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