Liberal Hollywood was recently shocked by the Harvey Weinstein scandal and now it seems a new scandal is revealing its ugly head in the aftermath.
According to CNN, actor Anthony Rapp told the reporters of Buzzfeed a disturbing event that happened to him when he was 14. Rapp claims that, at a party, famous actor Kevin Spacey “was trying to get with me sexually.”
Rapp says the horrifying moment occurred at a post-show party at Spacey’s apartment. Both actors were working on Broadway at the time and Spacey had invited Rapp to the party. Rapp said he became bored during the party because there was no one his age and he went into a bedroom to watch TV.
He said the party must’ve ended because Spacey entered the room drunk and “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.”
The older actor proceeded to behave sexually before Rapp managed to get out of Spacey’s grasp and escape. The alleged moment happened in 1986 and Rapp says he reported it to The Advocate, though he didn’t use Spacey’s name at the time.
Spacey responded to the allegations on Twitter, saying “I’m beyond horrified to hear this 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.”
Spacey says the story “has encouraged me to address other things about my life,” saying he’s aware of other stories about him that are “fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy.” He proceeded to explain his love life with both men and women and the fact he’s with a man now.
Some have criticized the statement saying Spacey was making excuses for his behavior. Dan Savage, author and activist for the LGBT community, responded on Twitter, “Nope to Kevin Spacey’s statement. Nope. There’s no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child.”
Ashlee Marie Preston, media personality and trans activist, criticized Spacey on Twitter for attempting to use his homosexuality to deflect the issue, “I’m not interested in Kevin Spacey being gay. I’m curious as to why we’re conflating sexuality w/ the molestation of a minor. Stay on topic.”
Rapp says he came forward about the allegation after seeing other men and women come forward with their own stories, as with the Weinstein scandal. “I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out, to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me. Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time,” Rapp said.
If it’s confirmed that Rapp’s allegation is true, Spacey should be held accountable for his inappropriate behavior. Hopefully, with these revelations from individuals in Hollywood, others will feel encouraged like Rapp to come forward with their own stories and hold the abusive members of society accountable for their actions.