Netflix axes House Of Cards amid Spacey claim
Netflix has announced that it will not commission another series of House Of Cards after historical allegations were made against lead star Kevin Spacey.
The streaming platform said it was “deeply troubled” over claims that Spacey tried to sexually assault a 14-year-old boy when he was 26.
In a statement, Netflix and Media Rights Capital said its executives “arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported”.
It added: “As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.”
The sixth series of the political thriller, which stars Spacey as a fictional US president, is currently in production and expected to air in mid-2018.
In an interview published on Monday, actor Anthony Rapp told BuzzFeed News that Spacey had invited him to his apartment for a party in 1986.
Rapp, then aged 14, claimed Spacey picked him up at the end of the night, placed him on his bed and climbed on top of him – making a sexual advance.
He said he believed Spacey was “trying to seduce me” and he was “aware that he was trying to get with me sexually”.
The Star Trek: Discovery star said he managed to push Spacey off him before leaving.
In a statement, Spacey said he was “beyond horrified to hear (Rapp’s) story”, adding: “I honestly do not remember this encounter”.
The 58-year-old apologised “for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour” and said that he had used the allegation “to address other things about my life”.
Spacey added: “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 behaviour.”
Celebrities criticised Spacey for making a “calculated move” by speaking of his sexuality in the statement.