Kevin Spacey lost its bid to cancel the 31 million USD arbitration award that he had to pay House of cards producer MRC for sexually inappropriate behavior with young crew members behind the scenes of the Netflix series.
Spacey was fired from the Netflix series in its sixth season after allegations surfaced that he preyed on young men. The dispute was sent to arbitration where the arbitrator found that the actor had breached the contract violating the anti-harassment policy and failing to provide services in a “professional” manner. The arbitrator also found that Spacey was not entitled to pay for the remainder of the contract, even though it was pay-or-play, and that his violations caused the show’s sixth season to be shortened and rewritten, costing MRC eight. – calculates costs and lost income.
The actor’s legal team shot back, challenges the award in open court and argued that it was “riddled with errors of fact and law — most notably its conclusion that the MRC had established a preponderance of the evidence that Spacey had sexually harassed five former [House of Cards] crew members.” His lawyers argued that Spacey “participated in a pervasive filming culture that was full of sexual innuendo, jokes, and innocent horseplay” but never reprimanded anyone and when told that “his behavior made someone uncomfortable or was like although unwanted it stopped..
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana on Thursday affirmed the award and entered a preliminary ruling after hearing oral arguments.
“The arbitrator’s finding that the defendants’ breach caused the aforementioned damages is a factual finding that is not ordinarily open to review by a court for error,” Recana explains in the decision posted below. “Furthermore, the court cannot verify the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the arbitration award. A panel of three arbitrators also affirmed the arbitrator’s final decision in the proceeding under JAMS’ optional arbitration appeal procedure.
Recana emphasized that normally, for an arbitrator’s decision to be overturned, it must be “completely irrational,” which was not the case here.
“We are pleased with the court’s decision,” said MRC attorney Michael Kump THR.
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