Star re­veals he’s gay af­ter he’s ac­cused of at­tack­ing teen

Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 31, 2017

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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.

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