Oct 30, 2017

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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Stocks fall 4% as sell-off worsens

A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

Stocks fell more than 4% on Thursday, extending the market’s worst week since the financial crisis in 2008 following a spike in coronavirus cases around the world.

The big picture: All three indices closed in correction territory on Thursday, down over 10% from their recent record-highs amid a global market rout.

Coronavirus updates: California monitors 8,400 potential cases

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Watchdog opens probe into VA secretary over handling of sexual assault claim

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie on Fox Business Network’s "The Evening Edit" on Jan. 7. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

The Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General Michael Missal said Thursday he had opened an investigation into VA Secretary Robert Wilkie after lawmakers demanded an inquiry into his handling of a sexual misconduct report, the Washington Post reports.

Context: Wilkie allegedly "worked to discredit" the credibility of Democratic aide and veteran Andrea Goldstein after she reported last fall "that a man groped and propositioned her in the main lobby of the agency's D.C. Medical Center," a senior VA official told the Post.