The Weinstein scandal has encouraged more and more people to speak out about sexual impropriety in the Hollywood community. Yesterday, Rent star Anthony Rapp came forward alleging that when he was 14, he was propositioned by then 26-year-old Kevin Spacey.
Rapp told Buzzfeed that he and Spacey first crossed paths in 1986, when both were working on Broadway. He recounted how Spacey had invited him to his apartment for a party. After everyone else left, “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 the bed) on top of me.”
Rapp says it was clear Spacey was attempting to seduce him, but he managed to leave the apartment. “The older I get,” he told the reporter, “And the more I know, I feel very fortunate that something worse didn’t happen. 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, who has spent years dodging questions of his private life, responded to Rapp’s story on Twitter.
Spacey says he does not remember the encounter. But if it’s true, he apologizes for “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” He then goes on to come out as a “gay man.”
Notably, he doesn’t deny the damning allegation, then offers an odd apology only before an alternate headline. Because “Kevin Spacey Comes Out As Gay” is a lot easier for readers to accept than “Kevin Spacey Accused Of Attempting To Seduce A Child.” On top of that, his statement—intentionally or not—conflates homosexuality with pedophilia, a rhetoric move most often associated with homophobes. With Trump heading up a vile anti-LGBTQA+ movement from the White House, such a statement could not come at a worse moment.
Twitter is not having it.
Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 30, 2017
The psychology of the closet is dark and cruel and self-punishing. That Spacey has dwelt in that for years is sad. But 14 is 14. https://t.co/f152ZIE6pQ— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey has set gay rights back fifty years by a) conflating homosexuality with paedophilia and b) Saying that being gay is a "choice."— Eden Adder Calvary (@EACalvary) October 30, 2017
Anthony Rapp: "Kevin Spacey tried to rape me."— Travon Free (@Travon) October 30, 2017
Media: "Kevin how do you respond?"
Spacey: "uuh…uuhh… Hey everyone I'm gay!" pic.twitter.com/6LAEfsyRtF
part of the horror of spacey’s cynical ploy to use his coming out to deflect abuse allegations is how well it is working— Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) October 30, 2017
Disgusted by Kevin Spacey throwing gay people under the bus to distract from his paedophilla. We've worked for years to shatter that myth.— Louis Staples (@LouisStaples) October 30, 2017
The people: "Ey kevin spacey did you try rape a 14 year old?"— Tom Keegan (@TomKeegan3) October 30, 2017
Kevin: "dont rember that. I'm gay now yeno"
The people: "no worries then" pic.twitter.com/xkooLozo2B
Kevin Spacey trying to shield himself with the rainbow flag is just beyond outrageous.— Google "CNN,175,Sue" (@NolteNC) October 30, 2017
Despite his attempt to quell it, the Spacey story doesn’t seem to be going away. Just four hours ago, The Independent spoke with Victoria Featherstone, artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre, who said of the renowned stage actor, “I think that many people in the theatre and in the creative industries have been aware of many stories of many people over a lot of years, and Kevin Spacey would be one of the people that people have had concerns about, yes.”
So it seems likely more accusers may be encouraged to come forward. And thanks to Spacey’s statement, every one who was underage at the time will become fuel for homophobe rage. Meaning: Kevin Spacey publicly joined the queer community in a cynical attempt to win its protection, and instead threw us under the bus. Fuck him.