A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Thursday forced Kevin Spacey to pay $31 million to the production company MCR, responsible for the series “House of Cards.”as compensation for breach of contract and for the damage caused by his behavior during filming.
The fine was approved by an arbitration court last year but the actor appealed the measure, although without success, because in his decision Judge Mel Red Recana stated that Spacey’s lawyers had not shown that the measure was “as irrational” as they argued.
“They have failed to show that it is a tight case or that the compensation for damages was so completely unreasonable that it amounted to an arbitrary reworking of the contracts of both parties.”, he concluded.
According to the newspaper The Hollywood Reporter (owned by the production company MCR), the arbitration court found that the actor had breached the terms of his contract with his behavior, as he was accused of sexual harassment by a production assistant.
The complaint came at a time when Spacey, winner of two Oscars for “The Usual Suspects” (1995) and “American Beauty” (1999)saw his career collapse in 2017 after numerous allegations of sexual assault came to light that he has always denied.
Following the complaint from the filming assistant, the production company eliminated Spacey’s role in “House of Cards”, completely rewrote its sixth season and reduced the number of episodes from 13 to 8 to meet the premiere date announced by Netflix.
For all these reasons, the company, responsible for other titles such as “Ozark” and “The Shrink Next Door”, alleged during the arbitration that the actor had not provided his services “in a professional manner” or in accordance with his behavior policies.
Regarding the rest of the complaints against him in the US, two cases reached the courts in 2019, but did not progress.
In California, a masseur denounced him for a sexual assault that allegedly occurred in 2016 but died before the Prosecutor’s Office filed charges; while in Massachusetts, a young man who had accused him of another assault in 2016 dropped the charges.
For its part, this process in the US has been developed in parallel to the trial by which a British court charged him with five other sexual crimes committed in London between 2005 and 2013, about which Spacey pleaded not guilty on July 14.
(With information from EFE)
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