Kevin Spacey, the House Of Cards star mired in scandal after actor Anthony Rapp revealed Spacey’s unwanted sexual advances, now faces similar allegations from two other men, sources say.
Spacey, 58, allegedly “climbed on top of” a 14-year-old Rapp in 1986, when Spacey was in his twenties. Speaking out last week, Rapp, now starring in CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery, said he rebuffed the Oscar-winning movie star, and left Spacey’s home traumatized by the experience.
Spacey issued an apology in which he publicly came out as gay, and, although denying any memory of the incident, noted that “if I did behave as [Rapp] describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior”.
The new accusers, who came forward to the BBC and on social media, say Rapp’s story isn’t an isolated incident. One of the men, using the pseudonym
“John”, recalled Spacey touching him “on the thigh, arm, and shoulder in a way I certainly wasn’t interested in.” John was staying at Spacey’s home in 1984, when he was just 17, and participating in a young actors’ program.
He awoke to find Spacey, clad only in underwear, “with his head on my stomach, and his arms wrapped around me”. John says he turned down Spacey’s invitation to sleep with him in the same bed, and instead spent the night on a sofa. “I was uncomfortable at best, traumatized at worst,” the victim told reporters.
That account of Spacey’s improper behavior was quickly followed by a Facebook post from Mexican performer Roberto Cavazos, who recounted how Spacey, then artistic director at London’s Old Vic theater, touched him on several occasions. “There are many of us with a Kevin Spacey story,” Cavazos wrote, “It appears that all that was needed was a male under the age of 30 for Mr. Spacey to feel free to touch us.” Cavazos said it was “common” for Spacey to prey on young men at the theater, and he “wouldn’t be surprised if the number of accusers coming forward is similar to the number now accusing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein” of rape, sexual harassment, and other misconduct.
Since the initial Rapp statement last week, various platforms associated with Spacey have taken action to distance themselves from the embattled star.
Netflix, which has carried House Of Cards for six seasons, announced the show’s cancellation, while the Old Vic set up a special, confidential e-mail for victims to report Spacey or others who display “inappropriate behaviour, which is completely unacceptable by anyone working at the Old Vic,” the theater said in a press release. The popular NBC series
This Is Us deleted a reference to Spacey from an upcoming episode, and other industry figures, including Trevor Noah, decried Spacey’s attempt to cover his behavior by coming out.
“Talk about the worst time to go public with your sexuality,” Noah fumed on The Daily Show, “I mean it’s always good to live your truth, but don’t use it to get out of trouble.” LGBT advocates agreed, saying Spacey’s coming out under such a cloud only perpetuates the stereotype painting gay men as pedophiles, which has no basis in fact, they note. “Coming out as a gay man is not the same thing as coming out as someone who preyed on a 14-year-old,” said out movie reviewer Richard Lawson.
“Conflating those things is disgusting.” GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis also criticized Spacey’s remarks, saying, “This isn’t a coming out story about Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp, and those who speak out about unwanted sexual advances. The media and public should not gloss over that.”
Spacey’s representative declined comment on the new allegations.