Oscar winner Kevin Spacey has been accused of making a sexual advance toward a fourteen-year-old male actor back in 1986. Anthony Rapp, currently receiving plaudits for his role on “Star Trek: Discovery” and with a career in stage and screen since he was nine, has come forward with the allegation and explained his story to Buzzfeed.
Rapp, now 46, is publicly alleging for the first time that in 1986 a then 26-year-old Spacey befriended a then 14-year-old Rapp while they both performed on Broadway shows. Rapp was invited over to Spacey’s apartment for a party, and, at the end of the night a drunk Spacey picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him making a sexual advance.
Rapp got out from under him and went into the bathroom. He then walked back out and said he wanted to leave, Spacey asked if he was sure, Rapp said he was and he left. The two have not spoken since. Rapp told a far less detailed version for The Advocate back in 2001 but Spacey’s name was redacted at the time. In light of all the recent sexual assault and harassment allegations that have exploded around Hollywood, Rapp came forward and shared the alleged event.
Mere hours after the original story was published, Spacey has come forward on Twitter with an official statement:
“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. 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.
This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.”
Spacey’s private life has long been a topic of discussion over the years and he has emphasized keeping his private life private. That said, the apology has come under heavy fire on social media in its use of one of the least surprising ‘coming out’ stories from Hollywood as a deflection of inappropriate behavior, and in doing so conflating sexual harassment allegations with his sexuality – throwing the gay community under the bus in the process. Numerous responses from celebs and media personalities can be found at ABC.
More as it develops.