On Monday afternoon, Kevin Spacey broke down in tears in a courtroom in New York City as Anthony Rapp accused him of sexual misconduct. He blamed his publicist for persuading him to apologize to Anthony Rapp in 2017.
The lesson I’ve learned is to never apologize for something you didn’t do, Spacey added. He said, “I was under pressure to apologize.” I sincerely apologize for what I said,”
It’s my responsibility; Spacey continued as he choked up and sobbed. I made it known. The error was significant. I apologize sincerely; it was dreadful. For that, I’m accountable.
Hollywood was in crisis following a sexual harassment or assault scandal, and Rapp published his allegations in a BuzzFeed article. At the time, media moguls, celebrities, and stars including Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Louis C.K. and others were accused of misconduct. In Spacey’s case, he was accused of sexual advances against Rapp when he was 14 years old in 1986 while he was 26 years old.
Spacey vigorously denied these charges in court. Spacey’s response was more embarrassing when the BuzzFeed article was published, revealing his sexual orientation and insisting he didn’t remember the alleged occurrence. Additionally, he extended “the sincerest apology” to Rapp for what would have been terrible intoxicated conduct.
Spacey revealed during his statement before the court that he “really didn’t know how to respond” to Rapp’s accusations and that his publicist had advised him against doing so because “they’re going to brand you a victim-blamer.” Instead, he said, “to prevent a problem that would get worse”. After Spacey, an Oscar-winning actor who starred in “American Beauty” and “L.A. Confidential,” In “All the Money in the World,” Christopher Plummer took over the lead role after Spacey, who played the title character in Netflix’s “House of Cards,” was sacked from his significant role and digitally removed from the series.
Rapp, suing Spacey for $40 million in damages, stated during his last week that the actor had invited him to a party at his apartment. After the visitors left, according to Rapp, Spacey allegedly grabbed him and threw him into his bed before violently crawling on top of him. Rapp claims that he hurried to Spacey’s restroom before leaving the apartment. In court, Rapp stated that his interaction with Spacey remains “the most terrible single event of my life.”
Spacey acknowledged knowing Rapp even though he denied the incident. He asserted that he had gone out to a club with actors John Barrowman and Rapp, who had recently appeared on Broadway in “Precious Sons” with Ed Harris. It took place while Spacey and Jack Lemmon were performing “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” on stage. Spacey claimed to have been flirtatious with Barrowman after the two of them went out to the Limelight, a popular nightclub of the time, with Rapp. But he held back from acting on his passion because Rapp was present.
I was impressed by Mr. Barrowman, Spacey said. He was attractive and personable. Anthony Rapp had a kid-like appearance. John Barrowman had a manly appearance.
Judge Lewis A. Kaplan dismissed Rapp’s claim on Monday stating that Spacey caused him emotional distress, saying it was unwarranted. Spacey is still facing a battery lawsuit.