Netflix has officially dropped Kevin Spacey after assault allegations
At the beginning of this week, Kevin Spacey made headlines for all the wrong reasons when it emerged that he had made inappropriate sexual advances to a 14-year-old boy in 1986. His accuser was Anthony Rapp - now 46 - an actor and Broadway performer.
After offering a halfhearted apology (which focused more on his sexuality and his excuse that he was drunk than the fact that he came onto an underage boy), Spacey seemed to think that the matter was over and done with. However, just days later, another Hollywood personality came forward and claimed he was groped by the American Beauty star in 2003.
Since then, even more people have made statements that Spacey behaved inappropriately towards them, and yesterday it transpired that eight of his fellow House of Cards co-workers had complaints about the 58-year-old actor. As a result, Netflix have severed their ties with him.
In a statement released by the film and TV subscription service, a spokesperson said:
"Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey.
"We will continue to work with MRC [series producer Media Rights Capital] during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show."
However, even before the allegations came to light, there was word that the current season of House of Cards would be the final one anyway. But that wasn't the only show that Spacey was working on with Netflix.
"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," said the spokesperson.
The film in question was a biopic about the American writer Gore Vidal, who passed away in 2012.
MRC also released a statement in light of the accusations that have been levelled against Spacey, saying that they are "deeply troubled" to learn of his actions, and that "maintaining a safe working environment for [their] cast and crew has always been our top priority".
They also mentioned a previous incident involving Spacey, which was apparently dealt with immediately after it happened:
"During our first year of production in 2012, someone on the crew shared a complaint about a specific remark and gesture made by Kevin Spacey. Immediate action was taken following our review of the situation and we are confident the issue was resolved promptly to the satisfaction of all involved. Mr. Spacey willingly participated in a training process and since that time MRC has not been made aware of any other complaints involving Mr. Spacey."
One production assistant involved with the show was actually banned from working with the actor after he complained about Spacey's "inappropriate touching".
"I have no doubt that this type of predatory behavior was routine for him and that my experience was one of many and that Kevin had few if any qualms about exploiting his status and position," the assistant said. "It was a toxic environment for young men who had to interact with him at all in the crew, cast, background actors."
Spacey himself has yet to comment on any of the accusations that have emerged after Rapp's original allegation, but many people are using the incidents - along with the recent news of Harvey Weinstein's abusive behaviour - to highlight the insidious problem of sexual assault and manipulation in Hollywood.
Spacey's agent and publicist have also dropped the actor, making it very clear that his actions are utterly intolerable - and should be regarded as such in all industries.