It’s been more than three months since Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of making unwanted sexual advances toward him when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14.
Appearing Friday on The Talk, granting his first televised interview since making the accusation, the Star Trek: Discovery actor explained why he decided to share his story.
“I couldn’t really talk about this aspect of it in the story itself, because I could only tell my story, but I knew that there were more stories,” says Rapp when asked if his revelation had the impact he had anticipated. “So I was just hopeful that coming forward, it would encourage other people to tell the truth.”
“I knew that it was a risky thing,” Rapp continues. “I knew that he was very popular, and certainly a respected actor, but at the same time, I knew that I was trying to protect people. And I was incredibly gratified by the enormous wave of support.”
More men have since accused Spacey of sexual misconduct, many of whom have credited Rapp for inspiring them to come forward.
Following Rapp’s accusations, Spacey, who came out as gay, was fired from Netflix’s House of Cards and digitally removed from the film All the Money in the World.
On The Talk, Rapp also discussed making history as the first openly gay character in the television history of the Star Trek franchise.
Watch clips from the interview below.