Kevin Spacey comes out as gay, apol­o­gises over sex claim

The Nation - - WORLD -

KEVIN SPACEY came out as gay early 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 14 years old.

Spacey’s an­nounce­ment came af­ter Rapp made the ac­cu­sa­tion.

Spacey, 58, a dou­ble Os­car win­ner and star of the 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. 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, told Buz­zfeed that in 1986, while both 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 in the door­way at the end of the night, “kind of sway­ing” and ap­par­ently drunk.

Rapp said Spacey picked him up, put him on the bed and lay on top of the teenaged boy.

“I was aware that he was try­ing to get with me sex­u­ally.”

Rapp said he squirmed away af­ter a brief pe­riod of time and went into the bath­room. Shortly af­ter, he left Spacey’s apart­ment.

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