On Saturday, Kevin Spacey was accused of coming onto actor Anthony Rapp in 1986 when they were both performing in Broadway shows. Spacey invited Rapp to his apartment for a party and at the end of the night he “picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance.” At the time, Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26.
Rapp decided to speak out about his story because of the Harvey Weinstein scandal saying, “My stomach churns. I still to this day can’t wrap my head around so many aspects of it. It’s just deeply confusing to me.”
As soon as the article about the alleged assault was published, Spacey responded in a statement via Twitter. He apologized but said he didn’t remember the incident. At the same time, Spacey took the time to come out of the closet as a gay man.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
However, Spacey’s apology rang with a tone of ignorance. Not long after his response, other celebrities came out to speak against his words, saying that Spacey was perpetuating the stereotype that gay men are predators.
George Takei spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, against Spacey’s actions. “When power is used in a non-consensual situation, it is a wrong,” Takei said.
“For Anthony Rapp, he has had to live with the memory of this experience of decades ago. For Kevin Spacey, who claims not to remember the incident, he was the older, dominant one who had his way. Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight — that is a deflection. They do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it.”
He was not alone in his sentiments. Vanity Fair Columnist, Richard Lawson spoke out in his own tweets saying, “The psychology of the closet is dark and cruel and self-punishing. That spacey has dwelt in that for years is sad. But 14 is 14. Coming out as a gay man is not the same thing as coming out as someone who preyed on a 14-year-old. Conflating those things is disgusting…For a famous person to deflect these accusations with a long-in-the-making coming out is so cruel to his supposed new community it stings.”
Coming out as a gay man is not the same thing as coming out as someone who preyed on a 14-year-old. Conflating those things is disgusting
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) October 30, 2017
In his discussion with BuzzFeed News, Rapp said that he decided to be open, “not to simply air a grievance but to try to shine another light on the decades of behavior that have been allowed to continue because many people, including myself, being silent. … I’m feeling really awake to the moment that we’re living in, and I’m hopeful that this can make a difference.”
As of now, no other accusations have been made but it seems like Spacey’s actions were another “everyone knew” situation of Hollywood. Seth McFarlane made jokes regarding Spacey’s alleged pedophilia in his animated series, “Family Guy.” In a clip from a 2005 episode, viewers see character Stewie Griffin, a toddler, yelling “Help! I’ve escaped from Kevin Spacey’s basement! Help me!”
Fans of “House of Cards,” the Netflix political drama starring Spacey, called for a cancellation of the show or at least a firing of Spacey. Deadline reports the show is set to end after season 6, which was announced in a joint statement from Netflix and Media Rights Capital. Although the entirety of the season hasn’t been filmed, the companies, “have decided to suspend production on House of Cards season six, until further notice, to give [them] time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of [their] cast and crew.”
Spacey was set to be honored at the 2017 International Emmys. The honor has since been rescinded amid the allegations of harassment.
The International Academy has announced that in light of recent events it will not honor Kevin Spacey with the 2017 Intl Emmy Founders Award
— Intl Emmy Awards (@iemmys) October 30, 2017
Spacey has not commented further on the allegations or the fallout.