Zachary Quinto is not here for the way Kevin Spacey chose to come out, calling it a "calculated manipulation"
The openly gay Star Trek actor, 40, took to his Twitter to release a lengthy statement slamming Spacey for using the controversy to come out as gay. Spacey came out after Rent actor Anthony Rapp accused him of making unwanted sexual advances in the mid-’80s when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26.
Quinto also lent his support to Rapp and expressed his hope for the actor’s voice to be the one heard after Spacey’s statement.
“I am sorry to hear of Anthony Rapp’s experience and subsequent suffering. And I am sorry that Kevin only saw fit to acknowledge his truth when he though it would serve him — just as his denial served him for so many years,” he added. “May Anthony Rapp’s voice be the one which is amplified here. Victim’s [sic] voices are the ones that deserve to be heard.”
Quinto came out as gay in 2011 after being moved to action by the suicide of gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer. The actor expressed on his blog at the time that he felt he had to do so in order to help the community as a whole.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Rapp, now 46, alleged Spacey invited him to his Manhattan apartment for a party in 1986. Rapp says he was the only teen at the party and spent most of the evening in a bedroom watching television. He claims he was unaware the party had ended and he was alone in the apartment with Spacey until the older actor appeared in the bedroom doorway.
“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.”