This is Why They Take the Ticket

The Prince of This World protects his favorites:

Kevin Spacey said he is ‘humbled’ after being dramatically cleared of sexually assaulting four men today following a high-profile trial in which Sir Elton John gave evidence in his defence.

The double Oscar winner, who marks his 64th birthday today, was overcome with emotion when the jury at London’s Southwark Crown Court returned not guilty verdicts on all counts.

Spacey was accused of abusing his fame and power to carry out nine sex attacks on four men during his tenure as artistic director of the Old Vic theatre. But he insisted the claims were ‘madness’ and accused the claimants of ‘lying for money’.

Perhaps justice was served and an innocent man was spared unmerited punishment. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much indeed.

But that’s not to say that the ticket-takers don’t pay the price for their “success”; the much-troubled Sinead O’Connor is dead at 56. I ran into her once at The Perimeter in Minneapolis, I think it was 1991. I was surprised at a) how small she was, and, b) how unfortunate her profile was. But I always respected the way she absolutely crushed the song Prince originally wrote for The Family.