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Kevin Spacey sentenced to pay Netflix show studio for misconduct

Kevin Spacey attends the Build Series to discuss his new play “Clarence Darrow” at the Build Studio on May 24, 2017 in New York City.

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Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey was sentenced last year to pay nearly $ 31 million to the studio behind Netflix’s “House of Cards” for breaking his contract by violating the company’s sexual harassment policy, revealed Monday a court case.

The explosive arbitration award was made public when the studio, MRC, filed a motion in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking confirmation that the money would be released.

Spacey and its production companies, Mr. Profitt Productions and Trigger Street Productions, were ordered to pay $ 29.5 million in damages, $ 1.2 million in legal fees and $ 235,000 in costs additional.

“MRC held on, pursued this matter fiercely and finally got the right result,” said studio attorney Michael Kump, founding partner of Santa Monica-based Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump Holley.

MRC is an independent studio that has worked on Netflix’s “Ozarks”, Hulu’s “The Great” and Apple TV +’s “The Shrink Next Door”.

MRC severed ties with Spacey, who starred in “House of Cards,” in 2017 after several people came forward to allege a pattern of sexual harassment and misconduct by the Oscar winner. Spacey has been accused of systematically attacking, sexually harassing and tampering with young men he has worked with throughout his career.

The studio then dropped the sixth and final season of the popular streaming show in 2017, before rewriting it without its character, President Frank Underwood, and cutting the episode count from 13 to eight.

MRC then filed an arbitration claim against Spacey for breach of contract, claiming it had cost production tens of millions of dollars with its behavior. These arbitration proceedings were conducted out of sight of the public.

“The safety of our employees, our sets and our working environments is of paramount importance to the MRC and that is why we have decided to push for accountability,” the MRC said in a statement Monday.

The case was decided in favor of MRC by an arbitrator in October 2020. In his decision, the arbitrator found that Spacey had repeatedly breached its contractual obligations by “certain behavior in relation to several crew members during each of the five seasons in which he starred and executive produced “the show.

Spacey then appealed the referee’s decision, but it was dismissed this month.

Representatives for Spacey did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

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