real name, Kevin Fowler, to travel incognito.
“I would wager that he probably did that on his own. I would bet that he probably didn't have any legal or public relations input on it,” Torossian added.
Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner, is set to be arraigned on Nantucket Island next month.