The future of the final season of the political drama is hanging in the balance.
Netflix have confirmed that they have suspended production on House of Cards amid further allegations of historic sexual misconduct against 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,” they said in a joint statement to Deadline.
It comes days after actor Anthony Rapp claimed in an interview that Spacey made a “sexual advance” on him back in 1986, when he was just 14 years old and Spacey was 26.
The House of Cards star swiftly issued a statement saying that he has “a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor,” and admitted that he is “horrified to hear this story.”
The actor did not deny the allegation, but said that he does not “remember the encounter”.
However, Spacey then decided to use the statement to say: “I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.”
Many were quick to criticise Spacey for choosing this moment to clarify his sexuality as it perpetuates the gross stereotype that bigots use to claim that gay men are predatory.
After Rapp came forward, it also encouraged filmmaker Tony Monatana to open up about his alleged altercation with Spacey in a bar back in 2003.
“I went up to order a drink and Kevin came up to me and put his arm around me,” Montana told Radar. “He was telling me to come with him, to leave the bar.
“He put his hand on my crotch forcefully and grabbed my whole package.”
Montana then claims that Spacey told him: “This designates ownership.”
The director was in his 30s at the time, and explained how he allegedly had to physically get Spacey off him.
“I put my hand down and turned his thumb back to get his hand off it,” he claimed. “I paid for my drink and got away from him.”
British bartender Daniel Beal also came forward to claim that when he was 19, Spacey exposed himself to him and asked: “It’s big, isn’t it?”
Beal says he backed away from Spacey, and alleges that the actor then insisted on exchanging his £5,000 Portofino watch for his significantly less expensive Casio number.
The 58-year-old has been heavily criticised by the LGBT+ community for deciding to come out as gay as a way to deflect the allegations.
Zachary Quinto described the coming out as a “calculated manipulation” in a post on Twitter.
“May Anthony Rapp’s voice be the only one which is amplified here,” he added. “Victim’s voices are the ones that deserve to be heard.”
If you have been a victim of sexual assault and would like to seek support, you can call the Sexual Assault Casework & Support helpline on 0800 704 2040, or visit Galop UK”s official website for more information.