>> Netflix suspended production of its trademark hit series House of Cards on Tuesday, following an allegation of sexual misconduct against the show's star, Kevin Spacey. In a joint statement, production company Media Rights Capital and Netflix said, they 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.
The news comes just a day after Netflix announced that season six would be the last. Reuters correspondent Lisa Richwine is in Los Angeles.>> Netflix acted very decisively. It shows they're taking this allegation very seriously. It was many years ago, but it shows that they wanna make sure everything is addressed with the cast and crew, before they go forward with their show.
>> The allegation against Spacey was made by actor Anthony Rapp in an interview with Buzzfeed over the weekend. Rapp claimed Spacey made a sexual advance toward him in 1986, when Rapp was just 14 years old. In a tweet Spacey apologized and said he was beyond horrified. The tweet, which included Spacey coming out as gay, was criticized for conflating his sexual orientation, with alleged inappropriate behavior against a minor sparked a backlash on social media.
House of Cards, which premiered in 2013, was the first big original streaming series and brought Netflix, not only critical acclaim, but credibility in Hollywood. The series has been nominated for 53 prime time Emmy awards, including five nominations for Spacey's work.>> We had a future until you started destroying it.
>> Representatives for Spacey did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.