House of Cards star Kevin Spacey came out as gay on Sunday, October 29, right after Broadway vet Anthony Rapp alleged that he made a pass at him when Rapp was 14 years old.
The Star Trek: Discovery actor gave an interview to Buzzfeed on Sunday, in which he publicly accused the Oscar winner of behaving inappropriately with him. At the time of the alleged incident, Spacey was 26 and Rapp was only a teenager.
“He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold,” Rapp recalled. “But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me.”
“He was trying to seduce me,” the Rent star continued. “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
After rejecting Spacey, he went into the bathroom and closed the door.
“I was like, ‘What is happening? ‘” he said. “Then I opened the door, and I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to go home now.’ He followed me to the front door of the apartment, and as I opened the door to leave, he was leaning on the front door[frame]. And he was like, ‘Are you sure you wanna go?’ I said, ‘Yes, good night,’ and then I did leave.”
“I still to this day can’t wrap my head around so many aspects of it,” Rapp said. “I’m hopeful that this can make a difference,” he added.
Soon after the interview was published, Spacey apologized in a statement on social media.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor,” Spacey wrote. “I am beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter as it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior and I am sorry for the feelings he described having carried with him all these years.”
The American Beauty star also wrote, “This story has encouraged me to address other things in my life…I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.”
Meanwhile, Rapp tweeted, “Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time.”
Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time.
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) October 30, 2017