Kevin Spacey ordered to pay $31 million for ‘House of Cards’ losses
Angels Kevin Spacey and his production companies will have to pay more than $30 million to the studio behind “House of Cards” for losses resulting from his expulsion for sexual misconduct, according to an arbitration award issued Monday.
A document filed in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking the judge’s approval of the ruling stated that the arbitrators found that Spacey had violated his contract requirements for professional conduct by “engaging in certain conduct in relation to several crew members in each of the five seasons in which he starred and executive from Produced by House of Cards”.
MRC, the studio behind “House of Cards,” had to launch Spacey, halt production of the show’s sixth season, rewrite it to remove Spacey’s central character, and shorten it from 13 to eight episodes to meet deadlines, resulting in tens of millions of appearances in it, she said. document.
“The safety of our employees, groups, and work environments is of paramount importance to MRC and why we set out to push for accountability,” the MRC said in a statement Monday.
A Spacey representative did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment. His attorneys argued that the actor’s actions were not a material factor in the show’s losses.
The ruling came after a legal dispute that lasted more than three years and an eight-day evidentiary hearing that remained confidential with the rest of the dispute.
Spacey appealed the decision to a panel of three other special arbitrators, who found in favor of the plaintiffs, making the decision final and public, on Monday.
“The Center has stuck to its position, pursued this case with determination, and ultimately obtained the right outcome,” plaintiff attorney Michael Coombe said in a statement.
The career of the 62-year-old Academy Award winner came to an abrupt halt in late 2017 as the #MeToo movement gained momentum.
Actor Anthony Rapp, who has appeared in the Broadway movie “Rent” and as well as in “Star Trek: Discovery” on television, said Spacey made sexual advances with him when he was 14 at a party in the 1980s.
At the time, Spacey released a statement saying he did not remember the meeting but did apologize.
This was followed by several other defendants. Some, including Rapper, have filed lawsuits.
Independent investigations revealed widespread sexual harassment of those who worked under him.
Spacey has been fired or fired from several projects, most notably House of Cards, the political thriller on Netflix in which for five seasons he played main character Frank Underwood, the power-hungry congressman who becomes president.
The only criminal case against him, the indecent assault and battery charge resulting from the alleged harassment of an 18-year-old man in a Nantucket resort, was dismissed by Massachusetts attorneys general in 2019.
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