Netflix has canceled House of Cards on the heels of sexual advance claims, Deadline reports. The show will no longer run after this coming sixth season.
Here’s the reason behind it all.
Earlier this month saw numerous women accuse Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. Former child star Corey Feldman has also taken this opportunity to speak out against pedophilia in the business, and most recently, Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp accused House of Cards star Kevin Spacey of making sexual advances on him when he was 14 years old (Spacey would have been around 26 at the time.
According to Rapp, he attended a party at Spacey’s house, and as the only nonadult there, he wandered into a bedroom and watched TV. After midnight, he saw Spacey standing in the doorway. Here’s what Rapp told Buzzfeed:
“My memory was that I thought, ‘Oh, everybody’s gone. Well, yeah, I should probably go home.’ [Spacey] sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk. He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me. He was trying to seduce me. I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
“I was like, ‘What is happening?’ I saw on the counter next to the sink a picture of him having his arm around a man. So I think on some level I was like, Oh. He’s gay. I guess. Then I opened the door, and I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to go home now.’ He followed me to the front door of the apartment, and as I opened the door to leave, he was leaning on the front door[frame]. And he was like, ‘Are you sure you wanna go?’ I said, ‘Yes, good night,’ and then I did leave.”
On the heels of the Buzzfeed News piece, Spacey took to Twitter to both apologize and come out as a gay man (many have since accused him of trying to change the conversation).
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
Regardless, Netflix doesn’t seem to be taking any chances, and is now ending their show — probably a good move on their part. This is yet another indication that there are some real shifts in the tectonic plates in Hollywood. We don’t expect this to be the end. There will undoubtedly be plenty of others who start speaking out as well as some of the big titans in the business begin to fall.
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