Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spacey Tried to Seduce Me in Bedroom When I Was 14, Says Star Trek Actor; Spacey: I Choose Now to Live as a Gay Man ... I Want to Deal with This Honestly

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spacey Tried to Seduce Me in Bedroom When I Was 14, Says Star Trek Actor; Spacey: I Choose Now to Live as a Gay Man ... I Want to Deal with This Honestly

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Byline: David Gardner US Correspondent

KEVIN SPACEY has been accused of making a sexual advance towards a child actor.

Anthony Rapp, 46, claimed he was 14 when Spacey, then 26, climbed on top of him in the older actor's bedroom.

Today Spacey, 58, said he was "beyond horrified" at the allegation but had no recollection of it happening. However, the two-time Oscar-winner and House Of Cards star apologised for "what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour" in a statement on Twitter. He also came out as gay.

Rapp, who stars in the TV series Star Trek: Discovery, made the allegation to BuzzFeed News. He said: "He picked me up like a groom picks up the Continued on Page 5 Continued from Page 1 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. He was trying to seduce me."

Rapp claimed he had been invited to a party at Spacey's New York flat in 1986 when both were starring on Broadway. Spacey was in Long Day's Journey Into Night and Rapp was in Precious Sons.

Rapp, the only non-adult at the party, recalled going to watch TV in Spacey's bedroom, only to realise after midnight that he was the only guest left in the flat. According to the US actor, Spacey "sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk."

Rapp claimed that Spacey then picked him up and lay on him and "was, like, pressing into" him and "tightening his arms". Rapp added: "It was a frozen moment. In terms of fight or flight or freeze, I tend to freeze." He said that he was able to "wriggle" away and went into the bathroom and shut the door.

"I was like, 'What is happening?' I saw on the counter next to the sink a picture of him having his arm around a man.

"So I think on some level I was like, 'Oh. He's gay. I guess.' Then I opened the door, and I was like, 'OK, I'm going to go home now.' He followed me to the front door of the apartment, and as I opened the door to leave, he was leaning on the front door[frame]. And he was like, 'Are you sure you wanna go?' I said, 'Yes, goodnight,' and then I did leave. …

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