Hollywood star Spacey admits he is gay
KEVIN Spacey came out as gay yesterday and apologised to actor Anthony Rapp, who accused the Hollywood star of making a sexual advance on him at a 1986 party when he was only 14.
Spacey’s announcement, posted on his Twitter account at midnight, came after Rapp – best known for being part of the original cast of the hit Broadway musical Rent – made the accusation in an interview with Buzzfeed News.
Spacey, 58, a double Oscar winner and star of the Netflix series House of Cards, said he did not remember the encounter but that “if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour”.
The actor – whose sexuality had been an open secret in Hollywood for years – went on to say that Rapp’s accusation “encouraged me to address other things about my life”.
“As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.”
Rapp, 46, said in 1986, while he and Spacey were performing in Broadway shows, Spacey invited the then 14-year-old to a party at his New York apartment. Spacey would have been 26 at the time.
Rapp said he was in Spacey’s bedroom watching TV when Spacey appeared at the end of the night, after all the other guests had left.
Rapp said Spacey picked him up, put him on the bed and lay on top of him.
“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp told Buzzfeed. “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
Rapp said he squirmed away and went into the bathroom. Shortly after, he left and went home. Rapp said he felt compelled to speak out after a recent deluge of accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sparked an examination of abuses committed by powerful men in the entertainment industry.