Netflix cancels 'House of Cards' as Kevin Spacey is accused of sexual assault
'Star Trek: Discovery' actor Anthony Rapp claims that Kevin Spacey made sexual advances towards him 31 years ago
It seems the cards are being dealt – Netflix's highly successful cult political drama House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey, will end after its upcoming sixth season. While the streaming company claim that the move to end the series was already in the works, the announcement certainly raises some eyebrows as it follows sexual allegations against Kevin.
Just yesterday, Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed News that Kevin had made sexual advances towards him back in 1986 – Anthony was only 14 at the time. At a party hosted by the Oscar-winning actor, Anthony was watching television in the bedroom when he recalled Kevin, "sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk." Kevin then picked Anthony up and laid down on top of him.
"He was trying to seduce me," Anthony said. "I don't know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually."
Anthony managed to push Kevin away and fled, choosing to "lock [the situation] away." However, now, with all the sexual misconduct in Hollywood being brought to light, Anthony finally felt it was time to speak up, 31 years after the incident.
After Anthony's story broke, Kevin released a statement saying he's "beyond horrified to hear his story" and that he honestly does not remember what happened.
"But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour, and I am sorry for the feeling he describes having carried with him all these years," he continued.
Kevin also took the opportunity to come out, writing, " I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man."
Not surprisingly, the LGBT community were quick to slam Kevin for coming out to "deflect from allegations of sexual assault", as said by Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD president and CEO.
This isn't a coming out story about Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp & those who speak out about unwanted sexual advances— Sarah Kate Ellis (@sarahkateellis) October 30, 2017
Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto also tweeted about Kevin's coming out as a "calculated manipulation" while Wanda Sykes raged, "You do not get to 'choose' to hide under the rainbow!" Other celebrities also voiced out their disdain.
No no no no no! You do not get to “choose” to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks! https://t.co/xJDGAxDjxz— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) October 30, 2017
This is not about you being gay, Mr Spacey, it's about you being an alleged paedophile. https://t.co/L92PwDsAB0— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 30, 2017
Nope to Kevin Spacey's statement. Nope. There's no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child.— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) October 30, 2017
Gay = Gay Predator = Predator— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 30, 2017
Being gay should never be equated with sexual assault or pedophilia. Thanks for giving the homophobes more ammo #KevinSpacey. 🙄— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) October 30, 2017
Netflix and Media Rights Capital released a statement following the allegations: "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 [of House of Cards] to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time."
In light of recent events, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences decided to withdraw Kevin's 2017 International Emmy Founders Award, which he was set to receive at the upcoming Emmy Awards on 20 November. The actor is still a nominee for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award for his role in House of Cards.
The International Academy has announced that in light of recent events it will not honor Kevin Spacey with the 2017 Intl Emmy Founders Award— Intl Emmy Awards (@iemmys) October 30, 2017