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Netflix Terminates Working Relationship With Kevin Spacey

5 Nov, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood on 'House of Cards'

Netflix has reportedly ended a working relationship with Kevin Spacey, star of its successful original series “House of Cards,” following increased allegations of sexual misconduct involving the two-time Oscar winner. Netflix also will not continue with biopic Gore, starring and produced by Spacey.

The actor has come under intense scrutiny since Oct. 29 after Anthony Rapp, an actor on “Star Trek: Discovery,” alleged he had been sexually harassed as a 14-year-old by Spacey in the ’80s.

“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of ‘House of Cards’ that includes Kevin Spacey,” Netflix said in a statement. “We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show. We have also decided we will not be moving forward with the release of the film Gore, which was in post-production, starring and produced by Kevin Spacey.”

MRC refers to Media Rights Capital, co-producer of “Cards,” which had previously suspended work on the sixth season of the political drama. When additional allegations against Spacey surfaced, including multiple incidents on the “Cards” set, it announced Spacey’s suspension effective immediately.

Spacey, who has apologized regarding the Rapp incident without admitting knowledge of the actual event, is reportedly “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment.” The actor’s publicist and talent agency have both dropped him.

“Cards” helped put Netflix on the map for original programming. It has won multiple industry awards, including Golden Globes and Primetime Emmys.

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