Hollywood star Kevin Spacey has confirmed rumours he is gay while apologising after being accused of making a sexual advance toward a child actor.
The accuser, 46-year-old Anthony Rapp, who was then 14, said Spacey invited him to a party and seemed drunk when the alleged incident happened.
Spacey, who was 26, said: “I honestly do not remember the encounter… but if I did behave then as he describes I owe him the sincerest apology.”
Rapp said he was sharing the story now after the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
The accusations have sparked a debate about inappropriate behaviour in the entertainment industry and beyond, and encouraged more people to share their experiences.
Rapp’s final tweet said “everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time”.
In his interview with BuzzFeed News, the Star Trek: Discovery actor said he was sitting on the edge of a bed after the party – held in Spacey’s apartment in 1986 – when Oscar-winning Spacey, now 58, came into the bedroom.
“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 said.
“He was trying to seduce me… I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
Rapp said he was able to go to the bathroom before he left.
Responding to the allegation, Spacey said he was “sorry for the feelings [Rapp] describes having carried with him all these years”.
He also addressed “stories” about his personal life, saying he had had relationships with both men and women and was now living as a gay man.
“I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behaviour.”