Kevin Spacey has been removed from the list of recipients at the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award. The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences decided not to honor him anymore as sexual assault allegations are hurled against him.
On Oct. 30, the International Emmy Awards tweeted that in light of the recent events surrounding Kevin Spacey, the organization will no longer honor the 58-year-old actor in their upcoming awards night.
The decision came a day after Star Trek: Discovery actor, Anthony Rapp, accused Kevin of making sexual advances toward him when he was only 14-years-old. At the time of the alleged incident, the veteran actor was 26-years-old.
Moreover, Kevin Spacey is now feeling the wrath of colleagues and the public following sexual abuse claims leveled against him. The number of people coming out to accuse him is also increasing as his case gets more attention.
What’s more, his confession of being gay was heavily criticized as he made the admission while issuing his public apology to Anthony Rapp. Zachary Quinto, a producer for 2011’s Margin Call, was one of those who called out Spacey for coming out as a gay man in the way he did.
“It is deeply sad and troubling that this is how Kevin Spacey has chosen to come out,” Quinto wrote on Twitter.
Barely 24 hours after Rapp disclosed his unfortunate encounter and Kevin Spacey releasing his apology on social media, the Emmy Awards stripped him of the title that he was supposed to get on Nov. 20 at the awards night gala.
The Academy announced in June that they will recognize the actor as “one of the great artists whose unique creative accomplishments contribute to the quality of global television production” but apparently, this will not happen anymore.
In any case, Kevin Spacey stated in his note of apology that he does not remember the incident since it took place more than 30 years ago. He added that if in case it really happened, it was probably due to his “drunken behavior.” The actor further said that he is “beyond horrified” after hearing Anthony Rapp’s story.
While most “coming out” revelations are being praised, Spacey’s confession garnered opposite reactions. Many stars, including Rosie O’Donnell, Rose McGowan, Wanda Sykes and Billy Eichner, blasted him for his gay announcement.
Meanwhile, Netflix also pulled House of Cards due to Kevin Spacey’s sexual abuse reports. The streaming media company revealed that it canceled the show and will not be renewed for the seventh season.
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