A judge on Thursday ordered Kevin Spacey to pay more than $30 million to the producers of “House of Cards” for losses caused by the actor’s dismissal in 2017 over allegations of sexual harassment by crew members.
A petition filed in November stated that MRC, the studio behind the Netflix-distributed series, had fired Spacey from his lead role after months of investigating claims he had a “pattern of sexually ‘predatory’ behavior” targeting young crew members. . The allegations followed others shared publicly by actor Anthony Rapp in October 2017. Spacey is written from the final season of “House of Cards,” which ended in 2018.
According to court documents, a private arbitrator found in October 2020 that Spacey’s conduct violated his acting and performing production contracts. He was ordered to pay MRC and others more than $30 million in compensatory and other compensation. Spacey appealed the decision but was ultimately unsuccessful as another panel of arbitrators confirmed the original $30 million prize in November 2021.
In Thursday’s ruling, Los Angeles Supreme Court judge Mel Red Recana gave legal weight to the arbitration, stating that Spacey and his attorneys had failed to show that this is even a close case.
“We are pleased with the court’s ruling,” Michael Kump, a lawyer for MRC, said in a statement. Spacey’s representatives did not respond to a request from The Washington Post for comment on the decision.
Spacey has faced dozens of sexual assault allegations since 2017, some of which have led to legal action. In May, Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service cleared charges against him for alleged incidents between 2005 and 2013, when he was Artistic Director of the Old Vic theater in London. He has denied the charges and pleaded not guilty to the five counts in July.