Kate Mara is "shocked and devastated" by the allegations against Kevin Spacey.

Kate Mara

Kate Mara

The 'House Of Cards' star couldn't believe it when she heard that her co-star Spacey had been accused of making sexual advances towards actor Anthony Rapp when he was just 14-years-old.

Kate told the New York Times newspaper: "That whole thing to me to this day is very shocking and devastating all around."

When the allegations surfaced, Spacey released a statement saying he "did not remember the encounter".

He said at the time: "I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I'm beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour, 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 stories out there about me and that some have been fuelled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. 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 behaviour."