Kevin Spacey Comes Out As Gay After Abuse Allegations, Faces Backlash
After an actor accused Kevin Spacey of harassing him when he was underage, Netflix has announced that it will end Spacey-starrer, ‘House of Cards’.
The show is one of the company’s most popular series and will end in 2018. The show’s creator, Beau Willimon, release a statement, calling the sexual harassment allegations ‘deeply troubling’.
“Anthony Rapp’s story is deeply troubling. During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on ‘House of Cards’, I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behaviour on set or off,” Willimon wrote.
Anthony Rapp has accused Spacey of forcing himself on him when he was 14 years old
It started to occur to me: What am I supposed to do if I ever work with him?” Rapp said in the report. “What am I supposed to do? What do I do?!”
Spacey’s ‘Emmy Honor’ has also been rescinded. He will no longer be honoured at the 2017 International Emmys with the Founders Award.
Spacey has apologised publicly to Rapp. He called his behaviour “ deeply inappropriate” and said he was beyond horrified. He also used his apology to come out as a gay man
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
The fact that Spacey used his apology to come out has garnered criticism from across social media and Hollywood.
“It is deeply sad and troubling that this is how Kevin Spacey has chosen to come out,” Quinto wrote in a statement on Twitter. “Not by standing up as a point of pride — in the light of all his many awards and accomplishments thus inspiring tens of thousands of struggling LGBTQ kids around the world [-] but as a calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusation that he attempted to molest one.”
Here are some reactions on Twitter:
I'm not interested in Kevin Spacey being gay. I'm curious as to why we're conflating sexuality w/ the molestation of a minor. Stay on topic
— Ashlee Marie Preston (@AshleeMPreston) October 30, 2017
I’m pretty sure my mom told me the rumor about Kevin Spacey going after young boys when I was a kid. How do these open secrets enter households but go without punishment within the industry?
— Allie Goertz (@AllieGoertz) October 31, 2017
Looks like Spacey’s career has hit a serious roadblock.
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