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Kevin Spacey Criticized After He Comes Out as Gay in Public Apology to Anthony Rapp

Kevin Spacey Criticized After He Comes Out as Gay in Public Apology to Anthony Rapp

After Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of making a pass at him when he was 14 years old, Hollywood figures are not mincing words about the claims against the star nor his controversial response.

In a Buzzfeed News report published late Sunday, Rapp alleged Spacey made a “sexual advance” toward him 30 years ago. Recalling a party he attended at the Oscar winner’s apartment as a young teenager, Rapp said he grew bored at the adult gathering, went into a bedroom and watched TV. As Rapp described to Buzzfeed News, Spacey allegedly appeared in the doorway after the party had emptied, picked him up, laid him on the bed and then laid down on top of him.

“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp told Buzzfeed News. “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”

In response, Spacey apologized to the Rent star for “what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior,” though he said he does not remember the encounter. Additionally, in the statement, he confirmed publicly that he is gay.

“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor,” Spacey began in his public remarks. “I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter as 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.”

As he continued, “This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about my 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.”

Some of his fellow Hollywood stars did not hold back as they criticized the actor for pairing his apology to Rapp with the personal declaration. Comedian Wanda Sykestweeted, “No no no no no! You do not get to ‘choose’ to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks!”

Orphan Black star Jordan Gavaris retorted, “SEXUAL ASSAULT IS NOT ABOUT SEXUALITY. SEXUAL ASSAULT IS ABOUT POWER. SAY IT WITH ME, PLEASE. #KevinSpacey.”

Rose McGowan,who has been a public advocate for sexual assault victims and accused disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, responded to the news with, “Gay = Gay Predator = Predator.” Weinstein has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.

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