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George Takei says Kevin Spacey coming out as gay after he was accused of attempting to sexually assault a minor years ago is nothing more than “deflection.”
What’s more, the former Star Trek star and social justice activist said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that the issue was not about sexuality, but abuse of power.
“When power is used in a non-consensual situation, it is a wrong,” Takei said. “For Anthony Rapp, he has had to live with the memory of this experience of decades ago. For Kevin Spacey, who claims not to remember the incident, he was the older, dominant one who had his way. Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight — that is a deflection. They do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it.”
Rapp, who currently stars on Star Trek: Discovery, recently revealed to Buzzfeed News that the two-time Oscar-winning Spacey allegedly tried to sexually assault him when he was 14 and Spacey was 26.
“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp said. “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
Spacey on Sunday night released a statement in which he said he did not remember the incident, saying he may have been drunk at the time. He then announced he was coming out of the closet.
That decision, couched in his apology, enraged people. Activist organization GLAAD on Monday criticized Spacey for his decision to come out amid an accusation of sexual assault.
“Coming-out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD. “This is not a coming-out story about Kevin Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp and all those who bravely speak out against unwanted sexual advances. The media and public should not gloss over that.”
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