Spacey apol­o­gises af­ter sex­ual ad­vance claim

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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.

‘Drunk’

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.

– Guardian/Reuters

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