‘House of Cards’ Cancelled Following Kevin Spacey Allegations

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As actor Kevin Spacey faces allegations of sexual harassment, Netflix has opted to pull the plug on prestige political drama House of Cards.

The streaming giant has announced that the acclaimed series will end with its sixth season, which is currently in production and is expected to arrive in mid-2018.

The move comes less than a day after actor Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discoverywent public with allegations that Spacey made inappropriate sexual advances towards him in 1986 – when Rapp was 14.

Spacey released a statement, saying that while he did not “remember the encounter”, if he was guilty of the allegations then he owed Rapp “the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour”.

Deadline is reporting that Netflix and Media Rights Capital had been considering ending House of Cards for some time, but decided to move quickly after the allegations. The companies made phone calls to alert cast and creative departments of the impending cancellation.

“Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey,” reads a joint statement released by the two companies. “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.”

Spacey will next be seen playing billionaire Jean Paul Getty in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World.

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