Multiple allegations have come to light since Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of sexual misconduct – when Rapp was just 14.
Eight Netflix employees – past and present – have come forth to CNN with more allegations. The individuals, reports CNN…
… “described Spacey’s behavior as “predatory,” saying it included nonconsensual touching and crude comments and targeted production staffers who were typically young and male.”
Netflix and producing company Media Right Capital have taken action. The companies announced last week that production on House of Cards season 6 would be halted “until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.”
As the number of claims rise, Netflix and MRC have decided to officially suspend the two-time Oscar winner from the series. Netflix will also not be moving ahead with a planned Spacey-starring Gore Vidal biopic titled Gore.
“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey,” said a Netflix spokesman. “We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show.”
MRC’s statement: “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.”
According to Variety, the suspension “is [a] legally necessary first step toward Spacey’s eventual termination”.
Spacey, who is also an executive producer on the series, has been dropped by Creative Artists Agency and Staci Wolfe, his longtime publicist.
It remains to be seen just what route, if any, Netflix opts to take House of Cards from here. Variety recently reported that Netflix was considering “multiple ideas” for spinoffs, including one that focuses on Francis Underwood’s confidant and chief of staff, Doug Stamper, played by Michael Kelly.