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'House of Cards' axed after Kevin Spacey accusation

31 October 2017

In the wake of Anthony Rapp's allegation that Kevin Spacey once tried to seduce him when he was an aspiring 14-year old actor in NY, it's since been revealed that the upcoming 6th season of Netflix's hit political drama House of Cards will be the last.

Sources told TV Line, however, that the decision to pull the plug on "House of Cards" was made months ago and is not in response to the allegations against Spacey.

Spacey also came out as gay in the statement, a move which has drawn criticism from the LGBTQ community and a number of fellow actors.

House of Cards, an adaptation of a classic British series, launched Netflix's slate of original streaming content when it debuted in 2013.

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Former "House of Cards" showrunner Beau Willimon says he never saw inappropriate behavior by Spacey but called Rapp's allegation "deeply troubling".

Official word on its conclusion, which has been in the works since the summer, comes at a problematic time for Spacey.

"I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago", said his Twitter statement.

"Gore", a planned Gore Vidal biopic starring Spacey and set to air on Netflix may be on the chopping block now too, according to Deadline.

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The "Star Trek: Discovery" actor alleged that he was attending an after-party at Spacey's apartment when the actor picked him up "like a groom picks up the bride" and lay down on top of him.

Spacey's response has been criticised by GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), who accuse the star of coming out to "deflect" attention away from the allegations.

The claims come after the allegations about Harvey Weinstein prompted many people to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment and abuse.

The show's seemingly quick unraveling came less than a day after a Sunday Buzzfeed article outlined Rapp's claims that a drunken Spacey tried to seduce the then-child actor in 1986.

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Rapp, who went on to star in the hit Broadway musical "Rent", was starting his career on Broadway at the time of the alleged incident, appearing in a production of "Precious Sons" with Ed Harris and Judith Ivey. That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously, and this is no exception. "But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually".

'House of Cards' axed after Kevin Spacey accusation