“House of Cards” will be ending after the upcoming sixth season, which has just begun production, following the news Kevin Spacey allegedly sexually assaulted a then-14-year-old Anthony Rapp.
Netflix released a statement about the allegations, saying, “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.”
Sources told TVLine the decision to cancel the show was decided months ago and was not related to the Spacey allegations.
Rapp, one of the stars of “Star Trek: Discovery,” told Buzzfeed Spacey made a “sexual advance” towards him in 1986, when he was just 14-years-old. Spacey would have been 26-years-old at the time of the alleged incident.
The “American Beauty” star responded on Twitter, saying he did not remember the alleged encounter, “But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”
He also said, “This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life,” Spacey said in his tweet. He continued that he has had “relationships with both men and women,” and added, “I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.”