Kevin Spacey's apology to fellow actor Anthony Rapp after allegedly trying to seduce the younger Star Trek star when he was only 14 years old has been quickly denounced by many on social media.
The apology, which came in the form of a statement on Twitter, suggested that while "horrified", Spacey did not recollect the incident and wrote it off as "what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour."
Spacey quickly followed the apology with the revelation that he was now choosing "to live as a gay man."
The combination of the two statements set off a flurry of tweets from Hollywood commentators, who were appalled that Spacey would try and deflect an act of possible sexual misconduct with news over his sexuality.
Rose McGowan, the actor at the centre of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment and abuse furore, led the charge against Spacey, calling for media to stay focused on the alleged actions of the 58-year-old Oscar winner.
Dear fellow media:
Rapp accused Spacey, then 26, of climbing on top of him on a bed during a house party but the then-teenager was able to push Spacey off and leave the apartment before it went any further.
"He was trying to seduce me," Rapp told Buzzfeed. "I don't know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually."
It's not the first time that Spacey has been dogged by rumours of engaging with younger men despite having had relationships with women in the past.
Spacey himself admitted "I have had relationships with both men and women".
"I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man," he said. "I want to deal with this openly and honestly and that starts with examining my own behaviour."
But for many that was not a welcome statement.
Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.??? billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 30, 2017
Nope to Kevin Spacey's statement. Nope. There's no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child.??? Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) October 30, 2017
"I'm sorry, Mr. Spacey, but your application to join the gay community at this time has been denied."??? Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) October 30, 2017
How dare you implicate us all in this??? Richard Lawson (@rilaws) October 30, 2017
It took 58 years for Kevin Spacey to cash in his gay out of jail free card.??? Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) October 30, 2017
So I guess Kevin Spacey will be on Ellen this week to talk about how hard it is to come out as gay.??? Joe Biggs (@Rambobiggs) October 30, 2017
In other news, Kevin Spacey didn't deny sexually assaulting Anthony Rapp when he was a 14-year-old boy. Also blamed drunkenness. Inexcusable??? Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) October 30, 2017
Kevin Spacey: My sexuality is none of your biz.
Anthony Rapp: Kevin Spacey assaulted me when I was 14.
Kevin Spacey: I'm a proud gay man!??? Lara (@LarzMarie) October 30, 2017