Kevin Spacey picked a very bad time to come out. Spacey, who has long dodged rumors about his personal life, has finally revealed that he is living his life as a gay man. But Spacey’s coming-out story comes as he is accused of sexual assault of a minor.
After Star Trek: Discovery’s Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance on him when he was 14-years-old, the two-time Oscar winner admitted he did not recall the incident but he also did not deny it. Instead, Spacey blamed any inappropriate actions on “drunken behavior.” Kevin Spacey posted an apology to Rapp on Twitter and then segued into his own coming-out story. In his statement, Spacey admitted that he has had romantic relationships with both men and women and is now choosing “to live as a gay man.”
It is no surprise that Kevin Spacey’s coming-out story received major backlash on social media, with many of his Hollywood peers slamming the star for trying to deflect the damning sexual assault allegation with his own coming-out story.
Actress Rose McGowan, who recently blew the lid off of Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein story, was one of the first celebrities to slam Kevin Spacey for his ill-timed statement about his sexuality.
In addition, actor Billy Eichner wrote that Spacey just broke ground by inventing the previously non-existent “bad time to come out.”
“That Kevin Spacey statement. Nope. Absolutely not. Nope,” Eichner wrote in a series of tweets.
“Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.”
LGBT activist, writer, and The Real O’Neals executive producer Dan Savage wrote, “There’s no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child.” Savage also rejected Spacey’s application into the gay community.
Many other stars and media personalities wrote that they are not interested in Kevin Spacey’s sexuality and slammed the star for coming out in the middle of addressing allegations that he molested a minor. You can see Hollywood’s horrified reaction to Kevin Spacey’s statement below.
There have been rumors about Kevin Spacey’s sexuality for years, but Anthony Rapp is the first person to allege predatory behavior by the House of Cards star. Rapp, who made his allegations about Kevin Spacey to Buzzfeed, has declined to comment further in the aftermath of Spacey’s statement.
As for Spacey, in 2010, the actor told an interviewer for The Daily Beast that his personal life is his own business. Citing his own right to privacy, Spacey said, “People have different reasons for the way they live their lives. You cannot put everyone’s reasons in the same box. It’s just a line I’ve never crossed and never will.”
“I don’t live a lie,” Kevin continued. “You have to understand that people who choose not to discuss their personal lives are not living a lie. That is a presumption that people jump to.”
Now that Kevin Spacey’s personal life is out in the open, the actor will have to deal with the backlash of the timing of his coming-out story as he addresses the real issue: the sexual assault allegations from Rapp.
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