Kevin Spacey offered an apology and said he was "beyond horrified" after an actor accused him of making sexual advances on him as a 14-year-old. Star Trek: Discovery cast member Anthony Rapp tells BuzzFeed that he went to a party in Spacey's New York apartment in 1986 and ended up watching TV in a bedroom because he was the only non-adult there. He says at the end of the night, Spacey, who was then 26, came into the room, apparently drunk, picked him up, put him in the bed, and climbed on top of him. "He was trying to seduce me," Rapp says. "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 says he was able to "squirm away" and get out of the apartment.
In a tweet, Spacey said he does not remember the incident, but he apologizes for "what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior." He also acknowledged for the first time that he is "living as a gay man" after having had relationships with both men and women. "This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life," he said. "I now choose to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior." Spacey faced a backlash on social media after his tweet, which was seen as an attempt to deflect attention from the accusation, Variety reports. "Nope to Kevin Spacey's statement," tweeted "Savage Love" writer Dan Savage. "There's no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child."