The upcoming season of "House of Cards" will be the last, executives behind the dark political drama announced hours after lead actor Kevin Spacey came out as gay and responded to allegations that he drunkenly molested a teenage boy years ago.
"Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night's news concerning Kevin Spacey," both companies said in a joint statement on Oct. 30, reports Deadline. "In response to last night's revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time."
The previous evening, "Star Trek: Discovery" actor Anthony Rapp came forward to recount an incident that he said occurred in 1986, when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14. Rapp told BuzzFeed News that Spacey invited him to a party and at the end of the night drunkenly carried him to a bed, climbed on top of him and began "trying to get with me sexually."
The "Rent" actor said that he was so shocked that he froze up but eventually was able to "squirm" away.
Spacey responded on Twitter, saying that he respects and admires Rapp as an actor and was "beyond horrified" to hear his account of the alleged assault.
"I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago," Spacey wrote. "But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years."
The "American Beauty" actor went on to state that he has been involved with both men and women over the years and knows that "there are some stories out there" about him.
"This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life," Spacey added. " … I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior."
A number of people took issue with the actor connecting homosexuality with pedophilia, notes CNN. Sex columnist Dan Savage pushed back on Spacey via Twitter: "Nope to Kevin Spacey's statement. Nope. There's no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child."
Others called Spacey's coming out a diversion from the allegations that came out in the wake of sexual harassment and assault claims leveled against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and others.