Netflix cuts ties with Kevin Spacey
VOD News | On 04, Nov 2017
Netflix is cutting all ties with Kevin Spacey, both on House of Cards and other projects, as the actor faces growing claims of sexual assault.
The streaming giant suspended its flagship political drama earlier this week, following allegations of a historical sexual advance by Kevin Spacey towards Anthony Rapp, who was 14 at the time. Executives from Netflix and producer Media Rights Capital visited the set on Monday, immediately following the accusation, and then decided to halt production on Tuesday. Since then, a growing number of people have come forward to accuse Spacey of sexual misconduct and harassment, both in his line of film and theatre work.
On Thursday, Spacey was dropped by his publicist, Staci Wolfe, while Scotland Yard announced on Friday that it is opening an investigation into an allegation of sexual assault involving a male thesp in London. Now, Netflix has confirmed that it is cutting ties with the actor altogether.
House of Cards producer Media Rights Capital suspended him on Friday evening, with Variety reporting that sources say it is legally the first step before his termination. Netflix, meanwhile, has said that it will not move forward with any version of House of Cards that includes Spacey.
“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey,” a spokesman for the streaming service said in a statement. “We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show.”
“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,” MRC said in a statement. “MRC, in partnership with Netflix, will continue to evaluate a creative path forward for the program during the hiatus.”
Indeed, Netflix is reportedly looking to develop a spin-off series based in the same House of Cards universe, focusing on a character such as Michael Kelly’s Doug Stamper. Many viewers, meanwhile, have called for Spacey’s character, Frank Underwood, to be killed off, so that the sixth and final season of the show can go ahead and instead focus on Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood.
Netflix has also cancelled its biopic, Gore, which was set to star Spacey as Gore Vidal.
Netflix suspends House of Cards production indefinitely
1st November 2017
Netflix has suspended production on House of Cards indefinitely, following allegations of a historical sexual advance by Kevin Spacey towards an under-age actor.
Anthony Rapp, who was 14 years old at the time of the accused harassment in 1986, spoke to Buzzfeed about the alleged incident at the weekend. Netflix announced around the same time that the upcoming sixth season of House of Cards, which stars Spacey as politician Frank Underwood, would be its last.
Executives from Netflix and producer Media Rights Capital visited the set on Monday to talk to cast and crew and “ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported”, following Rapp’s allegations. They added in a statement that they were “deeply troubled” by the news, and that Spacey was not currently scheduled to be on set.
Now, Netflix and MRC have said that production will halt on the political drama until further notice.
“MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on House of Cards season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew,” the firms said in a joint statement.
Netflix ends House of Cards amid Kevin Spacey allegations
30t October 2017
Netflix has decided to end House of Cards with its sixth season, amid allegations of historical sexual harassment by Kevin Spacey.
The Oscar winner was accused by actor Anthony Rapp yesterday of making a sexual advance towards him in 1986, when he was 14 years old. The allegation, which was published by Buzzfeed, said that Spacey invited the minor to his apartment for a party and, at the end of the night, carried him to the bed and climbed on top of him. Spacey was 26 at the time.
“He was trying to seduce me,” said Rapp. “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.” (You can read the full account here.)
Spacey responded by tweeting a statement that he honestly did not remember the encounter, adding: “But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”
He then went on to come out publicly, saying: “I choose now to live as a gay man… I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.”
Spacey’s response has been met with wide-ranging criticism for seeming to use his coming out as a way to deflect the allegation.
The accusation arrived just before Netflix announced that it will be ending House of Cards, which stars Spacey, with its upcoming sixth season. THR reports that production on Season 6 had already begun earlier this year, but that Netflix had not formally announced the show’s renewal until today. Netflix also issued the following statement:
“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.”
Beau Willimon, the creator of House of Cards, who stepped down as showrunner before Season 5, also released a statement.
“Anthony Rapp’s story is deeply troubling,” he wrote on Twitter. “During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on House of Cards I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behaviour on set or off. That said, I take reports of such behaviour seriously, and this is no exception. I feel Mr. Rapp and I support his courage.”
Some fans are now calling for House of Cards to kill off Spacey’s character, Frank Underwood, and conclude the show without the actor, instead having a season solely starring Robin Wright in the lead as Frank’s wife, Claire.