Netflix is weighing in on the controversy enveloping House of Cards leading man Kevin Spacey.
In a joint statement to TVLine, Netflix and House of Cards producer Media Rights Capital said they “are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey. 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 statement comes on the heels of news that House of Cards‘ sixth season will be its last, although the decision to pull the plug was unrelated to Anthony Rapp’s allegations against Spacey.
Late Sunday, Rapp accused Spacey of making a sexual advance at him when he was 14. Spacey released a statement saying he was “beyond horrified to hear [Rapp’s] story,” adding, “I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. 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.”
Meanwhile, websites everywhere are relating Rapp’s allegations and the end of House of Cards blatantly in their titles. And Netflix is partly to blame for this sensationalism. If the decision was taken months ago, they could have announced this way before (without knowing what would come, of course) or save it for way later. But no, they have to annouce it right now.
Hmm, if it’s entirely unrelated, why not have announced sooner?
I presume the thinking is “we need to show that we are taking this seriously but we’ve already cancelled it so just confirm that”. It doesn’t play great, but I assume that’s what they were thinking?
Devil’s advocate. Why does everyone just assume that Spacey is lying? Don’t come @ me.
Because he didn’t deny it.
Didn’t he say he didn’t remember it. It was 30 years ago and they were drinking. I’m not trying to justify anything, it just seems to me people are to quick to jump to the worst. Now if more people come out and say he did it to them and there’s some proof then I could understand it but so far this seems like a he said he said to me.
Your not smart are you?
One could say that for you to attack me personally for having an opinion isn’t smart either. Can I sue you for harassment? Or maybe defamation of character?
Yes you are definitely stupid wristgirl.
Well at least I’m not a jerk. And I’m being kind.
I would have to say “you’re” not smart, dear.
It’s YOU’RE, not “your”.
‘Cause you’re being mean saying someone isn’t smart and all ..
It’s you’re not your.
Your is pertaining to something you have such as your straight jacket whereas you’re is you are in your straight jacket. Stupid seems to have doubled back Buttercup.
Are you serious? Someone is not smart because they believe we all deserve the same assumption of innocent until there is proof? Actually, she’s far smarter than you because she’s looking at the bigger picture, while you’re taking the insecure teen girl stance of guilty because someone says so.
“They” weren’t drinking. Anthony Rapp was not drinking. Kevin Spacey was drinking, which is NOT an excuse for what he allegedly did. Also, people don’t apologize for something they didn’t do.
“They” weren’t drinking. Rapp never mentioned he drank alcohol in the Buzzfeed article relating the events. It’s Spacey who insinuated in his statement that he was drunk [if he did it/when he might have done it].
Spacey hosted the party, so serving alcohol to a 14 y/o, a child, would have been a misdemeanor already.
As per usual different versions of what happened are coming out. Not surprising.
There is only one version, the one that Anthony Rapp gave to Buzzfeed and Spacey’s statement. Per Rapp’s Twitter account: “Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that [Buzzfeed] article, and I have no further comment about it at this time.”
And because like Weinstein, these stories have been circulating about Spacey for years.
Exactly….by him not denying it….makes me wonder “who else”… I always felt he was a shady guy…
I never cared for him.
Knew he was gay, but I really liked him as an actor and wondered why he didn’t just come out. And know, for him to come out to overshadow a sexual impropriety is absolutely disgusting. Yeah just blame it on the alcohol, what a shame. I hope his career is just as over as Weinstein’s, because these things just don’t happen once they become a behavior, and I imagine it being harder for a man to come out against another man. Cheers to Anthony Rapp, for standing up, hopefully, you have started a conversation.
personally, I do not give 2 cents for a actor or others sex life as long as they are consenting and adults, it is no ones business,but as one of the two was 14 and may have not been consenting it should be investigated that being said, lets look at another case where a 13 year old girl was drugged and given booze and was raped. her attacker has fled the country for over thirty years, the sad part is people in Hollywood have STILL done movies with him. for this type of person,I have 3 words. John Wayne Bobbit
I’m pretty sure that I’ve heard other stories about him over the years, just not as well publicized. When it happens and he doesn’t deny it, and then pivots to making his apology about his own struggles, he doesn’t earn much sympathy or support.
If he had some defense or even a denial, I’d be more than willing to hear it. That didn’t happen. I don’t think anyone is even saying that Spacey is lying, because he has not denied the original story.
Bc it’s not the only one and he cant deny it. No one is assuming, people are evaluating the statements made about it.
And his stupid attempt to distract by “coming out”, as if people didn’t know or it would make people forget about the allegations.
Oh. So I guess there’s no more presumption of innocence in this country. And all one has to do is make an accusation to bring someone down. And maybe more serious accusations will come out of the woodwork. But should we really conflate an unwanted pass with sexual assault? What’s next? Unrequited love?
Spacey’s behaviour has been an open secret in Hollywood, like Singer and Weinstein. Family Guy “joked” about it a decade ago.
This is what’s bothering me. All these accusations being hurled around that are ruining reputations but where’s the proof.
Demanding victims to have proof is blaming them for not knowing their assault would happen in advance so they could set up a video camera… in which case, you’d be saying ‘why didn’t you just not go there/talk to him’.
Like saying someone deserved it for how they dressed or for taking a shortcut or breathing, it’s unhelpful, traumatising, and ultimately, victim-blaming.
That’s how our justice system works, kalli. The prosecution has the burden of proof. It’s designed that way to protect the innocent from false charges. I think that Jackie and Wrstlgirl both make good points. Once we lose the presumption of innocence then anyone can have their life destroyed by false accusations – even you.
Good point, however in today’s climate of guilty without evidence, I can see public figures scrambling to find way to respond because they’re aware of how the public court works.
For your statement to have weight, we would have to first assume that the victim is, indeed, a victim. You miss the point. Without proof, anyone can accuse anyone of anything and destroy their lives, whether they be innocent or guilty. This will probably not hit home with you until someone who wants you out of the way falsely accuses you of something.You are wrong: no one is blaming the victim for anything, anymore than anyone is blaming someone who has no ID when they want to withdraw money from their account. You have to prove it.
If he hit on a kid, it would still be wrong. However, he picked the boy up, put him on a bed, climbed on top of him and pressed himself against the kid… I don’t know where you come from, but where I live, that’s more than an unwanted pass.
And yes, I’m very open to hearing another side to the story.However, Spacey hasn’t even offered a denial. I can assure you that any normal person, drunk or not, would be able to say with little doubt that they didn’t try to have sex with a child. It’s not even a “maybe” for any normal person.
I’m sorry, did you miss the part about the Boy being Fourteen years old? Doesn’t even matter if it was consensual, it’s attempted statutory at the least. But sexual assault isn’t just intercourse. It is unwanted sexual touching, which is what Mr. Rapp described.
You either want more proof or more serious accusations, which is it?
When the accused doesn’t protest of his innocence and releases a statement implying that he might have/could have done it, I’m afraid there’s very little to nothing to presume anymore.
An “unwanted pass” becomes a sexual assault when it involves inappropriate physical contact (touching/groping) someone who doesn’t want you or you didn’t bother to ask if they do. The difference is pretty clear and simple.
Great, Netflix has hear of an accusation of something that depends on 30 plus years ago and chooses to be judge, jury and sentence giver. Maybe someone can find something to say about the Netflix CEO so they can fire him. Has anyone looked at a Google shot of the “victim” in that year. He was an actor that looked MUCH older then 14. And just what is Spacey being actually being accused of? For all the super idiots that talk about crime and punishment get a grip! Ask a prosecutor what the statute of limitations for an uncertain event that DID NOT include any form of sexual assault is. Nice was for an actor to get some publicity.(and maybe a payoff). The number of idiots that want to form a posse and go out to hunt without any evidence but a 30 yr. old unproven accusation should be hunted themselves for joining the gang of “Hang up high, then get some evidence if we can”.
Hollywood has been a cesspool for decades. Polanski and Allen are still celebrated to this day.
“The statement comes on the heels of news that House of Cards‘ sixth season will be its last, although the decision to pull the plug was unrelated to Anthony Rapp’s allegations against Spacey.”
Not sure how a decision made unrelated to these allegations is Netflix being judge, jury and sentence giver but okay. And, sorry, but since when does how old a person looks matter in sexual harassment/rape/unwanted sexual advances? Last I checked, underage was underage no matter how old a person looks, acts or is
I hope someone gets a statement/reaction from John Barrowman. considering Barrowman’s Autobiography states that Spacey took Rapp an Barrowman Clubbing an evening shortly before the the party in question.
They are deeply troubled to the extent that, instead of sending me the second Disc of this newest season, when there is no notation of any wait, they elected to send me the next movie in my queue, which is number 4 on the list behind the next 3 HOC discs. I have sent an email inquiring why and so far, no response.
Things are getting way out of hand
30 years ago really. Who’s to say who harassed who.
So… you’re blaming the 14 year old?
Kevin spaceys career will end, be cause he answers questions like i do. I would have said the same thing. I dont remember not doing it, but then again i was drinking back then over 30 years ago. Ppl like to say alcohol is no excuse, yet real alcoholics often wake up in strangers beds, not knowing who the hell they are laying next too. So glad to see so many fake “logic” minded thinkers,using thier brains. I like how kevin is being compared to harvey Weinstein…. gtfo
Spacey seems to be trying to spin his “coming out” as a cover for being a paedophile. These are two completely different and unrelated issues.
A 14 year old is not a child he is an adolescent and the correct offense would be hebephilia. A 14 year old usually has passed puberty and so is not a child. Plenty of 14 year olds are having sex with one another what are they I guess they’re guilty of statutory rape as well
” Plenty of 14 year olds are having sex with one another” ? Ok even if that’s true THAT shouldn’t be happening and more to the point Rapp’s accusations are assault NOT consensual. If Spacey wasn’t guilty of it he should have said he didn’t do it instead of if I did it I am sorry I was drunk. I am sorry KS reply sure seems like he isn’t so innocent.
Whatever 14 year olds choose to do with each other has absolutely nothing to do with this case. 1) Spacey was 26, not 14. 2) The whole point of statutory rape laws is that a child of a certain age is deemed too young to consent. Again, the age gap between these two at that time means that Rapp couldn’t consent, even if he had, which he didn’t.
You missed the point I was saying he wasn’t a child in the original meaning of the word someone who has not reached puberty. My comment about 14 year olds having sex was my opinion that statutory rape laws need to be rethought.
I thought people were presumed innocent until proven guilty
It’s funny Netflix doesn’t seem to care at about the three rape allegations Danny Masterson is facing.
Fire him and have Claire je the center of the last season. She’s the series real jewel.
I can understand his forgetfulness. He’s always been a little spacey.
Rapp just wants attention!!!
House of cards must go on!!!
Ok this is really a ridiculous statement. Who in their right mind wants this kind of attention?
I feel terrible for this kid, I had a similar experience. About ten years ago my best friend was sexually assualted in a dog park. Unfortunately Spot passed away E few years ago. I remember it like it was yesterday and I still have social issues. I can’t go out in public without feeling ashamed. Spot was just sitting there when another dog came up behind him and started humping his back, although Spot just looked around I could see the horror in his eyes. Rest in peace Spot.
Sorry..!! But after hearing more stories than most people ( 29 years NYPD )..
The truth isn’t so black and white..
There are always 3 sides to EVERY Story..
There is Spacey’s side … There is Mr. Rapp’s side…. And Then THERE IS THE TRUTH.!!!
That’s right. I was in Human Resources and had to investigate sexual harassment claims many times. There are 3 sides. All you people souring off at the mouth mouth don’t know anything about life, liars or truth. You just want talk and defend what you think is innocence. I’ve been sexually assaulted not just groped, raped. I know what it is. There are shades of evil in this world that you would not believe. You don’t know the truth of what happened in that room that night. You have Mr. Rapp ‘s version. As for Mr Spacey coming out. What was he suppose to Do? He has in the past chosen not to speak of his sexuality, which his right. When faced with the situation he was in and more than likely on the advice of his attorneys he made that statement. The world is not a perfect place people. What you all have to realize is stop condemning people for what they are based one thing.
This is so true! Im not defending KS in any way. #MeToo But one thing I see over and over and over again is that we (as a society) so easily pass judgement based on so little. And everything gets tried in the media. Its a sad reflection of our current climate.
There is so little intelligent, respectful discussion that it detracts from whatever NEEDS to be the focus or topic of conversation.
A serious situation has no hope for positive change and instead becomes a pointless center of insults and name calling.
How is that going to change anything for the better? I never understood this. If you truly want to make a difference – offer up something consructive to say. Dont let yourself get derailed by pointless argument.
U didnt remember the encounter but you remember your deeply drunken behavior!?
Oh ok, perv
Was really looking forward to this show because I loved the original. But it came down to President Trump and them and I won’t be watching Will and Grace. We watch shows like that to give us a good laugh and make us feel better especially with everything that’s going on in the world. All it did was make me mad.
I worry about where we’re headed with this as well. I have no problem with companies saying, “Because of Harvey Weinstein’s behavior, there will be a zero tolerance policy moving forward.” I also don’t have a problem with the pursuit of criminal charges within any applicable statute of limitations. However, I have an issue with this “Actor X behaved inappropriately years ago. Let’s torch that person’s entire career to the ground right this instant. Doing that will not undo everything that Harvey Weinstein did and the accused person has no access to an impartial mechanism in order to defend himself. This has turned into a frenzy of allegations followed by immediate action that is often based on that allegation alone. It makes me think of the Salem Witch Trials. I agree that Hollywood needs to change, but I don’t believe that every man in Hollywood has been inappropriate, nor do I think that people should be losing work opportunities at the speed that it is currently happening unless you have a situation like Cosby or Spacey where there’s a strong indication that criminal activity could be involved.
The Salem Witch Trials, The Crucible, exactly what I’ve been thinking. We are reaching a dangerous stage where accusation equals conviction followed by swift punishment, all within a 12 hour news cycle. If the victim “should always be believed” as some actors are chanting, then the truth becomes irrelevant. It seems that many people are rushing to get on the “politically correct” side of the sexual harassment without stopping to realize that each case may be different, with different circumstances and a different truth.
30 years ago. Come on people enough is enough with the BULL
House of Cards should be cancelled , simply because it became so boring since Trump became prez.
Until this “information” broke out only Kevin Spacey was famous. Now both are. Time for all the molested altar boys to do the same? Go public?
Unbelievable, the producers and Netflix are troubled by the allegations. Everyone in the industry know’s exactly whats going on and by whom so why are they troubled? Oh yea, they have to cover their behinds as if they knew nothing. Are they also trying to deflect attention away from themselves or those that work for/with them? Such hypocrates.
put the kiddie diddler in the wood chipper, head first if he feels remorse…otherwise feet first.
What the hell is wrong with people? It would be one thing if he made unwanted advances on an adult and he didn’t remember but apologized. This is a kid we are talking about and no matter if you are blackout drunk you would not hit on a child. His statement should have said “at no point in life have I ever hit on a child” if he was innocent.
Victim blaming seems everyone’s common theme too. Then a few threads later “why did they wait so long to report it?” Are people really that dumb?
Lastly, unarmed black man gets pulled over by police and gets shot. People cry “he shouldn’t have been breaking the law” to justify it. So basically condemning them but not jumping on the “innocent until proven guilty” bandwagon. Y’all are a bunch of hypocrites.
When people blackout, thru don’t remember. Hence, he doesn’t remember
THAT doesn’t matter. It was a CHILD.
There’s a difference about Harvey W. And Kevin Spacey. The former have been systematically abusing women, whereas The latter had one incident, while inappropriate and indefensible, could be understood. People make mistakes.
Having said that, I don’t understand what is the need for LGBT community involvement in this? What does this have to do with sexual orientation? It’s an unacceptable behavior regardless of one’s sexual orientation.
Is this another platform to promote LGBT agenda?
LBGT is involved because he apologized and came out at gay in one shot paragraph. People often think LBGT means pedophiles, and he basically gave those people more reason to believe that.
Its sad ive always thought highly of kevin spacey watch all his show now another good show canceled