Kevin Spacey scandal: 'House of Cards' suspends production

USA TODAY - Career fallout continues for Kevin Spacey after actor Anthony Rapp accused the Oscar winner of making advances on him when he was 14 years old. 

The latest developments:

'House of Cards' shuts down production 'until further notice'

A day after announcing that Spacey's political drama House of Cards will end after the upcoming sixth season, producers said they're shutting down production for the time being.  

“MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on House of Cards Season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew," Netflix representative Karen Barragan told USA TODAY in a statement.

Old Vic Theater solicits confidential tips from employees

Two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey's troubles continued Tuesday as one of his former employers, The Old Vic theater in London, released a statement saying it was"deeply dismayed" by the allegations made against Spacey.

"The Old Vic would like to respond to recent media reports by making it clear that we are deeply dismayed to hear the allegations levied against Kevin Spacey, who was Artistic Director from 2004–2015," the theater said in a statement posted on Twitter.

"Inappropriate behavior by anyone working at The Old Vic is completely unacceptable. We aim to foster a safe and supportive environment without prejudice, harassment or bullying of any sort, at any level ... We want our employees to feel confident, valued and proud to be part of The Old Vic family. Any behavior we become aware of which contravenes these goals will not be tolerated."

The theater also announced it had established a confidential email address for complaints, noting: "Any experience shared will be treated in the utmost confidence and with sensitivity. We have appointed external advisors to help us deal with any information received."

Release date for Spacey film 'All the Money in the World' holds steady

Despite the backlash against Spacey, Sony is not moving the release date for his next film, All the Money in the World, due Dec. 22.

The film is still scheduled to open on its original release date, and AFI Fest confirmed to USA TODAY the film will continue to hold their closing gala spot at the festival on Nov. 16.

Directed by Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World tells the story of the 1973 kidnapping of teenager John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer, Boardwalk Empire), the grandson of oil billionaire Jean Paul Getty (Spacey). and the campaign by the boy's mother (Michelle Williams) to convince the elder Getty to pay the ransom.

On Monday, actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of sexually harassing him when he was 14.

Rapp, 46, a Broadway veteran now seen in Star Trek: Discovery, told BuzzFeed that the House of Cards star, then 26, pushed him down on a bed during a party in 1986 and climbed on top of him. Rapp says he left before the encounter went any further.

More: Who is Anthony Rapp?

Also: Kevin Spacey apologizes after sexual harassment accusation, comes out as gay

Related: Here's why Kevin Spacey isn't likely to be in legal trouble

In a statement published Sunday on Twitter, Spacey, 58, wrote, “I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.

Spacey added, “As those closest to me know, in my life, I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.” 

Earlier Monday, Netflix confirmed the streaming service won’t renew House of Cards — in which Spacey plays the calculating president of the U.S. — past the upcoming Season 6.

Netflix spokeswoman Karen Barragan told USA TODAY the decision to cancel the series was made “months ago” and was unrelated to the allegations. But the streaming service issued a joint statement with producing partner Media Rights Capital saying they are “deeply troubled” by the report.

Earlier: Zachary Quinto, Rose McGowan react to Kevin Spacey allegations

More: 'The Advocate' knew about Kevin Spacey encounter, but didn't speak

Later Monday, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said that "in light of recent events" it would no longer honor Spacey with the 2017 Emmy Founders Award.

The Academy had planned to present Spacey with the award, which was given to Shonda Rhimes last year, in November at the International Emmys ceremony in New York. 

Many in the entertainment and LGBTQ communities were outraged that Spacey combined his coming out and mea culpa statements, saying it furthered the conflation of homosexuality and pedophilia.

Comedian Wanda Sykes, who is a lesbian, chastised Spacey, writing, “You do not get to ‘choose’ to hide under the rainbow!”

Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto, who came out as gay in 2011, called Spacey’s statement a “calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusation that he attempted to molest (a LGBTQ youth).”

 

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