House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey has apologised over allegations that he made a sexual advance on a child actor in 1986.
He has also said that he is now living as a gay man, following years of speculation about his sexuality.
Actor Anthony Rapp, who stars in Star Trek: Discovery, said that Spacey invited him to a party in his apartment when he was 14.
There he alleged that Spacey, who was 26 at the time and who appeared to be drunk, tried to seduce him.
Responding to the allegations Spacey issued the following statement:
“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour, aand I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.
“This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fuelled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behaviour.”
However Spacey has come in for criticism on social media, with some commentators claiming that his coming out was intended to draw press coverage away from Rapp’s accusations of inappropriate sexual behaviour.