Kevin Spacey has apologised after he was accused of making sexual advances towards actor Anthony Rapp when he was 14-years-old.
The alleged incident took place in 1986, when Spacey was 26, during a party in the actor’s flat.
In a statement, Spacey said: “I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour.”
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Rapp said during the party he was sitting alone in a bedroom when the actor approached him, picked him up ”like a groom picks up the bride” and then lay down on top of him.
“He was trying to seduce me… I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
Rapp said he was inspired to speak out about the alleged incident by the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
“I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out,” he said on Twitter.
In Spacey’s statement, he said: “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,” Spacey added.
“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.”