Netflix Suspends Production Of “House of Cards” Indefinitely After Spacey Sexual Allegation
Netflix has indefinitely halted production of political drama “House of Cards” on Tuesday following an allegation of sexual misconduct against series star Kevin Spacey.
Producer Media Rights Capital and Netflix “have decided to suspend production on “House of Cards” season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew,” a statement said.
Netflix had on Monday announced that it would be cancelling “House of Cards” with its 6th season, although the show had been planning to wrap up anyway.
Spacey had been accused by “Star Trek” actor Anthony Rapp of sexually abusing him when he was only 14, and Spacey 28.
Spacey had released a statement apologising for the abuse, saying he could not recollect the event.
Spacey’s apology sparked a backlash because he also used the statement to come out as a gay man. Many social media users saw it as a damaging conflation of sexual misconduct and being gay.
“House of Cards” became Netflix’s defining show when it launched in 2013, upending traditional television viewership by making all episodes of each season available online at the same time.