Kevin Spacey denies sex abuse allegation, says he didn't come out as gay because of his 'neo-Nazi' dad
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Kevin Spacey broke down in tears as he testified in Manhattan federal court Monday, October 17, that he’s not “a fraud” for not coming out as gay earlier in life amid trial against sex abuse allegations. Kevin Spacey, 63, took the stand in the $40 million civil trial, after Anthony Rapp, 50, claimed the older man tried to seduce him when he was just 14 years old in 1986.
The Oscar-winning actor denying the sexual claims and recalling coming out as gay said, "I have never talked about these things publicly. My father was a white supremacist and a neo-Nazi. My father used to yell at me about the idea I might be gay," he said on the stand, as reported by New York Post. “He would scream at me, ‘Don’t be a,’ he would use an F-word that was very derogatory to the gay community. I won’t use it here in court.”
Actor Rapp claims he was attending a party at Spacey’s Manhattan apartment in 1986 when Spacey, who was then 26 and acting on Broadway, made sexual moves at him including touching his buttocks, lifting him onto a bed, and laying on top of him. Denouncing actor Rapp's sexual claims and being called a fraud for coming out, Spacey said, "To call someone a fraud is to guess, say they are living a lie,” Spacey said under questioning by his attorney, Chase Scolnick.
“I wasn’t living a lie. I was just reluctant to talk about my personal life." He continued referring to Rapp and said, "I don’t know on what basis he was saying I was a fraud. It’s clear he was angry I wasn’t out. We have to respect it’s a very difficult process." Spacey, who has denied being alone in the room with Rapp, said he was shocked when he learned of the sexual allegation in a 2017 BuzzFeed report. Spacey got emotional, explaining the article coming out amid fall out of #MeToo movement in Hollywood said, he felt he got caught into the fire surrounding Jeffrey Epstein after people learned he had been on the pedophile financier’s plane, the “Lolita Express” for a charity trip to Africa with Bill Clinton, reported NewYork Post.
Spacey sobbed recalling the backlash from the gay community for coming out and responding to Rapp's allegation in the same statement. "I was accused of changing the subject or trying to deflect or conflating the allegation with being gay, which never was my intention," he told Insider. In addition, Spacey is also facing criminal charges in London, where he is accused of abusing several men while working as an artistic director at a local theater between 2005 and 2013.