Kevin Spacey in a scene from the film 'Baby Driver'. Picture": Wilson Webb/Sony/TriStar via AP

Twitter reacted with fury at the notion that Kevin Spacey would try to deflect an allegation of sexual misconduct with news about his sexuality

After years of refusing to address rumours about his sexuality, Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey said on Sunday he has chosen to live his life as a gay man.

This after fellow actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making sexual advances at him in 1986. 

In a short statement, which Spacey shared on Twitter, the 58-year-old actor apologised to Rapp and also addressed years of rumours about his sexuality.

Spacey said he was horrified to hear Rapp's story of the encounter, which he said he did not remember because it occurred more than 30 years ago. He also said he owed Rapp a "sincere apology" for what he said would have been "deeply inappropriate drunken behavior."

Rapp's story "has encouraged me to address other things in my life," Spacey wrote. "I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I now choose to live life as a gay man."

"I want to deal with this honestly and openly," he said, "and that starts with me examining my own behavior."

Rapp, who went on to star in the Broadway musical "Rent," was 14 at the time and starting his career on Broadway.

But Spacey's apology was not taken to heart on social media, as Twitter accused him of deflecting a sexual harassment claim by coming out as a gay man. Here are some of the comments: