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Kevin Spacey Ordered To Pay $31M For ‘House Of Cards’ Losses


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LOS ANGELES: Kevin Spacey and his manufacturing firms should pay the studio behind House of Cards greater than $30 million due to losses introduced on by his firing for sexual misconduct, in accordance with an arbitration choice made remaining Monday.

A doc filed in Los Angeles Superior Court requesting a choose’s approval of the ruling says that the arbitrators discovered that Spacey violated his contract’s calls for for skilled conduct by participating sure conduct in reference to a number of crew members in every of the 5 seasons that he starred in and government produced House of Cards.

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MRC, the studio behind House of Cards, needed to fireplace Spacey, halt manufacturing of the present’s sixth season, rewrite it to take away Spacey’s central character, and shorten it from 13 to eight episodes to satisfy deadlines, leading to tens of tens of millions in losses, the doc mentioned.

The security of our workers, units and work environments is of paramount significance to MRC and why we got down to push for accountability,” MRC mentioned in an announcement Monday.

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A representative for Spacey did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. His attorneys argued that the actor’s actions were not a substantial factor in the show’s losses.

The ruling came after a legal fight of more than three years and an eight-day evidentiary hearing that was kept secret from the public, along with the rest of the dispute.

Spacey appealed the decision to a panel of three more private arbitrators, who found for the plaintiffs, making the decision final, and public, on Monday.

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“MRC stood its ground, pursued this case doggedly, and obtained the right result in the end, plaintiff’s attorney Michael Kump said in a statement.

The 62-year-old Oscar winner’s career came to an abrupt halt late in 2017 as the #MeToo movement gained momentum.

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Actor Anthony Rapp, who has appeared in Rent on Broadway and film as well as in Star Trek: Discovery on television, said Spacey made a sexual advance on him when he was 14 at a party in the 1980s.

At the time, Spacey issued a statement saying he didnt remember the encounter but apologized.

Several other accusers followed. Some, including Rapp, have filed lawsuits.

Independent investigations found widespread sexual harassment of those who worked under him.

Spacey was fired or removed from several projects, most notably House of Cards, the Netflix political thriller where for five seasons he played lead character Frank Underwood, a power-hungry congressman who becomes president.

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The one criminal case brought against him, an indecent assault and battery charge stemming from the alleged groping of an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket resort, was dismissed by Massachusetts prosecutors in 2019.

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