You probably know by now that Kevin Spacey once tried to force himself on younger actor Anthony Rapp, when he was only 14 years old.

And when Anthony told his story to Buzzfeed, Kevin had the worst response:

He didn’t remember the incident, but if it did indeed happen, it’s only because he’s gay.

We’re paraphrasing, but you can read Kevin’s entire statement (posted to Twitter), below:

Obviously, this is a horrible way to come out. To use your identity to explain pedophilia just confirms the worst myths that homophobes have been pedaling for years: that gay men can’t be teachers, boy scout leaders, can’t be around any children at all because they’re perverts.

The world reacted with rage, and rightfully so. Perhaps the most powerful statement came from GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, who said,

“Coming out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault. This is not a coming out story about Kevin Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp and all those who bravely speak out against unwanted sexual advances. The media and public should not gloss over that.”

Beloved actor and activist George Takei also spoke out and told THR,

“When power is used in a non-consensual situation, it is wrong. For Anthony Rapp, he has had to live with the memory of this experience of decades ago. For Kevin Spacey, who claims not to remember the incident, he was the older, dominant one who had his way. Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight — that is a deflection. They do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it.”

Other prominent gay members of the community had equally strong condemnations of Spacey. Read a few of their responses below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.

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