Actor Kevin Spacey responded to a lengthy BuzzFeed article on Sunday night in which actor Anthony Rapp, star of Rent and Star Trek: Discovery, alleged that Spacey climbed on top of him in bed when the actor was 14 years old and made a sexual advance.
On Twitter, Spacey said, “I honestly do not remember the encounter,” which took place over 30 years ago. He called the alleged assault of a child, “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”
Spacey then decided to use this moment in time, a moment when he is being accused of sexually assaulting a minor, to come out as a gay man.
“This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are other stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy,” he said. He added that he has dated men and women throughout his life and said, “I now choose to live as a gay man.”
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
According to Rapp’s story, he met Spacey at a party in New York while they were both in Broadway shows. Spacey invited Rapp to a party at his apartment and when Rapp arrived, he was the only non-adult at the party. He wandered into the bedroom to watch TV. Later that night, once everyone had left, Spacey appeared in the bedroom door drunk.
“He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold,” Rapp told BuzzFeed. “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.”
Rapp said that he decided to come forward after the allegations against Harvey Weinstein “not simply to air a grievance but to try to shine another light on the decades of behavior that have been allowed to continue because many people, including myself, have remained silent.”
Rapp has been out publicly since 1992, according to BuzzFeed. Prior to Sunday night, when Spacey issued the tweet coming out, his sexuality had been a matter of speculation in the media. A famous 1997 Esquire cover story announced that “Kevin Spacey Has a Secret,” and in 2010 the actor told The Daily Beast that he would never discuss his sexuality openly.
“I have not given up my right to privacy,” he told the Daily Beast. “It’s just a line I’ve never crossed and never will. No one’s personal life is in the public interest. It’s gossip, bottom line. End of story.”
Spacey later joked about coming out of the closet at the 2017 Tony Awards.
Earlier in October, journalist Heather Unruh claimed on Twitter that Spacey had assaulted a loved one. The tweet said that she was emboldened by the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
“Time the dominoes fell,” she said.