The popular Netflix TV show “House of Cards” has stopped production on its final season indefinitely after lead actor Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual harassment and soliciting a minor.
In a joint statement Tuesday provided to the Hollywood Reporter, film and TV studio Media Rights Capital and Netflix said they “have decided to suspend production on “House of Cards” season 6, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.”
“Star Trek: Discovery” actor Anthony Rapp told BuzzFeed News in an article published Sunday night that Spacey had made sexual advances toward him in 1987, when Rapp was only 14 years old. He and Spacey were both performing on Broadway at the time.
Rapp says that in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein allegations having come to light, he felt compelled to come forward, too.
“And not to simply air a grievance but to try to shine another light on the decades of behavior that have been allowed to continue because of many people, including myself, being silent,” he told BuzzFeed News.
Spacey’s on-set misbehavior has long been the subject of rumors, which were reported by Gawker in 2015, though Rapp appears to be the first person to go on record accusing the actor of misconduct.
The implication that Spacey might have sexually harassed or assaulted others spurred a London theater, The Old Vic, where Spacey was artistic director for 11 years, to issue a statement inviting current and former employees to contact them confidentially about sexual harassment.
“If you have been connected with The Old Vic or in our employment and feel you have a complaint that you were unable to raise, please contact us,” the statement says.
After Rapp’s allegations came to light, Spacey issued a statement on Twitter in which he apologized for the incident — and also came out as gay. He was widely criticized in Hollywood, by GLAAD, the major Hollywood LGBTQ adovocacy organization, and on social media for coming out through an apology for sexual harassment.