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■ The fall­out from ac­tor Kevin Spacey’s re­sponse to be­ing ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault con­tin­ued Mon­day, with the two-time Os­car win­ner be­ing harshly crit­i­cized on so­cial me­dia and the plug pulled on his hit show House of Cards as “deeply trou­bled” pro­duc­ers of the po­lit­i­cal thriller ar­rived on set to com­fort cast mates. Though the de­ci­sion to end the series was an­nounced on Mon­day, the de­ci­sion to wrap up the series was made sev­eral months ago, ac­cord­ing to a per­son with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion. On Sun­day, Spacey, 58 and a two-time Os­car win­ner, said he is “be­yond hor­ri­fied” by al­le­ga­tions that he made a sex­ual ad­vance on a teen boy decades ago. He posted Sun­day on Twit­ter that he doesn’t re­mem­ber the en­counter. “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,” he said. In an in­ter­view with Buz­zFeed, ac­tor An­thony Rapp said he was 14 when he at­tended a party at Spacey’s apart­ment in 1986, he said. Rapp said that at the end of the night, he es­caped from an ine­bri­ated Spacey, who picked him up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him. Rapp, who is now 46 and star­ring in the TV show Star Trek: Dis­cov­ery, said he came for­ward af­ter al­le­ga­tions against Har­vey We­in­stein sparked con­ver­sa­tions about sex­ual abuse and ha­rass­ment in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. Spacey spoke pub­licly about his sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion for the first time Sun­day on Twit­ter, writ­ing that “I choose now to live as a gay man.” Sarah Kate El­lis, pres­i­dent and CEO of the gay-rights group GLAAD said in a state­ment that the story was re­ally about un­wanted sex­ual ad­vances on Rapp, not Spacey’s sex­u­al­ity. “Com­ing out sto­ries should not be used to de­flect from al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault,” she said.

■ New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knows what he’ll be do­ing on his first night out of of­fice next year: See­ing Bruce Spring­steen on Broad­way. The term-lim­ited Repub­li­can and avid Spring­steen fan an­nounced his plans Mon­day dur­ing a TV ap­pear­ance on Good Day New York on the city’s Fox af­fil­i­ate. Christie’s term ends on Jan. 16. He and his wife plan to see “The Boss” the next evening. When asked whether Spring­steen knows Christie is com­ing, the gov­er­nor said “he’ll know when he sees it.” Christie has at­tended more than 140 Spring­steen con­certs.




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