Two weeks into filming, House of Cards has suspended production on its sixth season, after actor Anthony Rapp accused the show’s star Kevin Spacey of making sexual advances toward him when he was 14 and Spacey was 26.
Netflix previously announced that Season 6 of House of Cards would be its last. Then in a joint statement on Tuesday, the production studio Media Rights Capital, along with Netflix, said filming would be suspended “until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.”
In a BuzzFeed report published on Sunday, Rapp described an incident when he—then a teenage actor on Broadway—was invited to a party at Spacey’s Manhattan apartment and ended up alone with him at the end of the night:
“My memory was that I thought, Oh, everybody’s gone. Well, yeah, I should probably go home,” Rapp said. Spacey, he recalled, “sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk.” Rapp doesn’t remember Spacey saying anything to him. Instead, Rapp said, “He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me.”
“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp said. “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
Rapp recalled this all happening — Spacey appearing at the door, coming into the room, picking him up, and putting him on the bed — in one clumsy action, with Spacey landing at a slight angle on top of him. He said Spacey “was, like, pressing into me,” and that he remembers Spacey “tightening his arms.” But while he can’t recall exactly how long Spacey remained on top of him, Rapp said he was able to “squirm” away after a short period.
Spacey released a statement in response to the Buzzfeed article on Monday, claiming he had no recollection of the incident, adding, “But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” He then tried to distract from his alleged predatory behavior by publicly coming out as gay for the first time.