Today, Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp made his first television appearance as himself since the Kevin Spacey allegations. Rapp appeared on the CBS daytime chat show The Talk. In the Anthony Rapp interview, he says he came forward with his story, because he “knew there were more stories.”
Last October, Rapp accused Spacey of sexual misconduct. He said:
My memory was that I thought, Oh, everybody’s gone. Well, yeah, I should probably go home. [Spacey] sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk. [Spacey didn’t anything to him.] 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. I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.
Since Rapp came forward, 19 others have accused Spacey of acting inappropriately towards them. Rapp says that was one of the reasons he told his story. He said:
I couldn’t really talk about this aspect of it in the story itself, because I could only tell my story. But I knew that there were more stories. So I was just hopeful that coming forward would encourage other people to tell the truth. And I knew it was a risky thing, I knew that he was very popular and certainly a respected actor. But at the same time, I knew I was trying to protect people. And I was incredibly gratified by the enormous wave of support.
After Rapp’s accusation, as Billy Eichner said, Kevin Spacey “invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.” Since this, Spacey’s been fired from House of Cards and been edited out of All the Money in the World.
Watch the Anthony Rapp interview below:
WATCH: @startrekcbs star Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) responds to the outpouring of support he has received by encouraging others to come forward and share their stories. #EverybodyTalks #MeToo pic.twitter.com/9fBrWku9jQ
— The Talk (@TheTalkCBS) February 2, 2018