Next in the wave of sexual harassment and untoward sexual-predator-like behaviour being brought up in the entertainment industry, (there’s been a lot of these since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke), is this new unprecedented story about what Kevin Spacey did to aspiring stage actor Anthony Rapp, 31 years ago. Anthony Rapp revealed during an interview with Buzzfeed that he felt now was the best time to reveal what happened to him as a 14-year-old boy, when he visited Kevin Spacey’s apartment in New York, in 1986.
You may remember Anthony Rapp from the trail blazing film, (for many actors careers in 1993), ‘Dazed and Confused’, or perhaps from his role on Broadway in the production ‘Rent’. You might also know him from the new ‘Star Trek’ films, or ‘A Beautiful Mind’. In case none of those ring any bells and you cannot remember him, we invite you to view this interesting audition tape from the casting stage of the before mentioned, cult classic film.
Anthony Rapp is also most well known for his work on Broadway through the years, and so it sort of makes sense that he would’ve found himself inside Kevin Spacey’s apartment at 14-years old, when Kevin Spacey was 26-years old, as he also comes from a Theatre background. In the year of 1986 was really when Kevin Spacey started making a name for himself up on the stage in Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’.
What doesn’t make sense in all this is how and why Kevin Spacey would make a sexual advance on a 14-year old boy at the time, however, Spacey has already rapidly apologised, citing drunkeness and not even remembering the incident. It has clearly stuck with Anthony Rapp for some time, regardless if it was “deeply inappropriate behaviour”, as said by Kevin Spacey on Twitter.
Kevin Spacey is a likeable guy and actor (but this is concerning), and perhaps this was a way of Anthony Rapp dealing with the encounter some 30 years later. This is reportedly what happened, as Anthony opened up to Buzzfeed in a recent interview. He described how he and a 17-year old friend were invited by Kevin Spacey to an industry party in the VIP area of the Limelight nightclub, although clearly being underage, they were let in anyway. At the club, they were entertained by Kevin Spacey in the VIP area, which was then followed up with an after party at Kevin Spacey’s New York apartment.
With other guests at the party, young Anthony Rapp mentioned that he was “kind of bored” and ended up watching TV all night in Kevin Spacey’s bedroom, later on, he didn’t realise that all other guests had left the party. Rapp said he saw Kevin Spacey “sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk… He 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.”
Rapp stated that he froze up, citing “a frozen moment… In terms of fight or flight or freeze, I tend to freeze.”
However, he was able to “squirm” away not long afterwards, and he felt that Spacey had tried to seduce him. Obviously, this incident has probably had an effect on Anthony’s adult life and he’s both been mystified and troubled by the encounter.
In an immediate and heartfelt response on Twitter, Kevin Spacey wrote:
In addition to Anthony Rapp’s interview with Buzzfeed, he tweeted last night.
I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out 1/3
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) October 30, 2017
Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time.
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey has admitted his wrongdoing, despite not remembering the incident over 30 years ago, and reaffirms that he’s a gay man, whilst through the years he’s also been involved with women. Kevin Spacey being a gay man is really not news for those already in the know. Those rumours began circulating not long after his Oscar win for ‘American Beauty‘, which ironically features a middle-aged man attracted to his daughter’s high school friend amidst a mid-life crisis, only to be later shot in the head by a homophobic, but secretly gay neighbour. A quite marvellous film, as we can all remember.
So, what now of these embarrassing indiscretions from Kevin Spacey, regardless if it was over thirty years ago? Even at 26-years old, drunk or not, you don’t set yourself upon teenagers… That’s criminal and also wrong on so many levels.
And now, who’s next in the wave of #MeToo stories spanning from around the world that are stemming mainly from the entertainment industry? Only time will tell…
In a recent update on this story, actress Rose McGowan Tweeted out, “Bye, bye, Spacey goodbye, it’s your turn to cry, that’s why we gotta say goodbye #ROSEARMY”
Additionally, two people linked to Old Vic theatre in London, says Kevin Spacey groped one man and was said by another person to be a “man to avoid”.
One now wonders if more and more people will come forward, talking about Kevin Spacey…
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