Kevin Spacey Comes Out As Gay Following Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct From Fellow Actor
House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey has come out as gay in a statement which addresses issues of sexual misconduct by a fellow actor.
Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp, 46, alleges Spacey forced himself on him at a 1986 party at the actor’s house when Rapp was 14 years old and Spacey was 26.
In the statement posted to Twitter Spacey says he doesn’t exactly remember the incident Rapp is referring to but at the same time apologises for his actions.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
Hollywood has been rife with rumours of Spacey’s sexuality for many years now with even the actor himself alluding to coming out of the closet while hosting this year’s Tony Awards.
In today’s statement, Spacey acknowledged that there had been “stories out there” about his private life over the years. “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 openly and honestly and that starts with examining my own behaviour.”
Rapp’s allegation dates back to 1986, when Spacey, who was a relative unknown, invited him to attend a party he was hosting in his Manhattan apartment.
Arriving at the party alone, Rapp says he found he was the only teenager there so he spent most of the time alone in a bedroom watching television.
Rapp says he was able to break free, leaving the apartment. “The older I get, and the more I know, I feel very fortunate that something worse didn’t happen,” he said. “And at the same time, the older I get, the more I can’t believe it. I could never imagine that anyone else I know would do something like that to a 14-year-old boy.”
Over the years, the two actors have stayed away from each other with neither of them commenting on the alleged assault. Both men attended the 1999 Tony Awards, where Rapp says they almost bumped into each other in the men’s rest room.
“In retrospect I’m very grateful that I wasn’t alone with him,” he said. “Then I don’t know what the f**k I would have done.”
Rapp says he found the courage to speak up now after all these years in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandals which gave him the strength to go public with his allegations.
“There’s so much more openness about talking about these issues, and so many people are coming forward and sharing their stories. The oxygen in the room is there for us to really do something about it,” he said.
House of Cards will end with it’s upcoming sixth season in the wake of the sexual allegation assault charges against Spacey. Netflix released a statement on Monday saying: “Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey. In response to last night’s revelations, executives from both our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported, As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.”
Many have also been left angry at the timing of Spacey’s ‘coming out.’ A representative for GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) says the actor revealing he is now living his life as a gay man should not be used as a way to draw attention from the sexual misconduct allegations at hand.
“Coming out stories should not be used to deflect allegations of sexual assault,” said Sarah Kate Ellis president and CEO of GLAAD. ” This is not a coming out story about Kevin Spacey, but 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.”
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