AceShowbiz - Should "House of Cards" return for season 6, it will no longer feature star and executive producer Kevin Spacey, who is currently facing a mounting sexual harassment allegations. On Friday evening, November 3, Netflix released a statement announcing its plan to sever ties with the disgraced actor from its hit political drama.
"Netflix will not be involved with any further production of 'House of Cards' that includes Kevin Spacey," a spokesperson for the streaming giant said in a statement. "We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show. We have also decided we will not be moving forward with the release of the film 'Gore', which was in post-production, starring and produced by Kevin Spacey."
Following it, Media Rights Capital issued a separate statement, which read, "While we continue the ongoing investigation into the serious allegations concerning Kevin Spacey's behavior on the set of 'HOUSE OF CARDS', he has been suspended, effective immediately." The statement continued, "MRC, in partnership with Netflix, will continue to evaluate a creative path forward for the program during the hiatus."
The news comes after Variety reported that producers of the not-yet announced season 6 of "House of Cards" were considering to kill off Spacey's character, Frank Underwood. Things for the sixth and now final season of the series remain uncertain as of now as the filming was recently halted in the wake of the growing list of sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey.
An insider told Deadline regarding where things stand of the production, "We've really been told nothing, which leads a lot of us to think that it’s over." The series reportedly was filming the third episode of season 6 when Netflix and MRC decided to pull the plug.
As for Spacey, a representative for the Oscar-winning actor stated on Wednesday that the 58-year-old actor "is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment." The rep added, "No other information is available at this time."
Spacey's alleged victims kept increasing as two more men claimed that they were sexually harassed by the actor. Most recently, CNN reported several new allegations against Spacey. Eight anonymous former and current employees of "House of Cards" accused the actor of creating a "toxic" work environment through his sexual harassment and "predatory" behavior.
Following the allegations, Netflix issued a statement, saying, "When the allegations broke about Kevin Spacey on Sunday night, in conjunction with MRC, we sent a representative to set on Monday morning."
It continued, "Netflix was just made aware of one incident, five years ago, that we were informed was resolved swiftly. On Tuesday, in collaboration with MRC, we suspended production, knowing that Kevin Spacey wasn't scheduled to work until Wednesday. Netflix is not aware of any other incidents involving Kevin Spacey on-set. We continue to collaborate with MRC and other production partners to maintain a safe and respectful working environment. We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the production, and have nothing further to share at this time."
"Star Trek: Discovery" star Anthony Rapp was the first one to come forward, accusing Spacey of making sexual advance on him when he was 14 years old. Days later, director and actor Tony Montana alleged that Spacey "put his hand on my crotch forcefully and grabbed my whole package" at a bar back in 2003.