Netflix says it’s ending its Kevin Spacey drama, “House of Cards”.
The company didn’t give a reason for stopping the series, which they say will run for one more season, and claims that the decision was reached months ago.
But the news comes less than 24 hours after actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making an unwanted sexual advance toward him when he was only 14 years old, in 1986.
Spacey was 26 at the time.
And a separate statement issued jointly by Netflix and the show’s producers said they were quote, “deeply troubled” by Rapp’s allegation.
In a statement on Twitter Spacey denied remembering the incident, but apologized to Rapp for what he said may have been “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”
The statement also included Spacey’s first public confirmation of his sexuality.
Yet, in admitting he’s gay, Spacey seems to have only fanned the flames around the incident.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, an activist group, telling Reuters that “coming out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault.”
Anthony Rapp, best known for the Broadway musical, “Rent,” and now among the cast of a new Star Trek series, says he stayed quiet about the encounter for decades.
Encouraged to come forward now amid a surge of news stories about alleged sexual abuse in media and entertainment.