Production on the current season of “House of Cards” has been suspended after star Kevin Spacey was accused of making an unwanted sexual advance toward a then-14-year-old Anthony Rapp in 1986.
Netflix and MRC said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon that production would shut down indefinitely — just one day after announcing the show would end after this season.
“MRC (Media Rights Capital) and Netflix have decided to suspend production on ‘House of Cards’ season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew,” Netflix and MRC said in a statement to the Daily News.
The cast and crew were informed of the decision on Tuesday morning.
Kevin Spacey appears as President Frank Underwood in Netflix’s “House Of Cards.”
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Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of trying to “seduce” him in an interview with BuzzFeed published on Sunday night.
Rapp said he was attending an after-party at Spacey’s apartment when the “American Beauty” star picked him and lay down on top of him on the bed.
“I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually,” Rapp told BuzzFeed.
Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of making an unwanted sexual advance toward him in 1986.
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Spacey was 26 at the time. The actor offered an apology on Twitter Sunday and made a confession about his sexuality.
“If I did behave then as (Rapp) 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 wrote, adding that the allegations encouraged him to reveal he is “choosing now to as a gay man.”
The Old Vic theater in London issued a statement on Tuesday after allegations of sexual misconduct by Spacey, who served as artistic director from 2004 to 2015, came to light.
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“Inappropriate behaviour by anyone working at The Old Vic is completely unacceptable,” the statement read.
“We aim to foster a safe and supportive environment without prejudice, harassment or bullying of any sort, at any level… Any behaviour we become aware of which contravenes these goals will not be tolerated.”
It was reported this week that Netflix is exploring a “House of Cards” spin-off after announcing the show would end after its current Season 6.
On Monday, Spacey’s International Emmy award was revoked less than 24 hours after Rapp made his accusations.
The actor was set to be given the honor as “one of the great multi-dimensional talents” at the 45th International Emmy Awards Gala on Nov. 20.
Source: Ny Daily News