Kevin Spacey will not be receiving an Emmy award, amidst claims of sexual assault.
The House of Cards actor was due to receive the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award in New York in November. But the special honor has now been revoked, shortly after actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of sexual assault – an incident that occurred 30 years ago.
A statement from the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced: ‘In light of recent events, it will not honor Kevin Spacey with the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award.’
Academy President and CEO Bruce L. Paisner made the announcement in June this year. At the time, he said: ‘Kevin is one of the great multi-dimensional talents in our industry.
‘From his acting in many movies and television shows, to his successful stewardship of the Old Vic theatre in London and his outstanding deal making and acting prowess in House of Cards, he’s climbed every mountain there is.
‘We are thrilled that he will be accepting the Founders Award,’ Paisner said.
Kevin Spacey sexual assault allegations
The move comes after Star Trek and Rent actor Anthony Rapp recounted details of an alleged sexual assault when he was 14 years old and Spacey was 26.
Rapp told Buzzfeed: ‘He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’
‘And then he lays down on top of me.
‘He was trying to seduce me.
‘I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually,’ Rapp said.
Spacey apologized on Twitter, but also released a statement saying he now ‘chooses to identify as a gay man.’
The apology angered people on social media, with many criticizing the star for conflating coming out as gay to pedophilia.
Netflix also announced the cancellation of House of Cards, a show in which Spacey is the star. In the series, he plays the conniving and bisexual former president Frank Underwood.
A joint statement between Netflix and Media Rights Capital announced: ‘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.’