As more than 80 women have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault, “Star Trek: Discovery” star Anthony Rapp said he felt compelled to come forward with his own story.
The 46-year-old actor claims in an extensive interview with Buzzfeed that Kevin Spacey climbed on top of him in bed when he was just 14 years old.
In 1986, when Rapp was starring in the Broadway production of “Precious Sons” with Ed Harris and Judith Ivey, the actor says he was at a party at the home of Spacey, who had a supporting role in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” at the same time.
The youngest one at the party, Rapp told Buzzfeed that he went to watch TV in a different bedroom.
Past midnight, Spacey, now drunk, allegedly walked into the bedroom.
“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,” Rapp told Buzzfeed.
“He was trying to seduce me. I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
Eventually, the actor pushed Spacey off and left, he claims.
Rapp never reported Spacey, nor reached out to the actor.
His friends told Buzzfeed that he had shared the experience with them over the years, but Rapp said a lawyer told him there was no case to pursue.
“Part of what allowed the Harvey situation to occur was that there was this witting and unwitting conspiracy of silence,” Rapp told Buzzfeed.
“The only way these things can continue is if there’s no attention being paid to it, if it’s getting forgotten.”
In a later statement, Rapp said he came forward “to shine a light and hopefully make a difference.”
Spacey said in a statement late Sunday night that he did not remember the encounter and was “horrified” by Rapp’s retelling.
“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,” the actor said.