Kevin Spacey Apologizes To Anthony Rapp, Comes Out As Gay

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UPDATED, 9:19 PM: Just hours after Anthony Rapp came forward with his story about Kevin Spacey’s alleged sexual advances towards him 31 years ago, the House Of Cards star took to Twitter tonight to respond. After apologizing to the Star Trek Discovery actor and saying he has a lot of respect and admiration for him as an actor, Spacey goes on to say he was “horrified” by the story and does not remember the encounter.

In remarks of his own on social media after Spacey spoke out, Rapp did not accept or reject the Oscar winner’s apology.

Shifting focus, Spacey’s Twitter post also goes on to address rumors about the actor’s personal life. “As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women,” he said. “I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose to live as a gay man.”

Read Spacey’s entire tweet below:

Meanwhile, reaction to Spacey’s statement was swift on Twitter

In a series of tweets after Spacey’s apology, Rapp tonight did not address the response but he praised the “the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out” about sexual harassment in recent weeks. While also not mentioning the Harvey Weinstein scandal directly on social media, that seems a clear implication in Rapp’s trio of tweets. Take a look for yourself:

EARLIER, 8 PM: Star Trek: Discovery actor and Broadway star Anthony Rapp has come forward with claims that Kevin Spacey made sexual advances towards him when he was 14 years old.

Spacey allegedly made a pass at Rapp in 1986 when the two were both working together on Broadway in a revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Precious Sons respectively, according to an interview he did with BuzzFeed News. At the time, Spacey was 26-years-old.

Rapp said that the advances happened after a party at Spacey’s apartment. Spacey picked Rapp up and put him on the bed, climbing on top of him. Rapp said that this was an attempt for Spacey to “seduce” him. “I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually,” he adds.

“My stomach churns,” said Rapp. “I still to this day can’t wrap my head around so many aspects of it. It’s just deeply confusing to me.”

Rapp’s accusations come after the floodgates of sexual harassment and abuse have opened following the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The harassment and abuse goes beyond the acts of the misconduct of men towards women. The accusations include the predation of younger men. Former APA agent Tyler Grasham has been accused by multiple actors of sexual assault including most recently actor Tyler Cornell who filed a police report accusing him of sodomy. As a result, actor Cameron Boyce fired Grasham as his agent and Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard quit the agency.

The long list of allegations prompted Rapp to come forward “not to simply air a grievance.” Rapp said he wants to shine another light on this behavior that has been allowed. “I’m feeling really awake to the moment that we’re living in, and I’m hopeful that this can make a difference,” he adds.

Deadline’s Dominic Patten contributed to this report





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