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Monday, 30 October 2017

House of Cards’ actor, Kevin Spacey apologises for seducing fellow actor, comes out as gay

House of Cards‘ actor, Kevin Spacey has identified as a gay man in response to a sexual harassment allegation raised against him by Star Trek: Discovery actor, Anthony Rapp.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Rapp alleged that Spacey “invited him over to his apartment for a party, and, at the end of the night, picked him up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance”. Rapp was only 14 at the time.




For years, Rapp, now 46, told no one about his experience, and he has never spoken with Spacey since. But as Spacey's star began to rise through the 1990s and 2000s — including a Tony Award, two Oscars, a decadelong run as the creative director of the Old Vic theater in London, and six seasons and counting on the hit Netflix series House of Cards — Rapp's frustration, anger, and incredulity with the sexual boundary he said Spacey crossed with him grew as well.

Seeing Spacey now, “My stomach churns,” Rapp said. “I still to this day can't wrap my head around so many aspects of it. It's just deeply confusing to me.”

Spacey responded to the claims in an official statement he shared on Twitter apologising for the incident and added that he has no recollection of the event that happened when he was 26-years-old.

He wrote on Twitter, "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 and I am sorry for the feelings he described having carried with him all these years." 

Spacey also used the opportunity to make his sexual orientation public. 

"This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are other stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy," he continued. He also acknowledged for the first time publicly that "I now choose to live as a gay man," he said.




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