NAWAZ’S FIRST GIRL­FRIEND AC­CUSES HIM OF LY­ING

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Aditya Do­gra

The world woke up to two rev­e­la­tions in Hol­ly­wood on Mon­day. Star Trek: Dis­cov­ery ac­tor An­thony Rapp ac­cused Hol­ly­wood star Kevin Spacey of mak­ing a sex­ual ad­vance towards him at a party at Spacey’s house when Rapp was 14. Hours later, Spacey apol­o­gised for his mis­con­duct through a state­ment on Twit­ter, but chose to come out as gay at the same time. The re­ac­tions to this were largely neg­a­tive, with celebs such as Rose Mcgowan, Rob­bin Young and Dan Sav­age slam­ming him. “Kevin Spacey sex­u­ally as­saulted a child. That’s news. Not him com­ing out,” wrote @Indige­nousx, while another Twit­ter user @ So­ciallysh­erri posted, “My gay son & his friends fight stereo­types con­stantly shame on you Kevin Spacey for link­ing as­sault­ing a mi­nor with com­ing out as gay.” The al­le­ga­tion by Rapp, now 46, against 58-year-old Spacey is yet another case of sex­ual ha­rass­ment that has come to the fore in Hol­ly­wood, re­cently. First, the Har­vey We­in­stein scan­dal, and then, ac­tors Selma Blair and Rachel Mca­dams shar­ing sto­ries of ha­rass­ment by screen­writer­film­maker James Toback. Gay or not, sex­ual abuse needs to be con­demned — that’s the sen­ti­ment among the youth in the LGBT com­mu­nity in Delhi. “Kevin Spacey is try­ing to use that card as dis­trac­tion. He’s a pe­dophile,” says Mi­hir Walia (27), an en­tre­pre­neur. Nikhail Gupta, a 25-year-old HR pro­fes­sional, agrees, say­ing, “Why bring up your sex­u­al­ity while apol­o­gis­ing? He might not even be gay.” Hi­man­shu Sinha (22), a graphic artist, who ac­tively cam­paigns for LGBT rights, adds, “We need to fo­cus on the fact that peo­ple choose to look be­yond con­sent, and then just is­sue state­ments of apol­ogy.” Mean­while, Rapp, did not re­spond to Spacey’s apol­ogy.

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