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'House of Cards' Production Suspended

1 Nov, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood on 'House of Cards'

Netflix said it is “deeply troubled” by sexual harassment allegations against Kevin Spacey — so much so, the SVOD pioneer has halted indefinitely production on the sixth season of its award-winning original series “House of Cards.”

Netflix previously announced the sixth season of the political series that helped put its original programming on the map would be the last.

Yet, an image of 58-year-old Spacey as “Cards” manipulative lead character Frank Underwood and his wife (Robin Wright) still featured prominently at the top of Netflix’s media home page as of Nov. 1.

Indeed, “Cards” helped Netflix transition from largely streaming third-party licensed content, to producing original episodic programming and movies. While Norwegian-based quirky black comedy “Lilyhammer” was Netflix's first original series, subsequent success of “Cards” paved the way for hits “Orange Is the New Black,” “Narcos” and, more recently, “Stranger Things.”

Spacey, who was 28 when he allegedly made inappropriate sexual advances on a 14-year-old boy (current “Star Trek: Discovery” actor Anthony Rapp), has apologized for the incident while claiming to have no recollection of the actual event.

Since the Oct. 29 revelation by Rapp, other sexual harassment accusations against Spacey have surfaced, including when the two-time Oscar winner (American Beauty, The Usual Suspects) was artistic director at the Old Vic in London from 2004 to 2015.

"It seems the only requirement was to be a male under the age of 30 for Mr. Spacey to feel free to touch us," Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos wrote in a social media post, as reported by BBC News.

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