Spacey Sexual Assault Allegations Cost Him Emmy

Anthony Rapp

Netflix to end Cards amid Spacey claims

Netflix is exploring a "House of Cards" spinoff as the show's final season nears amid controversy surrounding star Kevin Spacey.

Anthony Rapp, an actor, accused Spacey of historical sexual harassment when he was 14 and the star was 26.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, actor Anthony Rapp - who stars in the new Star Trek: Discovery series - claimed that Spacey made unwanted sexual advances on him at a party when he was 14.

Spacey issued a statement late Sunday, claiming he did not recall the incident but apologized for what he said would have been "inappropriate drunken behavior".

In an essay for the Daily Beast, reporter Ira Madison III called Spacey's decision to come out of the closet "all the more cold and calculated", seeing as he must know it could change the subject in the wake of Rapp's allegations. This is a breaking story.

Spacey immediately came under fire on social media for what many saw as a disingenuous conflation of an apology for sexual misconduct with a public acknowledgement of being gay.

Deadline reported that Netflix and production company Media Rights Capital were leaning toward ending the show, but cast and crew were made aware of the news with calls Monday morning. I'm beyond horrified to hear his story.

Now, according to Variety, the network has suspended production on the upcoming sixth season of the show which had been underway in Baltimore. "I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man".

The publication reports that one such show could centre on political aide Doug Stamper, played by Michael Kelly in the first five seasons - with sources saying that two other possible spin-offs are also being explored. "House of Cards" was up for best drama at this year's Emmys ceremony, with Wright and Spacey both receiving lead acting nods.

It makes sense then that his Emmy-nominated series House of Cards is in production limbo.

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