Kevin Spacey, of House of Cards and American Beauty fame, found himself in some hot water after actor Anthony Rapp claims Spacey was “sexually aggressive” with him in 1986…when he was just 14 yeras old.
Rapp spoke with Buzzfeed news, saying 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. [It was] a frozen moment … In terms of fight or flight or freeze, I tend to freeze.” Spacey allegedly held Rapp down as he did begin to struggle.
“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp recalls. The young actor did eventually get away, but the experience has stuck with him.
Spacey and Rapp were appearing on Broadway at the time, and Spacey (then 24 years old) was throwing a party. He invited Rapp, which is when the incident occurred.
“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.
The allegations come as Hollywood is starting to reveal their experiences with sexual assault and harassment, especially surrounding Harvey Weinstein.
Kevin Spacey was quick to respond to the rumors, and the answer is incredibly powerful.