Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Allegations: What You Don’t Know (Updated)

Kevin Spacey, Anthony Rapp, The Man Who Drew God

Originally Published June 11, 2021
Last Updated: February 11, 2022

by Ana Chevalier

He was one of the most bankable stars in the world. His production company was one of the first to take Netflix seriously. His name carried the weight and authority that helped put Netflix on the map. He had two Oscars under his belt and countless accolades and awards from all corners of the industry. Then in late fall 2017, a struggling internet site broke a story about Kevin Spacey sexual assault allegations. And in five days, just 120 hours, it all came crashing down.

Actor Kevin Spacey lost his job, agent, publicist, reputation and saw his bankability devalued to zero. He became a global entertainment industry pariah. His work was digitally removed, and his name became synonymous with “monster.” In less than a week, social justice warriors had transformed the man known famously worldwide for his cinematic malevolence and unflinching intensity into a real-life, flesh-and-blood demon of Hollywood.

It’s hard to imagine or find historical precedence for such a meteoric fall from grace. There have been countless Hollywood scandals during the last century of filmmaking, but Spacey’s utter obliteration seems particularly breakneck. 

For the past three and a half years, Spacey’s only appearances have been through self-produced annual Youtube videos and unsuccessful legal proceedings. For all intents and purposes, Kevin Spacey had been erased.

Until now. 

L’uomo Che Disegnò Dio (The Man Who Drew God)

Movie Poster for The Man Who Drew God
Cannes, France

The Man Who Drew God,” an Italian film from Director Franco Nero, will see the actor in his first role since Anthony Rapp’s sordid BuzzFeed article appeared in October 2017.

Was justice served? Did the social warrior movement of #MeToo judiciously strike down one of the entitled abusers of power and privilege? 

Or was Kevin Spacey one of the first casualties in the new caste system, carving itself out on social media via metrics of allegation and likability? 

#MeToo

In October 2017, buoyed by Ronan Farrow’s investigative reporting on Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement came out swinging at high-profile men in positions of power. But despite its bluster, what was once hailed as a “global reckoning” and gave voice to numerous allegations, only managed to put seven convictions under its belt. 

The allegation made by Adventures in Babysitting actor Anthony Rapp was one of the most widely publicized stories that autumn. Rapp credits his revived motivation to speak out as Lupito Nyong’o and her October 19, 2017, N.Y. Times Op-Ed about her encounters with Harvey Weinstein. I say “revived” because this wasn’t the first time he told the story.

Was Kevin Spacey one of the first casualties in the new caste system, carving itself out on social media via metrics of allegation and likeability? 

Rapp previously shared his story in a 2001 interview with The Advocate not naming Spacey as his alleged assailant. Following that interview, Rapp consulted with an attorney and was advised he did not have a case “worth pursuing.” 

Star Trek: Discovery Actor Anthony Rapp Joins The #MeToo Movement With Claim Of Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault When Rapp Was A Teenager

In 2017, standing on the shoulders of Nyong’o and other #MeToo victims, Rapp reached out to long-time friend Adam B. Vary to tell his sexual assault allegation story again, this time naming Spacey.

Vary was an entertainment reporter at BuzzFeed in late 2017. At that time, BuzzFeed was staring down layoffs totaling 8% of its U.S. workforce, a significant revenue shortfall, was “increasingly trying to generate revenue from its own site,” and struggling with readership loss with readers preferring “news over viral sites.” 

Traditional journalism’s “two-source” rule would have seen accusations, like the one Rapp was making, verified by two independent sources. Then-Deputy-National-Editor Marisa Carroll, defended the choice to publish the salacious claim by promoting BuzzFeed’s newsroom commitment to “reporting allegations against powerful people,” citing their history of “deeply reported, true” pieces. In conversation with the BBC, Carroll noted their only verification of Rapp’s allegations was speaking with several of his friends and confirming he had shared his story with them. Without supporting evidence or witness other than the accuser, BuzzFeed published the interview.

[the below timeline has been updated to include new details]

120 Hours – Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Allegations – A Timeline

Sunday, October 29, 2017 

9:32 p.m. ET

  • BuzzFeed publishes Anthony Rapp’s sexual assault allegations that Kevin Spacey made a drunken sexual advance on then 14-year-old Rapp.

Monday, October 30, 2017 

1:00 a.m. ET

  • Kevin Spacey posts a statement on Twitter in response to the BuzzFeed interview, saying he does not have the same recollection of their alleged interaction. Nonetheless, he apologized for “what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior” if he had, in fact, acted improperly.

12:05 p.m. ET

  • Netflix cancels House Of Cards. A little over 12 hours after Anthony Rapp’s interview is published, Netflix releases their “official decision” to end its flagship show after the upcoming sixth season citing Spacey’s “deeply troubling” behavior.

5:05 p.m. ET 

  • Robert Cavazos posts a comment on Facebook. Cavazoz states he had a couple of “unpleasant” interactions with Kevin Spacey that “came close to being called harassment” but that the lack of “aggressive action” led him to justify Spacey’s actions as “one of those things.” 

8:01 p.m. ET

  • The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences–an arm of what many view to be the industry’s barometer for success–announces they will no longer honor Spacey with the 2017 Intl Emmy Founders Award

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

1:45 p.m. ET

  • Netflix indefinitely suspends production for House of Cards.

MRC [Media Rights Capital] and Netflix have decided to suspend production on ‘House of Cards’ season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.

MRC, Netflix Joint Statement, October 31, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

  • Spacey’s publicist, Staci Wolfe releases a statement that the star “is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment.
  • BuzzFeed suggests Spacey has weaponized ‘the closet’ to protect him from repercussions. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

  • CNN reports that eight crew members of House of Cards call Spacey’s behavior “predatory” and included “non-consensual touching.” All sources remain anonymous. 
  • Within hours of publication of CNN’s story above, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos sends an internal email containing the following:

Let’s announce tomorrow that there is NO scenario in which Kevin Spacey will appear in any version of a final season of the show.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO
  • [Netflix officially issues Sarandos’ above comment on November 3rd (see below)]
  • Several stories surface from people claiming the actor aggressively hit on them in a manner that involved groping.
  • Creative Artists Agency, the actor’s representing agency for the last eight years, severs ties. 
  • Vulture runs a piece from an anonymous accuser. The accuser alleges he had an “extended sexual relationship” with Spacey when he was 14. Vulture states they found limited facts to support his claims beyond confirming Spacey taught an acting class at a certain date and location. (The anonymous man claims he first met Spacey in ’81 at the acting class). This man would come to be known as “C.D.”

See Also: Kevin Spacey, MRC, Netflix: The Arbitration Malfunction

Friday, November 3, 2017

  • BuzzFeed reports that an anonymous actor alleged Spacey sexually assaulted him multiple times in a public place in 2013. The article does not include any additional details that can be verified.
  • Netflix issues a statement. Netflix announces it will no longer “be involved” with any further House of Cards production that includes Kevin Spacey. (Spacey’s production company Trigger Street Productions released the award-winning series on Netflix in 2013.)
  • Netflix addresses current production. They say they will continue to work with the House of Cards production on a “path forward,” but only without Spacey. 
  • Netflix later announces its decision not to move forward with the film Gore, despite its post-production status. Gore stars Kevin Spacey and is also produced by the actor.
  • In an additional statement issued later that night, Netflix announces that the actor had been suspended, “effective immediately.

At this point, the two-time Oscar winner’s career has come to a dead stop. The global mainstream media has cast him out, declaring him a “pariah.” That was the last time we saw Kevin Spacey professionally.

In this instance, virtually all major media accounts agree that social justice was swift, merciless, and righteous. 

Or was it? 

Weaponizing The Closet Cuts Both Ways

Kevin Spacey in a blue suite smiles facing the camera

Spacey had long been rumored to be part of the LGBTQ community. Within the entertainment industry, it was more of a known secret. Many community leaders expressed frustration and annoyance that he kept his private life private. He had been under pressure for decades to come out into the open. 

Numerous prominent gay activists and advocates criticized the joint apology / ‘coming out’ statement he issued following Rapp’s accusation. For many, it struck two all-too-familiar pain-points: 1) associating homosexuality with the targeting of minors, and 2) for “choos[ing] to live a gay man,” challenging a long-running maxim of some within the LGBTQ community that we are, as the song goes, Born This Way. (Individuals self-identifying as bi- or pan-sexual continue to have contentious disagreements on this issue as well.) Instead of rallying around one of our own, Kevin Spacey was cut loose.

Kevin Spacey Sexual Orientation: Not Alone Choosing Privacy Over Publicity

I spoke with ‘Tim C.,’ a prominent gay actor and writer. ‘Tim’ is choosing to keep his sexuality out of the conversation, much in the way Kevin Spacey did. He requested I not use his real name for fear of industry blowback. “The industry’s just not that woke,” he laughed, “they’re only woke when the camera’s rolling. Behind the scenes most days, it’s pretty much business as usual, just with a lot more people afraid to socialize. 

“Kevin Spacey is the best thing to happen to Anthony Rapp’s career”

“It’s like swimming with piranhas. The water’s fine until the first drop of blood.” I asked ‘Tim’ whether being a part of the LGBTQ community was still a hot-button issue. “In my case, almost everyone here knows and who cares, right, because they [the audience] don’t know. But if I came out today, they’d sure as hell care pretty fast.” 

He offered some clarification. “It’d go like this. I’d get a ton of applause for being ‘out.’ I’d trend, maybe land one or two queer roles, right, and then the reality–well, I’d lose half my bookings for the next six months or longer. I’d never play another lead–unless it was a gay one. And anyone who tells you otherwise is lying to you or to themselves.” 

Out Of The Closet (And Potentially Out Of Work)

When asked about the benefit to actors, like Anthony Rapp, who has prioritized being open about his queerness from the start [Rapp himself avoids the label ‘gay,’ stating: “I haven’t said ‘I am gay.’ Because the truth is that I’ve also been in love with women.”] ‘Tim’ explained, “Let’s just say there’s a reason hardly anyone knew Rapp outside Broadway before this whole [Kevin Spacey] thing.” ‘Tim’ added, pointedly, “Kevin Spacey is the best thing to happen to Anthony Rapp’s career.”

And what about Kevin Spacey? While ‘Tim’ says he doesn’t know the actor beyond “saying hello,” he has a theory. “I always thought he just had a thing for straight guys–because they were the ones complaining. That will always land you in the sh*t.” 

Most Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Allegations Made Anonymously

Those complaints are now widely known, with the House of Cards actor accumulating more than 30 allegations, almost all of which were reported soon after the BuzzFeed article. The majority of those making Kevin Spacey sexual assault allegations share two key factors:

1) they were adults, and

2) they insisted on remaining anonymous (and subsequently, the allegations remain unable to be investigated). 

Anthony Rapp's BuzzFeed interview photo from play Precious Sons 1986
BuzzFeed ran the story with an image of Ed Harris, holding 14-year-old Rapp “like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold.” In the play, Harris’ character “drunkenly mistakes his son for someone else, climbs on top of him, and makes a sexual advance,” not unlike the actions in Rapp’s Kevin Spacey sexual assault allegation.

While a few accusers were under eighteen, like Justin Dawes (16), who, along with a friend, allege Spacey served them alcohol and showed them gay porn, there are only two accusations involving persons below the age of consent:

  • an anonymous source featured in a Vulture article known only as C.D., and
  • Anthony Rapp.

Anthony Rapp Joins Lawsuit Seeking 40 Million Dollars (USD) Damages

In 2020, C.D. convinced Rapp to join him in a civil lawsuit. Their joint lawsuit sought damages against Spacey to the tune of forty million dollars each. The kicker for this case: C.D. wanted to remain anonymous throughout the court proceedings, a dangerous precedent if accepted. 

The judge in the case ruled against the motion to proceed anonymously. The judge ordered C.D. to refile with his name if he wanted to continue. The decision noted that it would be impossible to adequately verify or refute the allegations without including C.D.’s name. C.D. did not choose to move forward; he did not refile with his name before the deadline expired.

That leaves Anthony Rapp as the sole accuser of underage misconduct.

Everybody Has A Kevin Spacey Story

Several months into my investigation, I learned almost everyone in Hollywood (and beyond) had a Kevin Spacey story; or more accurately, they seemed to have the same Kevin Spacey story.

Kevin Spacey Robin Wright House of Cards
Kevin Spacey and co-star Robin Wright attend the season two premiere of House of Cards

While I heard the same story over and over, most weren’t first-hand. With one exception, everyone I connected with claimed to “know someone at a party” or at a club who “saw the whole thing.”

Regardless of locale, date, or environment the story seems to be almost the same: After a few drinks, his hands wander. 

Ari Behn

Norwegian writer, Ari Behn, told his Kevin Spacey story to Norwegian radio in December 2017. Behn sat next to Spacey at an afterparty nightclub. Behn said Spacey invited him to join him outside for a cigarette and then reached “under the table,” groping him. In the interview, you can hear Behn laughing as he recalls telling Spacey, “Eh, maybe later.”

Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce, Spacey’s co-star in the acclaimed film L.A. Confidential, said he remembered the actor as being “handsy.” 

The general consensus appears to be, as Jim Jeffries observes in his Netflix special, This Is Me Now, Kevin Spacey seems to get “a bit grabby” after he’s had a few. 

The Great Predator Who Takes ‘No’ For An Answer

Socially appropriate? Nope. Not by a long shot. But as one former partygoer–and the only person I could find who had the first-hand experience with an unwanted Kevin Spacey advance–said, “a slap on the wrist and he f*cked off. Not exactly the great predator they’re [the media] making him out to be now, is he?” As another actor close to the story offered, “sounds like he’s making a bad pass.”

Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Lawsuits

In the four years since the downfall, the actor has been investigated by multiple law enforcement agencies in different countries for sexual offenses stemming from media coverage. To date, only three cases have been brought to court; two civil, one criminal. 

The first was a civil lawsuit in 2019. In it, an anonymous masseur alleged Spacey made him touch his genitals during a massage at his Malibu home in October 2016. Spacey denied the allegations. The case, initially filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, was dismissed with prejudice. [The dismissal followed the plaintiff’s death (due to cancer)–the plaintiff’s family cannot refile the case.]

The second Kevin Spacey sexual assault lawsuit was a criminal case in 2019. This was a single count of indecent assault and battery following accusations by former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh. She publicly accused the actor of putting his hand down her adult son’s pants at The Club Car, an upscale Nantucket, Massachusetts bar, in July 2016. The case was ultimately tossed out and again dismissed with prejudice. Unruh admitted to tampering with smartphone images crucial to the case. Additionally, the plaintiff invoked the Fifth Amendment, refusing to answer questions in court.

Anthony Rapp’s case remains the only one yet to be resolved. 

Kevin Spacey’s “Creep” Is Great For The Box Office (But It’s A Public Relations Nightmare)

As a thriller writer, I love a good movie or book monster. But my favorite monster to read and write about is the human monster. These multifaceted characters offer layers of conflict and subtlety. You can really sink your teeth into them whether creator or audience. They’re challenging and frustrating, terrifying and succulent. A good monster is every storyteller’s best friend. 

As a culture, we love monsters. From Freddie Kruger to Pennywise, Hannibal Lecter to Frank Underwood, we love to hate characters. And when it came to breathing life into those characters we love to hate, directors turned to Kevin Spacey. 

Is Kevin Spacey A Monster?

Kevin Spacey does creep–better than anyone. He brings terror and cold-blooded malevolence to both the big and small screens with ease for a simple, singular reason. Like Robin Williams, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Driver, or Kelsey Grammar, the Juilliard-trained actor has great chops. And that makes for a glorious career–unless you have a penchant for playing monsters. 

Poster for movie Horrible Bosses, featuring Kevin Spacey
Horrible Bosses Movie Poster with Jason Bateman & Kevin Spacey (Shutterstock)

Most actors don’t have to worry about audiences blurring the line between fact and fiction. But there are those rare few artists so adept at the characters they create they are forever fused with them. It’s type-casting with real-world consequences. For Kevin Spacey, it’s not just casting directors who will only consider him for certain ‘monster’ character types. Many in Spacey’s audience assume he acts that way off-screen, as well.

And that’s a problem for Kevin Spacey. When people think of him, they think of Keyser Söze and Frank Underwood–they don’t think of Mr. Fuzzypants (the CGI cat he played in the film Nine Lives). Like it or not, the characters an actor is known for, coupled with their reputation, impacts the treatment they get from the world. And the justice system.

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby first faced public accusations of sexual misconduct in 2004. His first criminal battery and sexual assault allegations court case occurred in 2005. Assertions of sexual misconduct have followed the actor for nearly 40 years. But despite growing sexual assault allegations, more than 60 at last count, America’s favorite ‘T.V. Dad’ continued to work until late 2014, before being canceled and subsequently convicted in 2018.

[UPDATE: Oct. 14, 2021: Bill Cosby News

After serving almost three years of a maximum ten-year sentence, disgraced comedian and actor Bill Cosby walked free from the State Correctional Institution in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. 

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out Cosby’s 2018 sexual assault conviction. They ruled his rights were violated pertaining to a 2005 agreement with state prosecutors.

The verbal agreement struck in 2005 with then prosecutor, Bruce L. Castor Jr., said Cosby would be immune to criminal prosecution provided he testified in a civil case brought by the same accuser, Andrea Constand. In 2018, however, a new prosecutor disregarded Castor’s earlier verbal agreement and used Cosby’s civil case testimony to convict him. Cosby settled the Constand sexual assault civil case in 2006 for $3.38 million. Bill Cosby continued to work until at least 2014.

On October 14, 2021, a new lawsuit was filed in court against Cosby by actress Lili Bernard. Bernard alleges Cosby drugged and raped her in 1990 in Atlantic City. ]

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer faces sexual assault and cannibalism allegations.
Credit image: micadew

Leading man Armie Hammer began trending on January 11, 2021. The actor’s name was going viral following a series of direct graphic messages. Hammer reportedly sent the messages to multiple women, and were now being shared on social media. 

The messages discuss drinking blood, sexual dominance situations, and cannibalism.

The wild sexual assault allegations found traction. Soon the the Call Me By Your Name actor found himself embroiled in scandals surrounding sexual assault and cannibalism. The actor chose to walk away from the Paramount + series The Offer on January 29, 2021, with support from Lionsgate. He was not forcibly removed from the series.

Hammer’s name circulated on social media connected to a California homicide on January 31, 2021 (San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Homicide Division has since stated Hammer’s name “hasn’t come up as a suspect“). His agent and publicist remained with him until they severed ties February 5, 2021. This is more than five times as long as it took Kevin Spacey to suffer the same fate. 

And did I mention the cannibalism allegation? 

James Franco

James Franco faced sexual misconduct allegations.
Image credit: Mitchell Weinstock

The Pineapple Express co-star frequently played affable stoners or underdog heroes in his films. But in January of 2018, Franco found himself the target of sexual assault and sexual harassment allegations–five women accused the actor of sexually inappropriate or exploitative behavior. These allegations have badly damaged his career, however he is still working. Franco appeared as recently as last year in the film Kill The Czar

Casey Affleck

Casey Affleck wearing a brown suit and tie; facial hair
Image Credit: Bex Walton

The Oscar-winning actor faced sexual assault allegations not dissimilar to the one leveled at Kevin Spacey.

Two women who worked with Affleck on the 2010 film I’m Still Here made the allegations. One claimed the leading man climbed into her bed without her consent while she was asleep. The other woman alleged he “violently” tried to intimidate her into staying in his hotel room. There were additional allegations of “other types of misconduct” against Affleck. Both women sued the star for millions but settled the claims out of court. Affleck has continued to work in several films and will be directing a feature later this year. 

When a celebrity is socially ‘convicted’ of being a ‘bad actor’ (pun intended), social media allows others to raise their so-called ‘virtue stock’ by piling scorn on the accused. Woke warriors can also improve their standing by praising the bravery of the accuser. Nothing needs to be investigated before the Social Media Cavalry comes charging in, purity tests verified, and virtues signaling. 

Rosie O’Donnell

Rosie O’Donnell was quick to jump on the Kevin Spacey sexual assault allegation bandwagon. O’Donnell took to Twitter in the aftermath of the Anthony Rapp’s sexual assault allegations against Kevin Spacey. 

What I found most disturbing in O’Donnell’s tweet is her implication that she had first-hand knowledge of criminal sexual acts against children but did nothing to intervene. 

Admittedly, I am not a fan of the popular former talk show host and LGBTQ icon. But I cannot believe that an adoption advocate and someone unafraid of controversy would decide the appropriate response to learning of child endangerment is to remain silent for years, only to reply with a tweet once everything comes out. It doesn’t make sense. 

However, what makes sense is that she, like almost everyone else in Hollywood, heard a story from a friend who knew someone who claims they saw the whole darn thing.

(Rosie O’Donnell did not respond to my request for an interview on the issue.)

Sexual Misconduct Allegations And Social Justice

It seems the punishments meted out by the Hollywood woke courts are sporadic at best and wildly unbalanced at worst. Several established big names like Sylvester Stallone, Ben Affleck, Nick Carter, and millennial celebrities like Ansel Elgort and Justin Beiber have all been accused of varying forms of sexual misconduct. 

The validity of these accusations is not the issue. The #MeToo movement insists that all those who come forward should be believed. The only criteria: level accusations of assault against the rich and powerful men that comprise ‘the patriarchy.’ 

Like a majority of Kevin Spacey’s accusers, many of the claims referenced above are decades old or were made anonymously. So how come they get a pass and Kevin Spacey doesn’t? What makes him so special? The #MeToo movement has yet to define the precise metric it uses to cast a verdict of ‘evil’ on one celebrity and ‘redeemable’ another. 

A Bad Rapp?

Actor Anthony Rapp alleges Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted him when he was 14.
Image credit: Keenen Brown

In Anthony Rapp’s 2006 memoir, Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent, he recounts his unprovoked and vicious attack, when Rapp was 26, on then-boyfriend Todd. This is alarming commentary from the towheaded totem of the #MeToo movement.

Rapp has issued repeated calls to end violence of any kind, and voiced his commitment to “exposing all forms of abuse and mistreatment.” He has joined with A Call To Men (an organization focused on “healthy respectful manhood” and has appeared in events such as Voices Against Violence, all while presumably forgetting he wrote a book that featured his own violent domestic assault in vivid detail. The book, available in most libraries, Kindle, Apple Books, etc., isn’t difficult to find. (Rapp even turned the memoir into an international touring one-person musical show.) 

Anthony Rapp Details Violently Attacking Boyfriend In 2006 Memoir

If you haven’t read the memoir, Rapp describes breaking up with his boyfriend, Todd. Rapp says he “completely lost control” when Todd accepts the breakup–albeit with a torrent of expletives–turns and begins to walk away. 

Rapp then details how he “leaped up and charged forward, ….pummeled Todd, …punched him in the back of the head, knocking him down.” Rapp’s recollection of Todd turning to him, with “terror in his eyes,” is haunting as he unleashes another barrage of punches to his victim’s “head and his arms.” 

Punches to the back of the head are considered especially dangerous. They are banned in most sports because of the potential for damage to the cervical vertebrae and spinal cord. Punches to the back of the head can result in significant, irreparable spinal cord injury. (Mike Tyson was actually disqualified from a fight with Evander Holyfield because he hit Holyfield in the back of the head.) 

RENT Broadway Castmates Struggled To Pull Anthony Rapp Off Boyfriend During Attack

It’s at this point in Rapp’s memoir that we learn Norbert Leo Butz (Adam Pascal’s understudy, who would replace Pascal as Roger in 1997) and cast mate Jesse L. Martin manage to pull the 5’7″ actor briefly off the battered young man, who is now “huddled on the concrete, his hands covering his head,” a position of self-protection. But Rapp’s rage is not yet extinguished.

Rapp describes the second phase of the attack with chilling clarity.

I pressed into the ground with the full strength of my legs. I reached out and crawled with my hands and knees across the concrete, dragging these two men with me until I ripped free of them and charged back at Todd, assailing him with fresh blows to his back and his shoulders.”

Anthony Rapp, Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent

How much blind rage do you need to have to drag two not-insignificantly-sized men, several feet, crawling to reach someone to attack them a second time?

Rapp Tells Assault Victim Who Tried To Walk Away: “I Just Couldn’t See You Go Like That”

In the subsequent passages, Rapp skims over the impact of his actions on his victim. Instead, he dedicates several pages explaining his feelings of shame, remorse, and vulnerability. Rapp prioritizes his suffering before attending his bruised, battered, and traumatized boyfriend. “I just couldn’t see you go like that,” Rapp explains. “I couldn’t control myself, I’m sorry, but I couldn’t see you go.”

Following an unprovoked, violent attack Rapp seemingly justifies his actions by placing accountability at his victim’s feet. 

What’s disturbing here, beyond the apparent savageness of the attack, is the hypocrisy. As a self-described “loud, proud, proselytizing member” of the “Church of Wokeness,” Rapp’s personal history is incongruous to woke culture’s cancelation of notable figures for decades-old actions, inappropriate social media posts, drunken behavior, etc. To date, Anthony Rapp seems to have escaped being held to the same scrutiny that has felled much bigger stars. 

Anthony Rapp’s Sexual Assault Allegation Against Kevin Spacey: Prove It Didn’t Happen

1986 was a provocative year for theatre.  

In New York, both Kevin Spacey and Anthony Rapp appeared on Broadway that spring; Spacey in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Rapp in George Furth’s Precious Sons–which challenged Broadway audiences with a father who “drunkenly mistakes his son for someone else, climbs on top of him, and makes a sexual advance.” 

For young Anthony Rapp, who portrayed the son, Furth’s play had a seemingly profound effect. “On some level, my system was kind of weirdly accustomed to the action [of having a man crawl on top of me] because it had been happening in the play,” the former child actor recalled in his 2017 BuzzFeed accusation interview.

The BuzzFeed Interview: Actor Anthony Rapp Alleges Kevin Spacey Made A Sexual Advance Toward Him When He Was 14

Rapp’s sexual assault allegations assert that the The Usual Suspects star invited the teen to his place to attend a party. At the end of the night, Rapp says Spacey scooped him up, “like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold,” plops him on his bed, then “lays down” on top of him in an attempt to “get with [him] sexually.”

Rapp says he was able to “squirm” away from the 26 year-old-Spacey and leave the residence unobstructed.

The human mind is an extraordinary thing. We are still discovering and attempting to unravel its comprehensive functionality. I chatted with Dr. Howard Eisenberg (psychologist, life coach and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont) in a brief Q&A about the potential for imagined/acted experiences to seep into our awareness, making it difficult to know what actually happened versus what we imagined/acted out. 

Our Brains Can’t Distinguish Between Things We Experience and What We Imagine

Actor Anthony Rapp grimaces as he stares forward

Dr. Eisenberg clarified that our brains do “not distinguish well between what we imagine vividly and actual experiences in the external world,” adding that both stimulate “many of the same brain centers and can also change the underlying neuronal circuitry (“neuroplasticity”).”  

Perhaps within this framework lies the pathway to understanding why so many child stars experience difficulty coping with the struggles of adulthood.

Countless child actors, like Anthony Rapp, have publicly (and privately) battled on multiple fronts including

  • identity issues,
  • underage drug and alcohol consumption,
  • underage sexual promiscuity,
  • age-inappropriate sexual experiences,
  • blending of fact and fallacy, and
  • anger issues. 

Investigating Anthony Rapp’s Sexual Assault Allegations Against Kevin Spacey

By no means does this disprove Rapp’s accusation. It does, however, reveal the need for a deeper level of inquiry about what might, or might not, have happened on the night in question 35 years ago. But, there is no inquiry.

Failing To Ask The Uncomfortable Questions

I scoured media publications–mainstream, fringe, international and independent reporters–hoping to find anyone who has questioned the circumstances and integrity of the accusations aimed at Spacey. I came up empty. 

There doesn’t seem to have been a single, serious investigation into Rapp’s claims or the circumstances of that evening.

No one with any publishing power (left or right) seems to be curious about looking deeper into the Kevin Spacey sexual assault allegations outside of the current publication, or interested in the idea of doing so.

Although speaking strictly from personal experience, I found countless publications interested in so-called Kevin Spacey ‘hit pieces,’ with several publications asking me to”‘reframe” this article to be “less favorable” toward the embattled actor.

“At least when I had fooled around with my friends Christopher and Stephen, masturbating together and occasionally going down on each other, we had talked before and after, and sometimes during.”-Anthony Rapp, describing some of his sexual activities at age 14

Challenging The Anthony Rapp Narrative

Apart from Rapp’s disturbing assault, the other thing I noticed is that no one seems to care that 14-year-old Anthony Rapp was already engaging in age-inappropriate sex.

In his memoir, Rapp details having sex (before his alleged interaction with Spacey) with an “older-looking than his 18 years” neighborhood friend. “It was just sex, after all, it didn’t mean anything anyway, and he obviously wanted to do it, so if he wanted to, that was all right.” Rapp’s graphic description of his encounter with the 18-year-old neighbor isn’t a solitary event. Rapp goes on to describe what could easily be interpreted as group sexual activities at home in Joliet, Illinois. “At least when I had fooled around with my friends Christopher and Stephen, masturbating together and occasionally going down on each other, we had talked before and after, and sometimes during,” says Rapp in his memoir.

These activities in no way negate his allegations against Spacey, but they do change the narrative about a powerful, predatory aggressor victimizing a virginal, innocent, unknowing, prepubescent child. 

[UPDATE: Oct. 14, 2021 Anthony Rapp Court Case

As part of Anthony Rapp’s ongoing court case against Kevin Spacey, Rapp was the focus of a forensic psychiatric evaluation. Dr. Alexander Bardey’s evaluation asserts that Rapp “created a false memory of the alleged incident” in addition to showing clinical “narcissistic personality [disorder] traits.”

“Mr. Rapp displays narcissistic personality traits, in that he has an excessive need for admiration, has a grandiose sense of self-importance, and believes that he is special (i.e. saved his family’s life on several occasions).”

Rapp Offers A Very Different Description of Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Allegation In New Court Documents

Rapp has repeatedly amended his story of what allegedly occurred in 1986. In court documents recently filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, he provides his most dramatically different telling yet, describing how an intoxicated Kevin Spacey falls onto Rapp as “dead weight.”

[Kevin Spacey] “approached me, and he picked me up, he put his arm beneath me, because I was sitting on the edge of the bed. So he put his hand under my butt and down my legs to my knees, like scooped me like that and held me like a bride in that famous image…he laid me down on the bed on my back, and he laid on top of me…it felt like drunk and clumsy… his full weight was on my body…His hands were like behind my back clutching my shoulders…pressing his weight into me. I don’t recall him saying anything…was able to make the decision to squirm away…he wasn’t grinding into me, he wasn’t caressing me, it was just sort of dead weight and holding me.” - Anthony Rapp

This is significant as Rapp has asserted all along that Kevin Spacey’s alleged actions on the night in question were with the specific intent to “get with” him “sexually.” Rapp’s specifically notes in this version of alleged events, Kevin Spacey’s lack of sexual interest in the young Rapp.

It is unclear whether this new description of alleged events is Rapp’s attempt to walk back his sexual assault allegation against Kevin Spacey.]


As part of our coverage of this continuing story, The Independent Observer will be providing ongoing coverage of Rapp’s lawsuit against actor Kevin Spacey.
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Sexual Assault Allegations: The Aftermath

Within 120 hours, Spacey’s career, a professional career of more than thirty years in the making, boasting countless awards and honors both domestic and international, is incinerated.

This didn’t follow an investigation. These actions were set in motion based on a one-sided allegation from an individual not without abuse questions surrounding his own past; allegations of events that happened more than 35 years ago; allegations the accused has continually denied.

And that’s why this should terrify us all.  

Anyone who has committed crimes against a child 10, 20, 30, 40… years ago needs to be held accountable. No one disagrees with that. But what about those people who may act in a way we do not like? What about those individuals we may foster jealousy toward? Those we may feel rebuked by in some manner? Those who are innocent of committing crimes? 

What I Learned During My Multi-Year Investigation Into The Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault and Misconduct Allegations

In the several years I’ve spent digging into this story, I’ve learned two things:

  • One: The line has moved. Historical interactions initially brushed off now fail to meet the mark when viewed through society’s current priggish lens. And that’s fine. That’s how societies grow. Drawing a line in the sand and saying we won’t accept specific behavior from now on is evolution. But turning that perspective backward isn’t progressive. 
  • Two: Kevin Spacey demonstrates a sexual assertiveness that other sexual dominates would likely not appreciate. And whether you like or loathe his personal dating style, not everyone objects. An actress with knowledge of the situation suggested Kevin Spacey’s “trouble seems to be more whom he considers worth pursuing–not the pursuit itself.” She added, “for the right person, that behavior can be quite a turn on.”

Allegations are just that, alleged. Proving their truth takes time. Should we believe allegations just because it’s in print somewhere? What about multiple allegations? What about allegations claimed by anonymous sources?  

Anthony Rapp entertained underage boys in dressing room during rent rumor
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The Church of Wokeness would have you believe that once alleged, forever guilty; that we must accept all allegations without question or inquiry and cancel that person immediately. And that is a dangerous slope for us all. 

The line between acceptable and unacceptable, between appropriate and inappropriate, will move; it always has. What we thought was okay to do 35 years ago is not okay today. And what we consider acceptable today will assuredly be shunned by the grandchildren of The Wokest Generation

Life After Cancelation: Where Is Kevin Spacey Now

As one by one the Kevin Spacey sexual assault allegations fall off and begin to collect dust, like forgotten awards, the one time Hollywood favorite is left in an uncharted no man’s land–not proven guilty, yet unable to prove his innocence. How do you irrefutably prove something didn’t happen when the only two people (supposedly) present recall different events? Kevin Spacey is the new breed of the alleged–canceled by allegation. 

Kevin Spacey begins his climb to return to acting, following sexual assault allegations.
Kevin Spacey visiting the national museum of cinema in Turin, Italy (June 01, 2021). The actor appears in Director Franco Nero’s film, L’uomo Che Disegno Dio, filming in Italy.

Yet, in the background, quietly but determinedly, Kevin Spacey goes on being Kevin Spacey.  

In Director Franco Nero’s film, L’uomo Che Disegno Dio (The Man Who Drew God), the actor is cast as a detective investigating a child sexual abuse allegation case. The casting choice is drawing harsh criticism from the press. After living and breathing this story for almost a year, I, for one, appreciate the irony.  

Woke warrior justice and cancel culture cannot sustain for the long haul because at its core is imbalance. Tip the scales too far to either end, and any system will collapse in on itself. There must be balance and, at least, the aspiration for equal distribution if there is to be a lasting impact.  

Allegations must be given the attention they deserve, but we can’t do this in a day. And public opinion, mob justice, should never sway a determination of guilt or innocence. Vigilantism can have dangerous consequences. Woke warriors, quick to fire off 280 characters of condemnation, casting ballots from their seat in the Trial by Tweet jury box (of which I am sure my guilty verdict will be swift, following the publication of this dissent), cannot avoid unnecessary casualties. Similar names, misquotes, deep fakes, bad edits, the potential for friendly fire casualties is unlimited.  

Perhaps, Kevin Spacey has it all figured out. Maybe a simple, single choice to live your life despite your detractors is the ultimate, final victorious salvo in the Battle of the Alleged.

(Anthony Rapp did not respond to repeated requests for an interview.)


[UPDATE: February 11, 2022: Kevin Spacey News Updates]


Since the original publication of this piece last summer, readers have reached out, and continue to contact us hoping to get answers to several key questions. We’ve updated this article to include them here
:

Was Kevin Spacey Innocent?
  • In the (now) almost 18 months of research and interviews, across multiple countries and continents, I found no evidence to support any allegations of criminal activity, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, or sexual harassment. 
Who is Kevin Spacey’s lawyer?
  • For Rapp’s lawsuit against actor Kevin Spacey, Spacey has a comprehensive legal team. Spacey’s attorney Jennifer Keller was the attorney of record challenging accuser C.D.’s request to remain anonymous
Who is Anthony Rapp’s Lawyer? 
  • Attorney Peter Saghir represents actor Anthony Rapp. Mr. Saghir initially represented C.D., and subsequently became Rapp’s attorney when Rapp joined the lawsuit. When C.D. abandoned his claims against Spacey, that left Rapp holding the proverbial purse strings as the sole plaintiff of the lawsuit, currently ramping up before Justice Lewis A. Kaplan. 
What is Anthony Rapp’s position on the court case?
  • In the original civil court filing, Mr. Rapp filed charges against actor Kevin Spacey for assault, battery, and emotional distress. In subsequent sworn statements, Rapp has downplayed his original assertion. See “Rapp Offers A Very Different Description of Kevin Spacey Alleged Sexual Assault In New Court Documents” above.
Why Did Kevin Spacey Come Out?
  • When or why anyone “comes out” is deeply personal. I have no knowledge of Mr. Spacey’s personal reasons why he chose that time to make his life choices public. 

    I can, however, make the following assumption based on my knowledge and understanding of the situation: faced with an unsubstantiated allegation that would forcibly “out” him to his audience (Mr. Rapp has often voiced his anger at actors who were not “out.”) actor Kevin Spacey had little option but to make his “coming out” statement at that time.
What is Anthony Rapp’s profession? Where is Anthony Rapp now?
  • Actor Anthony Rapp continues to act in Star Trek: Discovery. Late last year he ran an unsuccessful SAG-AFTRA campaign to become union treasurer. The Adventures in Babysitting actor also offers personalized video greetings for $95 on Cameo.

(A Kevin Spacey Interview 2021 was declined by the actor’s representation)
A Note About Updates

This article was originally published June 10, 2021. It was updated to include new relevant information in October 2021 and SEO norms. Updated are noted in enclosed in square brackets, preceded by the date of update as follows: [UPDATE: Oct. 14, 2021:]


As part of The Independent Observer’s commitment to this story, we will be providing ongoing coverage of Rapp’s lawsuit against Kevin Spacey, sexual assault allegations, production company arbitration, and where is Kevin Spacey now.


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Ana Chevalier (www.anachevalier.com, @TheOfficialAnaC) is an award-winning author, former journalist, and playwright. Her work has appeared in global publications including Toronto Star, Baltimore Sun, The Independent (UK), The Telegraph (UK), The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Jerusalem Post, Forbes, YahooNews, and many more. Ana is a former child-actor/ entertainer, winning multiple awards for her work. She has worked with Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar, and Tony award winners (EGOT!) and Grand Ole Opry members on a variety of projects on and off-stage.

48 comments

  1. Rapp may be flawed, but at least he owns it. He’s also really f*cking generous and decent human being who does everything he can to improve life for others. Speaking from personal experience, Rapp is a kind and decent person, unlike Spacey. Rappp’s also not the type to lie about something just to get attention. Rapp deserves better than this. You should have asked him for his side of the story.

    • Rapp has given his “side” of the story countless times. I notice this article leaves out a fact that I consider relevant. Rapp has always claimed that he was the last person to leave Spacey’s party.
      A 14 year-old Broadway actor is no child. He would have known that Spacey’s only interest in him was sexual. WTF was he doing at an adult party? He would know that attending and then staying till everyone else was gone signaled Spacey that he was interested.
      If the story is true why didn’t he say SOMETHING to Spacey when he was being carried to a bed? And since Spacey made no attempt at all to coerce or force Rapp to do anything, I fail to see the problem. The public’s reaction to Rapp’s story has always amazed me.
      Rapp has ZERO chance of prevailing in a civil suit so I have to assume his true purpose is to get an easy settlement (I don’t think that will happen) or he is using it to milk every last bit of publicity he can out of this nonsense.
      The bottom line is Rapp’s whole story is the biggest NOTHING I have ever heard! NOTHING happened.

  2. Thanks for writing this, we need this kind of articles because we have to break the laziness of the majority of the journalists, bloggers or influencers simply following the echo chamber on socials, begging for a like instead of digging for facts. Thanks again.

  3. Dear Anna,
    thank you very much for the first thoughtful summary and analysis of the events. It’s a shame that you are the first and only person to do so. Of course, I admire the Kevin as a great artist and I do miss him badly. Will he return to old Glory, I can only hope. Currently, the woke / social justice warriors are stronger are still strong, guilty without trial,
    judge, jury and executioner.

  4. This is the best and fairest article about Kevin Spacey I have read. Thank you for bringing out all the points that shows rapp was lying. Kevin Spacey did not deserve this kind of treatment. When rapp said those words I think Kevin Spacey was so afraid of “coming out” he panicked and did not fight the charges at that time. Now all the bad allegations he is fighting and winning. Adult flirting is what it is called.

  5. Kevin has always been a brother to me and was a second son to my father. I’ve stuck with him throughout and he never let out so much as a whimper. He took this injustice like the man he is. It is very rewarding to see a fair accounting. And even more rewarding to see him back where he belongs- on stage & screen.

    • Mr. Lemmon, One thing I’ve said from the beginning is, if Kevin was the horrible person he’s accused of, Jack Lemmon would never have brought Kevin into his family or his acting career. What happened to him is beyond comprehension.
      This article must get out there into the world for people to read the other side of Kevin and especially Rapp. Far far from an innocent young man and adult.

    • Chris, thank you for your continuing support of Kevin. Seeing your comment here is quite encouraging. And I hope you are doing well (I heard about your lung transplant a few years ago).

    • He is a national treasure. I hope the pirates that stole him from us will pay dearly for what they have done (I’m talking to you Netflix) and that he has the last laugh.

  6. Never liked Spacey. He’s an overrated, pretentious entitled and (very likely) a sexual predator.

  7. Hi, thanks again for the article. I just want to point out few things about C.D. This guy said he was in an acting class and Spacey was his teacher, but he said too there weren’t records about the students because it wasn’t a traditional school, just a group of activities in a Parish. As much as Kevin confirmed he worked as a teacher there we can’t never be 100% sure if C.D. Was one of his students. Second, C.D. said, always on Vulture’s article, he met Spacey once again in Central Park, he was with his parents as Spacey was walking his dog, well his parents coil confirm it, but as C.D. wants, stubbornly, stay anonymous they don’t. Again C.D. said he spoke about his precious sexual life with Liz Swadoz, musician and director, the woman said to him adults shouldn’t have sex with minor, of course, and what was happening to him was an abuse, btw she didn’t take any action. Could it be true? We will never know, because she passed away years before the article was published. Always in the same article C.D. said he called Spacey two times in a row as the actor was rehearsing for a play and I think it’s a bit odd. I think this whole C.D. story is beyond parody. All the rest is very well written in your article, especially the Rapp’s part. Thanks again.

  8. Would we even care if Rapp had been a 14 year old girl? Tough ride that Spacey’s gay. If he were straight he’d still have a career.

  9. 

I am a fan of Kevin’s films and remain so. Nothing I’ve heard has changed my opinion of him. I am sorry that he had to endure everything you’ve so carefully detailed here. The author is brave, especially considering today’s mob mentality-so brave to look for and speak the actual truth, which she did with a great deal of integrity and class.

  10. This is a fine piece. Although the author doesn’t address the London allegations for his time with the Old Vic, they don’t help considering Rapp’s well-times accusations. But I didn’t then and don’t now believe things happened as Rapp claims. It doesn’t make any sense. At least, not when I think of how I’ve always seen theare people behave with young actors were present. I can’t believe the adults at this alleged party all left a 14 year old alone with someone everyone wants us to believe was known to be a sexual predator even then. And I’ve been in this business for nearly 60 years, it doesn’t make sense.

  11. As a retired investigative reporter, I congratulate the reporter here on doing a difficult, unpopular job exceedingly well.

    Miss Chevalier identifies and tracks down the record, painstakingly details the timeline, interviews everyone she can connect with, and notes those who remained unavailable throughout the investigation. THAT is journalism. BuzzFeed’s gossip column is decidedly not in the same league as this authoritative analysis.

    She further guides us through a story comprised of many more claims, allegations, and rumors than verifiable facts; she asks her readers to consider the information before making their own decision. This is the rare, responsible reporting so desperately needed in today’s media maelstrom of “alternate facts” and “personal truths.”

  12. Wow. You gave me a lot in that article to think about, especially about Anthony Rapp. I didn’t know about his play, the same as the accusation. Pretty convenient. Beating his boyfriend, that’s a pretty weak man if you ask me. Never strike your partner, that’s a coward. That’s some lack of self-control he talks about in his book. Bad judgement doesn’t just stop overnight. When else has he lost control I wonder. Sad shame Kevin Spacey had to get caught up in this. Tough being at the top I imagine, with everyone gunning for you. Great article. Lots of hard work went in here, that’s plain to see. Good to read something that’s actually balanced, showing both sides.

  13. So Rapp calls up his old buddy Adam Vary and tells him Spacey did what Ed Harris did to him every night in the show and BuzzFeed reports that as actual news? And NOBODY thinks that deserves a second look? GTFO That’s one hell of a coincidence. That’s not news that’s Enquirer level stuff. No wonder a REAL news source didn’t carry it.

  14. I didn’t know THAT about Anthony Rapp. Who writes a book about “mutual masturbation” at 14?? Sicko.

  15. An engrossing and riveting read, and a sadly overdue one. I applaud the careful, detailed research and your thorough, fact-based approach to this story. Mr. Spacey’s condemnation by the mass media is a disgrace that triggered much of the public to follow their lead based on broad-spectrum, unsubstantiated accusations and anonymous allegations. The writer here has done a great job and hit the nail squarely on the head, especially when addressing gay perceptions and how they have added fuel to the fire. One can’t help shuddering as thoughts run to Miller’s Crucible. Mr. Rapp’s unwillingness to engage Mr. Spacey in conversation before making public claims feels more of attention-seeking than do-gooding.

    I enjoy actors while on screen and forget them shortly after; I expect most television and movie audiences act similarly. But after reading this article I am unable to permit Mr. Spacey to once again fade into the background until the next role. To the contrary, I find myself ruminating often on what has transpired in the months and years since Mr. Rapp’s initial interview. The writer here has rounded out the two dimensional actor we know as “Kevin Spacey” into a flesh and blood person deserving of our considered attention. Mr. Spacey is indeed fortunate to have an articulate, savvy writer lay voice to his current station in such a skilled, evocative manner.

  16. What an exceptional article! The author is right, what happened to him should terrify us all. I keep having visions of the Red Guard 2.0. The most disappointing aspect of this entire piece however, considering the abundance of rich and powerful friends I assume Spacey has, is that this fell to a relative unknown journalist to tackle, not that she does anything less than an exceptional job here. Kevin Spacey is a very lucky man indeed to have a brave, analytical, thorough investigative journalist looking into his situation.

  17. This is a wonderful article. I always thought he was ridden out of town on a rail. I hope this article is read by all the right people and Kevin Spacey can return to film.

  18. Is the author brave enough to tackle the wild allegations of racism and how being labeled will derail one’s life? The turning over of every pebble by pop/mainstream media in search of racism and white hats has far exceeded anything the #metoo movement could only fantasise about…and it’s also something no one wants to talk about…

  19. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Why are we still treating this man like this? This should be required reading by everyone on the f**king planet. Brilliant article by a brilliant writer about a brilliant actor. F**cking brilliant.

  20. Thank you for this article and bringing to light to Rapp’s behavior that no one else has bothered to do. I have never wavered on my belief and support of Kevin Spacey. Innocent until proven guilty is forgotten when such allegations are made and proof is never asked for. Not one allegation has been proven to be true.
    George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Annette Bening, Kate Winslet, and Jack Lemmon to name a few co-stars would never had acted with or wanted him in their films if this garbage was true. Young actors like Ansel Elgort, Nicholas Hoult, and Taron Egerton have said Kevin was never inappropriate with them. But the cowardice of Kevin’s costars, the late night show hosts that had Kevin on numerous times, and the House of Cards actors that worked with him for 5 years, to never come to his defense is disgusting. Thankfully, European citizens and acting community is open-minded, and didn’t outcast Kevin based on unsubstantiated accusations. I keep hoping that someone like Clooney or Tom Hanks will have the guts to bring Kevin back to the States in a film with them.
    By the way, July 26th is Kevin’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Kevin! Your fans will always be by your side.

  21. After everything else is said and done, Kevin I could care less about your sexual preference then or now or if you made some flirty frivolous acts towards males or females- often it’s ALWAYS alcohol mixed!! What matters is who you are as an actor…where you started and what you gained and learned along the way.

    We never completely understand ourselves till way later, until we experience life in all aspects we travel to. You’re an Amazing,so gifted actor who has given US, your fans, a deeper understanding of acting. We 🚩ALL have made mistakes in our NOT so perfect life !!! Here’s hoping for a return but if NOT, Cheers, to a Hell of a RUN!!!! Ps. You had me at “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil…Truly Amazing acting”……

  22. Sorry, but I just don’t feel any differently about him after reading this. Enough people say the same thing about him. And honestly his conduct feels wildly inappropriate and very predatory, not to mention unprofessional. Has this type of thing ever happened before to other celebrities? Absolutely. But the undertone of “he’s not a rapist’ isn’t enough. He is an abuser. He abused his affluence and his position and now he is about to pay a very substantive price for those poor choices. If this had come out at a different time, Kevin might have been able to avoid such a severe punishment. If he hadn’t framed his homosexuality such that it could appear to be a defence for acting inappropriately toward a minor he might have earned more support from our community. Top “bankable” celebs have been given a pass for decades but that’s history now. New times. New generation. New rules. I think it’s a good thing. I also think it’s incredibly sad. Kevin Spacey is arguably one of the greatest actor of our times and seeing him piss it all away because of needless insecurity is tragic. He could have been more and he chose to be less.

  23. If Rapp had acused some small list actor, nothing would have happened and I would guess that Rapp would have seen strength in his ability to march forward and deal with this personal trauma. I really don’t like Spacey on or off screen but this mess might have been avoided if Rapp had parents instead of parents managing his prospects. The time line is incredibly vague and full of inuendo and people who no one can verify. No that may not be a popular view but that is what I take away. And yes, I am a triple sexual assault survivor (men and women) and no my parents didn’t allow me to attend adult parties with film people. Yes, I was an out actor in the theatre for 35 years (Rapp’s instance that he isn’t so gay because he loves women… that stayement alone would make me question his integrity and soncetity). Will I go see Spacey in the film. Probably not. Do I wish him well. Absolutely. As for Rapp… live your life.

  24. Thanks for finally setting the record straight. I remember when everything unfolded and how you lay it all out coincides with my thoughts at the time. I feel for Anthony’s pain but his accusations against Kevin seem hysterical and very convenient.

  25. I read the article. I’ve known Anthony since he was 11 and am highly aware of the fine line of a child star interacting with adults. While the article mentions Anthony’s admitted violent outburst, it doesn’t give contemplation that many people who have been sexually victimized have anger issues. I feel that Anthony has tried to live his life in an open an honest way. More than Spacey has. Damage to victims lasts a lifetime, the predator usually has a life of power, empowered by getting away with things. It’s time in all industries with people of every sexual preference to stop the power play of harassers. But thank you for your article it was very well done

  26. I really enjoyed this article. I have always believed this situation was much more complex than places like CNN made it out to be. I hope both men find the peace they deserve.

  27. Great article. Anthony’s behaviour is classic post-trauma, however, in my (albeit remote opinion) it’s also obvious the trauma happened BEFORE he was in that play in New York. Childhood sexual abuse survivors are often hyper sexualized at a young age, and he demonstrates that here in his need to be in adult situations alone. I have no difficulty believing the 14 year old Anthony sought Spacey’s attention which was rebuked. These children hold grudges, it’s necessary for their personal validation in their distorted reality. I hope he is in treatment for his traumas and I hope he can find the strength to face the truth that appears to be struggling to break through. Good luck to him.

  28. This was a powerful read. I am truly sorry Kevin Spacey has had to go through this. Here (in Georgia) this type of thing doesn’t happen. We don’t say a man is guilty just because someone makes accusation.

  29. This article has the ring of truth to it. Memories are easy manipulate or implant, especially in young children, as anyone who has studied even basic psychology would know. Mother’s often attempt to implant sexual molestation stories about others as a way of control, or manipulation. Look at Woody Allen. I think it’s very curious that this only came out after Rapp’s mother died and conveniently be be questioned.

  30. 
Wow. Wow. Wow. Thank you Ana, for having the courage to do the work of investigating and writing all of this. Thank you The IO Magazine, for having the stones to print it. You’ve shown the other side to this horrible story. I’ve always loved Kevin and this article lifts so much weight from heart. 



  31. When Rapp would tell the story years earlier, at dinner parties, over cocktails, it was under the guise of outing the “cowards” who were closeted. It wasn’t “ I’m a sex abuse victim that needs millions of dollars for my ptsd”

  32. After all this time someone has FINALLY given this story the treatment it deserves. I have never in my life seen anything as senseless and unfair as the hysteria that accompanied metoo. I followed Spacy’s case closely and could not believe the weight that was being given to Rapp’s and later Unruh’s stories. Rapp’s story was a non-story to begin with and Unruh’s story defied common sense. The prosecutor in Unruh should be cancelled. He brought what he knew was a baseless case hoping some credible victims would come and he might have the next Cosby case.

    It should be illegal for the media to report anonymous stories. Anyone that has been in the entertainment industry for decades is bound to have numerous bitter enemies. The media became a bathroom wall for such people.
    The executives that cancelled Spacy based on unproven allegations are equally to blame. What made them think the public would allow those unproven allegations to turn them against an A list actor? I can only hope they have learned that no one appreciated them cancelling Spacy and that in the future they will refuse to respond to unproven, decades old allegations.

    I love that you mentioned the attempt to apply today’s standards to things that happened 30 years ago. You really hit on every point that needed to be made about this whole mess. You deserve an award. Thank you so much for this work.

  33. Thanks for this article. The moment I read about Precious Sons, where the same thing happens as he accuses Spacey of, I had severe doubts about the story. I always wondered why no one confronted Rapp with the remarkable, unbelievable coincidence that Spacey supposedly did the same thing to him als what happened in the play.

  34. I’m guilty of joining the “give him hell” crusade with little to no depth of the whole (or even half) story. You’ve put much work into this and albeit we never fully know what goes on at least you’ve shed light on the very real possibilities of our own ignorance and the unfair effects when we simply “take someone’s word for it.” Thanks for the clarity. I’m a bit ashamed at myself – especially as a Libra – that I didn’t take the concept of “alleged” a bit more serious.

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