Kevin Spacey slammed for timing of coming out
NEW YORK » It was an apology that managed to trigger even more anger.
Kevin Spacey’s statement of regret after being accused of trying to seduce former child actor Anthony Rapp has kicked up a backlash when the two-time Oscar winner then chose to come out of the closet, prompting many to question the timing.
“Kevin Spacey really tried to throw the entire LGBT community under a bus and call it solidarity in an effort to mask his personal failings,” wrote civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson on Twitter.
Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of the gay rights group GLAAD said in a statement that the story was really about unwanted sexual advances on Rapp not Spacey’s sexuality. “Coming out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault,” she said.
The controversy began when Rapp told BuzzFeed News that he was attending a party at Spacey’s apartment in 1986 when an inebriated 26-year-old Spacey made sexual advances towards Rapp.