Actor Kevin Spacey allegedly physically assaulted Broadway vet and Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp in 1986, when Rapp was 14, in an incident since described by both as a “sexual advance,” BuzzFeed reported on Sunday.

In response, Spacey issued a statement on Twitter in which he claimed to have no memory of the encounter, apologized to Rapp for “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior,” and publicly came out as gay for the first time.

Rapp’s allegations against Spacey are the latest of many allegations of sexual harassment and abuse that have been made public in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, as more and more victims have felt empowered to come forward in the entertainment industry and beyond.

Rapp says that he had two significant encounters with Spacey, both in 1986, while Rapp was performing on Broadway in a production of the play Precious Sons. According to Rapp, he first met Spacey at an industry networking event, and Spacey invited Rapp and one of Rapp’s underage friends to a nightclub, where Rapp claimed the three of them just hung out and talked.

Rapp told BuzzFeed that a few days later, Spacey invited Rapp to a party at his apartment; Rapp says he turned up only to realize he was the only minor in attendance, and that he “didn’t know anyone.” At some point after midnight, Rapp alleges that Spacey found Rapp watching TV in his bedroom and drunkenly approached him. From BuzzFeed’s account:

“My memory was that I thought, Oh, everybody’s gone. Well, yeah, I should probably go home,” Rapp said. Spacey, he recalled, “sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk.” Rapp doesn’t remember Spacey saying anything to him. Instead, Rapp said, “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.”

“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp said. “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 described Spacey as “pressing into me” and “tightening his arms” before Rapp was able to get away and retreat into the bathroom. When he came out of the bathroom to leave Spacey’s home, Spacey allegedly asked, “Are you sure you wanna go?” BuzzFeed spoke to seven people who confirmed hearing Rapp’s account of the incident with Spacey in the years that followed.

As Rapp told BuzzFeed, his frustration and fear surrounding the incident escalated over time with Spacey’s rise to stardom. Compounding the issue for Rapp, he says, were the far different career trajectories each man found as working gay actors in the ’90s. Spacey, who won an Oscar for The Usual Suspects in 1996 and another for American Beauty in 2000, remained closeted throughout most of his career, and remained fiercely protective of his privacy and his right not to publicly discuss his sexuality right up until his Sunday-night coming out via Twitter.

Rapp took an opposite route, coming out as gay in 1992, when being an openly gay actor in Hollywood and in New York was far more rare than it is today. He would go on to originate the lead role of Mark in the landmark queer-positive musical Rent, and told BuzzFeed that the contrast between his choice to live as openly gay and Spacey’s code of silence increased his distress.

“At [the time of Spacey’s first Oscar win in 1996], I wanted to scream to the rooftops, ‘This guy is a fraud!’” Rapp stated.

Several hours after the BuzzFeed story was published, Spacey published a response on Twitter, saying he was “beyond horrified” to read Rapp’s allegation:

Rapp issued a brief response to Spacey’s statement, also via Twitter, noting that he hopes to make a difference and lend his voice and support to the wave of allegations that have swept through Hollywood since the Weinstein allegations were first made public.