Arthur J. Villasanta - Fourth Estate Contributor
Los Gatos, CA, United States (4E) - The critically acclaimed and multi-award winning web TV series, "House of Cards," on air since 2013 will end with its upcoming sixth season amid sexual allegations against the show's star, Kevin Spacey.
A Netflix spokesperson, however, said the decision to end the show was made months earlier, and wasn't in response to sexual allegations against Spacey. The final episodes of the TV series will air in 2018.
Netflix and Media Rights Capital, co-producers of House of Cards, released a statement saying they were "deeply troubled" by the news of Spacey's alleged misconduct.
"In response to last night's revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time," said both firms in a statement.
News of the series' end came less than 24 hours after Spacey responded to allegations he made unwanted sexual advances towards Anthony Rapp, then a 14-year-old actor, in 1986.
Rapp recounted that Spacey invited him to a party at his apartment. He said he was the only person who was underage at the party.
At the end of the night, Spacey "picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance."
Rapp didn't report the incident to authorities, but said he told several friends and a former boyfriend about the encounter beginning 1990.
Rapp tweeted he finally went public about the incident by "standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out" about sexual misconduct in the media industry in recent weeks."
For his part, Spacey responded with a tweet explaining his version of events and finally confirming persistent rumors of his homosexuality.
In his tweet, Spacey apologized but said he didn't remember the incident. He said that if it happened he believed it would have been "deeply inappropriate drunken behavior."
Spacey also said he now lives as a gay man.
"As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women," said Spacey.
"I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior."
House of Cards has received 33 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series; Outstanding Lead Actor for Spacey and Outstanding Lead Actress for Spacey's co-star, Robin Wright, for each of its first five seasons.
Spacey plays the murderous 46th president of the United States, Frank Underwood (D-SC), in the much-praised political thriller. Wright plays Underwood's equally ruthless wife.
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