Kevin Spacey is an award-winning actor, a director, a producer and singer – and an openly gay man who’s sorry over claims being made by a then-teenage actor.
Spacey took to Twitter on Sunday both to apologize over allegations he tried to make sexual advances toward actor Anthony Rapp in 1986 and to officially announce his sexual preference.
Rapp – who has starred in films such as “Adventures in Babysitting” and “Road Trip” but is more known for his Broadway roles – told BuzzFeed that Spacey, who worked with him on plays, put him on a bed and climbed on top of him at a party 31 years ago. Rapp was 14 at the time.
“My stomach churns” upon seeing Spacey, Rapp, now 46, told BuzzFeed. He opted to speak out now after the numerous allegations about film producer Harvey Weinstein that have surfaced recently.
Spacey, 58, apologized about Rapp’s claims in a tweet while also coming out.
“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor,” Spacey wrote. “I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter ... But if 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 have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.”
Spacey wrote in closing that he wants to examine his own behavior, and coming out is a way to deal with this honestly.