Actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Kevin Spacey invited him to his apartment in New York back in 1986 when Rapp was only 14 years old, and – while drunk – Spacey attempted to bed him. Rapp was traumatized from the event thereafter and attempted to talk about it a few times over the years but the story was either buried or censored. Well, BuzzFeed published the story detailing the event and Kevin Spacey, the acclaimed Hollywood actor, responded by apologizing for the event before fully turning into a gay man.
BuzzFeed published the article on October 29th, 2017, quoting Rapp about the incident wherein he describes being a child actor on Broadway and being invited to a party at Kevin Spacey’s apartment. Rapp explained…
“My memory was that I thought, Oh, everybody’s gone. Well, yeah, I should probably go home,” […] “[Kevin Spacey] sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk.”
“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.”
Before the events unfolded like the yaoi fan-fiction on a 16-year-old girl’s Tumblr page, Rapp explains that as Spacey tightened his arms around his body, he managed to briefly squiggle free and make his way into the bathroom for respite from the sexually charged moment.
While catching his breath in the other room, Rapp explained that he gathered his thoughts before venturing back out to face the actor, telling Buzzfeed…
“I saw on the counter next to the sink a picture of him having his arm around a man. So I think on some level I was like, Oh. He’s gay. I guess. Then I opened the door, and I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to go home now.’ He followed me to the front door of the apartment, and as I opened the door to leave, he was leaning on the front door[frame]. And he was like, ‘Are you sure you wanna go?’ I said, ‘Yes, good night,’ and then I did leave.”
Rapp explains that for the years that followed he was confused, frustrated and anxious about the encounter but never faced Spacey about it. He did tell a few journalists and some close friends – during an interview with the Advocate in 2001, however, when the topic came up the editorial team redacted Spacey’s name. Lawyers told Rapp there wasn’t much he could do.
During the Weinstein blow-up where numerous women (and some men) have come forward to out the sexual abuse rife within the cogs of Hollywood’s industrious sex-machine, Rapp felt it was a perfect opportunity to bring the subject up again.
The Buzzfeed story managed to get Kevin Spacey’s name to trend, to which the veteran, award-winning actor put on his best textual face to address the allegations and issue a response on Twitter.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
If you are unable to read the pseudo-apology, the text version is below, wherein Space states…
“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 encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. Buf 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.
“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.”
This has been a trend lately following the Weinstein scandal, which later prompted for a trending hashtag across social media called #MeToo.
Originally it was just about women who had been sexually abused by powerful men, but some men also came out to talk about the issue as well, including Metal Gear Solid’s own Solid Snake, David Hayter, who managed to escape an encounter that would have involved his own snake being devoured.
The revelations and accusations started with men and women, this was followed by men going after young girls, but then later involved men with other men, and now it’s devolved into men preying on teenage boys. One would be remiss to overlook the possibility that the PizzaGate hashtag that was so controversial last year might not look so odd trending once more this year.