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Kevin Spacey must pay $31 million to House of Cards producer

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Since the complaints of harassment and/or sexual abuse began to rain on his head, kevin spacey Not only was he left without many jobs, but he had to go through different courts to give his position on the facts. And now he received, perhaps, the worst news: a judge ordered him to pay the producer of House of CardsMRC, almost 31 million dollars for alleged sexual misconduct behind the scenes of the series of Netflix.

Everyone will remember that Spacey, winner of two Oscars, was expelled from the sixth and final season of House of Cards, where he played Frank Underwood, President of the United States. The reason? Facing accusations that he had sexually assaulted and abused young men, including a production assistant on the series, who said Spacey groped him. Hence, the investigation initiated by MRC.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana upheld an award previously made by an arbitrator in October 2020, which consisted of around $29.5 million in damages and another $1.5 million in costs and fees. .

Less than a month ago, Spacey appeared in another court in London, for four cases of sexual assault.  AFP photo

Less than a month ago, Spacey appeared in another court in London, for four cases of sexual assault. AFP photo

MRC’s argument was, to say the least, curious. He contended that Spacey owed them millions in lost earnings because his misconduct forced them to drop him from the sixth season of House of Cards, cutting the season from 13 episodes to 8.

But in ruling in favor of the producer, the arbitrator found that Spacey’s behavior constituted a material breach of his acting and executive production agreements.

Spacey as Frank Underwood.  He was nominated for an Emmy for best leading actor five times, for the five seasons he was on "House of Cards."

Spacey as Frank Underwood. He was nominated for an Emmy for best leading actor five times, for the five seasons he was on “House of Cards.”

The appeal that did not work

Earlier this year, Spacey’s attorneys sought to vacate the $31 million arbitration award, saying his behavior amounted to nothing more than “sexual advances” and “innocent horseplay” and did not violate MRC’s anti-harassment policy. .

A career of successes and accusations

Actor Anthony Rapp, the first to accuse him.  He did it 31 years after the fact: Spacey would have made a sexual advance on him when he was 14 years old.  AP Photos

Actor Anthony Rapp, the first to accuse him. He did it 31 years after the fact: Spacey would have made a sexual advance on him when he was 14 years old. AP Photos

Winner of two Oscars, as best supporting actor for The usual strangersand best leading actor for American BeautySpacey was first accused of misconduct in 2017. It was in an article by buzzfeedin which actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey had made a sexual advance on him 31 years earlier, in 1986. Rapp was 14 years old at the time.

Almost immediately, the production of House of Cards It was discontinued after two days. And within days, it was CNN that ran a story accusing Spacey of creating a “toxic” environment on set. He was accused of making rude comments and touching the young staff of the series without consent.

Spacey was accompanied by a court officer to appear in Nantucket District Court in January 2019 on another case.  Photo EFE

Spacey was accompanied by a court officer to appear in Nantucket District Court in January 2019 on another case. Photo EFE

The arbitrator viewed the videotaped testimony and found that Spacey violated MRC’s sexual harassment policy with respect to five members of the House of Cards. But Spacey’s attorneys, Stephen G. Larson and Jonathan E. Phillips, allege that was not part of the CNN story and came to light after a subsequent internal investigation.

In order for the actor to get away with paying the $31 million, they argue that MRC’s decision to scrap two episodes of the series, which had already entered production, and start over was forced by the decision of Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos.

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