Netflix has announced it will be ending its hit political drama House of Cards in 2018 amidst allegations that its star Kevin Spacey made sexual advances towards a 14-year-old actor back in the 80s. However, Netflix claims the decision was made months earlier, and they merely chose not to announce it until now.
Hollywood has come under the spotlight in recent weeks after a string of female actors publicly accused noted producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and rape, and now other historic allegations are being unearthed as the culture of abuse surrounding the industry is brought to light.
On Sunday (29th Oct), Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp claims that Oscar and Emmy winning actor Kevin Spacey made a drunken approach to him when he was just 14-years-old, something that understandably caused shock and outrage amongst many. Spacey took to Twitter to apologize for the incident, claiming he could not remember, as it was some 30 years ago, and then going on to use his statement as a platform to publicly come out as a gay man. This caused further anger as people felt he was conflating his sexuality and being closeted with sexual abuse.
Media Rights Capital and Netflix, who produce House of Cards, released a statement on Monday in response to the allegations against Spacey, saying they were “deeply troubled” by the news.
“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,” the statement said.
It was then confirmed that the Emmy award-winning show, which has been critically acclaimed and widely credited for its part in helping Netflix cement its stranglehold on the media streaming industry, will come to an end in 2018 after its 6th season but it was claimed that this decision was made many months earlier and has nothing to do with the allegations made against Spacey.