Monday 22 April 2019

Netflix confirms House of Cards is to end amid Kevin Spacey sexual assault controversy

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Netflix has confirmed the sixth season of House of Cards, currently in production, will be the last.

The news was confirmed as controversy continued over the show's star, Kevin Spacey, who is at the centre of attempted sexual assault allegations.

Actor Anthony Rapp accused the 58-year-old of historical harassment.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Rapp said Spacey, then aged 26, placed him on a bed and climbed on top of him following a party at his apartment.

Spacey said he is "beyond horrified" by the claim, that he does not remember the alleged incident, "which would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour".

He said the story "has encouraged me to address other things about my life".

In the Twitter post, he added: "I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fuelled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy.

"As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.

Anthony Rapp (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Anthony Rapp (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behaviour."

He was widely criticised for conflating the two statements and streaming service Netflix has faced calls for the show, or its star and executive producer, to be axed.

However, the company maintains that the decision to end the show after six seasons has been in the works since the summer.

Actor @billyeichner wrote: "That Kevin Spacey statement. Nope. Absolutely not. Nope.

"But honestly I hesitate to make jokes because the Spacey statement is truly disgusting, irresponsible and dangerous."

@rilaws said: "For a famous person to deflect these accusations with a long-in-the-making coming out is so cruel to his supposed new community it stings."

@larrywilmore wrote: "Kevin Spacey's comment was wrong on so many levels."

Rapp commented on Twitter: "I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me."

Double Oscar winner Spacey is best known for the film American Beauty and TV drama House Of Cards.

He is also known as being a former artistic director at London's Old Vic theatre.

On Monday, following Rapp's accusation, the Royal Court theatre's artistic director, Vicky Featherstone, was asked if she was aware of stories about Spacey when he was working in London.

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think that many people in theatre and the creative industries have been aware of many stories of many people over a lot of years."

After the Harvey Weinstein allegations there had been an "opening of the floodgates and a very important moment for us all throughout society, not just in our industry", she said.

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