Anton Rapp has taken a stand.
The Rent actor testified on October 11 Kevin Spacey‘s sexual misconduct trial, in which he clarified why he chose to bring allegations against the actor to NBC News.
Back in 2017, Rapp accused Spacey of engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior around him when Rapp was 14. During the 2022 trial, Rapp’s attorney said the actor was prompted to take the allegation to a BuzzFeed News reporter after Rapp was exposed to an article he was in Lupita Nyong’o filed a complaint of sexual harassment Harvey Weinstein. Harvey has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.
However, Spacey’s attorneys produced a screenshot of a text message conversation between Rapp and a reporter from BuzzFeed News who, NBC News reports, appears to have revealed that Rapp made this claim on Oct. 11, 2017, eight days before the play he was implicated Nyong’o and Weinstein was released on October 19, 2017.
Per NBC News, the text message chain wrote, “I want to talk about someone else who is very powerful in the industry,” Rapp wrote.
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