On Sunday night Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp (Lt. Stamets) sparked headlines from news and entertainment outlets around the world with an interview he gave to Buzzfeed in which he alleged that Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey made a pass at him when the two worked together on Broadway in 1986. At the time, Rapp was 14 while Spacey was 26.
Rapp is claiming publicly for the first time that Spacey befriended Rapp, then invited him over to his apartment after a party. According to Rapp, it was here that Spacey picked him up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance.
“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp told BuzzFeed. “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
Rapp said he felt compelled to come forward with the accusations now due to the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal that has rocked Hollywood and sparked a new conversation about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. Rapp explains that he wanted to “shine another light on the decades of behavior that have been allowed to continue because many people, including myself, being silent.” He added, “I’m feeling really awake to the moment that we’re living in, and I’m hopeful that this can make a difference.”
A few hours after the Buzzfeed story was released Spacey sent out an apology to Rapp, calling his past actions “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior” and adding that he is now choosing to “live as a gay man.”
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
Rapp followed this up on Twitter explaining that he didn’t have anything more to say on the subject and that he just wanted to add his voice to the chorus of others who have told their stories.
I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out 1/3
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) October 30, 2017
Support for Rapp from Star Trek team
Since the revelations some of Rapp’s peers from Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek in general have come forward on Twitter to show their support.
— Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) October 30, 2017
— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) October 30, 2017
— Ted Sullivan (@karterhol) October 30, 2017
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) October 30, 2017