Kevin Spacey who plays former POTUS Frank Underwood on Netflix’s popular show House of Cards he has come out as gay at a time when he was just expected to apologise. Star Trek star Anthony Rapp had earlier in the week alleged that Spacey had made sexual advances towards him when he was just 14 and Spacey was 26.
The Broadway star told Buzzfeed that Spacey had invited Rapp over to his apartment for a party:
… in 1986, Spacey befriended Rapp while they both performed on Broadway shows, invited Rapp over to his apartment for a party, and, at the end of the night, picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance. According to public records, Spacey was 26. Rapp was 14.
Rapp describes the assault further in the interview:
“My memory was that I thought, Oh, everybody’s gone. Well, yeah, I should probably go home,” Rapp said. Spacey, he recalled, “sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk.” Rapp doesn’t remember Spacey saying anything to him. Instead, Rapp said, “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,” Rapp said. “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
Kevin Spacey took to Twitter this morning to address the growing unrest among his fans:
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
His apology has instead caused the unrest to grow by leaps and bounds.
In this statement slash conditional apology, Spacey says he does not remember the incident which ‘happened nearly 30 years ago’ and ‘in case if such a thing has happened’, he owes an apology to Rapp. According to the Buzzfeed article, Rapp was only 14 at the time and Spacey was 26. They first became acquainted while Rapp was performing Precious Sons on Broadway in 1986 and Spacey was performing in a revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night with Jack Lemmon.
And Twitter unabashedly tore down Spacey after his public statement:
You don’t remember the incident but remember being drunk?
— Elizaeverafter (@Elizaeverafter) October 30, 2017
And Twitter had some excellent advice on handling the sexual harassment case
Kevin: I maybe a child predator but only when I drink. Oh I’m also gay so none of that child stuff matters. There fixed your statement Kevin
— Chicago Mike 2.0 (@ChicagoMGD_SD) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey : How do I apologize and get my career back on track
Lawyer : Use the gay card
Kevin Spacey : BINGO
— Magnus Lewis (@magnuslewis263) October 30, 2017
— Paulo (@pauloap) October 30, 2017
To an honest Twitterati’s concern:
Why did you even have a 14 year old at your apartment for a party where alcohol was being consumed???
— Aryn Newnam (@arynrae1) October 30, 2017
And others just plain mocked him and expressed their vehemence:
“Kevin Spacey is accused of making inappropriate advances towards a 14 year old male.”
Spacey: I’m gay. pic.twitter.com/yNfzE9jg43
— Woke (@Natural_OneDurr) October 30, 2017
Feels kinda gross that you’re turning a story that should be about the victim (s)…into a story about you? Congrats on coming out, I guess?
— Jordan (@jordansdiamonds) October 30, 2017
Hmmm… trying to get ahead of it, but why so many rumors then? Only time will tell. Drunk at 26 with a 14 year old. Sorry, no.
— Nina (@ninamegalis) October 30, 2017
I have absolutely no respect for Kevin Spacey. Trying to cover up Anthony’s story by coming out? You’re trash.
— Lauren: Ragnarok (@bionicblanchett) October 30, 2017
Down to people wanting to run a health check on Hollywood, instead of using the “It happens all the time” excuse
Another Hollywood star bites the dust.This could be a total implosion.Are there any actors/ directors who haven’t done something like this?
— Blue State Crab (@BlueStateCrab) October 30, 2017
Unfortunately I had heard this story before from two different actors I know who were invited into his trailer to run lines.
— larry mollin (@mambochicken) October 30, 2017
And this one tweet nails the whole damn argument:
Thank you for your honesty
— Louie’s Houze!!! (@NDOG436015) October 30, 2017
For Rapp, it was the tirade of accusations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein that prodded him to open up about the incident and name Spacey.
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