News & Opinion | November 3, 2017 11:02 am

Kevin Spacey Now Accused of Sexual Harassment on ‘House of Cards’ Set

Production company behind hit Netflix series has set up an anonymous hotline for victims.

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Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as the president and first lady work potential voters on 'House of Cards' (David Giesbrecht / Netflix)

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey’s legacy is falling apart like a house of cards.

The production company behind Spacey’s hit show on Netflix, House of Cards, which was cancelled in the wake of the emerging sexual harassment scandal surrounding its star, has now set up an anonymous complaint hotline for the show’s crew to report abuses by the star, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The move by Media Rights Capital comes after an explosive CNN report Thursday, which detailed more allegations of sexual harassment by Spacey, this time from eight members of the cast and crew of the Netflix political drama.

One of them, a production assistant, tasked with driving the star to set, told CNN that Spacey shoved his hands down the junior crew-member’s pants while driving to set.

“I was in a state of shock,” the assistant said. “He was a man in a very powerful position on the show and I was someone very low on the totem pole and on the food chain there.”

In response to the CNN story, House of Cards producers revealed there was a previous allegation of sexual harassment against Spacey filed in 2012, adding that “immediate action was taken following our review of the situation and we are confident the issue was resolved promptly to the satisfaction of all involved.”

It’s the latest development in a widening scandal involving one of Hollywood’s biggest names. The saga began when Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp told BuzzFeed that Spacey had made sexual advances towards him in 1986—back when Rapp, 12 years Spacey’s junior, was just 14 years old.

After that revelation, Spacey came out as gay in a public apology to Rapp that left many critics disgusted with what was perceived as the older actor’s attempt to use his sexuality to distract from the serious claims about his misconduct.

On Monday, a day after the BuzzFeed article was posted, Netflix and MRC announced House of Cards would end with the upcoming sixth season. But a day later, as accusations mounted, the streaming service announced production on the series would be halted indefinitely.