Kevin Spacey has come out of the closet and issued an apology to Anthony Rapp after the Star Trek: Discovery star gave an interview to Buzzfeed News on Sunday, in which the Broadway vet publicly accused the House of Cards star of making a pass at him when he was just 14 years old.
Soon after the story hit, the two-time Oscar winner apologized in a lengthy statement on Twitter.
"I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor," he wrote.
"I am beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter as it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior and I am sorry for the feelings he described having carried with him all these years."
Spacey also wrote, "This story has encouraged me to address other things in my life...I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man."
A few minutes after Spacey's shared his post, Rapp tweeted, "Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time."
While many fans have reacted in support of Spacey's coming out about his long-rumored sexuality, there has also been a big backlash online over his decision to come out in an apology for his past behavior.
Commenters have called out the 58-year-old actor for "deflecting" from what they feel is the true issue at hand—being sexually inappropriate with an underage boy.
Spacey said Rapp's story encouraged him to address his sexuality and revealed that he has had relationships with both men and women.
"I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy."
As those close to me know, in my life, I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic relationships 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 behaviour," he added.
Information source: telegraph
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