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Kevin Spacey's Emmy honour rescinded following sexual assault claim

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Throughout five seasons of "House of Cards", the Oscar-winning Spacey has carved out an iconic role as politician Francis "Frank "Underwood, who ruthlessly used murder and manipulation to achieve his dream of reaching the White House only to resign in disgrace".

Variety has learned that the streaming service and producer Media Rights Capital are in very early stages of development on multiple ideas for a potential spinoff.

Five seasons of the series have aired on Netflix so far and the sixth is now being filmed.

On Sunday, actor Anthony Rapp told BuzzFeed about an alleged encounter with Spacey at a party in 1986, during which Spacey made a sexual advance toward the then 14-year-old Rapp. They had decided six months ago that the sixth season, expected to be released in 2018, would be the last season, a person close to Netflix told this news organization.

Spacey, 58, came under a torrent of criticism over the claims and for appearing to deflect the story by finally confirming that he is gay - an open secret in Hollywood for years.

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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".

In an essay for the Daily Beast, reporter Ira Madison III called Spacey's decision to come out of the closet "all the more cold and calculated", seeing as he must know it could change the subject in the wake of Rapp's allegations.

"Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night's news concerning Kevin Spacey", the statement said. The "House of Cards" actor, who did not answer several requests for comment before BuzzFeed published the piece, has been accused of deflecting the victim's trauma and changing the narrative by coming out.

Spacey had responded to the allegations with an apology, saying he did not remember the incident. "That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously and this is no exception".

House of Cards, which began in 2013, has been nominated for 33 Emmy awards and eight Golden Globe awards.

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