Actor Kevin Spacey “apologized Sunday night for what he said ‘would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior’ after the actor Anthony Rapp accused him of making a sexual advance on him 31 years ago, when Mr. Rapp was 14 years old,” reports The New York Times.
The story continues, “Mr. Spacey, who has long been fiercely private about his personal life, said in a statement that he did not remember any such encounter, but added that Mr. Rapp’s accusation ‘has encouraged me to address other things about my life.’ He then disclosed that he had ‘loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.’”
The Times story adds, “The rapid cycle of accusation and apology began Sunday evening, when BuzzFeed published an article in which Mr. Rapp alleged that Mr. Spacey ‘was trying to get with me sexually’ after a party at Mr. Spacey’s apartment in 1986.
According to the Buzzfeed story, “Spacey, [Rapp] 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.’”
The Buzzfeed story adds, “Rapp recalled this all happening — Spacey appearing at the door, coming into the room, picking him up, and putting him on the bed — in one clumsy action, with Spacey landing at a slight angle on top of him. He said Spacey ‘was, like, pressing into me,’ and that he remembers Spacey ‘tightening his arms.’ But while he can’t recall exactly how long Spacey remained on top of him, Rapp said he was able to ‘squirm’ away after a short period.”
Rapp, 46, also told Buzzfeed, “‘The older I get, and the more I know, I feel very fortunate that something worse didn’t happen,’ he said. ‘And at the same time, the older I get, the more I can’t believe it. I could never imagine [that] anyone else I know would do something like that to a 14-year-old boy.’”
Spacey would have been 26 years old at the time of the incident.
After the Buzzfeed story appeared on Sunday night, Spacey sent this tweet, according to Deadline.com:
“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 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 describes having carried with him all these years.
“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 closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters 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.