Netflix Pulls the Plug on 'House of Cards'

The decision was reportedly not made in light of Kevin Spacey's sexual misconduct allegations
Netflix Pulls the Plug on 'House of Cards'

Yesterday (October 29) actor Anthony Rapp publicly accused Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct, alleging that Spacey made sexual advances towards him as a teenager. In the wake of the allegations, Netflix has announced that the sixth season of the Spacey-starring House of Cards will be the series' last.

TVLine reports that the decision to end the program was made months in advance of the allegations against Spacey. A joint statement from Netflix and Media Rights Capital addressed both issues as follows to Deadline:

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.

Deadline also notes that the forthcoming Netflix film Gore, starring Spacey as author Gore Vidal, may also be scrapped.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Rapp recalled an encounter that took place at Spacey's house during a theatre party in 1986, while he was 14 and Spacey was 26.

"He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold," Rapp told the site. "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."

Spacey responded to the allegations with a statement on Twitter, writing that he was "beyond horrified" to hear the allegations before insisting that he "does not remember the encounter." 

As previously reported, Family Guy seemed to reference Spacey's behaviour in an episode released in 2005, leading some to think his conduct was an open secret.