Celeb Reactions To The Kevin Spacey Allegations

In a bombshell interview with BuzzFeed, Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp accused renowned actor Kevin Spacey of trying to have sex with him in 1986 when Rapp was just 14. Spacey was 26 at the time and allegedly intoxicated from a party at his apartment that Rapp was attending. In response to the allegations, Spacey posted a statement on Twitter that raised more than a few eyebrows. While Spacey apologized to Rapp for "what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior," the veteran actor also claimed that he has no memory of the encounter, and then closed his statement by officially coming out as a gay man. 

In light of the allegations, Netflix suspended production indefinitely on the final season of House of Cards, and Hollywood was quick to react to Spacey's apparent attempt to defuse the situation.

Zachary Quinto

Star Trek (2009) star Zachary Quinto, who came out as a gay man in 2011 in an effort to help prevent suicides in the gay community, was one of the first Hollywood actors to criticize Spacey's response to Rapp's allegations.

"It is deeply sad and troubling that this is how Kevin Spacey has chosen to come out," Quinto tweeted. "Not by standing up as a point of pride–in the light of all his many awards and accomplishments–thus inspiring tens of thousands of struggling LGBTQ kids around the world. But as a calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusation that he attempted to molest one. I am sorry to hear of Anthony Rapp's experience and subsequent suffering. And I am sorry that Kevin only saw fit to acknowledge his truth when he thought it would serve him–just as his denial served him for so many years."

Lance Bass

Former *NSYNC member Lance Bass, who received the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award after coming out as a gay man in 2006, was less than thrilled with Spacey's statement, which he viewed as doing more harm than good to the gay community. 

"Being gay should never be equated with sexual assault or pedophilia," Bass tweeted. "Thanks for giving the homophobes more ammo #KevinSpacey."

Clay Aiken

After rising to fame by placing second to Ruben Studdard on the second season of American Idol, singer Clay Aiken came out as gay in 2008 in an interview with People, confirming that he had a son via surrogate. Since then, Aiken has been a vocal supporter for gay rights, so he was quick to join the growing list of LGBTQ celebrities that criticized Spacey's controversial statement.

"Hey @KevinSpacey you can choose to act like a pervert; you can't 'choose' to be gay," Aiken tweeted, along with the raised eyebrow and forehead slapping emoji for added oomph.

Billy Eichner

Billy on the Street and Difficult People star Billy Eichner has became another vocal Spacey critic who has had a field day tweeting and retweeting Spacey criticism.

"Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before," Eichner wrote, "a bad time to come out."

George Takei

Since coming out as gay in 2005, George Takei, best known as Mr. Sulu on the original Star Trek television series, has become a gay icon and beloved social media presence thanks to his calls for social justice. When Spacey released his infamous response to Rapp's allegations, Takei issued a statement of his own the very next morning. Takei also included a not-so-veiled reference to disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

"When power is used in a non-consensual situation, it is a wrong," Takei told The Hollywood Reporter. "For Anthony Rapp, he has had to live with the memory of this experience of decades ago. For Kevin Spacey, who claims not to remember the incident, he was the older, dominant one who had his way. Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight—that is a deflection. They do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it."

Beau Willimon

House of Cards creator Beau Willimon waded into the controversy surrounding Spacey and the future of the suspended Netflix hit series.

"Anthony Rapp's story is deeply troubling," Willimon tweeted. "During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on House of Cards I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off. That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously, and this is no exception. I feel for Mr. Rapp and I support his courage."

Rose McGowan

After the Weinstein scandal broke, actress Rose McGowan, who accused Weinstein of raping her early in her career, has become a fierce advocate for sexual assault and harassment victims. Her Twitter account has been a nonstop barrage against Hollywood's power structure, so when the news about Spacey broke, McGowan called on the media to stay focused on the real story.

"Dear fellow media: Keep focus on #AnthonyRapp," McGowan tweeted. "BE THE VICTIM'S VOICE. Help us level the playing field."

Jordan Gavaris

Not long before the Spacey allegations broke, Orphan Black star Jordan Gavaris had came forward with allegations against APA agent Tyler Grasham, who was already under fire for allegedly sexually assaulting minors, according to Vulture. When Rapp came forward a week later, Gavaris wasn't having Spacey's alleged attempt to diffuse the situation.


Wanda Sykes

Within a few short hours of Spacey tweeting his response to the Rapp allegations, out and proud comedian Wanda Sykes pounced on the questionable statement. 

"No no no no no!" Sykes tweeted. "You do not get to 'choose' to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks!"

Dan Savage

Famed political writer and LGBTQ activist Dan Savage immediately went to work defending Rapp by taking Spacey to task for his controversial response. 

"Nope to Kevin Spacey's statement," Savage tweeted. "Nope. There's no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child."