By the time he was an adult, Anthony Rapp had already been accused of assaulting and raping a woman.
Then came the allegations of rape and assault against the actor, and in March of 2018, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the film “The Hunting Ground,” which he starred in.
Rapp, who’s black, has long had an interesting history with the entertainment industry, from his first days at age 17 working on TV and later starring in a TV series called “Mammy,” where he played a black kid who’s just trying to be accepted by his white family.
His first film, “Dazed and Confused,” which starred Denzel Washington and was released in 1994, received critical acclaim for its depictions of the inner-city black community.
That same year, he starred on Broadway in the hit play “Fiddler on the Roof,” which was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including best musical.
Rapp has since become a major player in the Hollywood community, appearing in more than 30 films, including “The Blind Side,” “The King and I,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Black-ish,” “Dancing with the Stars” and many others.
In 2016, he also received an Oscar nomination for “Mummy.”
In 2018, his Oscar-nominated performance in the play “The Other Woman” was also widely praised.
In March of this year, Rapp was sentenced again to seven months in prison after pleading guilty to a felony charge of aggravated assault on a female, who was a friend of his at the time.
“I’m still a black man in prison, so this is my first time in prison,” he told Variety in a statement.
“The only thing I’m guilty of is what happened to me.
I’m not the one who raped her.
I was not the person who assaulted her.
What I am guilty of was being black in America.
This has been my story.
And for the people of my community, I’m sorry.”
Rapp said in the statement that he is “devastated” by the verdict and his life will never be the same again.
“It has taken me a long time to come to grips with the devastating consequences of being black and the deep impact that racism and oppression have had on my life,” he wrote.
“As a black person, I have lived through countless moments of oppression and discrimination and I am grateful that this trial has taught me to take responsibility for my own actions and to do everything I can to help change the world.”
But, the most important lesson of the case is the fact that it is not only the accused who can be punished for their own behavior, but also the people who support them.
Rapp was an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, calling him a “whiny brat” and a “racist,” and in 2016, a New York Times article detailed the growing animosity between the two men.
He wrote, “My white American friends are so proud of me for saying I’m tired of being bullied.
But their white friends in Hollywood are more jealous and disappointed.
They say that the rest of us don’t stand up for black people and they are all white.”
While he never faced any charges in the case, Rapp had a long history of being racially abused by people in the entertainment world.
In 2018 alone, more than a dozen people were arrested and charged with sexual harassment, assault and rape in connection with Rapp’s allegations against Weinstein, which he denies.
He has also been a target of criticism for not speaking out more about sexual misconduct, despite the fact he’s an active advocate for women’s rights.
He’s been a vocal advocate for sexual harassment victims throughout his career.
While there’s no guarantee that his case will result in the same outcome, Rapp’s story is certainly a reminder that racism in Hollywood is still rampant, and there’s a lot of work to be done.
In his statement, Rapp wrote, he hopes to make a positive difference and that we will never forget him for speaking out about his experiences.
“There is nothing I will ever be able to take back from this experience, nor do I wish it on anyone,” he said.
“But I know that I will not let this be an excuse to ignore the injustice of racism in the world.
And I will be forever grateful for my brave, courageous and incredible friends.”
*Donald Trump and Anthony Rapp share an awkward moment: The actor tells his white audience they are ‘the best thing ever’ article The Hollywood Reporter has published a piece detailing the surprising moment that Anthony Rapp and Donald Trump had a very awkward moment after the former president and his wife were photographed standing together.
Rapp and Trump were spotted together by photographer Mark Zayner, who tweeted that he was “stunningly struck by the resemblance of their faces to the one that they shared in the Oval Office,” while Trump posted a photo of him with a “small smile and