Celebrities are criticising Kevin Spacey after he came out as gay amid allegations that he made “sexual advances” to actor Anthony Rapp when he was just 14 years old.
Spacey, 58 released a statement saying that he has had “romantic encounters with men throughout [his] life,” and has chosen now to “live as a gay man.”
But people have accused the House of Cards star of using his coming out as a smokescreen to distract the public attention from the allegations of sexual misconduct, which appeared on BuzzFeed News.
Rose McGowan, who has been one of the most outspoken women in the Harvey Weinstein saga, was again the most vocal in warning the media to keep the attention on the sexual assault allegations:
That’s particularly true after several media outlets, including Reuters, covered Spacey’s coming out but seemed to ignore the victim’s accusations:
Comedians, actors and LGBTQ activists also slammed Spacey for his statement:
The classiest way to come out of the closet is as a PR smokescreen to distract people from the fact that you tried to molest a child.
— Guy Branum (@guybranum) October 30, 2017
Just wanna be really fucking clear that being gay has nothing to do w/ going after underage folks
— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) October 30, 2017
I’m so angry about Kevin Spacey. How dare he use this to come out? I am so ANGRY.
— Pumpkin Spice Lottie (@Lottie_Lamour) October 30, 2017