Kevin Spacey is weathering criticism for coming out as gay in the same statement in which he apologised for alleged “inappropriate drunken behaviour” with a boy in the 1980s.
Actor Anthony Rapp accused the Oscar winner of placing him on a bed and climbing on top of him after a party at his apartment in 1986.
Spacey would have been 26 at the time, and Rapp would have been 14.
The House of Cards star said he was “horrified” at the claim, saying he owes Rapp an apology for any “inappropriate drunken behaviour.”
The statement went onto elaborate how he was now living as a gay man, and the conflation of the two statements has been widely condemned by Twitter users and celebrities alike.
Sue Perkins, a former host of the Great British Bake Off, said Spacey had set back the LBGT community by staying silent on his sexuality until faced with the harassment claim, claiming he had “undervalued the horrific nature” of Rapp’s allegation.
Rose McGowan, one of a number of actresses to have accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, blasted the actor on Twitter and implored for the focus of the story to remain on Anthony Rapp.