Many in the community are criticizing the actor for deflecting from the real issue.
Oscar-winner and stage actor Kevin Spacey has been outed, not as a gay actor (he would do that himself in a Twitter apology on Sunday), but as a sexual aggressor to an underage actor thirty years ago, according to former child actor Anthony Rapp.
The Adventures in Babysitting and Rent star, Rapp, alleges Spacey made forceful advances on him when he was only 14-years-old after a party at Spacey’s New York apartment in 1986.
The two were both becoming popular on Broadway in the 80’s: Spacey was 26 at the time reports BuzzFeed.
In light of the recent allegations of sexual harassment in Hollywood, Rapp decided it was time to reveal the other side of the coin exposing the corruption that gay men face in the industry.
"And not to simply air a grievance," he said, "but to try to shine another light on the decades of behavior that have been allowed to continue because many people, including myself, being silent. … I'm feeling really awake to the moment that we're living in, and I'm hopeful that this can make a difference."
The incident happened when Spacey befriended Rapp over three decades ago and invited him back to his apartment one night to join him and several guests for an industry party.
Rapp says he didn’t join the guests, opting to stay in Spacey’s bedroom watching television instead, but it was when everybody left that Spacey made his move.
“My memory was that I thought, Oh, everybody's gone. Well, yeah, I should probably go home,” Rapp recalls. He claims Spacey then, “sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk.” Rapp doesn’t remember a a verbal exchange, instead “He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. But I don't, like, squirm away initially, because I'm like, 'What's going on?' And then he lays down on top of me.”
“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp said. “I don't know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
Spacey lay on top of the teenager, Rapp recalls, but he was able to squirm out and go into the bathroom, afterward telling a persistent Spacey he was leaving.
Once these allegations became public over the weekend, Spacey made a statement via Twitter which has angered many in the LGBT community, saying he used the opportunity to come out, perhaps rendering the apology insincere in light of a positive spin.
He says he doesn’t recall the incident and that he was intoxicated.
"But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior," Spacey wrote.
"This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are other stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy," he continued. He also acknowledged for the first time publicly that "I now choose to live as a gay man."
The community thinks Spacey's apology should have stopped short of the coming out. They say the focus should have remained on Rapps allegations and not used as a PR opportunity.
Difficult People and American Horror Story star Billy Eichner tweeted, "Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out."
"Well done Kev. You stay silent on your sexuality until the time comes when you can conflate it with an alleged sexual assault on a minor," posted Sue Perkins.
Recently emboldened Rose McGowan also had something to say, "Bye bye, Spacey goodbye, it’s your turn to cry, that’s why we’ve gotta say goodbye."
Wanda Sykes: "No no no no no! You do not get to “choose” to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks!"
Rapp is now starring in the new Star Trek Discovery series and tweeted that he has nothing more to say on the subject.
"I came forward with my story," he wrote, "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 [BuzzFeed] article, and I have no further comment about it at this time."
Kevin Spacey has remained silent after his initial response on Twitter.