Actor Kevin Spacey has given the world his excuse for making the moves on a 14 year-old boy - he was drunk.
The celebrated actor and star of House of Cards is being blasted for blaming booze to defend himself over claims he tried to molest a minor in the 1980s and for using the story to finally admit his homosexuality, a move some see as an attempt to distract from the serious charges against him.
Spacey responded early Monday morning to allegations leveled at him by fellow actor Anthony Rapp. In an interview with BuzzFeed, Rapp describes being at a party full of actors in 1986 when he was 14. The Illinois native was working on Broadway at the time and had been invited to the party. After arriving and discovering he was the only teen at the party, the Star Trek star says he got bored and went to watch TV in another room.
At one point he describes realizing that everyone else had left when it got quiet, Spacey came into the room and tried to make moves on the boy, Spacey was 26 at the time, 12 years older than Rapp.
“He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold," Rapp told BuzzFeed.
“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp said. “I don't know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
Rapp eventually left without anything happening but the incident scarred him.
Spacey has long denied rumours that he was gay and has also been very protective of his private life. While he initially refused to comment for the story, after it was published Spacey took to Twitter to explain that he doesn't remember the incident adding he was drunk and that he is gay.
"But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years," Spacey said.
He went on to confirm in his statement that while he has loved both men and women, "I choose now to live as a gay man."
Spacey's decision to come out openly about his sexuality only after an accusation like this is not going over well. Neither is his defense of being drunk.
Sarah Kate Ellis, the CEO of GLAAD, an LGBT lobby group blasted Spacey for trying to distract.
This isn't a coming out story about Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp & those who speak out about unwanted sexual advances— Sarah Kate Ellis (@sarahkateellis) October 30, 2017
Lesbian comedian Wanda Sykes said Spacey couldn't play the gay card to get out of this mess.
No no no no no! You do not get to “choose” to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks! https://t.co/xJDGAxDjxz— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) October 30, 2017
Meanwhile Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto posted a long statement to Twitter in which he called Spacey's move a "calculated manipulation."
Read Spacey's full statement below.