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Twitter slams Kevin Spacey for deflecting assault allegations by coming out as gay

With his apology for the alleged assault of a 14-year-old, the "House of Cards" actor dug himself a deeper hole


Rachel Leah
October 30, 2017 3:50PM (UTC)

Many a Hollywood notable has mishandled allegations of sexual misconduct, but Kevin Spacey might have just surpassed everyone. When Broadway star and "Star Trek: Discovery" star Anthony Rapp came forward with the claim that the Oscar-winning actor tried to sexually assault him when he was 14, Spacey apologized by saying he did not remember the incident, but if it happened, he was drunk and that — oh, by the way — he's finally ready to come out as a gay man.

Appropriately, the LGBTQ community and its allies called out the "House of Cards" lead for using his disclosure to deflect from the very traumatic accusations Rapp described to Buzzfeed.

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Just wanna be really fucking clear that being gay has nothing to do w/ going after underage folks

— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) October 30, 2017

Can't believe I'm saying this in 2017 but here it goes:

Being gay is not an excuse for trying to molest children. pic.twitter.com/5mA4o0r7xm — Travon Free (@Travon) October 30, 2017

Particularly, people were deeply offended by what felt like a conflation between coming out and sexual misconduct. For many, this joint apology and coming out statement implicated the gay community as a whole.

For a famous person to deflect these accusations with a long-in-the-making coming out is so cruel to his supposed new community it stings — Richard Lawson (@rilaws) October 30, 2017

F*** Kevin Spacey for further endangering my Lgbtq community by intentionally linking his homosexuality and coming out to his pedophilia.

— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) October 30, 2017

It should be noted that more than a few media sites fell for Spacey's apparent gambit, making his coming out the headline in articles that touched on the allegations in following paragraphs.

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Rachel Leah

Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon. You can follow her on Twitter: @rachelkleah.

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