Monday, May 20, 2024

“Rent” and “Star Trek” Star Anthony Rapp Levels Underage Sexual Misconduct Charge Against Kevin Spacey


Kevin Spacey has a lot of explaining to do. Unfortunately, he’s not going to do it.

On Sunday night, actor Anthony Rapp– famous for “Rent” on Broadway, the “Rent” movie, and “Star Trek: Discovery”– told Buzz Feed that when he was 14 and appearing on Broadway, Spacey basically attacked him and tried to have sex with him. His accusations are alleged, and Spacey has not responded to them.

Rapp’s story comes on the heels of Boston broadcaster Heather Unruh stating on Twitter last week that Spacey had done something to a loved one. She declined to say who the victim was, or the gender. But Unruh posted a nice picture of Spacey and has not backed off.

Spacey has always created an air of edgy mystery about his personal life. For years he had a companion named Dianne Dreyer on his arm for awards ceremonies. (I’m told she eventually got married and out of the film “business.”) A tabloid photographed Spacey on vacation with a boyfriend several years ago. Spacey was notoriously “mugged” in a London park. In 2010, he told a journalist that he would never come clean about his personal life.

Unruh’s accusation last week was picked up by blogs but ignored by news organizations because it had no real details. Rapp’s story tonight is going to carry considerably more weight– and perhaps open the door for more revelations. Spacey is closely associated with his “Usual Suspects” director Bryan Singer, who name has come up many times in reported stories about Hollywood’s dark underbelly. But Singer has always denied all accusations, and has never been formally accused of anything.

But all of this means that things are about to get very rough as those who might have been scared off of telling Hollywood true stories will now feel emboldened.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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