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Anthony Rapp opens up about the vile abuse he’s received since his Kevin Spacey allegations

Josh Jackman December 4, 2017
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Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp has opened up about the hate he’s received from Kevin Spacey fans.

In October, Rapp claimed that when he was 14, Spacey invited him to a party at his New York apartment, and while drunk, tried to seduce him by climbing on top of him.

The allegations were the first of many made against Spacey, who came out as gay following Rapp’s claims.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07:  Anthony Rapp attends the Star Trek: Discovery panel during 2017 New York Comic Con - Day 3 at Theater at Madison Square Gardenon October 7, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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The former House of Cards star is currently being investigated by the Metropolitan Police over two allegations of sexual assault.

An investigation by London’s Old Vic Theatre into Spacey, who was the institution’s artistic director for nine years, unearthed 20 accusations of sexual misconduct against the actor.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 27: Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey speaks onstage at the Jameson First Shot short film competition at Paramount Pictures Studios on June 27, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Pernod Ricard)
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Many have praised Rapp’s actions as courageous, with the Rent star having been hailed for breaking down a door which had previously been locked tightly.

But others have abused him on Twitter, accusing him of ruining Spacey’s career and trying to exploit him for cash and recognition.

Host Kevin Spacey attends the 2017 Tony Awards - Red Carpet at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
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On Twitter, Rapp revealed the hurtful comments he’s had to read since he made the allegations just over a month ago.

“I haven’t amplified any of the tweets I’ve been tagged in over these past few weeks, and the vast majority of them have been incredibly supportive, but then there are tweets such as these that just boggle my mind,” he said.

The actor, who opened up about being one-half of Star Trek’s groundbreaking gay relationship, then showed some of the abuse he’s received.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  Actor Anthony Rapp attends the 29th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards at NYU Skirball Center on May 4, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for The Lucille Lortel Awards)
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One message read: “No sympathy here.

“You demolished a very talented man’s career over an incident for which you do not have a shred of evidence that it took place; just your word.

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22:  Anthony Rapp at Entertainment Weekly's annual Comic-Con party in celebration of Comic-Con 2017  at Float at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images  for Entertainment Weekly)
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“Furthermore it happened over 30 years ago and he didn’t break any laws! Pathetic.”

Above the message, Rapp wrote: “Here’s one. Oh, and @AWriterNamedPam I didn’t know it at the time, but I have since learned that he did indeed break a law in this case.

(Twitter/albinokid)

“Namely sexual assault of a minor. FYI.”

Another abuser had a similar message for Rapp.

“I got no sympathy for your story you were way older to know what was happening quit lying , I almost got molested by many men and i got one of them fired and his reputation was destroyed cuz i exposed him at the time he was doing it to me not 30 years later ,your pathetic,” they wrote.

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Another person who he highlighted told him: “You forgot it and now, after 30yrs…. And what did you do at party with drugs and alcohol in 14yrs old?

“Don’t tell me anything about abuse, I know myself, how it hurts, but this is only big liquidation for Mr. Spacey! It’s only your envy and desire for money,” they added.

(Twitter/albinokid)

A quick search found many more hateful tweets targeted at Rapp.

“I find it quite odd it took you 30 years to now come out,” one Spacey fan wrote.

“Ya. Ok. People do stupid shit when they’re young and drunk. ❤ spacey.”

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Another said: “Bit ridiculous though it was 30 years ago…. why wait so long?

“Doesn’t make sense to me I don’t think you’re being courageous at all”.

(Twitter/curly0zzy)

Yet another hater wrote: “Except you were not assaulted.

“You experienced something teen girls face DAILY & you’re EXPLOITING it for Career Gain. Shame on you.”

(Twitter/tosa_tina_)

“More like, thinking “how much can I rinse from this guy?” one said.

(Twitter/allensproule1)

Another wrote simply: “Liar liar liar liar”.

(Twitter/Tintin83145220)

And yet another said: “So do you have the attention that you wanted now?”

(Twitter/yarchsilva)

To his supporters, Rapp wrote: “Thank you to all of you who have been expressing support and solidarity.

“Your kindness is felt and much appreciated.

(Twitter/albinokid)

“And I have experienced such support far more than I have experienced negativity.”

Related topics: alleged sexual assault, alleged sexual misconduct, Anthony Rapp, entertainment, Gay, House of Cards, Kevin Spacey, London, movies, netflix, star trek, UK, US, US

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