Kevin Spacey

Ac­cused of mis­con­duct with a 14-year-old, the star apol­o­gises and comes out

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IN THE SHADOW OF THE Har­vey We­in­stein scan­dal (see right), another Hol­ly­wood heavy­weight has been ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct, with Star Trek ac­tor An­thony Rapp claim­ing House of Cards star Kevin Spacey made sex­ual ad­vances to­wards him when he was 14 years old. In an in­ter­view with Buz­zfeed, Rapp—an ac­tor from the age of 9—says he was be­friended by Spacey when they were both work­ing on Broad­way in 1986. Spacey—26 at the time— in­vited the then 14-year-old to a party at his apart­ment but Rapp found he was the only non-adult there, which he says didn’t worry him, but “I was quickly kind of bored.” Rapp claims he ended up in a bed­room watch­ing TV where, some­time later, Spacey came in, scooped him up “like a groom picks up the bride” and lay on top of him on the bed. “He was try­ing to se­duce me,” Rapp, 46, said. “I was aware that he was try­ing to get with me sex­u­ally.”

Spacey, 58, quickly re­leased

a Twit­ter state­ment, say­ing he was “be­yond hor­ri­fied” to learn of Rapp’s al­le­ga­tions but could not re­mem­ber the in­ci­dent. If true, he says, “I owe him the sin­cer­est apol­ogy for what would have been deeply in­ap­pro­pri­ate drunken be­hav­iour, and I am sorry for the feel­ings he de­scribes hav­ing car­ried with him all th­ese years.” The ac­tor com­bined his apol­ogy with a com­ing-out state­ment (“I choose now to live as a gay man”), a move that re­ceived crit­i­cism. Said GLAAD president Sarah Kate El­lis: “Com­ing-out sto­ries should not be used to de­flect from al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault.”

The fol­low­ing day Net­flix an­nounced that its Spacey-driven hit House of Cards would be killed off af­ter its sixth sea­son. Main­tain­ing the de­ci­sion was months in the mak­ing, the com­pany said it was “deeply trou­bled by last night’s news con­cern­ing Kevin Spacey” and that ex­ec­u­tives were meet­ing cast and crew to en­sure that they “feel safe and sup­ported.”

“I know that there are sto­ries out there about me and that some have been fu­elled by the fact that I have been so pro­tec­tive of my pri­vacy,” Spacey (on June 21) said in his state­ment.

Rapp (on Oct. 7), who was act­ing in the play Pre­cious Sons (be­low) star­ring Ed Har­ris when he met Spacey in 1986, told Buz­zfeed that when he sees Spacey on screen now “my stom­ach churns.”

‘SHINE A LIGHT’ Rapp tells WHO he spoke about Spacey, “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.”

“As pre­vi­ously sched­uled, Kevin Spacey [as House of Cards’ Frank Un­der­wood, with co-star Robin Wright] is not work­ing on set at this time,” said a Net­flix state­ment. “To this day, I don’t know what I would do,” says Rapp (right, with Star Trek: Dis­cov­ery

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