Anthony Rapp publicly made the allegations that Kevin Spacey had made sexual advances towards him as he wanted to encourage other people to come forward.

Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey

The 'Star Trek: Discovery' actor - who has accused the 'House of Cards' star of making sexual advances towards him when he was just 14-years-old - knew it would be "risky" publicly making the claims but did it so other victims could have the chance to speak out too.

He told The Talk: "I could only tell my story, but I knew there were more stories. So I was just hopeful that coming forward, it would encourage other people to tell the truth. I knew it was a risky thing, 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. And I was incredibly gratified by the enormous wave of support."

When Anthony made the allegations, Kevin released a statement to insist he "did not remember the encounter" whilst also confirming in a second part of the statement that he was gay.

He said at the time: "I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I'm beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years."

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