Usual suspect's 'House of Cards' collapses
New York: Kevin Spacey's won't be getting an Emmy as announced earlier and his hugely successful political drama "House of Cards" is also set to end with the sixth season.
The developments come after claims by actor Anthony Rapp that Spacey had made unwanted sexual advance towards him when he was a minor.
"The International Academy has announced that in light of recent events it will not honour Kevin Spacey with the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award," the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said in a tweet.
Though Netflix representatives told the New York Times their decision to end "House of Cards" — one of the network's most successful shows that stars Spacey as a scheming politician who makes it to the White House — is unrelated to the scandal, they said they were "deeply troubled" by the allegations against the actor.
Spacey has been criticised for trying to divert attention from the accusations made by the "Star Trek: Discovery" actor by using his apology to Rapp to come out as gay. In a statement, the Oscar-winner said he did not remember the incident but it "would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior".
The streaming giant and company Media Rights Capital that produces the show issued a joint statement yesterday after Rapp went public with his claims that Spacey, 58, tried to sexually assault him when he was 14 in 1986.
"In response to last night's revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported," the statement read.
They added that Spacey was "not working on set at this time."
"House of Cards" creator Beau Willimon also released a statement in support of Rapp.
"Anthony Rapp's story is deeply troubling. During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on House of Cards I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behaviour on set or off.
That said, I take reports of such behaviour seriously, and this is no exception. I feel for Rapp and I support his courage," Willimon posted on Twitter.