On Tuesday, Netflix indefinitely halted filming on the sixth season of House of Cards, the streaming service's flagship series starring actor Kevin Spacey. The company released a joint statement with the show's producer, Media Rights Capital, saying, “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.”
This news followed an announcement on Monday that show's sixth season, which was filming in Baltimore and was originally scheduled to air in 2018, would be its last. The cancellation arrived less than 24 hours after Buzzfeed News published an interview with Rent and Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp in which he claimed that Spacey, who also serves as an executive producer on the Netflix series, made unwanted sexual advances towards him in 1986 when Rapp was 14 years old and Spacey was 26.
The incident allegedly occurred after a party held at Spacey's apartment when both performers were starring in Broadway shows. According to Rapp, Spacey picked him him up, laid him on a bed, and pressed his body against him, before Rapp managed to squirm away and leave the apartment. "He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp told BuzzFeed News. “I don't know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually."
After the story was published on Sunday night, Spacey made a statement in which he apologized for his "inappropriate drunken behavior" but also claimed to have no memory of the encounter. Spacey's response, which you can view in full below, also included a section in which he came out as a gay man.