As the subject of a child molestation allegation, we can assume Kevin Spacey hoped to tone it down with his announcement of his gayness.
But in a op-ed penned by Nylon writer Hayden Manders, this announcement of his homosexuality does not excuse his alleged actions against Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp when he 14.
In light of the rising number of sexual assault allegations against Hollywood big figures, Rapp claimed on Buzzfeed that after performing in the Broadway edition of Precious Sons in 1986, he was cornered by Spacey at a party thrown in the elder actor’s apartment. Spacey was 26 at the time.
“My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk,” Rapp says. He alleges Spacey picked him up and laid on top of him, on Spacey’s bed. Rapp says, “I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually,” and he eventually “squirmed” away.
Spacey then released a statement saying he was ‘horrified’ at the allegation, and that if it was true, he was ‘sincerely sorry’ for what he called ‘deeply inappropriate drunken behavior’ at the time.
He followed it up with wanting to live as his authentic self, and how he wanted to now live in the open as a gay man.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
But Manders writes that his sexuality wasn’t exactly a big revelation for those in Hollywood.
“People knew, but no one of considerable influence openly talked about it (that, or someone with more influence silenced them),” she wrote.
However, it would be an insult to place being gay and assaulting someone sexually, a child no less, together in the same sentence.
“Don’t let Spacey’s coming out fool you. He may be gay, but that does not excuse his alleged actions toward actor Anthony Rapp in 1986,” she wrote.
“Rapp, now 46, says he feels compelled to share this story as more and more women speak openly about their disturbing experiences with Weinstein. Rapp should be applauded for his bravery. In an ideal world, Spacey, too, should be applauded for his coming out, but we’re far from that because not only has Spacey come out after these accusations have come to light, he’s done so in a damaging way that perpetuates the decades-old homophobic idea that being gay somehow equates to predatory behavior.”
Let’s not downplay the accusations against Spacey. And let’s definitely not play into the idea his sexuality is part of the reason he allegedly made advances on a 14-year-old boy. It’s not.
“What Spacey has done is play into the idea that being gay somehow makes you a sexual predator, something that’s not normal and needs, as his apology says, “examining.” No, sir. Being gay is normal. Being a predator is not.”