The latest person caught in the storm of sexual harassment allegations, Kevin Spacey, is being dropped by Netflix from its original series “House of Cards”. According to news reports, the move was made following the allegations by Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp, who alleged that Spacey made unwanted sexual advances toward him more than 30 years ago, when Rapp was 14 years old and Spacey was 26.
Rapp told BuzzFeed the incident occurred in 1986 after a party at Spacey’s apartment. Spacey picked him up, placed him in bed and climbed on top of him.
“I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out, to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me,” Rapp said on Twitter. “Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time.”
Following this accusation, Netflix and Media right Capital announced that the upcoming sixth season of House of Cards will be its last, and suspended production until further notice.
CNN published a story about Spacey in which 8 current and former employees of House of Cards said Spacey engaged in a pattern of sexual misconduct, making the show’s set a toxic work environment. A former production assistant accused Spacey of sexual assault. Following these multiple allegations Netflix decided to drop Spacey altogether.
“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of ‘House of Cards’ that includes Kevin Spacey,” the company said in a statement.
This also means that Netflix will not release the biopic “Gore”, which stars Spacey and is currently in post-production.
In response to the story, Spacey responded by saying he was ‘beyond horrified’ to hear about it, and said the incidents, if they happened, “would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”
“This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life,” Spacey wrote. “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.”
With this turn of events, the future of House of Cards remains uncertain, but writers and the film crew remain on payroll as executives decide its fate.