One day after Netflix announced that it would end House of Cards after the upcoming 6th season, it appears that the blowback against Spacey has been far greater than expected and according to the Hollywood Reporter, production on the current, sixth season of House of Cards has been suspended indefinitely following the sexual assault claims made against star and exec producer Kevin Spacey.
“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,” Netflix and producer Media Rights Capital said in a joint statement Tuesday.
Just in: Production on the sixth season of "House of Cards" has been suspended until further notice. pic.twitter.com/8yOqQr1tYw— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) October 31, 2017
The suspension comes two days after Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp alleged in that Spacey made sexual advances towards him when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26. Spacey immediately offered his "sincerest apology" to Rapp via Twitter and used his statement to deflect attention as flagrantly as possible, coming out as gay for the first time. By doing so he also managed to infurate the gay community, with his move immediately criticized by many in Hollywood as well as GLAAD.
As reported yesterday, on Monday, Netflix and MRC issued a statement saying they were "deeply troubled" by the allegations. Executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore Monday afternoon to meet with the cast and crew of the political drama "to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported," the statement continued. Spacey was not on set at the time, as was previously scheduled.