Netflix have pulled the plug on House of Cards amid allegations of unwanted sexual advances by Kevin Spacey against a young teen actor.
While Netflix and producers Media Rights Capital were leaning towards ending the show, key cast and creatives were only alerted this morning in a series of calls, according to Deadline.
“Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey,’ said the companies in a joint statement today. “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.”
House of Cards is set to be cancelled after the next season, which hits screens in 2018.
It is unclear whether formal legal proceedings are being brought against Spacey for these allegations.
Speaking to Buzzfeed, Anthony Rapp recalled how the House of Cards actor, invited a then 14-year-old Rapp to his Manhattan apartment for a party in 1986 and found him alone, watching TV in a bedroom before proceeding to lay him on the bed and lie on top of the young boy.
The actor has subsequently apologised in a statement, in which he also came out: