"Unless you see the words form in my mouth... I didn’t say them"
Morrissey has said that he won’t be doing any more print interviews following the recent controversy surrounding comments he made about the Kevin Spacey scandal.
In an interview with Germany’s Der Spiegel, Morrissey seemed to question the credibility of the allegations against Spacey, saying: “As far as I know, he was in a bedroom with a 14-year-old. Kevin Spacey was 26, boy 14. One wonders where the boy’s parents were. One wonders if the boy did not know what would happen. I do not know about you, but in my youth I have never been in situations like this. Never. I was always aware of what could happen. When you are in somebody’s bedroom, you have to be aware of where that can lead to. That’s why it does not sound very credible to me. It seems to me that Spacey has been attacked unnecessarily.”
Morrissey later appeared to double down on his views in a separate interview with The Times, claiming that sexual harassment could actually be “a pathetic attempt at courtship”. “You must be careful as far as ‘sexual harassment’ is concerned because often it can be just a pathetic attempt at courtship”, he affirmed. When later asked to clarify his comments, he added: “I’m sure it’s horrific, but we have to keep everything in proportion. Do you not agree? I have never been sexually harassed, I might add.”
Performing at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre on Saturday (November 25), Morrissey appeared to deny that he said the original comments about Spacey. Morrissey told the crowd: “I did an interview a couple of weeks ago for a German newspaper and, of course, let me just say this: That was the last print interview I will ever do.” He continued to say: “Unless you see the words form in my mouth and then you see or hear the words come out of my mouth… please, if you don’t see that, I didn’t say them.” Watch in the clip below.