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Posted: October 30, 2017

Kevin Spacey accused of past sexual misconduct with then-14-year-old actor

Kevin Spacey Responds to Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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Kevin Spacey accused of past sexual misconduct with then-14-year-old actor
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Kevin Spacey visits the Build Series to discuss his new play 'Clarence Darrow' at Build Studio on May 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

LOS ANGELES —

Kevin Spacey issued a controversial apology late Sunday to actor Anthony Rapp, who accused Spacey of sexual misconduct toward him in 1986, when Rapp, now 46, was 14.

"I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I'm beyond horrified to hear his story," Spacey tweeted in response to Rapp's allegation to BuzzFeed that Spacey invited the then-teenager to a party at his apartment, “picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed and climbed on top of him.”

"I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago," Spacey, now 58, said in the statement. "But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years."

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Spacey continued: "This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior."

>> See the tweet here

Spacey’s statement combining the apology with coming out was widely condemned on social media.

"Coming out is a beautiful part of being gay," journalist and author Mark Harris tweeted. "Attaching it to this vileness is so wrong."

Dan Savage, Rose McGowan and other celebrities also slammed Spacey's statement.

Rapp tweeted the following in response to the BuzzFeed article:

"I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me. Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time."

>> See the tweets here


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