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Anthony Rapp: 'I Was Trying to Protect People' From Kevin Spacey

Anthony Rapp

Anthony Rapp was thinking of other victims of sexual assault when he came forward with his story about Kevin Spacey.

The Star Trek: Discovery actor discussed his accusation for the first time in a televised interview, since he told BuzzFeed in October that the House of Cards actor made a sexual advance when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14.

In a Friday discussion on CBS's The Talk, Rapp was asked whether his story had the "impact" he "thought it would." He responded, "I could only tell my story, but I knew there were more stories. So I was just hopeful that coming forward, it would encourage other people to tell the truth."

"I knew it was a risky thing," he continued. "I knew that he was very popular, and certainly a respected actor, but at the same time, I knew I was trying to protect people. And I was incredibly gratified by the enormous wave of support."

Since Rapp's BuzzFeed interview, dozens more have told their own stories of harassment at the hands of Spacey. Many of them credit Rapp's courage in inspiring them to speak out. As a result, the disgraced Spacey has been fired from Netflix's House of Cards and was erased from his role in All the Money in the World, in which he was replaced with Christopher Plummer.

[RELATED: A Complete List of Kevin Spacey's Accusers]

Michelle Williams, the lead actress of All the Money in the World, credited Rapp for his bravery in January, after her costar Mark Wahlberg donated his controversial $1.5 million earnings from the reshoot to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in support of survivors of sexual abuse. 

"If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice ... Anthony Rapp, for all the shoulders you stood on, now we stand on yours," she said.

Watch Rapp's interview below.

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