Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of “trying to get with [him] sexually” more than 30 years ago in a Buzzfeed article. The two-time Oscar winner remained silent for a few hours then posted a two-paragraph statement on Twitter.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
At the time, Anthony Rapp was 14 years old when intoxicated Spacey initiated sexual advances on him after a party in his apartment in 1986. Rapp said 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.”
Spacey was 26 and performing in a revival of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” on Broadway, when he met Rapp who was performing in a new play called “Precious Suns.” Spacey then invited him to a party in his apartment where the sexual encounter happened.
“I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out, to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me,” the Rent broadway actor said. “Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time.”
Spacey’s Twitter statement said he was “beyond horrified” to hear of Rapp’s accusation but did not remember the encounter. However, he apologized “if I did behave then as [Rapp] describes . . . for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” Social media outrage came after when Spacey came out as gay in the second paragraph.
Washington Post reports that people, particularly in the LGBT community, are accusing Spacey of trying to deflect from a serious accusation by coming out and implying that he chose to be gay. The actor is rumored to have dated other men but is known to be extremely private about his personal life.
“Coming out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault,” GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “This is not a coming out story about Kevin Spacey but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp and all those who bravely speak out against unwanted sexual advances.”
People continued to criticize Spacey for blaming alcohol and using his sexuality to deflect his actions. One Twitter user said, “Kevin Spacey has set gay rights back fifty years by a) conflating homosexuality with paedophelia and b) Saying that being gay is a ‘choice.’ ”
Kevin Spacey really tried to throw the entire LGBT community under a bus and call it solidarity in an effort to mask his personal failings.
— deray (@deray) October 30, 2017
Hi Kevin Spacey. Don't use your sexuality or blame alcohol to defend or excuse your actions. It's beyond shameful.
— Vinay A. Ramesh (@vinaytion) October 30, 2017
Beau Willimon, the creator “House of Cards,” called Rapp’s story “deeply troubling” in a tweet. “During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on ‘House of Cards’ I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off,” Willimon said. “That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously, and this is no exception. I feel for Mr. Rapp and I support his courage.”
The allegations has caused such controversy that the Internal Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced that they would no longer award Spacey with its Founders Award. The award is given to “ “an individual who crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity.”
The International Academy has announced that in light of recent events it will not honor Kevin Spacey with the 2017 Intl Emmy Founders Award
— Intl Emmy Awards (@iemmys) October 30, 2017