Kevin Spacey ordered to pay studio $31M for breaching sex-harassment policy

A new court filing has revealed that Kevin Spacey ordered nearly $31 million to be paid to the studio behind “House of Cards” for violating the company’s sexual harassment policy.

The special ruling was initially handed down by an arbitrator over a year ago, but was only made public Monday after lawyers for MRC, the studio behind Netflix’s political thriller, filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court to confirm the amount sought. has been connected.

The arbitrator ordered the scandalous award-winning actor and his production companies to pay no more than $31 million in damages, in addition to attorneys’ fees.

Spacey served as the executive producer of “House of Cards” and was the first main character in the series. On the show, he played an ambitious Democratic congressman who would stop at nothing to raise the political ranks.

The show aired for six seasons from 2013 to 2018.

But while filming the show’s final season—and while the #MeToo movement was gaining global momentum—actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making sexual advances toward him in 1986, when Rapp was just 14 years old.

This initial allegation led to further accusations against Spacey, including by members of the “House of Cards” crew.

Spacey was seen in the first season of House of Cards, which was eventually canceled in light of the allegations against him.
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MRC and Netflix eventually fired Spacey from the show and ended the series.

In the recently settled arbitration, MRC said Spacey’s behavior was a violation of the studio’s policy prohibiting sexual harassment, and it ultimately cost him millions of dollars.

MRC argued that Spacey’s behavior and subsequent allegations forced the studio to abruptly write his character out of the show and end the season early.

“MRC stuck to its position, pursued this case persistently, and ultimately got the right result,” studio attorney Michael Kump, co-founder of Santa Monica-based Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump Holley, said in a statement to CNBC.

Former Boston news anchor Heather Unrue holds a press conference in Boston in 2017 to discuss the alleged sexual abuse of her son by actor Kevin Spacey.
Former Boston news anchor Heather Unrue holds a press conference in Boston in 2017 to discuss the alleged sexual abuse of her son by actor Kevin Spacey.
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The MRC added, “The safety of our employees, groups, and work environments is of paramount importance to MRC and why we set out to push for accountability.”

MRC is the independent studio behind other successful series including Netflix’s “Ozarks” and Apple TV+’s new show, “The Shrink Next Door.”

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