Kevin Spacey slammed for combining Anthony Rapp apology with coming out as gay

Kevin Spacey was quickly denounced on Twitter for combining his announcement that he is gay with an apology to actor Anthony Rapp, the “Star Trek: Discovery” star who says Spacey tried to assault him when he was 14.

“There’s no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away asssaulting a 14-year-old child,” wrote LGBT activist and sex advice columnist Dan Savage, the father of a teenage son.

“This is changing the subject. Rapp’s charge is pedophilia,” wrote New York Magazine’s Frank Rich, an executive producer of HBO’s “Veep.”

“That Kevin Spacey statement. Nope. Absolutely not. Nope,” wrote comedian, actor and writer Billy Eichner. He later added: “Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.”

In an interview with BuzzFeed published Sunday, Rapp said a then-26-year-old Spacey invited him to a party in 1986, placed him on his bed, climbed on top of him and made a sexual advance before the younger actor was able to “squirm” away.

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ROME, ITALY - AUGUST 26: Kevin Spacey looks on prior to the Serie A match between AS Roma and FC Internazionale on August 26, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Kevin Spacey attends the Woodside Gallery Dinner in benefit of Elton John AIDS Foundation in partnership with BVLGARI at Woodside on June 22, 2017 in Windsor, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BVLGARI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: Kevin Spacey attends the European Premiere of 'Baby Driver' at Cineworld Leicester Square on June 21, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage )
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NEW YORK - JUNE 11: Kevin Spacey at THE 71st ANNUAL TONY AWARDS broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 11, 2017 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Actor Kevin Spacey attends the 71st Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Kevin Spacey, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend attend the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Kevin Spacey performs onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Kevin Spacey attends the Build Series to discuss his new play 'Clarence Darrow' at Build Studio on May 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Kevin Spacey discusses 'Clarence Darrow' with the Buld Series at Build Studio on May 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Actor Kevin Spacey enters the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on May 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: Actor Kevin Spacey and Chairman and President of The Stronach Group Belinda Stronach arrive at The Stronach Group Owner's Chalet at 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor Kevin Spacey performs 'New York State of Mind' with Billy Joel at his 40th consecutive sold-out show at Madison Square Garden on April 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Myrna M. Suarez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actors Kevin Spacey (L) and Natalie Portman pose during The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_009 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TNT)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: (L-R) Actors Zoey Deutch, Nicholas Hoult, and Kevin Spacey attend the 'Rebel In The Rye' Premiere at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
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“I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago,” Spacey said in a message posted on Twitter. “But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years,” Spacey said.

He also said he was aware of “stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy.” He said he has had relationships with both men and woman and “I chose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.”

Rose McGowan, praised for calling out Harvey Weinstein and her rallying for assault survivors, called on the news media to focus on survivors: “Keep focus on #AnthonyRapp. BE THE VICTIM’S VOICE. Help us level the playing field,” she wrote.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Actor Anthony Rapp arrives for the Premiere Of CBS's 'Star Trek: Discovery' held at The Cinerama Dome on September 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO - JULY 22: Anthony Rapp during the 'Star Trek: Discovery' press conference at Comic-Con 2017, held in San Diego, Ca. (Photo by Francis Specker/CBS via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Actor Anthony Rapp at the press conference and red carpet with cast and executive producers of 'Star Trek: Discovery' during Comic-Con International 2017 at Hilton Bayfront on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Daphne Rubin Vega and Anthony Rapp attend New York Theatre Workshop's 2017 Spring Gala at the Edison Ballroom on May 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Anthony Rapp attends the press night performance of 'Rent' at the St James Theatre on December 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 29: Actor Anthony Rapp throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Piratesat Wrigley Field on August 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
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After the sexual misconduct charges leveled at figures like Harvey Weinstein and James Toback, Rapp said he felt emboldened to share his own experience with Spacey, who became a two-time Oscar winner and now stars in the Netflix hit “House of Cards.”

“Part of what allowed the Harvey situation to occur was that there was this witting and unwitting conspiracy of silence,” said Rapp. “The only way these things can continue is if there’s no attention being paid to it, if it’s getting forgotten.”

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