Kevin Spacey, Academy Award-winning actor and star of the popular Netflix series “House of Cards”, was accused by actor Anthony Rapp of sexual assault when Rapp was 14 years old. Rapp said Spacey picked him up, put him on his bed and “was trying to get with me sexually” in 1986. Spacey was 26 at the time.
Rapp said he met Spacey at a post-show gathering because they were both performing on Broadway shows. Spacey then invited him to a party at his Manhattan apartment that was happening a few days later. Rapp attended the party alone, but got bored because everyone else there was an adult, and he did not know anyone. Rapp went into a bedroom and watched TV past midnight. He then realized that the other guests had left the party when Spacey appeared at the doorway and approached him. “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.” Rapp said he was able to “squirm” away and left the apartment.
Spacey tweeted his apology, saying: “I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he described, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior…”
Spacey further addressed issues about his personal life, publicly declaring for the first time that he was gay: “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.”