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FILE - Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at the Old Bailey, in London, on July 14, 2022. A judge on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, ruled that Spacey and his production companies must pay the makers of “House of Cards” nearly $31 million because of losses brought on by his 2017 firing for the sexual harassment of crew members (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
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Judge: Kevin Spacey must pay $30 mil to 'House of Cards' makers

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By ANDREW DALTON

A judge on Thursday ruled that Kevin Spacey and his production companies must pay the makers of “House of Cards” nearly $31 million because of losses brought on by his 2017 firing for the sexual harassment of crew members.

The ruling from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana gives the force of law to the $30.9 award in favor of MRC and other companies that produced the Netflix series by a private arbitrator who heard the case against Spacey.

Recana wrote that Spacey and his attorneys “fail to demonstrate that this is even a close case” and "do not demonstrate that the damages award was so utterly irrational that it amounts to an arbitrary remaking of the parties’ contracts.”

“We are pleased with the court's ruling,” MRC attorney Michael Kump said in an email to The Associated Press.

Spacey has denied the allegations through his attorneys and his spokesperson, who did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

The arbitrator found that Spacey violated his contract’s demands for professional behavior by “engaging certain conduct in connection with several crew members in each of the five seasons that he starred in and executive produced House of Cards," according to a filing from Kump requesting the approval.

As a result, MRC had to fire Spacey, halt production of the show’s sixth season, rewrite it to remove Spacey’s central character, and shorten it from 13 to eight episodes to meet deadlines, resulting in tens of millions in losses, according to court documents.

Spacey’s attorneys argued in their own filings that the decision to exclude him from the show’s sixth season came before the internal investigation that led the crew members to come forward, and thus was not part of a contract breach. They argued that the actor's actions were not a substantial factor in the show's losses.

The ruling from the private arbitrator 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, until a panel of three more private arbitrators rejected Spacey's appeal and upheld the decision in November.

The 63-year-old Oscar winner's career came to an abrupt halt late in 2017 as the #MeToo movement gained momentum and allegations against him emerged from several places.

Spacey was fired or removed from 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.

Last month, Spacey pleaded not guilty in London to charges of sexually assaulting three men a decade or more ago, when he was director of the Old Vic theater there. His lawyer said he “strenuously denies” the allegations. He is set to face trial next year.

Another 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.

Spacey also faces lawsuits from other men, including actor Anthony Rapp.

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That’s the cost of being a sexual predator

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Good for him! Im happy!

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Boy, the final season was BAD.

He should have to pay extra for subjecting us to it.

And yes, he does seem to be a sociopath. Maybe that is why he was so convincing in his character, because he was being himself?

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Woody Allen got away with it. Epstein buddies got away with it. A new law should say if you are rich, famous or powerful, you can do anything.

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Still leaves him with 44million in the bank sadly.

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NemoToday  11:01 am JST

Boy, the final season was BAD.

He should have to pay extra for subjecting us to it.

And yes, he does seem to be a sociopath. Maybe that is why he was so convincing in his character, because he was being himself?

The British original, with the late Ian Richardson, was far superior to Spacey's version, which dragged on for way too many series, pretty much becoming unwatchable. Kind of a lurid twist it ended the way it did, when it should have ended (along with Spacey's career) way earlier.

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The article mentions the MeToo movement but it’s not until near the end that we learn that Mr. Spacey has not been accused of the mistreatment of women but rather the mistreatment of men.

Lesson learned again. Important info is often buried.

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OreiO, I also saw the original British version. I agree the British version was far superior. I only ever watched about half an episode of the US version. For me, and I imagine many people who saw the original, it took little time to realise watching it was a waste of time.

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I always enjoyed his work and was really surprised when I about the many allegations.

One of this victims was only 18 years old. That is going over the line.

And sort of sick.

The nice thing is we will probably never have to hear this name again.

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RodneyAug. 5  12:53 pm JST

Woody Allen got away with it. Epstein buddies got away with it. A new law should say if you are rich, famous or powerful, you can do anything.

And Trump has too. He has whined 'I can do what I wa-aant' about so many things himself.

JeremiahAug. 5  03:20 pm JST

The article mentions the MeToo movement but it’s not until near the end that we learn that Mr. Spacey has not been accused of the mistreatment of women but rather the mistreatment of men.

Lesson learned again. Important info is often buried.

What difference does that make? Men can be and are sexually abused, assaulted and raped too. Those crimes know no boundaries whatsoever.

And it looks like Kevin's House of Cards is about to fall DOWN.

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Thank God I wasn't born with a sexual desire for young boys. You have to feel sorry for people who mostly never act on their desires.

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Setting a very bad precedent. You get fired and you have to pay the person/company that fired you. Crazy

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@Jeremiah The article mentions the MeToo movement but it’s not until near the end that we learn that Mr. Spacey has not been accused of the mistreatment of women but rather the mistreatment of men.

The #MeToo movement is a platform for all survivors of sexual harassment and/or assault regardless of biological sex.

TT

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@Lamilly - what you said, is actually very true, and very troubling for everyone. I guess we should all re-read our Contracts of Employment now.

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I have now learned a new method to recoverosses from a bad season as a producer or ceo. Hire investigators to find dirt on actors, accuse them of that dirt, sue them to recover losses for a shows performance. I may never need to put any effort into screenplays and casting ever again

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Watch the original. Superb piece of television. In general, remakes are best avoided.

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GBR48Aug. 8  10:24 pm JST

Watch the original. Superb piece of television. In general, remakes are best avoided.

Nearly all remakes suck the Big Wazoo. I merely refer you to COFF! COFF! those 'superhero' flicks.

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