Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp claimed he was left traumatised after Spacey lay on top of him during evening at actors apartment 31 years ago
Kevin Spacey has responded to accusations he made unwelcome sexual improvements towards a 14 -year-old actor, saying he did not recollect the accident but if it did happen it was likely” deeply inappropriate drunkens behaviour” for which he sincerely apologises.
The Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp has accused Spacey of traumatising him after a party in New York in 1986.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Rapp alleged that Spacey, then 26, invited him and a 17 -year-old friend to a nightclub, despite both being visibly underage, during which the latter are entertained in the VIP area by Spacey.
Rapp said Spacey then followed up with an invited to a party at his Manhattan apartment, which Rapp attended.
Rapp said he spent much of the working party” kind of suffered” and watching television in the bedroom until late into the night, before noticing Spacey standing at the bedroom entrance and realising all the other guests had left the party.
He said Spacey” sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My intuition when he came in the chamber was that he was drunkard … He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. But I don’t, like, writhe away initially, because I’m like,’ What’s going on ?’ And then he lays down on top of me .”
Rapp described the experience as” a frozen minute … In terms of battle or flight or freeze, I tend to freeze .”
Rapp said he believed Spaceywas trying to ” seduce” him but that he was able to “squirm” away soon afterwards, closing himself in the bathroom before telling Spacey he was leaving.” As I opened the door to leave, he was reclining on the front door[ frame ]. And he was like,’ Are you sure you wanna run ?’ I said,’ Yes, good nighttime ,’ and then I did leave ,” Rapp said.
A statement posted to the Spacey’s official Twitter account on Monday said:” I frankly 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 apologetic for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the beliefs he describes having carried with him all these years .”
Spacey , now 58 , who has been defiantly private about his personal life in the past and whose sexuality has long been the subject of rumour and hypothesi, addressed this directly in his statement, saying:” As those closest to me know, in “peoples lives” I have had its relation with both men and women. I have adored and had romantic encounters with guys throughout my life, and I opt now to live as a homosexual guy. I want to deal with this candidly and openly and that begin with analyse my own behaviour .”
Rapp said that for years he did not tell anyone about his experience. It wasn’t until Spacey’s career began to rise in the 1990 s and 2000 s that Rapp became angrier and more frustrated at the memory, saying his” stomach churns” when he sees Spacey now.” I still to this day can’t wrap my head around so many aspects of it. It’s just deep flustering to me ,” Rapp said.
Rapp also said that, as a homosexual guy himself, he had procured Spacey’s firm stance on his own private life deeply frustrating:” I wanted to scream to the rooftops,’ This person is a fraud !'”
Rapp attributed his ability to coping in the aftermath of the alleged incident to his acting qualify, and that he had” locked it away” within himself. But he also said there were occasions afterwards when he found envisioning Spacey on screen and in person highly distressing, and that he dreaded future prospects of the two of them ever cooperating with each other.
Rapp contemplated himself fortunate that” something worse didn’t happen” but also expressed incredulity that it happened at all. He says he considered talking about here Spacey about the encounter but never did. He also considered legal action, but was advised he did not have floors to make a suit. He had previously told the narrative, with Spacey’s name removed, to the Advocate in 2001.
Rapp told BuzzFeed he experienced compelled to come forward publicly in the aftermath of the ripple of sexual abuse accusations against disgraced industry mogul Harvey Weinstein.
In a series of tweets after the publication of the interview, Rapp said:” I came forward with my tale, standing on the shoulders of the many fearless women and men who have been speaking out, to glint a illumination and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me .”