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Spacey criticized for using apology to come out

By in Press Enterprise on October 31, 2017

By The New York Times

The New York Times

Kevin Spacey evaded questions about his sexuality for years, insisting that it was a private matter

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even as Hollywood gossip surrounded him. On Sunday, the celebrated actor confirmed what had long been whispered: “I choose now to live as a gay man,” he wrote.

But some of those who might have supported him were instead incensed by the implication that his sexuality was relevant to an accusation, reported by BuzzFeed News, that he had made a sexual advance toward a 14-year-old boy 31 years ago. They saw his coming out story as an intentional distraction from the accusation and a damaging conflation of homosexuality and pedophilia.

On Twitter, Billy Eichner, an actor, wrote: “Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.” That sentiment was shared across Hollywood and the gay community, as people criticized the timing and tactics of Spacey’s response. Some also directed ire at news organizations that appeared to focus more on Spacey’s coming out than the sexual misconduct accusations.

Anthony Rapp, cast member in “Star Trek: Discovery,” at the premiere of the new television series in Los Angeles Sept. 19, 2017. The actor alleges Kevin Spacey made sexual advances on him when he was a teenager. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

On Sunday, BuzzFeed News reported that Anthony Rapp, an actor, said Spacey had made a sexual advance toward him in 1986, when Rapp was 14. He said that Spacey, who was then 26, had picked him up, placed him on a bed and climbed on top of him.

Spacey did not offer a comment to BuzzFeed. But shortly after the story was published, he released a statement in […]    

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