Allegations of sexual misconduct towards star Kevin Spacey compelled Netflix to pull the plug.
By Robert Marrujo:: It's been one heck of a week for actor Kevin Spacey. The House of Cards star is embroiled in controversy following sex abuse accusations made by fellow star Anthony Rapp. Rapp spoke with BuzzFeed in an interview published on October 29 where he made the allegation. Here's a piece from the article:
"Rapp is 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. According to public records, Spacey was 26. Rapp was 14."
Kevin Spacey has since replied to the accusation on his Twitter account:
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
TVLine reported yesterday that the upcoming sixth season of House of Cards would be its last. At the time many assumed the cancellation, which came the day after the report was published, was related to Spacey's controversy, but TVLine reported that "[m]ultiple sources confirm, however, that the decision to bring HoC to an end was made months ago and was not in response to the allegations." However, today Netflix made it official that now production of Season 6 has been halted indefinitely, so it's unclear if even this finale season will ever be finished.
While already a messy situation, Spacey has compounded things a bit (and earned the ire of many, as a result) by announcing that he's gay in his apology Tweet. Some feel that the actor is using the revelation to mitigate, at least in part, the damage done by Rapp's accusation. Spacey has not expounded any further on the situation since that Tweet was made.
This is the latest in a string of Hollywood scandals involving sexual assault and misconduct. Producer Harvey Weinstein was the first, but in the weeks since allegations were raised against him, other celebrities and people of influence have been called to the carpet for similar inappropriate actions that they've committed, including Ben Affleck, NeoGAF's Tyler Malka, and former President George H. W. Bush. We'll keep you posted as we learn more.