Kevin Spacey (pictured at left, above) has apologized after being accused of making sexual advances on an actor who was just 14 at the time.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp (pictured above right) recalled the encounter with the House of Cards star, whose apartment he was at for a party in 1986 when both were working on Broadway.
Rapp, who was playing the role of Freddy in Precious Sons in 1986, said he was in Spacey’s bedroom watching television because there were no other kids at the party. After the party ended, Rapp says Spacey, who was starring in the Broadway revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the time, showed up in the bedroom, visibly drunk.
“He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me,” Rapp recalled. “He was trying to seduce me. I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.” He went on to say he felt Spacey “pressing into me” and “tightening his arms.”
Rapp, who is now 46, says he was able to “squirm” away and leave Spacey’s home. Since the encounter, Rapp admits he’d hoped to never see Spacey again. He discussed the incident in a 2001 interview with the Advocate but chose not to name Spacey at the time. Encouraged by other victims who’ve been speaking out recently about their own experiences with sexual assault, most notably the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Rapp says he decided to come forward with the full details of the event in order to make a difference.
In a statement released through his publicist, he said: “I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out, to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me. Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time.”
Kevin Spacey responded to Rapp’s allegations via his Twitter page in a statement that partly read: “I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”
In the same statement, Spacey, 58, took the opportunity to confirm what many already suspected about the actor: “This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life… I have loved and had romantic relationships with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.”
But many are crying foul on Spacey’s apology, saying that using it as a time to “come out” is only an attempt to distract from the allegations and illicit sympathy. Other actors, including those in the LGBT community, have taken to social media to call Spacey out. Comedian Wanda Sykes tweeted: “No no no no no! You do not get to ‘choose’ to hide under the rainbow!” Actress Rose McGowan, who has been very vocal in the Harvey Weinstein scandal after accusing the movie mogul of raping her, tweeted her response as well, saying, “Bye bye, Spacey goodbye, it’s your turn to cry, that’s why we’ve gotta say goodbye.”
You can read Spacey’s full response below, as well as more tweets. ~Alexa Caruso
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
Nope to Kevin Spacey’s statement. Nope. There’s no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child.
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) October 30, 2017
The news is not that he’s gay. The news is that he’s a predator.
We could celebrate the former; now we never will. Kevin Spacey
— Mrigank Tyagi (@TheMrigankTyagi) October 30, 2017
Imagine not being rich and famous and trying to use the I don’t remember trying to rape that teenage boy excuse #KevinSpacey
— Anthony Fasano (@alsberg69) October 30, 2017
No, #KevinSpacey, molesting a kid has sweet FA to do with being gay or drunk & everything to do with being a morally bankrupt pervert.
— Siani (@woollywelshcake) October 30, 2017
Unfortunate that he chose this as a coming out moment instead of focusing on allegation that he, as a man, did something horrid to a child https://t.co/jQfCqzjppo
— jamilah (@JamilahLemieux) October 30, 2017