“Coming-out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD. “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. The media and public should not gloss over that.”
Rapp told Buzzfeed News on Sunday night that in 1986, Spacey picked Rapp up “like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold,” placed him on a bed, and climbed on top of him when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26.
“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp, now 46, recalled. “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
Spacey responded to the allegations in a statement on Twitter Sunday night, writing, “I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior,” adding, “This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I now choose to live as a gay man.”
Spacey’s statement has been widely criticized by gay activists and celebrities for the timing amid sexual assault allegations. Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson wrote on Twitter, “Coming out as a gay man is not the same thing as coming out as someone who preyed on a 14-year-old. Conflating those things is disgusting.”
Coming out as a gay man is not the same thing as coming out as someone who preyed on a 14-year-old. Conflating those things is disgusting
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) October 30, 2017
Billy Eichner said, “Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.”
Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 30, 2017