The Boys in the Band star Charlie Carver revealed to Variety that he was “chastised” not once, but three separate times at an Emmy Awards party by a former gay colleague.
The incident happened five years ago, but Carver is speaking out now.
“I was told that I needed to ‘get it under control’ around people in the business,” he said.
The 32-year-old went on to say that another altercation occurred while waiting at the valet – he ran into his former co-worker again and asked him for clarification on what happened.
Instead, the gay man slapped Carver across the face.
“It wasn’t playful but intentional, pointed and meant to be instructive. A slap,” the actor said.
“I told him that if he ever touched me again, I would name him.”
He revealed that this incident had been a major turning point for him to be his true self and not hide anymore.
“That was the moment when I said to myself, ‘I can’t do this. I cannot police myself in that way.'”
‘I was different from some of the other boys in my grade’, Charlie Carver says.
Each post was a quote saying: “Be who you needed when you were younger”.
“Over time, this abstract ‘knowing’ grew and articulated itself through a painful gestation marked by feelings of despair and alienation, ending in a climax of saying three words out loud: ‘I am gay,'” Carver said in one of his heart-wrenching posts.
In his fifth post, he summarised saying: “So now, let the record show this – I self-identify as gay. And does that really matter anymore?
“As a young man, I needed a young man in Hollywood to say that – and without being a d**k about it, I owe it to myself, more than anything, to be who I needed when I was younger.”
Carver is perhaps best-known for portraying the werewolf Ethan on the popular MTV’s Teen Wolf, alongside his twin brother Max, 32.