Actor Kevin Spacey has responded to allegations he made an inappropriate sexual advance on a teenager, by apologizing to the person.
Fellow actor, Anthony Rapp, who stars as the first gay character in Star Trek history alleges Spacey made the sexual advance on him in 1986.
Spacey had invited Rapp to a party at his apartment after seeing him on Broadway.
After some time at his apartment, Spacey picked Rapp up, put him on his bed, and then climbed on top of him. This happened 31 years ago when Rapp was just 14 years old and Spacey was 26.
Rapp was alone with Spacey in his apartment after everyone else had gone home. Rapp started to make a move to leave, but Spacey was standing in the doorway ‘kind of swaying’.
‘My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk,’ Rapp told Buzzfeed.
‘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. I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.’
Rapp managed to get away but not before Spacey questioned if he was ‘really sure’ he wanted to leave.
Rapp has been actor from the age of nine and currently plays Lt Stamets on Star Trek: Discovery.
Following Rapp’s accusations, Spacey did not return calls to media. Instead he took to social media to apologize to Rapp.
Spacey said he did not remember the incident and blamed alcohol for any wrongdoing that had occurred.
‘I’m beyond horrified to hear his story,’ Spacey wrote.
‘But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.’
In the tweet, the two-time Academy Award winner also addressed long-standing rumors about his sexuality.
‘This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are other stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy,’ he wrote.
‘I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I now choose to live as a gay man.’
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
The Weinstein affect
Rapp said he felt obliged to tell his story after nearly 100 women shared their allegations of being sexually harassed by Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein.
Rapp was clear that sharing his story was ‘not to simply air a grievance’.
‘But to try to shine another light on the decades of behavior that have been allowed to continue because many people, including myself, being silent… I’m feeling really awake to the moment that we’re living in, and I’m hopeful that this can make a difference,’ Rapp told Buzzfeed.