“House Of Cards” To End As Kevin Spaces Scandal Deepens
Netflix has announced that it will soon be ending its Emmy-nominated political drama television series, House of Cards, at the conclusion of its upcoming sixth season amid sexual allegations against star Kevin Spacey.
These allegations make Spacey the latest Hollywood personality embroiled in an alleged sexual misconduct scandal, only this time it involves a minor.
The company didn't give a reason for stopping the series, which they say will run for one more season, and claims that the decision was reached months ago.
But the news comes less than 24 hours after actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making an unwanted sexual advance toward him in 1986 when he was only 14 years old and Spacey was 26.
A separate statement issued jointly by Netflix and the show's producers said they were quote, "deeply troubled" by Rapp's allegation.
In a statement on Twitter, Spacey denied remembering the incident, but apologized to Rapp for what he said may have been "deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour".
The statement also included Spacey's first public confirmation of his sexuality. Yet, in admitting he's gay, Spacey seems to have only fanned the flames around the incident.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, an activist group, told Reuters that "coming out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault."
Anthony Rapp, best known for the Broadway musical "Rent", and now among the cast of a new Star Trek series, says he stayed quiet about the encounter for decades.
He was encouraged to come forward now amid a surge of news stories about alleged sexual abuse in media and entertainment.
***Reuters / Matthew Larotonda