Netflix’s has reportedly given House of Cards the ax as a second person accuses Kevin Spacey of sexual assault.
Sources told TVLine that the breakout drama’s sixth season, set to air next year, will be its last. Multiple sources say that the decision to end House of Cards was made months before Spacey, 58, faced sexual assault allegations.
Still, the timing of the news doesn’t entirely feel like a coincidence: Netflix made the announcement after two people accused Spacey of making unwanted sexual advances. In a Buzzfeed exposé, actor Anthony Rapp said he was 14 when he attended a party at Spacey’s apartment in 1986. There, Rapp alleged that a drunk Spacey, then 26, picked him up and placed him on a bed before Spacey climbed on top of him.
Though Rapp said that Spacey held him down, he recalled being able to squirm away and exit the apartment.
“The older I get, and the more I know, I feel very fortunate that something worse didn’t happen,” he told Buzzfeed. “And at the same time, the older I get, the more I can’t believe it.”
“I could never imagine [that] anyone else I know would do something like that to a 14-year-old boy.”
Spacey later tweeted that he was “beyond horrified” to hear of Rapp’s allegations. Though the 58-year-old apologized to Rapp, he claimed to not remember any “inappropriate drunken behavior” that might’ve occurred more than three decades ago.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
Shortly after Spacey’s statement, TV anchor Heather Unruh spoke out for the second time on Twitter, two weeks after she tweeted an allegation that the House of Cards actor sexually assaulted a loved one last summer.
According to The Boston Globe, Unruh claimed that Spacey sat beside a woman at a restaurant and “plied her with booze.” She described Spacey doing something under the table that was “completely unexpected, completely inappropriate.”
Unruh recalled a bystander telling the person to run as Spacey went to the bathroom—a move that she believed spared her friend from being further victimized.
The Globe reported that Unruh spoke to the newspaper weeks before Rapp came forward. They were unable to reach her on Monday.
— Heather Unruh (@HeatherUnruh) October 30, 2017
— Heather Unruh (@HeatherUnruh) October 13, 2017
At the time, the anchor said that the victim, who hasn’t been identified, wanted to come forward amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy.
“My loved one is brave for wanting to say something…There’s a huge fear factor with everyone who wants to come out, but can’t,” Unruh commented.
“I’m just one person wanting to talk, this woman is just one person, but there are so many more, it’s unbelievable.”
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