Netflix’s famous political drama House of Cards will end after its forthcoming sixth season.
The news came after Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp accused House of Cards leading man Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance at him when he was 14 years old.
In an interview with Buzzfeed News, “Rapp publicly alleging for the first time that in 1986, Spacey befriended Rapp while they both performed on Broadway shows, invited Rapp over to his apartment for a party, and, at the end of the night, picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance.”
Multiple sources confirm that the decision to bring the series to an end was made months ago and not because of the sexual assault allegations.
On Monday, Netflix and Media Rights Capital released a joint statement regarding the issue.
“Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey. In response to last night’s revelations, 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. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.”
Kevin Spacey posted a statement on his Twitter account apologizing for his “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior,” and officially came out as gay.
House of Cards creator and showrunner for its first four seasons Beau Willimon, also released a statement via Twitter.
“Anthony Rapp’s story is deeply troubling. During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on ‘House of Cards,’ I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off,” Willimon wrote. “That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously and this is no exception. I feel for Mr. Rapp and I support his courage.”
My statement regarding Anthony Rapp and Kevin Spacey: pic.twitter.com/8z6zotHWE5
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) October 30, 2017
House of Cards‘ sixth and final season will premiere in 2018.
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