Kevin Spacey slammed for tim­ing of com­ing out

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Nation + World -

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.

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