Kevin Spacey has lost his appeal to overturn a $31 million (£25.5 million) arbitration against the producers of House of Cards.
In November, the Hollywood actor was ordered to pay the amount to MCR after “explosive” sexual misconduct allegations involving young crew members working on the production.
Spacey had filed to have the warrant overturned, but his request was denied Thursday by a US judge in Los Angeles, according to documents obtained by the PA Media news agency.
Judge Mel Red Recana wrote that Spacey and his attorneys “fail to show that this is even a close case” and “fail to demonstrate that the award of damages was so utterly irrational as to amount to an arbitrary reshuffle of the contracts of the parties”.
“We are pleased with the court’s ruling,” MRC’s lawyer, Michael Kump, said after the ruling.
MCR’s original filings detail how Spacey was removed from the hit Netflix show following accusations that he “systematically preyed on, sexually harassed and groped young men with whom he had worked on film, television and theater projects throughout his career”.
The arbitrator concluded that Spacey had repeatedly violated contractual obligations to provide services “in a professional manner” that were “in accordance with [MRC’s] reasonable directions, practices and policies” – including anti-harassment policies.
The actor starred in House of Cards for five seasons, playing the calculating politician 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 payment 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.
The latest development comes shortly after Spacey appeared in a UK court last month to “firmly” deny further allegations of assault charges of 17 years.
He denied five charges involving three men, now in their thirties and forties, at the Old Bailey in London on July 14. The alleged violations allegedly took place in London and Gloucestershire between 2005 and 2013, when Spacey was the artistic director of the Old Vic theatre.
Mr Justice Wall has set a three to four week trial from June 6 next year, with a further hearing set to take place earlier in 2023.
Spacey also has to file a civil suit, which will be heard in New York in October 2022 by actor Anthony Rapp, Spacey’s first prosecutor.