Kevin Spacey Must Pay $31 Million For Alleged ‘House Of Cards’ Sexual Misconduct

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A choose on Thursday dominated that Kevin Spacey and his manufacturing firms should pay the makers of “House of Cards” almost $31 million due to losses introduced on by his 2017 firing for the sexual harassment of crew members.

The ruling from Los Angeles Superior Court docket Choose Mel Crimson Recana offers the drive of regulation to the $30.9 million award in favor of MRC and different firms that produced the Netflix collection by a personal arbitrator who heard the case in opposition to Spacey.

Recana wrote that Spacey and his attorneys “fail to demonstrate that this is even a close case” and “do not demonstrate that the damages award was so utterly irrational that it amounts to an arbitrary remaking of the parties’ contracts.”

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling,” MRC lawyer Michael Kump stated in an e-mail to The Related Press.

Spacey has denied the allegations via his attorneys and his spokesperson, who didn’t instantly reply to emails searching for remark.

Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at a London courthouse the place he faces sexual assault fees. The actor has pleaded not responsible and is scheduled for a trial subsequent yr.

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The arbitrator discovered that Spacey violated his contract’s calls for for skilled habits by “engaging certain conduct in connection with several crew members in each of the five seasons that he starred in and executive produced House of Cards,” in accordance with a submitting from Kump requesting the approval.

Because of this, MRC needed to fireplace Spacey, halt manufacturing of the present’s sixth season, rewrite it to take away Spacey’s central character, and shorten it from 13 to eight episodes to satisfy deadlines, leading to tens of hundreds of thousands in losses, in accordance with courtroom paperwork.

Spacey’s attorneys argued in their very own filings that the choice to exclude him from the present’s sixth season got here earlier than the inner investigation that led the crew members to return ahead, and thus was not a part of a contract breach. They argued that the actor’s actions weren’t a considerable issue within the present’s losses.

The ruling from the non-public arbitrator got here after a authorized battle of greater than three years and an eight-day evidentiary listening to that was stored secret from the general public, together with the remainder of the dispute, till a panel of three extra non-public arbitrators rejected Spacey’s attraction and upheld the choice in November.

The 63-year-old Oscar winner’s profession got here to an abrupt halt late in 2017 because the #MeToo motion gained momentum and allegations in opposition to him emerged from a number of locations.

Spacey was fired or faraway from tasks, most notably “House of Cards,” the Netflix political thriller the place for 5 seasons he performed lead character Frank Underwood, a power-hungry congressman who turns into president.

Final month, Spacey pleaded not responsible in London to fees of sexually assaulting three males a decade or extra in the past, when he was director of the Previous Vic theater there. His lawyer stated he “strenuously denies” the allegations. He’s set to face trial subsequent yr.

One other felony case introduced in opposition to him, an indecent assault and battery cost stemming from the alleged groping of an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket resort, was dismissed by Massachusetts prosecutors in 2019.

Spacey additionally faces lawsuits from different males, together with actor Anthony Rapp.