Spacey has been playing manipulative political mastermind Frank Underwood for five seasons (the sixth is currently in production) on Netflix hit political drama House of Cards but that's all coming to an abrupt end with the streamer announcing this will be the final season.

Was that always the streamer's plan? Or did the sexual harassment scandal currently engulfing lead actor Spacey move that time line up? Only Netflix knows.

The allegations against Spacey follow the shocking Harvey Weinstein scandal, which has given victims of sexual harassment and assault the confidence to speak out. According to The New York Times, BuzzFeed published a story over the weekend in which actor Anthony Rapp alleged Spacey made a sexual advance to him back in 1986 when Rapp was just 14.

The alleged incident occurred after a party at the two-time Oscar-winner's apartment, with Rapp alleging he was watching TV in Spacey's bedroom when Spacey came in seeming drunk and, "...picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold... then he lays down on top of me." According to the article he was able to get away from Spacey.

Spacey and Rapp were both in Broadway plays at the time, which is where they apparently met. Spacey immediately took to Twitter to issue an apology and also took the opportunity to come out, confirming speculation in the entertainment around Spacey's sexuality for years:

Kevin Spacey drops huge news and the fallout hits ‘House of Cards’

With the entertainment industry on high alert for any inappropriate behaviour, the question of whether House of Cards would have continued after this current season if this scandal hadn't come to light only Netflix can answer.

Kevin Spacey drops huge news and the fallout hits ‘House of Cards’