Spacey, who stars as President Frank Underwood in the acclaimed series, has been accused of making unwanted advances on Anthony Rapp, who at the time was 14 years old. 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. Rapp, then 14, was able to get away without any physical harm.
In a statement tweeted shortly after, Spacey said he has "a lot of respect and admiration" for Rapp and is "beyond horrified to hear his story".
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has also criticised Spacey, telling The Guardian: "It is tragic that it has taken allegations of sexual harassment for Kevin Spacey to finally come out as gay, after not disclosing his sexuality for decades".
In an interview with Buzzfeed Rapp accused the actor of picking him up, taking him to a bed and lying on top of him after other guests had left a party, hosted by Spacey. However, TVLine reports that the decision was not a response to Rapp's allegations, and in fact was made months ago.
"If I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior", Spacey wrote.
He went on to say that Rapp's accusation "encouraged me to address other things about my life", and that "I know that there are stories out there about me". Though he has had relationships with both men and women, he said, "I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man".
Following Kevin's statement, celebrities and Twitter users slammed the Oscar-winner for trying to "deflect" from the allegations, by revealing details about his sexuality.
Having truly launched Netflix's original programming explosion in 2013, the David Fincher-EP'd House of Cards was created by Beau Willimon based on the 1990 BBC series from Michael Dobbs' novel.
The final run of House of Cards, which stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as ruthless and ambitious beltway couple, will debut its last 13 episodes in 2018. Some gay rights activists say he also seemed to make a connection between being gay and sexual abuse of minors.