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Actor Kevin Spacey comes out as gay, as he apologises for 1986 sexual advance on boy aged 14

Fellow actor Anthony Rapp says Spacey carried him to a bed and lay on top of him when he was a teenager and Spacey was 26

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 October, 2017, 1:47pm
UPDATED : Monday, 30 October, 2017, 11:22pm

Kevin Spacey has apologised to fellow actor Anthony Rapp for a 1986 incident in which Rapp said Spacey made a sexual advance to him when Rapp was only 14.

Spacey said in a post on Twitter he was horrified to hear Rapp’s story of the encounter, which he said he did not remember.

He wrote that he owed Rapp a “sincere apology” for what he said would have been “deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour”.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Rapp described attending a party hosted by Spacey in which the actor picked him up, brought him to a bed and lay down on top of him after other guests left.

“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp told Buzzfeed.

“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 squirmed away after a brief period of time and went into the bathroom. Shortly after, he left Spacey’s apartment and went home.

Spacey would have been 26 at the time.

Spacey, 58, who has won Oscars for The Usual Suspects and American Beauty, also said Rapp’s 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 now choose to live life as a gay man,” Spacey wrote.

“I want to deal with this honestly and openly,” he said, “and that starts with me examining my own behaviour”.

The actor for years had declined to address rumours about his sexuality.

Rapp, who went on to star in the Broadway musical Rent, was starting his career on Broadway at the time of the incident.

Spacey, a Tony Award winner for Lost in Yonkers, stars in the Netflix political drama House of Cards. He also served for 10 years as artistic director of London’s Old Vic theatre company.

Hollywood and some top US companies have been rocked in recent weeks by allegations from scores of women that executives had sexually harassed them.

US movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been accused by numerous women of having sexually harassed or assaulted them in incidents dating back to the 1980s, including some who said they were raped.

Weinstein denies having non-consensual sex with anyone.

He has since been fired as chief executive of The Weinstein Company, which he co-founded and has which been one of Hollywood’s most influential forces since its launch in October 2005.

Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse