Kevin Spacey announced on Twitter that he is gay.
Spacey’s announcement comes after Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp claimed that Spacey made sexual advances towards him when he was 14 years old.
According to Rapp’s claims, Spacey allegedly made a pass at Rapp in 1986 when they were both working on the Broadway play Precious Sons. Spacey was 26-years-old at the time.
via BuzzFeed News:
Rapp is publicly alleging for the first time that in 1986, Spacey befriended Rapp while they both performed on Broadway shows, invited Rapp over to his apartment for a party, and, at the end of the night, picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance. According to public records, Spacey was 26. Rapp was 14.
For years, Rapp, now 46, told no one about his experience, and he has never spoken with Spacey since. But as Spacey’s star began to rise through the 1990s and 2000s — including a Tony Award, two Oscars, a decadelong run as the creative director of the Old Vic theater in London, and six seasons and counting on the hit Netflix series House of Cards — Rapp’s frustration, anger, and incredulity with the sexual boundary he said Spacey crossed with him grew as well. Seeing Spacey now, “My stomach churns,” Rapp said. “I still to this day can’t wrap my head around so many aspects of it. It’s just deeply confusing to me.”
Spacey later took to Twitter to address the allegations, also coming out as a gay man.
“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the ecounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But If i did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am arroy for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.
This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about me 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.”
About Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey, 58, is an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, and singer who began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. Spacey earned widespread critical acclaim in the early 1990s, culminating in his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Usual Suspects and an Academy Award for Best Actor for American Beauty.
Spacey’s other starring roles include Seven, L.A. Confidential, K-PAX, Superman Returns, Baby Driver, and House of Cards.
For his role as Frank Underwood in the Netflix series House Of Cards, Spacey has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama and two consecutive Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.
Spacey also won a Tony Award for his role in Lost in Yonkers.