Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has addressed a report that he once sexually harassed actor Anthony Rapp.
Rapp, who is currently starring in the TV series "Star Trek: Discovery" and is best known for work in the play and movie "Rent," told BuzzFeed News that Spacey invited him to a party at his apartment in 1986. Rapp was 14 years old at the time.
Spacey's statement, made on Twitter early Monday, included his first public declaration that he is gay. He did not deny that the incident took place, citing the passage of time and being drunk on the occasion, but apologized to Rapp for "what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior."
"I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years," Spacey wrote.
In his account, Rapp said he was the only person who was underage at the party, and that at the end of the night, then-26-year-old Spacey "picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance."
Although Rapp did not report the incident to authorities, BuzzFeed stated that he told several friends and a former boyfriend about the encounter at various times beginning in 1990.
On Twitter early Monday, Rapp said he finally went public about the incident by "standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out" about sexual misconduct in the media industry in recent weeks.
Spacey used his statement to address long-standing rumors about his sexuality, saying he has had relationships with both men and women throughout his life, but he now lives as a gay man.
"As those closet to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women," Spacey stated. "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 has since come under fire on social media with commentators accusing him of deflecting from the allegations of sexual assault by revealing his sexual orientation.
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
I'm not interested in Kevin Spacey being gay. I'm curious as to why we're conflating sexuality w/ the molestation of a minor. Stay on topic— Ashlee Marie Preston (@AshleeMPreston) October 30, 2017
If Kevin Spacey wanted millions of political folks to shield him from sexual assault claims, he should have come out as a Trump supporter.— Charles Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) October 30, 2017
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