Mr Spacey stirred further outrage for his apology after actor Anthony Rapp accused him of sexual misconduct 31 years ago. Mr Rapp said the elder actor climbed on top of him at a party in 1986 before the “Rent” actor was able to flee the room. Mr Rapp was 14-years-old at the time.
In his statement, released on October 29, 2017, Mr Spacey said he owes Mr Rapp the “sincerest apology” for his “inappropriate” behaviour, after stating that he did not remember the alleged incident.
In that same statement, Mr Spacey decided to reveal publicly—for the very first time—that he “chooses” to “live as a gay man.” He denied rumors about his sexual orientation for many years prior to the statement.
Several people criticised Mr Spacey’s decision to come out as gay as a defense for his alleged sexual misconduct with a minor, citing that it furthers a damaging bigoted myth that pedophilia is intrinsic with homosexuality.
Columnist Kate Maltby wrote in CNN: “Now that a high-profile Hollywood star has chosen to publicly conflate his homosexuality with alleged sexual misconduct with a minor, how many more parents in small towns will whisper warnings to their children about their blameless gay teacher or lesbian church leader?”