Kevin Spacey slammed for coming out amid sexual misconduct apology to Anthony Rapp

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kevin Spacey is facing criticism for publicly coming out as gay in response to Anthony Rapp’s allegation that the “House of Cards” star sexually harassed him as a child.

Rapp, 46, revealed to BuzzFeed that he and Spacey became acquainted while working as actors on Broadway. When Rapp was 14 years old, Spacey invited him to his apartment for a party. Spacey was 26 at the time.

Rapp recounted that he became bored, as he was the only child at the party, and went into a bedroom to watch TV. He alleges that Spacey entered the bedroom looking drunk, carried Rapp to the bed and laid on top of him.

“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp told BuzzFeed. “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 “Star Trek” star says he was able to push Spacey off of him and left the apartment. However, the incident has weighed on him for years.

“The older I get, and the more I know, I feel very fortunate that something worse didn’t happen,” Rapp says. “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, 58, released a statement in response to Rapp’s allegations saying that he doesn’t remember sexually harassing Rapp, but he apologizes.

“I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not recall 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 writes.

He also publicly came out as gay adding, “I choose now to live as a gay man.”

Some people took offense to Spacey’s apology and coming out story being included in the same statement.

Rapp also tweeted a response to Spacey’s statement saying that he came forward with his story “to shine a light and hopefully make a difference.”

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