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13 Reasons Why’s Tommy Dorfman reveals he was sexually assaulted in response to Kevin Spacey allegations

Josh Jackman October 31, 2017
(Getty and Twitter/tommydorfman)

(Getty and Twitter/tommydorfman)

13 Reasons Why star Tommy Dorfman has opened up about suffering a sexual assault as a child.

In direct response to Anthony Rapp’s allegations that Kevin Spacey made sexual advances on him when he was 14, Dorfman has revealed his own experience of abuse.

Star Trek star Rapp claimed that in 1986, when he was 14, Spacey invited him to a party at his New York apartment and climbed on top of him, “trying to get with me sexually.”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Actor Tommy Dorfman speaks onstage during the GLAAD Rising Stars Gala luncheon at The InterContinental San Francisco on September 8, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images for GLAAD)
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In an interview with BuzzFeed, Rapp, now 46, said he managed to flee before the encounter progressed any further.

In response, Spacey wrote on Twitter that he didn’t remember the incident, but apologised for “what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour.”

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Actor Kevin Spacey attends the Netflix's "House Of Cards" New York Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on January 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
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The House of Cards star added that he was “sorry for the feelings he [Rapp] describes having carried with him all these years,” before saying: “I choose now to live as a gay man.”

Writing on Twitter, Dorfman sent a message of support to Rapp.

“As a person who was sexually assaulted and abused at 14 by a 27-year-old, I applaud [Anthony Rapp] for his courage,” he said.

“It’s scary to speak out.”

(Twitter/tommydorfman)
(Twitter/tommydorfman)

Dorfman opened up about these revelations earlier this year in an interview with GT, but did not make any allegations of sexual assault at the time.

He said: “When you’re 14, you think it’s totally fine.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27:  Tommy Dorfman at the UNICEF Next Generation Masquerade Ball at Clifton's Republic on October 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for UNICEF USA)
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“I didn’t wanna, when I bottomed for the first time, I was really young, and I didn’t quite know what that meant. I only had porn really.

“I was 14 and he was in his mid-20s, and I didn’t have the language to ask for what I might need or even say no in that kind of position.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Actor Tommy Dorfman speaks onstage during the GLAAD Rising Stars Gala luncheon at The InterContinental San Francisco on September 8, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images for GLAAD)
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“It was a very scary thing.

“And I think for me at 14 I thought I could do anything and I was ready for anything…and I wasn’t, I was not ready for that.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20:  Tommy Dorfman at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for GLSEN)
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Stars from Hollywood and beyond have condemned Spacey, not just for the alleged misconduct, but also for coming out during his apology.

In the wake of the allegations, Netflix announced that House of Cards would be ending after its sixth season.

(Netflix)

And the International TV Academy has withdrawn an honour it was due to give Spacey.

The American Beauty actor was due to be handed the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award in three weeks at a glamorous event in New York.

(Netflix)

Earlier this month, Dorfman voiced his opposition to a Brazilian court ruling which legalised so-called ‘gay cure therapy’.

The Netflix star said: “When I heard the news of [judge] Waldemar de Carvalho issuing a ruling to approve gay conversion therapy in Brazil, after it was banned for nearly 20 years, my heart broke.

(Twitter/Tommy Dorfman)

“So many of my fans and supporters live in Brazil, and it pains me to see them not feel legitimised for who they are and who they are attracted to.”

More: 13 reasons why, Anthony Rapp, entertainment, Kevin Spacey, netflix, Television, tommy dorfman, Twitter, US, US

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