Actor Kevin Spacey’s response to actor Anthony Rapp’s story of being sexually accosted by Spacey when Rapp was just 14 has drawn widespread rebuke. Spacey apologized but in using the apology to also come out as gay (ending long speculation), Spacey drew the ire of many who believed addressing Rapp’s claims and coming out as gay should have been two separate events. Fair enough. Spacey’s apology, which seems to consider Rapp’s story plausible, was contingent upon Rapp’s story being true. Whether Rapp’s story about Spacey is actually true, whether it happened as Rapp says, Spacey couldn’t say one way or another because he doesn’t remember it, since the incident Rapp describes “would have been over 30 years ago” Spacey writes.
“But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior,” Spacey wrote on Twitter, adding that he is “beyond horrified to hear his story.” How does Spacey know his behavior was “drunken” if he doesn’t remember the incident? The answer is he doesn’t. Spacey apologizes only for “what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior” if Rapp’s story is true. And since Rapp says he thought Spacey was inebriated at the time — “My impression when he came in the room [where the inappropriate behavior occured] was that he was drunk,” Rapp told Buzzfeed — then Spacey is apologizing specifically for what Rapp says happened. If it did.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017