Twitterati upset over Kevin Spacey coming out after sexual assault allegation; appalled at his ‘apology’

Anthony Rapp alleged that actor Kevin Spacey had made a sexual advance towards him in 1986, when the former was all of 14 years of age. In response to this, Spacey not only apologised for his behaviour but has also revealed that he is homosexual.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published: October 30, 2017 8:01:31 pm

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Recently, news of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassing and assaulting women had jolted media worldwide. This had led to a social media movement of sorts where countless men and women had shared their private ‘Harvey Weinstein episodes’ with the hashtag #MeToo. And while each story was as horrifying as the other, it seems like there are still stories that are waiting to be told. In an interview with Buzzfeed News, American actor Anthony Rapp alleged that in the past actor Kevin Spacey had made a sexual advance towards him. In response to this, Spacey has not only apologised for it but has also revealed that he is homosexual.

The incident apparently took place in 1986, when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26. According to Rapp, Spacey had befriended him after both of them performed on Broadway shows and had later invited him over to his apartment. It was there that House of Cards actor had allegedly placed Rapp on his bed and forced himself on him. After this revelation Rapp tweeted that he shared the story to stand on the “shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out” and “to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me.”

This is what Repp had tweeted.

Spacey, on his part, apologised for his “inappropriate drunken behavior” and has come out as gay. “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,” his statement read. “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 behaviour,” he added.

This is what he tweeted.

Spacey’s revelation about his sexual orientation at this juncture has not gone down well with people on social media. Many are viewing it as a tactic by the actor to deflect attention from the allegation of sexual assault. While one user called the actor “sick”, Canadian actor Jordan Gavaris wrote, “SEXUAL ASSAULT IS NOT ABOUT SEXUALITY. SEXUAL ASSAULT IS ABOUT POWER. SAY IT WITH ME, PLEASE. #KevinSpacey.”

Here are some of the reactions.

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