Kevin Spacey has responded to allegations he made unwelcome sexual advances towards a 14-year-old actor, saying he did not remember the incident but if it did happen it was likely “deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour” for which he sincerely apologises.
The Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp has accused Spacey of traumatising him after a party in New York in 1986.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Rapp alleged that Spacey, then 26, invited him and a 17-year-old friend to a nightclub, despite both being visibly underage, during which they were entertained in the VIP area by Spacey.
Rapp said Spacey then followed up with an invitation to a party at his Manhattan apartment, which Rapp attended.
Rapp said he spent much of the party “kind of bored” and watching television in the bedroom until late into the night, before noticing Spacey standing at the bedroom door and realising all the other guests had left the party.
He said Spacey “sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk … 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.”
Rapp described the experience as “a frozen moment … In terms of fight or flight or freeze, I tend to freeze.”
Rapp said he believed Spacey was trying to “seduce” him but that he was able to “squirm” away soon afterwards, closing himself in the bathroom before telling Spacey he was leaving. “As I opened the door to leave, he was leaning on the front door[frame]. And he was like, ‘Are you sure you wanna go?’ I said, ‘Yes, good night,’ and then I did leave,” Rapp said.
Drunk bloke tries to seduce someone, nothing happens.
Film at 11.
That’s one way to read it.
Another is attempted paedophilia, or at least ephebophilia, along with an actual real crime of underage in a nightclub (for whatever importance one ascribes to that).
Be interesting to see what happens here, won’t it? Does it fit the narrative of all men being aggressively Weinstein? Or give that the intended seductee was male, it doesn’t fit the narrative of women being those who suffer from it?