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In Case You Missed It: Kevin Spacey gets accused of making sexual advance on teen actor in 1986, then comes out as gay in apology; Astros, Dodgers pitchers and coaches say World Series' baseballs are 'slicker' than normal

Kevin Spacey came out as gay early Monday morning, Oct. 30, after actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making a sexual advance on him when he was a teenager in 1986.

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Kevin Spacey came out as gay early Monday morning, Oct. 30, after actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making a sexual advance on him when he was a teenager in 1986.

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Kevin Spacey gets accused of making a sexual advance on a teen actor in 1986, then comes out as gay in apology

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has come out as gay.

The fiercely private actor made the announcement following an accusation first reported by Buzzfeed News that he came onto a teen actor in 1986 after a party in his bedroom.

Broadway veteran and actor Anthony Rapp, who has starred in the hit musical "Rent" and "Star Trek: Discovery" told the news outlet that Spacey made a sexual advance on him when was 14 while both were performing on Broadway. Spacey, who is now 58, was 26 at the time. 

In the interview, Rapp alleges that Spacey befriended him and invited him to a party at his house. At the end of the night, Rapp said, an inebriated Spacey picked him up, placed him on his bed and climbed on top of him. Rapp said he eventually was able to get away before anything further happened. 

After the allegation flooded the internet over the weekend, Spacey issued a statement on his Twitter account in which he apologized to Rapp, saying he doesn't remember the encounter, "but if I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology."

In the post, Spacey goes on to reveal that he has had relationships with both men and woman and now "chooses to live life as a gay man."

MLB pitchers, coaches say World Series' baseballs are slicker than ones used in the regular season 

Pitchers and coaches from both the Astros and Dodgers complained about the baseballs after game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night.

They say the baseballs used in the series are slicker than the ones used in the regular season because of a difference in the gran of leather, according to a report by Sports Illustrated.

Pitchers, in particular, say the slickness of the new baseballs makes it difficult to throw a decent slider. The historic number of homeruns scored in the Series, MLB officials say, could be in part due to the baseballs.

MLB's baseballs are made in Costa Rica, using cowhide for the cover, according to SI.

After game 4, which the Dodgers took with a 6-2 win, Astros pitching coach Brent Strom held up two baseballs side by side, one from the regular season and one from the World Series.

The regular season ball had not been prepared for a game with the specialty mud that umpires routinely rub into baseballs to reduce slickness and shine. But accounting for that difference, players and coaches said the leather grain of the World Series ball still appeared and felt noticeably different.

Players also reportedly did blindfold tests and could tell which ball was which.

"The World Series ball is slicker. No doubt," said Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, according to SI. "I'm telling you, we're in here signing (World Series) balls before the game, and it's hard to get the ink on the ball sometimes. You know when you sign a receipt at Starbucks, and if you don't hold the paper down with your hand, the pen just slides across the paper and the ink doesn't stick to it? That's what it's like sometimes trying to sign these balls. That's how slick the leather is."

 

[Last modified: Monday, October 30, 2017 10:15am]

    

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