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Kevin Spacey Ordered To Pay A Whopping $31 Million To House Of Card Producers

Kevin Spacey has lost his appeal to have a $31 million dollar arbitration award to the producers of House Of Cards overturned. In November, the Hollywood actor was ordered to pay the sum to MCR following “explosive” allegations of sexual misconduct involving young crew members working on the production. Here’s what you need to know.

Kevin Spacey Ordered To Pay A Whopping $31 Million To House Of Card Producers

According to reports, Spacey had filed to have the order overturned, but his request was denied by a judge in Los Angeles. Judge Mel Red Recana wrote that Spacey and his attorneys “fail to demonstrate that this is even a close case” and “do not demonstrate that the damages award was so utterly irrational that it amounts to an arbitrary remaking of the parties’ contracts. We are pleased with the court’s ruling,” MRC attorney Michael Kump said, following the ruling.

The original filings from MCR detailed how Spacey was cut from the hit Netflix show following allegations he was “systematically preying upon, sexually harassing, and groping young men that he had worked with throughout his career on film, television, and theatre projects.”

The arbitrator concluded that Spacey had repeatedly breached contractual obligations to provide services “in a professional manner” which were “consistent with (MRC’s) reasonable directions, practices and policies” – including its anti-harassment policies.

The actor starred in House Of Cards for five seasons, playing the calculating Frank Underwood, before being cut 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 caused the show’s sixth season to be shortened and rewritten and cost MRC millions in lost revenue.

It comes shortly after Spacey appeared in a UK court last month to “strenuously” deny further allegations of sexual assault charges dating back 17 years.

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