By Tessa Osteen
Warning: Mentions of Rape and Sexual Assault
It was recently revealed that actor Anthony Rapp had been sexually assaulted by Kevin Spacey in the late 80’s when Rapp was a fourteen year old boy and Spacey a twenty-six year old man. Rapp told Buzzfeed news in late October how Spacey made sexual advances to him when they were both doing broadway runs in the 1980’s. Rapp told Buzzfeed how, “still to this day can’t wrap my head around so many aspects of it. It’s just deeply confusing to me.” Spacey soon apologized on Twitter after these headlines came out. He’s “beyond horrified to hear this story” and also took time to officially come out as gay after rumors about his sexuality have been circulating for decades.
In the media, some people saw him coming out as a way to distract from the horrible news about him. Wanda Sykes, a fellow actress said, “You do not get to ‘choose’ to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks!” Many other actors and actresses like Billy Eichner, have voiced their opinions about the allegations jokingly saying, “Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.”
So far, a total of fifteen men have come forward to say Spacey assaulted, harassed or attempted to rape them. Spacey has used his power and maturity to prey on younger men who are vulnerable in the entertainment industry and other industry’s beyond.
Kevin Spacey’s career spans back to the 1970’s with famous films such as; American Beauty and L.A. Confidential. He also starred with Robin Wright in the award winning Netflix drama House of Cards. Since these allegations have made light, he has been replaced by Christopher Plummer in the movie All the Money in the World and fired from House of Cards.
Spacey is now at a rehab in Arizona where he is undergoing a sex addiction program where Harvey Weinstein is reported to also be staying. He currently has been said to be taking time to seek evaluation and treatment for the wrongs he has done in the years prior.
Many allegations against men in Hollywood and politics have been coming out within the past several months. Another man who was accused with similar allegations in the entertainment industry is the Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein. In Politics, men from Democrat Al Frankenstein to Republican Roy Moore have been accused of similar crude behavior from women in their past. These allegations shocked many people but also reminds that men everywhere in every industry are using their power to abuse women in all work fields.