Kevin Spacey Comes Out As Gay,Apologizes To Anthony Rapp Over Sexual Assault Allegation
Hollywood superstar Kevin Spacey has apologised to an actor who accused him of a sexual advance when he was just 14.He has also come out as gay.
Anthony Rapp claimed Spacey who was 26 at the time, came into a bedroom while drunk and lifted him up “like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold” and lay on top of him.
He said he managed to “squirm” away from the actor.
The Oscar winner, 58, issued a statement in which he said he did not remember the encounter, but offered “the sincerest apology”.
On Sunday, Rapp, who is now 46, alleged that the inappropriate interaction occurred when Spacey befriended the young star while they were both performing on Broadway and he went to party at the then 26-year-old actor’s apartment.
“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp told BuzzFeed “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
“My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk.”
Rather than saying anything, Rapp said Spacey “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.”
Rapp explained that he couldn’t remember how long Spacey was on top of him, but after a short amount of time, he was able to “squirm” away.
Rapp said that he has not spoken with Spacey since the incident, but that he told the story to several friends and family over the years.
He said he was prompted by the Harvey Weinstein scandal to speak out, after watching numerous women come forward with allegations of their own.
“And not to simply air a grievance,” he said, “but to try to shine another light on the decades of behavior that have been allowed to continue because many people, including myself, being silent. … I’m feeling really awake to the moment that we’re living in, and I’m hopeful that this can make a difference.”