In the span of 24 hours, A-list actor Kevin Spacey announced he was gay, came to the realization that he may have sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy in 1986 and now has had his hit Netflix series “House of Cards” canceled. The decision to cancel the critically acclaimed show is due to the recent allegations of sexual assault.
The whirlwind of controversy started after actor Anthony Rapp claimed that in 1986 26-year-old Spacey forced himself upon Rapp who was only 14 years old at the time. In a lengthy statement, Spacey claimed he did not remember if that incident ever happened and apologized if it did.
In the same statement, Spacey came out as gay, something that tabloid magazines have speculated for years. After news of the alleged sexual assault got picked up by national media, angered citizens demanded that Netflix cancel the show House of Cards.
Netflix seemed to agree announcing that the show will finish production of its sixth season, which is scheduled to air in 2018, and then cancel the show. Netflix’s producer company Media Rights Capital issued a statement in wake of the controversy.
“Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey. 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.”
The critically acclaimed show has been one of Netflix’s top-watched shows. According to Variety, the show has been nominated for 53 Primetime Emmy Awards. The awards continued over the years receiving five nominations for outstanding drama series.
The eerie resemblance of a powerful man in Hollywood taking advantage of others for sexual gratification is something that cannot be overlooked. Harvey Weinstein is embroiled in a similar controversy with multiple accusers coming forward with accounts of sexual misconduct and assault.
The 58-year-old Spacey has been silent since issuing his statement Monday morning.