Drop Release of Kevin Spacey's New Film
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On October 29th, 2017, it was revealed by actor Anthony Rapp that Kevin Spacey had sexually-assaulted him in 1986 when Rapp was 14 years-old.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Rapp described the incident:
At some point, Rapp said he turned to see Spacey standing at the bedroom door. And that's when he first realized that everyone else had left the party. They were alone.
“My memory was that I thought, Oh, everybody's gone. Well, yeah, I should probably go home,” Rapp said. Spacey, he recalled, “sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk.” Rapp doesn't remember Spacey saying anything to him. Instead, Rapp said, “He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. But I don't, like, squirm away initially, because I'm like, 'What's going on?' And then he lays down on top of me.”
“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 recalled this all happening — Spacey appearing at the door, coming into the room, picking him up, and putting him on the bed — in one clumsy action, with Spacey landing at a slight angle on top of him. He said Spacey “was, like, pressing into me,” and that he remembers Spacey “tightening his arms.” But while he can't recall exactly how long Spacey remained on top of him, Rapp said he was able to “squirm” away after a short period.
“It was a frozen moment. In terms of fight or flight or freeze, I tend to freeze.”
“It was a frozen moment,” Rapp said of the entire encounter, with a deep, exasperated sigh. “In terms of fight or flight or freeze, I tend to freeze.”
After pushing Spacey off him, Rapp remembered he was able to step into the bathroom and close the door. "I was like, 'What is happening?'” he said. “I saw on the counter next to the sink a picture of him having his arm around a man. So I think on some level I was like, Oh. He's gay. I guess.Then I opened the door, and I was like, 'OK, I'm going to go home now.' He followed me to the front door of the apartment, and as I opened the door to leave, he was leaning on the front door[frame]. And he was like, 'Are you sure you wanna go?' I said, 'Yes, good night,' and then I did leave."
As he walked home, “My head was spinning,” Rapp said. “I have a memory of turning around and [thinking], What was that? What am I supposed to do with it? What does it mean?”
He paused. "The older I get, and the more I know, I feel very fortunate that something worse didn't happen," he said. "And at the same time, the older I get, the more I can't believe it. I could never imagine [that] anyone else I know would do something like that to a 14-year-old boy."
In what was clearly a haphazard and disgusting PR response, Spacey formally announced via Twitter that he's coming out of the closet and would "live life as a gay man", cynically enabling the historic and violent conflation of LGBTQ folks, particularly gay men, with pedophilia.
Spacey's reckless announcement cynically exploited the LGBTQ community to deflect attention from his sexual assault of Rapp and overshadowed the trauma the younger actor has experienced in the time since the assault.
As of Tuesday, Netflix had halted the season six production of "House of Cards" after announcing on Monday it would be the final season in light of the Spacey's confirmed sexual assault of Rapp.
Additionally, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced it was voiding its plan to award Spacey the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award at an upcoming ceremony.
We, the undersigned, call upon Sony TriStar Pictures to stop the release of Spacey's film "All the Money in the World" and for the AFI Fest to cancel its premiere of the film scheduled for Nov. 16th.
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