A judge Thursday ordered Kevin Spacey to pay more than $30 million to the “House of Cards” producers for losses caused by the actor’s 2017 dismissal over allegations of sexual harassment from crew members.
A petition filed in November stated that MRC, the studio behind the Netflix series, had fired Spacey from his lead role after long months. investigating in Claims to have directed a “pattern of ‘predatory’ sexual behavior towards young crew members. Other allegations followed.” generally shared To actor Anthony Rapp in October 2017. Spacey was written out of the final season of “House of Cards,” which ended in 2018.
According to court documents, a special arbitrator found in October 2020 that Spacey’s conduct violated the representation and executive contracts. He was ordered to pay more than $30 million in damages and other fees to the Medical Research Council and others. Spacey appealed the decision but was ultimately unsuccessful, with another panel of arbitrators confirming the original $30 million prize in November 2021.
In Thursday’s ruling, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Reed Rekana gave legal weight to the arbitration award and stated that Spacey and his attorneys failed to “prove that this is a converging case.”
“We are pleased with the court’s ruling,” Michael Coombe, an attorney for the Medical Research Center, said in a statement. Spacey’s representatives did not respond to a request for comment from the Washington Post on the decision.
Spacey has faced dozens of sexual assault allegations since 2017, some of which have led to legal action. In May, the British Public Prosecution Office authorized sexual assault accusations against him due to incidents that are said to have occurred between 2005 and 2013, when he held the position of artistic director of the Old Vic Theater in London. he denied the allegationsHe pleaded not guilty to all five counts in July.
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