Kevin Spacey has come out as gay after Star Trek actor, Anthony Rapp, said that the House of Cards actor made sexual advances towards him when he was 14-years-old. According to PEOPLE, Spacey said in a statement posted to his Twitter account late Sunday evening (October 29th), “I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I a sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”
The actor’s statement continued, “This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. As those closes to me know, in my life, I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic relationships with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.”
During an interview with BuzzFeed, which was published hours before Spacey released his statement, Rapp said that Spacey invited him to his apartment in Manhattan for a party in 1986. Rapp said that he was the only teen at the party and spend the majority of the night in a bedroom watching television. He went on to say that he was unaware that the party had ended and he was alone in the apartment until Spacey appeared in the bedroom doorway.
- Rapp recalled the encounter, saying, “My memory was that I thought, ‘Oh, everybody’s gone. Well, yeah, I should probably go home.” He then spoke of Spacey, who “sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk … He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. 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.”
- He added, “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”