Netflix Severs All Ties With Kevin Spacey, Fires Him From ‘House of Cards’
As accusations of sexual assault and harassment against Kevin Spacey escalate, Netflix has officially severed all ties with the actor by firing him from his starring role in House of Cards. Netflix has also decided to not release Gore, a biopic of author Gore Vidal starring and produced by Spacey.
“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey. We will continue to work with MRC (production company Media Rights Capital) during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show,” read the statement released yesterday by Netflix and published in Variety.
“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.”
House of Cards put Netflix on the map as a producer of original content. Once merely a streaming service that offered already-aired series and previously released films, Netflix has since grown to be one of the more important creators of highly watchable original programming. Stranger Things, The Crown, Mindhunter, and the doc series The Keepers are among its strongest recent content.
Kevin Spacey was undoubtedly one of the main reasons for the great initial success of House of Cards, whose pilot was directed by veteran filmmaker David Fincher. Spacey is a Tony winner and two-time Oscar winner who has been widely praised for his performances both onscreen and on the stage.
Last week, theater actor Anthony Rapp, who is now appearing on television in Star Trek: Discovery, accused Spacey of having made unwanted sexual advances on him in 1986, when he was only fourteen years old and the then-up-and-coming actor was 26 years old.
Spacey responded with an apology via Twitter. At the same time, he officially came out as a gay man.
Many more men have since come forward with their own accounts of sexual misconduct, and many of them underage at the time of the alleged incidents. One anonymous source says he and Spacey shared a sexual relationship for many years, beginning when the man was fourteen years old and Spacey was 24 years old. That relationship, the anonymous source says, ended in Spacey attempting to rape him. Several men claim that Spacey preyed on younger actors while he was artistic director at The Vic Theatre.
Emboldened by the sudden exposing of Spacey as an alleged sexual predator and pedophile, eight anonymous House of Cards employees have spoken out against Spacey. One claims Spacey assaulted him by putting his hands down his pants. Several have claimed he groped them.
When the initial allegations against Spacey were made, Netflix announced the cancellation of House of Cards, claiming that the upcoming sixth season would be its last. The cancellation of the series, which had been in decline in recent years, had already been determined prior to the revelations of sexual misconduct. However, Netflix then suspended the production on the sixth season to ensure the safety of those on set.
As more allegations surfaced, including by House of Cards staff, Netflix finally fired Spacey from the series and have additionally chosen to halt the release of his film Gore.
In this way, moving forward, Netflix has no further ties to Spacey. The fate of House of Cards is still unknown, but one possibility is that Spacey’s once-critical role as Frank Underwood will be killed off.
Spacey “is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment,” said a spokesperson for the actor.
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