After allegations of unwanted advances in 1986 by Kevin Spacey against the 14-year-old Anthony Rapp surfaced, Netflix announced they are pulling the plug on the hit Netflix show ‘House of Cards.’ The show will close after the upcoming sixth season.
Netflix and Media Rights Capital, the studio behind the show, said they are “deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey.”
“Executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported,” the statement said. “As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.”
Just a day after Rapp made public what happened during a party at Spacey’s New York apartment in the 1980s, Netflix made the official announcement. Company executives involved were planning on ending the series a while ago but cast members were only made aware of the decision today.
Rapp says he came forward because of the multiple allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.
Spacey issued a statement saying he “did not remember the encounter” and added he was horrified by what Rapp described.
“If I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior,” Spacey said.
Spacey has used Rapp’s revelations to announce that he is now living openly as a gay man.
“This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life,” Spacey wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “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.”
Spacey has been playing the critically praised role of President Francis Underwood in the Netflix series. Spacey’s role launched Netflix’s string of original programming explosion in 2013. Spacey was also an executive producer. Spacey earned five Emmy award nominations for his role in ‘House of Cards.’
Former ‘House of Cards’ creator Beau Willimon tweeted that Rapp’s story is deeply troubling.
My statement regarding Anthony Rapp and Kevin Spacey: pic.twitter.com/8z6zotHWE5
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) October 30, 2017
The 13-episode Season 6 of House of Cards will debut in mid-2018 on Netflix. A spin-off series is in the works.