Actor Anthony Rapp opened up over the weekend and accused fellow actor Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct, alleged to have taken place during the 1980s when Rapp was just 14 years old. Spacey replied to the accusation, apologizing to Rapp on Twitter on Sunday, but when his admission of being gay added into the apology, it didn’t go over well.
People reports that according to Rapp, who starred in the 1993 movie, Dazed and Confused, and currently stars in the television show, Star Trek: Discovery, Spacey made a pass at him after a party at Spacey’s Manhattan apartment in 1986.
Rapp said he was the only teen at the party and was watching television in Spacey’s bedroom, unaware that the party had ended. He alleged Spacey walked into the room, picked him up as a groom would a bride, laid him on his bed, then got on top of him in a “sexual manner.”
“My impression when he came in the room was that he was 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. 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.”
Spacey claimed he didn’t remember the encounter that happened over 30 years, but nonetheless, offered Rapp an apology. It was his comments that followed his apology, according to WSV-TV, that angered and frustrated masses of social media users.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
“This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life,” Spacey wrote on Twitter. “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 closes to me know, in my life, I have had relationships with both men and women,” Spacey continued. “I have loved and had romantic relationships 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.I keep rereading this statement and getting angrier.
The general consensus among those who commented on Spacey’s statement was that he shouldn’t have used the allegation as a platform to come out as gay, which according to many, was a way of deflecting and taking the focus away from the accusation.
“Coming out is a beautiful part of being gay. Attaching it to this vileness is so wrong,” said Vulture journalist, Mark Harris.
Actress Rose McGowan, who has been vocal recently on the Harvey Weinstein scandal, reminded the media to keep focus on the fact that Rapp was just 14 when the reported incident occurred.
Dear fellow media:
Keep focus on #AnthonyRapp BE THE VICTIM'S VOICE. Help us level the playing field.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 30, 2017
Numerous celebrities followed suit and offered their own thoughts on Spacey’s comments.
No no no no no! You do not get to “choose” to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks! https://t.co/xJDGAxDjxz
— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) October 30, 2017
Can't believe I'm saying this in 2017 but here it goes:
Being gay is not an excuse for trying to molest children. pic.twitter.com/5mA4o0r7xm
— Travon Free (@Travon) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey: My sexuality is none of your biz.
Anthony Rapp: Kevin Spacey assaulted me when I was 14.
Kevin Spacey: I’m a proud gay man!
— Lara (@LarzMarie) October 30, 2017
Coming out as a gay man is not the same thing as coming out as someone who preyed on a 14-year-old. Conflating those things is disgusting
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) October 30, 2017
Spacey hasn’t commented further on the issue. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional information becomes available.
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