Actor Kevin Spacey and his production companies have been ordered to pay the makers of House Of Cards nearly $31 million (£25.5 million) to make up for the losses incurred from his firing over alleged sexually harassing crew members.
The ruling confirms a decision by a private arbitrator last year in favor of the production companies behind the hit Netflix series.
spacey was fired from the show in 2017 amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
In November, the Hollywood actor was ordered to pay the amount to independent production company Media Rights Capital after “explosive” allegations of sexual misconduct involving young crew members working on the show.
He filed a petition to quash the warrant, but Los Angeles judge Mel Recana denied his request.
MRC’s original documents, obtained by the PA agency, describe how Spacey was cut from House Of Cards following allegations that he “systematically preyed, sexually harassed and groped young men with whom he had worked throughout his career on film, television , and theater projects”.
The arbitrator concluded that Spacey had repeatedly violated contractual obligations to provide services “in a professional manner” that “conformed to (MRC’s) reasonable guidelines, practices and policies” — including its anti-harassment policy.
The actor starred in House Of Cards for five seasons, playing the calculating Frank Underwood, before being removed from the show after the allegations surfaced.
In the original ruling, the arbitrator also found that Spacey was not entitled to be paid for the remainder of his contract, as his dismissal had resulted in the show’s sixth season being cut and rewritten and costing MRC millions in lost revenue.
It comes after Spacey appeared in a UK court to “firmly” deny further allegations of assault charges of 17 years.
On July 14 at Old Bailey in London, he denied five charges involving three men, who are now in their thirties and forties.
The alleged violations allegedly took place in London and Gloucestershire between 2005 and 2013, during which time Spacey was the artistic director of The Old Vic Theatre.