Kevin Spacey, star of Netflix’s hit series “House of Cards,” came out as gay early Monday morning, following allegations of sexual misconduct years ago.
The alleged incident happened many years ago, Rapp told BuzzFeed News, when during a party then 26-year-old Spacey attempted to “seduce” him. Rapp said it was clear Spacey “was trying to get with me sexually.”
After apologizing for the encounter — which Spacey said he doesn’t recall — he addressed another matter that’s been haunting him for years: his sexuality. Spacey admitted to having been in romantic 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,” he wrote. “I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.”
Read Spacey’s bombshell statement in full:
I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I’m beyond horrified to hear this story. 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 behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.
This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. 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. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.
Spacey was immediately rebuked by others on social media for using his sexuality as an “excuse” to seemingly explain away his alleged sexual wrongdoing:
As a gay man I can assure you molesting 14 year olds is not normal and Kevin Spacey shouldn't be using his sexuality to excuse his actions.
— Josh (@JoshNoneYaBiz) October 30, 2017
SEXUAL ASSAULT IS NOT ABOUT SEXUALITY. SEXUAL ASSAULT IS ABOUT POWER. SAY IT WITH ME, PLEASE. #KevinSpacey
— Jordan Gavaris (@JordanGavaris) October 30, 2017
The story here is that Kevin Spacey is a child molester and more will come out. Him being gay is a distraction and attempt to spin a story
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey has no right to associate being a pedophile with sexuality when gay community has fought so long against such ugly prejudices.
— dilara (@marioncotilards) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey doesn't remember specifically trying to rape a child but maybe he did. That's the exuse here. Wow. https://t.co/ohMySexbbx
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) October 30, 2017
That Kevin Spacey statement. Nope. Absolutely not. Nope.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 30, 2017
The well-known actor’s apology — and personal admission — comes after dozens of women have accused disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault, and even rape.
In mid-October, actor Sam Elliott described the fallout over the Weinstein accusations as “the best thing that’s happened to Hollywood in a long time.”
“How can it not?” he said during the Variety Screening Series. “Once you’ve given that kind of strength that this unveiling has given to a given population — the women of the world — how can you take it back?”