Kevin Spacey who plays the role Frank Underwood has come out of the closet to admit that he is gay.
"As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior."
The issue came up following Spacey's response to accusations by Antonny Rapp that Spacey made sexual advances to him at his house 30 years ago when he was just 14. To which he responded:
"I'm beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter as it would have been over 30 years ago. 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."
Some of his fellow Hollywood stars did not hold back as they criticized the actor for pairing his apology to Rapp with the personal declaration. Comedian Wanda Sykestweeted, "No no no no no! You do not get to 'choose' to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks!"
Orphan Black star Jordan Gavaris retorted, "sexual assault is not about sexuality. Sexual assault is about power. Say it with me, please. #KevinSpacey."
Rose McGowan,who has been a public advocate for sexual assault victims and accused disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, responded to the news with, "Gay = Gay Predator = Predator." Weinstein has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.