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Anthony Rapp to Kevin Spacey: I don’t want to have a relationship with you, now that you’re gay

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“I have chosen to continue my life as a gay man,” Kevin Spacey’s adult film actor accuser Anthony Rapp told reporters following an allegation that Rapp, 26, had acted inappropriately towards Spacey, 49, at a party in 1986 when Rapp was 14 years old.

Rapp, who currently stars in the Broadway revival of “Come From Away,” said last month that in an encounter at a party, a then-24-year-old Spacey performed a “non-consensual” act upon him. “He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp told BuzzFeed in a detailed interview.

On Monday, Rapp criticized Spacey for “using” the LGBT community as “a tool to deflect from the truth.”

“I really think it’s problematic to use the LGBT community as a part of your defense,” Rapp said.

Spacey announced Saturday on Twitter that he is coming out as gay in a response to Rapp’s allegation. On Monday, the “House of Cards” star again addressed the controversy on Twitter, stating that while he did not remember the alleged encounter, he would not have been interested in pursuing an extramarital relationship at the time.

“I choose now to live as a gay man,” Spacey wrote. “I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.”

Rapp was unequivocal when asked by journalists if he had actually “fake” his sexuality during the time of the alleged incident, or if he would ever consider coming out when it “would allow you to essentially get away with something that if you were straight, you wouldn’t be able to get away with.”

He said he “didn’t fake it” then and feels the need to “set the record straight” now, adding that Spacey’s responses were “inappropriate coming from someone in his position.” Rapp had asked Spacey what he was doing and when he turned around to leave, he said he was “just excited to be going home.”

The alleged incident was never reported to police.

“I was a kid and I acted on that attraction to him,” Rapp told reporters.

“I was sexually assaulted by Kevin Spacey.”

“All too often, members of the LGBT community are painted as a monolith.”

He emphasized that “all too often, members of the LGBT community are painted as a monolith,” and he hoped that his experience as a man and a member of the community would allow him to expand his perspective.

Rapp said he has not yet spoken with Spacey directly.

“Kevin knows that I have a lot of people that are going to be very angry about this, so I don’t think there’s going to be a particularly meaningful, immediate relationship between me and him,” he said.

“I hope the conversation will continue even if we don’t see him again in my life.”

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