Zachary Quinto calls Kevin Spacey's coming out a 'calculated manipulation'

ANI | Updated: Oct 31, 2017 09:19 IST

Washington D.C. [U.S.A], October 31 (ANI): It seems like Zachary Quinto doesn't believe Kevin Spacey's apology to fellow actor Anthony Rapp was wholehearted.

The 'Star Trek' star took to his Twitter and issued a lengthy statement slamming Spacey for using the controversy to come out as gay.

The 40-year-old actor called Spacey's declaration "to live as a gay man," which the 'House of Cards' star mentioned in his apology to Rapp, a "calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusation".

He wrote, "It is deeply sad and troubling that this is how Kevin Spacey has chosen to come out. Not by standing up as a point of pride, in the light of all his many awards and accomplishments, thus inspiring tens of thousands of struggling LGBTQ kids around the world. But as a calculator manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusation that he attempted to molest one."

Quinto also lent his support to Rapp and hoped that Rapp's voice would be heard after Spacey's statement.

"I am sorry to hear of Anthony Rapp's experience and subsequent suffering. And I am sorry that Kevin only saw fit to acknowledge his truth when he thought it would serve him, just as his denial served him for so many years. May Anthony Rapp's voice be the one which is amplified here. Victim's voices are the ones that deserve to be heard."

Quinto came out as gay in 2011 after being moved to action by the suicide of gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer.

At that time, the 'Hitman' star expressed on his blog at the time that he felt he had to do so in order to help the community as a whole.

This response comes after Rapp alleged Spacey made a "sexual advance" toward him when he invited him to his Manhattan apartment for a party in 1986.

Rapp said, "He was trying to seduce me. I don't know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually."

Many prominent members of the LGBTQ community criticised Spacey's response to the allegations. (ANI)