A judge on Thursday ordered Kevin Spacey to pay the producers of House of Cards more than $30 million.
The petition, filed in November, alleges that MRC, the studio behind the Netflix-distributed series, fired Spacey from the lead role after months on the job. research on alleges that he directed “a pattern of sexually ‘predatory’ behavior” toward young crew members. Suspicions followed others shared publicly in 2017 created by actor Anthony Rapp in October. Spacey was written out of the final season of House of Cards, which ended in 2018.
According to court documents, a private arbitrator in 2020 found in October that Spacey’s conduct violated his acting and executive production contracts. He was ordered to pay more than 30 million to the MRC and others. USD damages and other fees. Spacey appealed the decision, but ultimately failed, as another panel of arbitrators in 2021. approved the initial 30 million in November.
In Thursday’s ruling, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana gave legal weight to the arbitration decision, saying Spacey and his lawyers failed to “prove that this is even a close case.”
“We are pleased with the court’s decision,” MRC attorney Michael Kump said in a statement. Spacey’s representatives did not respond to The Washington Post’s request for comment on the decision.
Spacey since 2017 there have been numerous allegations of sexual abuse, some of which have resulted in legal action. In May, the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service authorized sexual assault charges against him for incidents that took place between 2005 and 2013 when he was artistic director of London’s Old Vic theatre. He denied accusationspleaded not guilty to five July