November 28, 2021
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Kevin Spacey ordered to pay nearly $31 million to House of Cards production for breach of contract

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Kevin Spacey was ordered final 12 months to pay nearly $31 million to the studio behind Netflix’s House of Cards for breach of contract after violating the company’s sexual harassment policy, courtroom paperwork reveal.

The arbitration award got here to gentle Monday when production firm MRC filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Courtroom to verify the award. MRC severed ties with Spacey, 62, in 2017, following multiple allegations of sexually predatory behavior in opposition to the actor.

Spacey and his production corporations, M. Profitt Productions and Set off Road Productions, have been ordered to pay $29.5 million in damages, plus $1.2 million in attorneys’ charges and $235,000 in extra prices.

“The safety of our employees, sets and work environments is of paramount importance to MRC and why we set out to push for accountability,” MRC mentioned in an announcement on Monday.

Legal professional Michael J. Kump of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump Holley LLP additionally mentioned, “It was a privilege representing MRC in this matter. MRC stood its ground, pursued this case doggedly, and obtained the right result in the end.”

Representatives for Spacey didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark.

Kevin Spacey attending a pretrial listening to in Nantucket, Mass. June 03, 2019 | Credit score: Steven Senne/AP/Shutterstock

Spacey was suspended from House of Cards in 2017 after CNN reported he had created a “toxic” work atmosphere on set by making crude feedback and assaulting younger male crew members. MRC mentioned it had “no knowledge whatsoever” of Spacey’s alleged conduct prior to the report, per the petition.  

MRC in the end terminated Spacey’s contract and his character, Frank Underwood, was written out of the show. The sixth and final season was rewritten and the quantity of episodes was diminished from 13 to eight. The studio later filed the arbitration motion in opposition to Spacey for breach of contract in January 2019, claiming production suffered “substantial losses” due to his habits.

“With one exception, the Arbitrator found the third party witnesses to be credible, and found the allegations against Spacey to be true,” the petition states. “The Arbitrator found that Spacey’s conduct constituted a material breach of his acting and executive producing agreements with MRC, and that his breaches excused MRC’s obligations to pay him any further compensation in connection with the show.”

In accordance to the petition, “Spacey’s egregious breaches of contract” additionally made him and his corporations liable for MRC’s tens of tens of millions of further prices.

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Ballots, betrayal, and barbecue mix in Netflix’s authentic drama, which stars Kevin Spacey as crafty congressman Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his equally ruthless Girl Macbeth. Based mostly on a 1990 BBC serial of the identical identify.

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