Filming of season 6 of the political thriller ‘‘House of Cards’’ has been suspended following accusations that Kevin Spacey made sexual advances on a teen boy some three decades ago.
Netflix and the show’s producer Media Rights Capital had already decided to end the series at the end of the current season but on Tuesday they chose to pause the production, which is filmed in Baltimore, ‘‘to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.’’ Spacey was not scheduled to work that day.
The move comes after actor Anthony Rapp came forward with claims Spacey made inappropriate sexual advances toward him in 1986, when Rapp was 14.
Spacey responded by saying he doesn’t remember the alleged encounter but if he acted the way Rapp alleges, ‘‘I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.’’ He also spoke publicly for the first time about being gay, which drew backlash from some observers as an attempt at deflection.
Spacey is one of several Hollywood figures to be named in allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in entertainment, media, and other industries. The avalanche of allegations began earlier this month after The New York Times published a story alleging that producer Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed numerous women.
The fallout for Spacey included the loss of an award he was to get this month from The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The group says ‘‘it will not honor Kevin Spacey with the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award,’’ which is to honor ‘‘an individual who crosses cultural boundaries to touch humanity.’’
A release date for the final ‘‘House of Cards’’ episodes has yet to be announced. Netflix is developing a possible spinoff of the award-winning drama that helped put the streaming service on the TV series map. (AP)