The first of many accusations of sexual assault against Kevin Spacey surfaced in 2017 and continued to grow in the years that followed. Many accusers were inspired to come forward with similar stories about the House of Cards actor after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke.
Several sexual misbehavior, harassment, and assault claims about the incident were made public in startling articles by The New Yorker and The New York Times. In reaction to the accusations, which he refuted, Spacey came out as a gay man.
Nonetheless, Spacey came under fire from several celebrities for the timing of this disclosure. Additionally, GLAAD stated that his remarks shouldn’t “deflect” from the charges, some of which were revealed by Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp.
Since losing his role on House of Cards and being cast out of All the Money in the World, Spacey has not performed in any acting roles. Franco Nero announced the release date of the Kevin Spacey-starring Italian drama L’Uomo Che Disegno Dio in May 2021. Spacey is making his first appearance in a feature film following the initial accusations made against him.
Kevin Spacey Controversy
In an interview with Buzzfeed, 46-year-old out-gay Rent star Rapp stated that Spacey made inappropriate advances toward him when he was 14 years old. Rapp claimed in the article that Spacey was trying to seduce her. I’m not sure if I would have used that phrase. But I was aware that he was making an effort to have a sexual relationship with me.
He explained his choice to bring up the topic shortly after. I came forward with my story to shine light and maybe make a difference, as they have done for me, building on the shoulders of the many brave women and men who have been coming out,” the actor said in a statement.
In response to Rapp’s allegations against him, the House of Cards actor came out as gay in a tweet posted on his Twitter account. He has a lot of respect for Anthony Rapp as an actor. “I’m shocked to hear his story,” Spacey remarked.
I honestly can’t remember the incident because it would have happened more than 30 years ago. But if I did behave as he describes, I truly regret what would have been very inappropriate behaviour at a drunken moment, and I’m sorry for the emotions he has carried around for so long. Spacey continued, “This story has inspired me to work on other aspects of my life.”
I am aware that there are unfounded stories out there about me, some of which have been fueled by my zealous adherence to privacy. It is known to my close friends and family that I have dated both men and women in my lifetime.
Although I’ve always liked and had close relationships with men, I’ve now decided to live as a gay man. I have to assess my behavior first before I can respond to this honestly and openly.
The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has decided not to present the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award to Spacey. The decision was made in response to rumors that he tried to have sex with Rapp when he was 14 years old.
The group announced its decision on Twitter in October, months after announcing that Spacey would be recognized as “an individual who crosses cultural boundaries to touch humanity.” The award was scheduled to be presented at the International Emmy Awards Gala on November 20.
Following Rapp’s allegations, a Spacey-run theater in the United Kingdom from 2003 to 2015 asserted that no complaints about the House of Cards actor had ever been filed. A theater representative broke the news in a statement that the Evening Standard managed to get.
The statement said that during Kevin Spacey’s tenure as creative director, no complaints were made against him. No complaints have been made since he left.
The House of Cards star was confirmed to be receiving therapy after other allegations surfaced over the previous week, alleging he made unwanted advances toward young male performers.
“Kevin Spacey is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment,” Spacey’s representative said in a statement. At this point, no more information will be given.