Anthony Rapp: ‘I was trying to protect people’ with the Kevin Spacey allegations

Anthony Rapp plays Paul Stamets, the U.S.S. Discovery's openly gay science officer. Photo: Screenshot/Instagram

Last year, actor Anthony Rapp recounted his story of how, when he was 14, Kevin Spacey, who was 26-years-old, made unwanted sexual advances on him.

Spacey didn’t deny what happened and instead said that he was drunk and didn’t remember that night. He also chose that moment to come out as gay.

Since Rapp came forward, dozens of other people have come forward and accused Spacey of sexual harassment, assault, and rape, including eight people who worked on the Netflix series House of Cards with him, which led to Netflix firing him.

Rapp sat down the women of CBS’s The Talk in his first interview about the accusations and the aftermath. He said that he knew at the time that others had similar stories, and he took a leap of faith that others would come forward too.

“I knew it was a risky thing,” the Star Trek actor said. “I knew that he was very popular and certainly a respected actor. But at the same time, I knew I was trying to protect people.”

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