Spacey apologises after sexual advance claim
Kevin Spacey has responded to allegations he made unwelcome sexual advances towards a 14-year-old actor, saying he did not remember the incident but if it did happen it was likely “deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour” for which he sincerely apologises.
Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp has accused Spacey of traumatising him after a party in New York in 1986.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Rapp alleged that Spacey, then 26, invited him and a 17-year-old friend to a nightclub, despite both being visibly underage, during which they were entertained in the VIP area by Spacey.
Rapp said Spacey then followed up with an invitation to a party at his Manhattan apartment, which Rapp attended.
Rapp said he spent much of the party “kind of bored” before noticing Spacey standing at the bedroom door and realising all the other guests had left the party. He said Spacey “sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk . . 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.”
Rapp described the experience as “a frozen moment . . . In terms of fight or flight or freeze, I tend to freeze.”
Rapp said he believed Spacey was trying to “seduce” him but that he was able to “squirm” away soon afterwards, closing himself in the bathroom before telling Spacey he was leaving.
A statement posted to the Spacey’s official Twitter account yesterday said: “I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”
Netflix’s political drama House of Cards (featuring Spacey) will end after its upcoming sixth season, the company said yesterday. Netflix also said it was “deeply troubled” about Rapp’s allegation made against Spacey.