'House of Cards' to end after upcoming season, amid Spacey assault allegations

Anthony Rapp poses at the premiere of television series

Netflix announced that the sixth season of "House of Cards", the political drama that Spacey headlines, will be its last.

Netflix confirmed Monday afternoon that the series will end after the upcoming season, which is now in production.

The decision to conclude the series was made several months ago, The Associated Press reported Monday, citing to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity.

On Sunday, BuzzFeed published an interview with Rapp, who's now starring in "Star Trek: Discovery", in which he said that Spacey made a sexual advance on him when he was just 14 in 1986. Comedian Billy Eichner also criticized the move: "Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out".

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

In a joint statement, Netflix and production company Media Rights Capital say they are "deeply troubled" by an allegation that Spacey abused a 14-year-old boy in 1986.

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Kevin Spacey hit on a 14 year old Anthony Rapp when he was in his mid-20s, apparently pretty aggressively. Im beyond horrified to hear his story, he wrote.

Rapp, 46, told Buzzfeed that in 1986, while both he and Spacey were performing on Broadway, Spacey invited the then 14-year-old to a party at his NY home.

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. Rapp said that while he was sitting in a bedroom and watching TV after the party, an apparently drunken Spacey lifted him up, placed him on a bed and laid on top of him in an effort to seduce him. He has denied the allegations of sexual assault. That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously, and this is no exception.

"During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on 'House of Cards, ' I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off", he said.

The investigation comes amid an avalanche of sexual harassment allegations against men in Hollywood, media and other industries.

In a statement on Twitter, Willimon sided with Rapp and said he "supported his courage".

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