Hol­ly­wood star Spacey ad­mits he is gay

The Herald (South Africa) - - WORLD - Jen­nie Matthew

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.

KEVIN SPACEY

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