Actor Zachary Quinto is joining a growing list of stars, outraged by what they call Kevin Spacey’s attempt at deflecting attention away from a sexual harassment allegation made by actor Anthony Rapp, best known for his role in Star Trek: Discovery, according to TMZ.
Quinto took to Twitter on Monday, slamming Spacey for coming out, he believes, in response to the claim made against him by Rapp. The Star Trek: Discovery actor made the accusation in an interview with BuzzFeed. He accused the House of Cards actor of sexually harassing him while at a part at Spacey’s home in 1986. Rapp was 14. Spacey was 26.
— Lindora Flo (@AzeLindora) October 30, 2017
“It is deeply sad and troubling that this is how Kevin Spacey has chosen to come out… Not by standing up as a point of pride – in the light of all his many awards and accomplishments thus inspiring tens of thousands of struggling LGBTQ kids around the world [-] but as a calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusation that he attempted to molested one,” wrote Quinto, who himself came out publicly in 2011.
— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) October 30, 2017
Spacey responded to Rapp’s allegation in a statement, saying it was likely “inappropriate drunken behavior,” and though he did not recall the incident, Spacey claimed Rapp’s story “encourage” him to “address other things about my life.” Spacey went on the say he now lives as a gay man.
Spacey has for years brushed off rumors regarding his sexuality, dismissing them as “gossip.”
GLAAD said in a statement the focus in this latest development should be solely on the alleged victim.
“Coming-out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “This is not a coming-out story about Kevin Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp and all those who bravely speak out against unwanted sexual advances. The media and public should not gloss over that.”