Details About Actor Kevin Spacey Hitting On Anthony Rapp
Last night, Buzzfeed posted an article which was an interview by actor, Anthony Rapp detailing an incident where actor, Kevin Spacey (26 at the time), made a sexual advance toward him when he was only 14 years old. Rapp reveals that in 1986, when both actors were new to the Broadway scene, Spacey invited Rapp to a party at his apartment where Spacey proceeded to lay down on top of him after the other party guests had gone home.
This was very troubling news as my eyes focused in on the headline. I loved Anthony Rapp ever since I discovered Rent as a teenager. I also had such profound respect for Kevin Spacey as an actor, one of my favorite films being “American Beauty”.
Watching this situation unfold over social media was really perplexing. At the time I saw the Buzzfeed article, I immediately consulted twitter to confirm with other sources. At this point of the evening, Spacey had already tweeted his statement.
I found myself weirdly loyal to both parties at first. After reading Spacey’s statement, for a moment, it almost felt like you can forgive what happened. He showed regret. He responded exactly the right way as if that mattered somehow. Could that have really happened? I had a moment of doubt.
However I could identify those fleeting thoughts of doubt as defense mechanisms in order to cover up something that I didn’t want to believe was true. I read the entire Buzzfeed article in one sitting as the detailed chronicling of the incident and the aftermath sunk in.
But the truth of the matter is that we as society cannot ever blame the victim or doubt legitimacy of the victim’s account. And what we have learned over course of the past few weeks with Harvey Weinstein and the “Me too” movement, it is not easy for anyone to speak about their experience of sexual assault and harassment. It has been proven time and time again by the media, by people I know, even myself – that it is extremely difficult to come to terms with sexual abuse much less share the experience.
It began to disgust me that under the guise of Spacey’s polite, charismatic, apologetic statement is the diversion of “coming out” to somehow redirect the conversation. I find it, now, completely disrespectful.
What I have learned personally from this unfortunate event, is that it is hard to be objective when the narrative involves two parties that you find trustworthy. But the fact of the matter is that we have to be. The odds that we will encounter similar situations in our personal lives seem very plausible. I am completely disheartened and angry. My heart goes out to Rapp and I thank him for his bravery to speak up.