Spacey’s house of cards falls

Net­flix turns its back on Os­car-win­ning su­per­star as his sex­ual scan­dal in­volv­ing ac­tor An­thony Rapp es­ca­lates

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First, it was movie mogul Har­vey We­in­stein who was ex­posed for his preda­tory sex­ual be­hav­iour against vul­ner­a­ble women in Hol­ly­wood. Then it was news­man wun­derkind Mark Halperin, who was ex­posed af­ter four women lev­elled al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment against him.

Now the spot­light has fallen on Kevin Spacey af­ter ac­tor An­thony Rapp ac­cused Spacey of mak­ing an un­wel­come sex­ual ad­vance to­wards him when he was just 14 years old. As a re­sult, stream­ing net­work Net­flix an­nounced this week that it would cease work­ing with Spacey on its show House of Cards and is also de­clin­ing to re­lease a film star­ring the ac­tor, who has been ac­cused of in­ap­pro­pri­ate sex­ual be­hav­iour.

De­scrib­ing what hap­pened more than 30 years ago, Rapp said: “He [Spacey] was kind of in high se­duc­tion mode and gave me his phone num­ber and asked me to call him.”

The for­mer stu­dent, now 48, said Spacey said: “I want to see you, and I want you to come to my apart­ment. He said he’d al­ways been re­ally drawn to me at the act­ing classes but had stayed away be­cause I was 12.”

The ac­cuser said he was thrilled by the propo­si­tion and called Spacey the very next day.

“I went and saw him at an apart­ment he was rent­ing on the Up­per West Side. He had a black Labrador named Snake,” he said. “He might have been walk­ing that dog in Cen­tral Park when we bumped into him that night. We started a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship that first visit, which mostly in­volved me [ex­ple­tive] him.”

Since then, five more men came for­ward in re­cent days to ac­cuse Spacey of sex­ual mis­con­duct. Some of the ac­cu­sa­tions match the time line of when he was an artis­tic di­rec­tor from 2004 to 2015 at the Old Vic the­atre in Lon­don, which said it was “deeply dis­mayed” to hear of the al­le­ga­tions.

Mex­i­can ac­tor Roberto Cava­zos re­vealed he had a “cou­ple of un­pleas­ant” en­coun­ters with Spacey at the Old Vic the­atre, say­ing that all it took was “a male un­der 30 to make Spacey feel free to touch us”. Spacey, now 58, said he couldn’t re­mem­ber the en­counter with Rapp, but is­sued a state­ment on Sun­day say­ing: “If I did be­have as he de­scribes, I owe him the sin­cer­est apol­ogy for what would have been deeply in­ap­pro­pri­ate drunken be­hav­iour.” Spacey also came out as gay in the apol­ogy.

Spacey claims he has no mem­ory of the in­ci­dent, but is­sued an apol­ogy and claimed if it did hap­pen it was be­cause he was drunk.

The three men from in­dus­tries that have a sub­stan­tial in­flu­ence on the world’s cul­ture, al­legedly grabbed and groped vul­ner­a­ble women, men or chil­dren.

Spacey’s re­sponse didn’t im­press co­me­dian Rosie O’Don­nell. She tweeted to Spacey on Mon­day: “u don’t re­mem­ber the in­ci­dent — 30 years ago? — [ex­ple­tive] u Kevin — like Har­vey we all knew about u — I hope more men come for­ward.” Like Har­vey, she says, they “all knew”. And? Pro­duc­tion on House of Cards, in which the Os­car-win­ning Spacey plays US pres­i­dent Frank Un­der­wood, had al­ready been sus­pended on Tues­day.

In a state­ment, the com­pany said: “Net­flix will not be in­volved with any fur­ther pro­duc­tion of House of Cards that in­cludes Kevin Spacey. We will con­tinue to work with MRC [pro­duc­tion com­pany Me­dia Rights Cap­i­tal] dur­ing this hia­tus time to eval­u­ate our path for­ward as it re­lates to the show.

“We have also de­cided we will not be mov­ing for­ward with the re­lease of the film Gore, which was in post-pro­duc­tion, star­ring and pro­duced by Kevin Spacey.” Gore is a biopic based on the life of writer Gore Vi­dal, di­rected by Michael Hoff­man.

Net­flix had pre­vi­ously an­nounced it was end­ing the Emmy-nom­i­nated House of Cards at the con­clu­sion of its up­com­ing sixth sea­son amid sex­ual al­le­ga­tions against Spacey.

– Staff re­porter, Reuters, AFP and The Wash­ing­ton Post

PHOTO: AP PHOTO

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