The Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal has rocked the entertainment industry in more ways than one. While the allegations against the Hollywood producer and his subsequent fall from grace has inspired hundreds of thousands of people across the world to share their own experiences of facing sexual abuse, it has also encouraged celebrities to point out other alleged sexual predators.
Unfortunately, it seems “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey might be one of those people who use their name and stardom to prey on the vulnerable — or in this case, underage boys.
Inspired by women across the world coming forward to name and shame their sexual assailants and harassers, “Star Trek” actor Anthony Rapp sat down with BuzzFeed to share his story and accused Spacey of making aggressive sexual advances on him. The alleged incident took place in 1986 after a party Spacey had hosted. Rapp was 14 at the time while Spacey was 26.
The two were appearing on Broadway at the time — Rapp was working on “Precious Sons” while Spacey was in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Rapp said he met Spacey at an event, after which the older actor invited him and a friend to a party at his apartment.
Rapp, who had taken a semester off school and had moved to New York with his mother to appear on Broadway, said he soon grew bored at the party as there were no one his age and he didn’t know anyone. He recalled going into a bedroom upstairs and turning on the TV. It was then, he said, Spacey sexually abused him.
“My memory was that I thought, Oh, everybody's gone. Well, yeah, I should probably go home,” Rapp told BuzzFeed, adding, 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.”
Rapp then realized what was going on and said he was able to “squirm” away after a short period.
“It was a frozen moment,” Rapp continued. “In terms of fight or flight or freeze, I tend to freeze.”
He said the thought of Spacey’s success makes his “stomach churns” and that he “feels compelled” to “shine another light on the decades of behavior that have been allowed to continue” because of alleged victims staying silent.
“The older I get, and the more I know, I feel very fortunate that something worse didn’t happen,” Rapp said. “And at the same time, the older I get, the more I can’t believe it. I could never imagine [that] anyone else I know would do something like that to a 14-year-old boy.”
This is the first time he has publicly accused Spacey for behaving like a pedophile, although he has been telling the story to his inner circle and family since 1990, according to BuzzFeed.
However, this is not the first time someone has pointed toward Spacey’s alleged sexual misconducts: In 2001, a version of Rapp’s story was published in The Advocate. The then-executive director of the publication, Bruce Steele, told BuzzFeed they had redacted Spacey’s name from the article.
There was also this tweet from news anchor Heather Unruh.
Spacey has since responded to Rapp’s accusations by publicly coming out on social media.
However, no matter how genuine some people think his apology might be, he can’t use his sexual orientation to shift blame from himself or cover up Rapp’s story. Spacey’s announcement does not, and should not, justify his purported actions. There is no excuse for alleged pedophilia or making unwanted sexual advances towards a teenager — and his sexual orientation should not have anything to do with it.
In fact, Spacey's offensive apology only undermines the work LBGT activists have undertook to separate homosexuality with abuse, a damaging and unfounded stereotype.
Anthony Rapp: "Kevin Spacey tried to rape me."— Travon Free (@Travon) October 30, 2017
Media: "Kevin how do you respond?"
Spacey: "uuh...uuhh... Hey everyone I'm gay!" pic.twitter.com/6LAEfsyRtF
I have absolutely no respect for Kevin Spacey. Trying to cover up Anthony's story by coming out? You're trash.— Lauren: Ragnarok (@bionicblanchett) October 30, 2017
That Kevin Spacey statement. Nope. Absolutely not. Nope.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 30, 2017
Apparently, just like Weinstein, James Toback, Roman Polanski and all other Hollywood giants recently accused of sexual misconduct, Spacey’s alleged behavior was just another open secret in the entertainment industry.
Kevin Spacey has always been a well-known predator in Hollywood. Good on @albinokid for speaking out.— Chloe S. Dykstra (@skydart) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey news is bad but sadly also unsurprising. I know from direct "it happened to me" info of other passes he's made at v. young men.— Jeff B back in black (@EsotericCD) October 30, 2017
One of the very first things I was told as a young gay man working in media, nearly a decade ago, was that Kevin Spacey preys on teen boys.— Connor Goldsmith (@dreamoforgonon) October 30, 2017
Rumors about Kevin Spacey harassing boys & young men have been circulating vaguely for years. I feel like the floodgates are about to open. https://t.co/PbTHWDEbfB— M🎃lly Keran 👻 (@themollyjeanne) October 30, 2017
What Kevin Spacey has allegedly done is grotesque and inexcusable but lets please not confuse pedophilia with being gay.— 🎃 Brandon Cloud 👻 (@theclobra) October 30, 2017
So people in Hollywood have known Kevin Spacey is a pedophile for years and never thought this was deranged enough to stop? All sick f*cks.— KP (@krisp__y) October 30, 2017
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