Kevin Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner, apologized Sunday night for what he said “would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior” after the actor Anthony Rapp accused him of making a sexual advance on him 31 years ago, when Mr. Rapp was 14 years old.
Mr. Spacey, who has long been fiercely private about his personal life, said in a statement that he did not remember any such encounter, but added that Mr. Rapp’s accusation “has encouraged me to address other things about my life.” He then disclosed that he had “loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.”
The rapid cycle of accusation and apology began Sunday evening, when BuzzFeed published an article in which Mr. Rapp alleged that Mr. Spacey “was trying to get with me sexually” after a party at Mr. Spacey’s apartment in 1986. After all the other guests had left, Mr. Rapp said that Mr. Spacey, who appeared intoxicated, “picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me.”
Erin Quill, an actress, said Mr. Rapp told her of his allegation years ago. “He told me the story in 1992 and I stand by Anthony’s account,” she said in an email on Sunday night.
Mr. Spacey, now 58, is a well-known actor who hosted this year’s Tony Awards; he won his Oscars in 1996 for “The Usual Suspects” and in 2000 for “American Beauty,” as well as a Tony Award in 1991 for “Lost in Yonkers.” He currently stars as Frank Underwood on “House of Cards.”
Mr. Rapp, now 46, is currently featured on the television series “Star Trek: Discovery.”
Mr. Spacey’s decision to cite homosexuality as part of a response to an accusation that he made a sexual advance on a minor drew criticism from some on social media.
Nope to Kevin Spacey's statement. Nope. There's no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child.
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) October 30, 2017