Star reveals he’s gay after he’s accused of attacking teen
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
It was an apology that managed to trigger even more anger.
Kevin Spacey’s statement of regret after being accused of trying to seduce former child actor Anthony Rapp has kicked up a backlash when the two-time Oscar winner then chose to come out of the closet, prompting many to question the timing and accusing the actor of trying to change the subject.
“Kevin Spacey really tried to throw the entire LGBT commun- ity under a bus and call it solidarity in an effort to mask his personal failings,” wrote civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson on Twitter.
Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of the gay rights group GLAAD, said in a statement that the story was really about unwanted sexual advances on Rapp, not Spacey’s sexuality. “Coming out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault,” she said.
The controversy began when Rapp told BuzzFeed News that he was attending a party at Spacey’s apartment in 1986 when an inebriated 26-year-old Spacey picked him up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him. Rapp, then 14, was able to get away without Netflix has announced that house of cards, starring Spacey, would end after its sixth season, which is now in production. any physical harm.
Spacey responded on Twitter by saying he doesn’t remember the alleged encounter but if he acted the way Rapp alleges, “I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour.”
The House of Cards star then said Rapp’s story “encouraged” him to address long-simmering rumours about his sexual orientation. He wrote that he’s had romantic relationships with both men and women in the past but is now living “as a gay man” and wanted to be honest so he could examine “my own behaviour.” Requests for comment went unanswered Monday.
The two-paragraph statement — an apology in the first for a 31-year-old alleged assault and a self-outing in the second — struck many as an odd time for Spacey to address his sexuality. Worse, he seemed to make a connection between being gay and sexual abuse of minors.
“You do not get to ‘choose’ to hide under the rainbow!” comedian Wanda Sykes, an outspoken member of the LGBT community, wrote on Twitter. Comedian Billy Eichner also criticized the move: “Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.”
Rapp’s allegations come a few weeks after dozens of women came forward to accuse movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault, triggering similar accusations across a variety of workplaces.
Rapp cited the many Weinstein accusers for the reason he recounted his encounter with Spacey. “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,” he wrote on Twitter.
Rapp, who starred on Broadway in Rent, currently stars in the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery. canadian brand Swiss-based production firm GF Productions is expressing interest in acquiring the Just For Laughs entertainment company with the aim of creating a global entity.
One week ago, Just For Laughs mandated RBC Capital Markets to look into the various possible options surrounding the sale of founder Gilbert Rozon’s shares in the comedy festival.
Rozon, 63, recently announced he would sell all his shares amid allegations he sexually harassed or sexually assaulted 10 women as reported by Le Devoir and 98.5 FM.
Some have since spoken to police, with spokespeople for TV producer Julie Snyder, host Penelope McQuade, actress Patricia Tulasne and director Lyne Charlebois confirming criminal complaints have been filed with authorities.
Gregoire Furrer, founder and owner of GF Productions, says he wants to create an international comedy group and says banding together is essential for the future of the business.
“I am convinced that the transatlantic link is essential, in the digital age, to develop the largest international comedy group,” he said in a statement Monday.