A judge delivered the verdict on Thursday. That Kevin Spacey and his production companies will have to pay about $31 million to the producers of ‘House of Cards’. Because of the damage caused by his 2017 firing of crew members over sexual assault allegations.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Redd
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana’s decision gave force of law to a $30.9 million award by a private arbitrator in favor of MRC and other companies that produced the hit Netflix series.
Arbitrary remaking of parties’ contracts
Recana wrote that Spacey and his lawyers “fail to demonstrate that this is even a close case.” and “do not demonstrate that the damages award was so irrational. that it amounts to arbitrary remaking of the contracts of the parties.”Spacey denied the allegations through his lawyers and his spokesman, who did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Certain conduct in relation to team members
The arbitrator found that Spacey, in breach of his contract’s demands for professional behavior, “conducted certain conduct with respect to several crew members in each of the five seasons in which he starred and executive produced House of Cards.” | is requesting approval, according to a filing from Kump.
As a result, MRC had to close Spacey. Production for the show’s sixth season had to be halted, rewritten to remove Spacey’s central character, and it was shortened from 13 to eight episodes to meet the deadline. Which resulted in loss of lakhs as per court documents.
Actor’s actions key factor in show’s loss
Spacey’s lawyers argued in their own filing. That the decision to drop him from the show’s sixth season came before an internal investigation. Which caused the crew members to come forward, and as such was not part of a breach of contract. He argued that the actor’s actions were not a significant factor in the loss of the show.
Main character Frank Underwood played
The private arbitrator’s decision came after more than three years of legal battle and eight days of evidence hearing. Which, along with the rest of the dispute, was kept secret from the public until Spacey’s appeal was dismissed by a panel of three more private arbitrators. and upheld the decision in November. Spacey was fired or dropped from projects, most notably “House of Cards”, the Netflix political thriller where for five seasons he played the main character Frank Underwood, a power-hungry congressman who became president.
Not guilty of sexual assault charges of men
Last month, Spacey pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting three men in London a decade or more ago. When he was there director of the Old Vic Theatre. His lawyer said he “strongly denies” the allegations.
Another criminal case brought against him, a charge of indecent assault and battery stemming from the alleged groping of an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket resort, was dismiss by Massachusetts prosecutors in 2019.