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Actor says Kevin Spacey made sexual advance when he was 14

Actor Anthony Rapp (left) alleges that Kevin Spacey (right) made sexual advances toward him when he was 14. Photos: Chris Pizzello, Michael Zorn / Invision via AP

Actor Anthony Rapp alleges Kevin Spacey invited him to his apartment and made a sexual advance toward him in 1986, per BuzzFeed News. Rapp was 14 at the time. Spacey had befriended Rapp while they were performing on Broadway.

Spacey responded to the allegation on Twitter, claiming that he does not 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."

"This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are other stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy," he continued, before acknowledging that he now chooses to live publicly as a gay man.

Netflix and Media Rights Capital, the studio producing Spacey's show House of Cards, issued a statement saying they were "deeply troubled by last night's news concerning Kevin Spacey." House of Cards will be canceled after its sixth season — the upcoming one — but that was a decision made "months ago," a Netflix spokeswoman told NYT.

Rapp told Buzzfeed that the accusations being leveled against Harvey Weinstein have compelled him to come forward: "And not to simply air a grievance, but to try to shine another light on the decades of behavior that have been allowed to continue because many people, including myself, being silent. … I'm feeling really awake to the moment that we're living in, and I'm hopeful that this can make a difference."

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Women and jihad: from bride to the front line

Suspected Al Qaeda-aligned Shabaab militants, a woman and her three children, sit next to weapons after their arrest on May 5, 2016 in Mogadishu
Suspected Al Qaeda-aligned Shabaab militants, a woman and her three children, sit next to weapons after their arrest on May 5, 2016 in Mogadishu. Photo: Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP / Getty Images

A women's magazine, unveiled in December, gives tips on how to be a "good bride" and make life easier for the man in your life. The twist: the magazine, "Beituki," is published by al-Qaeda as part of a propaganda campaign which "appears, in part, to be a reaction to Islamic State (IS), which has called women to the front lines," per the Economist.

The big picture: Extremist organizations are struggling to define what women's roles in their groups should be. While some force women to "remain indoors," as Beituki suggests, others have placed women on the front lines, or utilized them as recruiters.

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Cambridge Analytica data scandal highlights chaos at Facebook

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Facebook was caught flat-footed again Saturday as it scrambled to deal with stories in New York Times and Guardian-owned Observer about user data illicitly obtained by a Trump-linked data analytics firm, including accusations from the British paper that Facebook had threatened it with litigation.

Why it matters: The scandal is another example of Facebook blaming outdated policies and ignorance for its platform being abused by bad actors — while struggling to contain the public relations fallout. The company is also tangling with the media outlets reporting on it.