While the House of Cards actor has previously kept his private life separate from his public persona, Spacey announced he “chooses to live as a gay man” in a note published to Twitter on Sunday night.
He also issued a public apology to the Star Trek: Discovery actor despite the fact that he “does not remember the encounter.”
Here is Spacey’s letter in full:
“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. 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.
“This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.”
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
According to Rapp’s memory of the encounter, Spacey took a liking to him in the mid-eighties while they were both on Broadway.
After Spacey invited Rapp to his home for a get-together, Spacey waited for the rest of the attendees to leave, found Rapp in an empty bedroom and “picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance.”
Rapp was 14 at the time. Spacey was 26.