LOS ANGELES, November 3, 2017 — Following allegations of sexual harassment against him, Netflix has decided to cut ties with actor Kevin Spacey. Spacey has been the lead actor in Netflix’s acclaimed series, “House of Cards”, and was producer and star of a Netflix movie, “Gore.” That project has also been canceled.
Ties being severed between Kevin Spacey and Netflix
Netflix’s decision comes just a day after two more people came forward to accuse the actor of sexual misconduct. The streaming service released a statement:
“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey. We will continue to work with (producer Media Rights Capital) 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.”
Production of “House of Card” season six was in progress prior to Anthony Rapp’s allegations. In his response to the allegations, Spacey publicly came out as a gay man via Twitter. Many in the gay community consider that a cynical attempt to divert attention away from the accusations.
Kevin Spacey statement via Twitter
Kevin Spacey Netflix projects are on hold
Netflix had announced that production of “House of Cards” was on hold, though filming on the sixth season had been completed. The season is still scheduled to air starting in mid-2018. Several people connected to the show have since come forward with sexual harassment allegations against Spacey. Netflix is now looking for a way to move forward. Options being floated around are killing off Spacey’s character or turning to spin-off shows.
On the series, Spacey played a morally bankrupt Democrat who climbs the D.C. power ladder. With the strong co-lead of Claire Underwood (Robin Wright in “Forrest Gump”) taking on a larger role in season six, removing Spacey is possible. His character, Frank Underwood, had been forced out of office in a scandal, and killing him off could breath new life into the show. Netflix did confirm that season six will be the final season for the show.
Variety reports that Spacey’s publicist and talent agency have also severed ties with the actor, who is now seeking treatment. According to CBS News, London police are investigating an alleged 2008 sexual assault tied to Spacey.
The Kevin Spacey Foundation has taken down its social media accounts, but the foundation is still operating.