Netflix Cuts All Ties with Kevin Spacey

Nov 07, 2017, 00:29
Netflix Cuts All Ties with Kevin Spacey

Meanwhile Netflix says it's working with producers of "House of Cards" to see if it's possible to keep the show going, even without Spacey around.

Netflix cut ties with Spacey last week following a slew of sexual harassment and assault allegations against the star (including some from the "House of Cards" crew), but new documents reveal that he was developing a merchandise line that appeared to be based on his character, Frank Underwood, right before the scandal broke.

Spacey's contract could prevent the show from continuing without him, according to Variety.

His departure may not mean the end of the show, however. "We will continue to work with MRC [Media Rights Capital] during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show". They include a 48-year-old man who told NY magazine he had a sexual relationship with Spacey when he was 14 and Spacey was 24 and which ended after what he describes as an attempted rape.

The most recent filing was October 24, five days before actor Anthony Rapp alleged in a BuzzFeed News interview that Spacey made unwanted sexual advances toward him in 1986 when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14.

The announcement that he would seek treatment followed harassment allegations against him this week by Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos, who worked in the London theater where Spacey was artistic director from 2004-2015, and U.S. filmmaker Tony Montana. MRC said someone complained about "a specific remark and gesture made by Kevin Spacey", but Spacey "willingly participated in a training process" and the issue was considered resolved.

The streaming company has also halted Gore, a film in post-production starring and produced by Spacey.

"House of Cards" season 6 will be the final chapter of the Netflix series that began in 2013.

Spacey, 58, spent three months in Italy during the summer on the biopic Netflix production of gay author Gore Vidal's life.