Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards creator Beau Willimon says last night’s exposé on BuzzFeed in which actor Anthony Rapp detailed claims that Spacey made sexual advances toward him when the Star Trek: Discovery actor was 14 years old is “deeply troubling,” though he was not aware or inappropriate behavior while the two worked together on the Netflix political drama.
Spacey’s own statement later last night after Rapp’s story broke was an apology, though he says he did not remember the incident. He also came out and said “I choose to live as a gay man,” which has drawn ire in many circles who view it as an attempt to deflect blame.
Willimon created Netflix’s House of Cards, which stars Spacey as President Frank Underwood. It has been nominated for five Best Drama Series Emmys and garnered Spacey five noms for Best Actor. Here’s Willimon’s full statement:
Anthony Rapp’s story is deeply troubling. During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on “House of Cards,” I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off. That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously and this is no exception. I feel for Mr. Rapp and I support his courage.
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