AceShowbiz - Netflix is cutting ties with Kevin Spacey. The giant streaming service called off "House of Cards" led and executive produced by the actor after he was accused of making unwanted sexual advances towards an underage actor.
"Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night's news concerning Kevin Spacey. 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," the company said in a statement.
The show's creator Beau Willimon stated, "Anthony Rapp's story is deeply troubling. During he time I worked with Kevin Spacey on 'House of Cards' I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off. That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously, and this is no exception. I feel for Mr. Rapp and I support his courage."
The show had just started filming for season 6 when the cancellation was announced. The production will still continue but the new installment will be the last one. Spacey will return as Congressman Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife and aide Claire.
Kevin Spacey, 58, landed in hot water after he was called out by Anthony Rapp. The "Star Trek: Discovery" actor claimed that Spacey sexually harassed him at a party years ago when he was 14. "He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold," said Rapp, now 46. "And then he lays down on top of me."
Spacey said that he didn't remember the alleged incident and blamed alcohol for his inappropriate behavior. "I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago," he said. "But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour."
The actor, who denied gay rumors in the past, then came out of the closet. "As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women," he added. "I have loved and had romantic relationships with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man."
His apology, however, fell on deaf ears. High-profiled LGBTQ figures accused him of trying to deflect the sexual assault accusatios by coming out as a gay man. Wanda Sykes tweeted, "No no no no no! You do not get to 'choose' to hide under the rainbow! Kick rocks!"
Zachary Quinto, the star of "Star Trek" movie reboot, called Spacey's coming out "deeply sad and troubling." He wrote, "I am sorry that kevin only saw fit to acknowledge his truth when he thought it would serve him - just as his denial served him for so many years."
Lance Bass posted, "Being gay should never be equated with sexual assault or pedophilia. Thanks for giving the homophobes more ammo #KevinSpacey." Rose McGowan wrote, "Bye bye, Spacey goodbye, it's your turn to cry, that's why we've gotta say goodbye."
Billy Eichner also commented in a series of tweets, "Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out. Imagine the Astros walking off the field only to find out Kevin Spacey is gay. The shock of it all. But honestly I hesitate to make jokes because the Spacey statement is truly disgusting, irresponsible and dangerous. Ok goodnight!"