When actor Anthony Rapp alleged in October that Kevin Spacey made an unwanted sexual advance on him when he was 14, he was inspired to do so by the dozens and dozens of women who spoke up about sexual abuse and misconduct before him, he revealed to the magazine Attitude.
Amidst the unending amounts of allegations being made against men in Hollywood, media, and beyond, Rapp spoke up with accusations against Spacey, saying that Spacey put Rapp on a bed, got on top of him, and made an advance in 1986 when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26.
After that accusation from Rapp, Spacey then publicly came out as gay and was accused of sexual misconduct by several more people. As he likely inspired others by going public with his accusations, Rapp himself was inspired by those who spoke up before him, he told Attitude.
“In this moment, with what’s happened, it’s become clear that people can be believed and that it can have an impact,” Rapp told Attitude. “The entire apparatus that kept people silent and also kept [those guilty of harassment] safe is being dismantled.”
“The entire apparatus that kept people silent and also kept [those guilty of harassment] safe is being dismantled.”
After more allegations came out against Spacey, Netflix cancelled House of Cards, stating that the show’s upcoming sixth season would be its last and would not include Spacey. Spacey was also replaced by a different actor in the upcoming Ridley Scott film All the Money in the World.
Rapp also said that powerful people facing consequences for their predatory actions is positive for not just Hollywood but for other industries too.
“That’s the big sea change, and I hope that it’s occurring not just in our industry, but everywhere and that people are realizing that these things can have an impact, that people do not have to be able to get away with it,” he told Attitude. “To be part of a movement that I think will make a real lasting difference is something that’s bigger than any individual, it’s really a time of reckoning that will transform our industry, and I hope other industries.”
Rapp added that he hopes nobody feels alone when going through something similar to what he and others have gone through, and that there are people who will back you up.
“There is no such thing as truly being alone, which is what I hope this moment demonstrates, that there is strength in numbers,” Rapp told Attitude.
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