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GLAAD's president blasted Kevin Spacey for coming out amid sexual assault allegations


Updated October 30, 2017 12:57 PM EDT

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis on Monday blasted actor Kevin Spacey for revealing he is gay amid allegations he sexually advanced on a male teenager.

"Coming out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault," she tweeted before mentioning the actor leveling the accusations against Spacey.

"This isn't a coming out story about Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp & those who speak out about unwanted sexual advances," Ellis added. "The media and public should not gloss over that."

Kevin Spacey has revealed he is gay following accusations from fellow actor Anthony Rapp that he sexually advanced upon him.

Rapp on Sunday alleged that Spacey tried seducing him in 1986 when he was 14 years old, prompting the other performer to apologize and reveal his sexual orientation.

“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor,” Spacey wrote in a statement Sunday. “I’m beyond horrified to hear his story.”

“I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago,” he continued.

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“But if I did behave then as he describes, then I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”

Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner, then publicly addressed his sexual orientation for the first time.

“As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women,” he said.

“I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man,” the "House of Cards" star added.

“I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.”

Rapp told BuzzFeed on Sunday that Spacey befriended him in 1986 when both men were performing in Broadway shows in New York City.

Spacey invited Rapp to his apartment for a party, according to the latter, before picking him up, placing him on his bed and climbing on top of him in an attempted sexual advance.

BuzzFeed reported that Spacey was 26-years-old at the time, according to public records, while Rapp was 14-years-old.

Rapp currently stars as Paul Stamets on Star Trek: Discovery, where he portrays the first openly gay character in the franchise’s history.

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