By Damilola Faustino
Many of us will know Kevin Spacey aka Francis Underwood-the charismatic and influential character U.S. Rep.- in the Netflix original production House of Cards.
In a quite surprising revelation, the House of Cards star has come out gay after he was accused of making sexual advances on Star Trek: Discovery actor, Anthony Rapp.
Narrating the encounter which happened 31 years ago when Rapp was 14 years old and Spacey was 26, he said he was invited to Spacey’s apartment for a party in 1986, and at the end of the night, Spacey picked him up, placed him on a bed and climbed on top of him, making an advance.
His words: “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… I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
Rapp added that he was prompted to speak publicly about Spacey due to the ongoing sexual harassment and abuse by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
In a perhaps quick response to the accusations, Kevin whose sexual orientation has been a matter of public speculation for decades, took to Twitter to apologise to Rapp and at the same time confirming that he is gay.
The Twitter statement read: “I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.
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 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 behaviour.”
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