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Fake News: Producer Did NOT Claim Kevin Spacey Drugged And Raped Justin Bieber

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:16:48 Z)

Unreliable website YourNewsWire posted an article titled "Producer Claims Kevin Spacey "Drugged And Raped" Justin Bieber" on October 31st 2017. It opened:

Kevin Spacey is a well-known sexual predator who boasted of "drugging and raping Justin Bieber" when he was underage, according to a House of Cards producer who warns that Spacey's behavior "makes Harvey Weinstein look like a choir boy."

"I'm not trying to play down what Harvey Weinstein is accused of doing," the production staffer said, "But his victims were adults. Kevin has spent decades using his power and influence to fraternize with young, often underage boys.

"Everyone in the industry knows about Kevin. Spacey's crimes are some of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood. He preys on young usually 'straight' male child or teen stars early on in their career, and of course the 'straight' victims don't say a word about it because they are ashamed.

"The problem of older male power players abusing far younger male and female wannabe or fledgling stars is endemic."

Spacey is currently involved in a controversy because of accusations made against him about unwanted sexual advances towards a 14-year old male actor thirty years ago as Buzzfeed reported and this has already lead to the cancellation of his hit tv-series "House of Cards".

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But the story about Spacey drugging and raping Justin Bieber is completely baseless: the only source the article cites is an unnamed "producer" who provides no evidence at all. Combine this with the reputation of YourNewsWire as a site that has published several hoaxes and fake news articles in the past (including a hoax about Justin Bieber supposedly saying pedophiles run the music industry) and you should take anything they write or publish with a large grain of salt.

The site was recently profiled in the Hollywood reporter where it was described as:

Your News Wire, a 3-year-old website of murky facts and slippery spin, is published by Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway -- a Bernie Sanders supporter in 2016 -- out of an apartment in L.A.'s historic El Royale.

RationalWiki described it as:

YourNewsWire (styled as YourNewsWire.com[1]) is an Los Angeles-based clickbait fake news website known for disseminating conspiracy theories and misleading information, contrary to its claimed motto ("News. Truth. Unfiltered").[1]

A while ago we also reported that YourNewsWire had rebranded itself as NewsPunch by changing its domain name in an apparent effort to evade filtering/blocking. It appears the site has changed back to it's old name in the mean time but you can still see the NewsPunch name in the contact email address in the footer.

So until more serious sources step forward with actual evidence we are going to label the "Spacey drugged and raped Bieber" story as false.

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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