Actor Kevin Spacey was ordered to pay a huge sum after allegations of sexual misconduct on the set of House of Cards.
Kevin Spacey will pay nearly $ 42 million ($ 31 million) to the producers of House of Cards for breaching their contract for their alleged behind-the-scenes sexual misconduct.
The disgraced 62-year-old actor starred in Netflix’s hit political drama from 2013 to 2017 before being accused of sexual misconduct by several young men, including a production assistant on the show, Fox News reports.
Spacey was ripped from the show while Robin Wright took over the lead for its final season in 2018.
Accusations against Spacey caused House of cards studio MRC to initiate an investigation, resulting in the termination of the star’s acting and production contracts.
The results led both parties to JAMS arbitration, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which is co-owned by MRC and Penske Media Corporation, and Spacey has lost the battle.
MRC filed documents in Los Angeles Superior Court to confirm the arbitration award.
According to the filing, an Oct. 19 ruling by an arbitrator said Spacey violated contractual obligations, including following MRC’s anti-harassment policies, THR reports.
The referee pointed to evidence that MRC took a hit due to Spacey’s behavior, such as his need to shorten the show’s sixth season to meet the deadline after stopping production.
Spacey reportedly argued that his “pay or play” agreement still entitled him to money and that the decision by MRC and Netflix to exclude him from the show based on conduct outside the statute of limitations was his own choice, resulting at a financial loss.
“The safety of our employees, settings and work environments is of the utmost importance to MRC and that is why we set out to drive responsibility,” MRC said in a statement obtained by Fox News.
Attorney Michael Kump said “it was a privilege to represent MRC in this matter.”
He added: “MRC stood firm, followed this case tenaciously and in the end got the correct result.”
Spacey reportedly tried to appeal the ruling, but was unsuccessful.
Representatives for Netflix and Spacey did not immediately respond to Fox News‘request for comment.
In 2019, Massachusetts prosecutors dropped a criminal case accusing Spacey of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old after the alleged victim refused to testify.
William Little had accused the actor of groping him in a bar on the resort island of Nantucket in July 2016. But the indecent assault and battery charges collapsed due to “the unavailability of the complaining witness,” who had refused to testify for fear. of self-incrimination.
The allegations came after another actor accused Spacey of trying to seduce him three decades ago when he was 14 years old, prompting Netflix to remove Spacey from House of cards.
After the position was announced in December 2018, Spacey released a strange video voiced by Frank Underwood, his character on Netflix. House of cards, in which he said: “I certainly am not going to pay the price for what I did not do.”
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