The critically-acclaimed Netflix series House of Cards will end at the conclusion of its forthcoming sixth season. The company confirmed the news today amid the sexual allegation being made towards the series lead Kevin Spacey.
Sunday night Spacey was accused of assaulting actor Anthony Rapp in 1986 when Rapp was just 14. In an article released on BuzzFeed, Rapp opened up about his haunting encounter with Spacey.
Rapp recounted going to a party at Spacey’s house. He felt out of place, so he wandered into a bedroom where he watched television well past midnight. The next thing he remembers is Spacey standing at the doorway.
“My memory was that I thought, Oh, everybody’s gone. Well, yeah, I should probably go home,” Rapp said. Spacey, he recalled, “sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk.” Rapp doesn’t remember Spacey saying anything to him. Instead, Rapp said, “He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me.”
Rapp eventually got away from Spacey, but not before Spacey asked him if he was sure he wanted to leave. Rapp felt compelled to share his story with the current state of Hollywood in regards to the numerous accusations arising against Harvey Weinstein.
Spacey issued an apology and a coming out letter in one via Twitter after becoming aware of Rapp’s claim.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
Not only has Kevin Spacey now been pushed to the center of the conversation regarding sexual assault culture in Hollywood, but his past actions may have also caused his award winning series to end.
House of Cards creator Beau Willimon called the allegations “deeply troubling” in a statement. Netflix and Media Right Capital released the following statement after the allegations surfaced:
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.
The announcement of House of Cards ending doesn’t come as a shock; however according to Time, Netflix claims ending the hit show has nothing to do with the allegations.