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Kevin Spacey faces backlash after sexual misconduct accusation

Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Netflix announced on Monday its political drama "House of Cards" will end after its upcoming sixth season, which is now in production.

The decision was reportedly made months ago, but the announcement came on the heels of allegations of sexual misconduct by series star Kevin Spacey.

Spacey is accused of making a sexual advance toward a then 14-year old boy. Spacey quickly issued an apology but that statement is now facing backlash.

The accuser is Anthony Rapp—known for his roles in the Broadway show turned movie musical "Rent" and TV show "Star Trek.”

Rapp told Buzzfeed News that, during a party in Kevin Spacey's apartment more than 30 years ago, then 26-year-old Spacey picked him up, placed him on his bed and climbed on top of him.

Rapp, 14 at the time, said he was able to squirm away.

In a statement responding to the story, Spacey said he does not remember the alleged incident, but he offered an apology for "what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior."

The statement continued with Spacey coming out of the closet, describing prior relationships with women and men. "I choose now to live as a gay man," he said.

LGBT journalist/activist Bil Browning said, “The first thing he did was try to spin it.”

Browning said Rapp's allegation has nothing to do with Spacey being gay.

Spacey’s sexual orientation has long been rumored about. Spacey even joked about it when he hosted the 2017 Tony Awards.

“Being gay, he's had plenty of opportunities to talk about that,” Browning said. “So apparently now he finds it convenient to come out? Well that's rather suspicious, isn't it?”

Many LGBT celebrities also expressed outrage at Spacey's statement.

Columnist Dan Savage tweeted, “Nope. There's no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child.”

"Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out,” tweeted comedian and TV host Billy Eichner.

Actress and comedian Wanda Sykes also tweeted, "You do not get to `choose' to hide under the rainbow!"

Actor Zachary Quinto and actress Rose McGowan also spoke out against Spacey.

Meanwhile, groups like the Human Rights Campaign responded Monday with statements and tweets focused on survivors of sexual assault and harassment.

But GLAAD’s response was the most direct.

"Coming out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. "This is not a coming out story about Kevin Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp and all those who bravely speak out against unwanted sexual advances. The media and public should not gloss over that.”

The organization also criticized media outlets that focused their headlines on Spacey’s statement over Rapp’s accusation.


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