Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery, Rent) has gone public with accusations Kevin Spacey physically pressured him into a sexual situation when he was just 14 years old. At the time of the alleged incident, Spacey was 26. Both actors were working simultaneously on separate Broadway productions. Rapp says that Spacey invited him to a party at his apartment, which he expected to be similar to the fun, after-play dinners he had become accustomed to, assuming there would be attendees of various ages. He ended up being the only child at the adult gathering. At the end of the party, he found himself alone with a drunk Spacey, and claims the eventual two-time Oscar winner (The Usual Suspects, American Beauty) picked him up “like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold.” Spacey allegedly put the 14-year-old on the bed, and laid on top of him in a sexual manner. Although such charged conduct is wrong in dozens of ways, unlike the reported strong-arming of probable predator Harvey Weinstein, Spacey backed off somewhat when Rapp wrenched himself away and wanted to leave.
The Sunday evening news cycle exploded further when Spacey tweeted a statement apologizing to Rapp for drunken behavior he cannot exactly recall, coming out as gay.
Folks are reacting to Spacey’s comments with unease.
Vanity Fair columnist Richard Lawson stated, “Coming out as a gay man is not the same thing as coming out as someone who preyed on a 14-year-old. Conflating those things is disgusting.”
Billy Eichner tweeted, “Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.”