Kevin Spacey will have to pay nearly $31 million to the “House of Cards” production company, a California judge ruled on Thursday, rejecting his appeal. In 2017, he had been the subject of a wave of accusations of harassment and sexual assault, which had put an abrupt end to his career, in the wake of the #MeToo movement and the Harvey Weinstein affair.
MRC, the production company behind House of Cards, on political intrigues in Washington, sought damages for lost income attributed to the dismissal of the actor from this series. This had forced her to make a major overhaul of the sixth season.
In 2020, an arbitration had concluded that Kevin Spacey must compensate for the losses and the costs related to these changes. But his lawyers had claimed that the person in charge of the arbitration had exceeded his prerogatives by taking into account certain evidence.
Kevin Spacey has always denied the facts
On Thursday, however, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana confirmed that the fallen Hollywood icon should pay nearly $31 million in damages and litigation costs. The judge recalled that, according to the conclusions of the arbitration, Kevin Spacey had violated the terms of his contract because of his alleged behavior. Kevin Spacey has always denied sexually harassing anyone.
In House of Cards, the actor played the unscrupulous politician Frank Underwood. Twice Oscar winner for American Beauty and Usual Suspects, he is also being prosecuted in the United Kingdom for four sexual assaults on three men. In mid-July, he pleaded not guilty in London for these facts, which would have taken place between March 2005 and April 2013
In the United States, Kevin Spacey had been charged with indecent assault and sexual assault in the state of Massachusetts, on the East Coast. He was accused of having, in July 2016, got his hands on the sex of an 18-year-old young man employed in a bar, after having made him drink. But the charges were dropped in July 2019.