The news cycles don’t take breaks on the weekends anymore. Hollywood keeps reeling from the aftermath of the still worsening Harvey Weinstein scandal, and another accusation was leveled in a new direction on Sunday night.
The Wrap reported that “Star Trek: Discovery” actor Anthony Rapp on Sunday claimed that Kevin Spacey ‘tried to seduce’ him decades ago when he was a 14-year-old actor appearing on Broadway.”
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Rapp said that a then-26-year-old Spacey invited him to a party in 1986 and “placed him on his bed, climbed on top of him and made a sexual advance” before Rapp was able to “squirm” away.
On Sunday night, Spacey said on his Twitter account, “I honestly do not remember the encounter … but if I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”
Spacey decided to respond by coming out as gay, something that has been rumored for years.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
The Twitter responses to this were generally harsh, and mostly not fit to share here. The gist is that he’s closely guarded his sexuality for decades but decided to come out now to provide some sympathy cover.
Of course, if the allegation is true, the problem isn’t that he’s gay, it’s that he propositioned a minor. At this point, it’s Rapp’s word against Spacey’s, and it happened a long time ago.
Spacey has a pretty good reputation, but public opinion isn’t exactly pro-Hollywood after the last few weeks, so this might be rough for him.