Somewhere, Harvey Weinstein is breathing a deep sigh of relief.
Kevin Spacey was suffering severe fallout on Monday, hours after issuing an offhanded apology about something that allegedly happened more than 30 years ago.
On Sunday, “Star Trek” actor Anthony Rapp claimed to Buzzfeed that then 26-year old Oscar winner drunkenly made moves on the then teenager during a party.
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Soon after, Spacey issued a statement saying he “did not remember the encounter” but added,“If I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” He went on to say that he now lives his life as a gay male.
That’s when the real problems began.
“Kevin Spacey really tried to throw the entire LGBT community under a bus and call it solidarity in an effort to mask his personal failings,” wrote civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson on Twitter.
Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of the gay rights group GLAAD, said in a statement that the story should not have been about Spacey’s sexuality, but sexual abuse. “Coming out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault,” she said.
So now Spacey is not only out of a job, but has become Hollywood’s pariah of the day.
“You do not get to ‘choose' to hide under the rainbow!” comedian Wanda Sykes tweeted.
Comedian Billy Eichner also slammed the onetime golden boy: “Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.”
Former “House of Cards” showrunner Beau Willimon, who also serves as the president of the Writers Guild of America, East, was “deeply” disturbed by Rapp’s revelations.
Zachary Quinto joined in. “I am sorry to hear of Anthony Rapp's experience and subsequent suffering. And I am sorry that Kevin only saw fit to acknowledge his truth when he thought it was serve him -- just as his denial served him for so many years.”
Rose McGowan and Rosie O’Donnell are also coming out swinging.
In a statement obtained by The Associated Press, Willmon said: “During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on ‘House of Cards,' I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off. That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously and this is no exception. I feel for Mr. Rapp and I support his courage.”