Kevin Spacey has been accused of sexual harassment in the 1980’s.
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According to actor Anthony Rapp, Kevin Spacey made sexual advances towards him when he was just 14 years old. Rapp told BuzzFeed News that the incident occurred in 1986 at an after party at Spacey’s apartment. Rapp became bored with the party and went to a room to watch TV. When everyone else was gone, Kevin showed up at the door of the room.
Rapp says “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 was able to squirm away.
Rapp, who was playing in the Broadway show Precious Sons in 1986, says he doesn’t recall ever telling his mother. He also feels like, since the incident mirrored a scene that happened in his play, he was able to “slough off” the traumatic event. “I think that on some level my system was kind of weirdly accustomed to the action [of having a man crawl on top of me], because it had been happening in the play,” Rapp told BuzzFeed.
Kevin Spacey, who has now publicly said that he is gay, says that he cannot remember the alleged incident with Anthony Rapp back in 1986, but has said he is “horrified” by the story. He has apologized.
In a statement, Kevin Spacey has said:
“I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour.”
Anthony Rapp is best known for being the original Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of Rent in 1996 and later for reprising the role in the film version. He currently stars in Star Trek: Discovery.