Rapp accused Spacey of making a sexual advance on him at a party in 1986, when he was 14 and Spacey was 26. Spacey apologized to Rapp in a tweet posted at midnight on Monday (Oct. 30), saying he owed him “the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” Spacey then segued into a paragraph about his own sexuality, saying he “choose[s] now to live as a gay man” and wants to “deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.”
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
Many Twitter users have criticized Spacey for trying to deflect the accusation by focusing on his own sexuality; others were outraged at the actor’s implication that the two were somehow related. Aiken, who came out as gay in a September 2008 interview with People, shared this sentiment, tweeting, “Hey @Kevinspacey you can choose to act like a pervert; you can’t ‘choose’ to be gay.”
Hey @KevinSpacey you can choose to act like a pervert; you can’t “choose” to be gay. ——??
— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) October 30, 2017
?GLAAD criticized Spacey in its own statement on Monday, writing: “This is not a coming-out story about Kevin Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp and all those who bravely speak out against unwanted sexual advances. The media and public should not gloss over that.”