Print Edition - 2017-11-01  |  Life & Style

Netflix to end House of Cards

- BBC, Los Angeles

Nov 1, 2017-

Netflix has pulled the plug on House of Cards, a day after its lead actor Kevin Spacey was accused of sexually harassing a teenage boy.

The media streaming company said it was “deeply troubled” by the allegation, made by the actor Anthony Rapp. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Rapp alleged Spacey tried to seduce him when he was 14, after a party in 1986.

Spacey said he was “beyond horrified” to hear the story but did not remember the encounter. Kevin Spacey said he owed Anthony Rapp a “sincere apology” for what he said would have been “deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour”.

Spacey also announced that he was now living “as a gay man” but the Oscar-winning actor has been widely criticised for choosing this moment to come out.

Gay rights activists have said linking his sexuality to an apology over allegations of sexual harassment was harmful to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community.

In House of Cards, Kevin Spacey plays the ruthless American politician Frank Underwood. The drama has been widely acclaimed and filming is currently on the sixth series. 

While Netflix has said it will be the last, several reports have suggested that the producers had decided to end the series well before the allegation emerged.

In a separate development, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced that Spacey will not receive the Emmy award, which was scheduled to be conferred on the actor this year.

The institution announced on its Twitter account that it has revoked the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award that the veteran actor was up for. “The International Academy has announced that in light of recent events it will not honour Kevin Spacey with the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award,” the tweet read.

In June, it was announced that the actor would be recognised for his contribution to cinema and arts surpassing barriers as “one of the great multi-dimensional talents” at the 45th International Emmy Awards Gala on November 20 to be held in New York City.

Published: 01-11-2017 08:35

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