Kevin Spacey is under fire for using his decision to come out as gay as a way to possibly deflect allegations by actor Anthony Rapp that the two-time Oscar winner made unwanted sexual advances more than 30 years ago.
In a two-paragraph tweet, Spacey, 58, wrote he was “horrified” to hear Rapp’s allegations that Spacey climbed on top of the young actor at a Manhattan party when Rapp was only 14. (Spacey was 26 at the time.) While he claimed to not remember what happened, Spacey wrote that he owes the now 46-year-old actor from Star Trek: Discovery “the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”
Spacey continued, writing that he wanted to “address other things about my life.” The House of Cards actor wrote that while he has had relationships over the years with both men and women, “I choose now to live as a gay man.”
On Monday, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said, “coming out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault.”
“This is not a coming out story about Kevin Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp and all those who bravely speak out against unwanted sexual advances,” Ellis continued. “The media and public should not gloss over that.”
In the meantime, Spacey’s tweet was met with a mixture of shock and skepticism (if not straight-up anger) from many people online — including Billy Eichner, Rose McGowan and numerous members of the media.