In yet another bombshell accusation of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, actor Anthony Rapp says Kevin Spacey made sexual advances towards him at a party in 1986 while they were both performing in Broadway shows.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Rapp says he was 14 at the time and that Spacey, then 26, invited him to his apartment for a party. Rapp says during the evening, Spacey at one point picked him up, put him on a bed, and climbed on top of him. He says he was able to slip away from Spacey before the encounter went any further, but the accusations came as a surprise to many nonetheless. Anthony Rapp currently stars in CBS' show Star Trek: Discovery but is maybe best known for playing Mark Cohen in the original Broadway cast of Rent.
What came as an even bigger surprise to many was when the fiercely private Spacey responded on Twitter, saying that while “I honestly do not remember the encounter” he was “beyond horrified” to hear Rapp’s story and said he owed Rapp “the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”
Spacey, whose sexuality has long been a subject of speculation, also chose the tweet to come out publicly as gay for the first time. This angered many on Twitter, including fellow actors, who took issue with the timing of the statement and felt Spacey was trying to direct attention away from the accusations by choosing that time to share his sexuality.
What do you think about the way Spacey responded to the allegations? And what about his choosing to come out in the same statement? How would you respond to an accusation like this if, taking Spacey’s statement at face value, you don’t remember the incident in question?