US actor Anthony Rapp has accused Kevin Spacey of making a “sexual advance” towards him when he was 14.
Rapp, now 46, claims Spacey invited him over to his apartment in 1986 after the two met while they were working on different shows on Broadway.
At the end of the house party, Rapp alleges, Spacey – then 26 – placed him on a bed and climbed on top of him.
BuzzFeed first published the allegations, but Spacey’s representatives did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
But on Monday afternoon, Spacey released a statement saying he was “horrified” to hear Rapp’s story.
“I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago,” he said. “But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”
It is the first time Rapp has spoken publicly about his interactions with the Oscar winner.
The star of Star Trek: Discovery, who was catapulted into the spotlight after starring in the original musical Rent, said he was going public with the allegations to try to “shine another light” on Hollywood following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
“He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold,” Rapp told BuzzFeed.
“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. I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
Rapp said he eventually managed to push Spacey off him and to leave the apartment.
“My head was spinning,” he said. “I have a memory of turning around and [thinking to myself], ‘What was that? What am I supposed to do with that? What does it mean?’
“The older I get, and the more I know, I feel very fortunate that something worse didn’t happen.
“And at the same time, the older I get, the more I can’t believe it. I could never imagine [that] anyone else I know would do something like that to a 14-year-old boy.”
Rapp said he had never talked to Spacey about that night in 1986, and is thankful he hasn’t had anything to do with the House of Cards star since.
However, he told BuzzFeed he did walk past Spacey during a rehearsal for the 1999 Tony Awards.
“He looked at me, and I thought I saw some form of recognition, and I quickly looked away,” he said.
“I passed him and went out the door. In retrospect, I’m very grateful that I wasn’t alone with him. I don’t know what the f— I would have done.” pic.twitter南京夜网/X6ybi5atr5??? Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.