Over the past week, several allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct have been made against Kevin Spacey, starting with actor Anthony Rapp. He shared that when he was only fourteen, Spacey, who was twenty six, made sexual advances towards him, literally picking him up and laying him on the bed. The story was harrowing, but Rapp needed to tell it. In a statement made through his publicist, Rapp said:
“I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out, to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me.”
Rapp’s story made a huge difference. In the days following, more allegations were made against the actor, accounts of Spacey sexually harassing men and teenage boys, including several House of Cards employees. And Netflix, for one, isn’t standing for it.
The streaming platform has officially severed ties with Spacey, not only firing him from House of Cards but also dropping Gore, a biopic both starring and produced by Spacey. A Netflix representative gave this statement in regards to that decision:
“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey. We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show.”
The amount of allegations being made and troubling stories being told are deeply disturbing. But we’re so grateful to those who have shared their stories. With people like Weinstein and Spacey being exposed, we can only hope to make the industry, and furthermore, the world, a better and safer place for everyone.