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Spacey comes out on Twitter; apologizes after actor accuses him of past harassment

By in Press Enterprise on October 30, 2017

By The New York Times

By MICHAEL PAULSON

Kevin Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner, apologized Sunday night for what he said “would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior” after the actor Anthony Rapp accused him of making a sexual advance on him 31 years ago, when Rapp was 14 years old.

Spacey, who has long been fiercely private about his personal life, said in a statement that he did

Actor Anthony Rapp arrives at the 17th annual GLAAD media award ceremony, Monday, March 27, 2006, in New York. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) awards recognize and honor mainstream media for their fair and accurate representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and the issues that affect their lives. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

not remember any such encounter, but added that Rapp’s accusation “has encouraged me to address other things about my life.” He then disclosed that he had “loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.”

The rapid cycle of accusation and apology began Sunday evening, when BuzzFeed published an article in which Rapp alleged that Spacey “was trying to get with me sexually” after a party at Spacey’s apartment in 1986. After all the other guests had left, Rapp said that Spacey, who appeared intoxicated, “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.”

Rapp, who is best known for playing the character Mark Cohen in the original Broadway production of “Rent,” confirmed the contents of the article and said he had decided to speak out at a time when several women have accused the producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.

“I came forward with my story, […]    

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