Disgraced American movie star Kevin Spacey will have to pay nearly $31 million (about Rs. 230 crore) to the production company that made the House of Cards series he starred in until he was fired for allegations of sexual harassment, according to legal documents made public.
MRC, the production company that made the popular tale of political intrigue that aired on Netflix, had sought damages for lost revenue attributed to Spacey’s abrupt exit after allegations of harassment and abuse emerged. sexual abuse.
An arbitrator issued the decision on October 19 when MRC filed a motion to uphold the verdict in a Los Angeles court.
In the document, the MRC detailed that after the allegations came to light, it suspended Spacey and launched an investigation which found that the American Beauty star had “violated the provisions of the acting and executive production agreements which establish standards for his conduct at work, including violating the MRC Harassment Policy.”
The wave of accusations that halted the 62-year-old’s illustrious career coincided with the rise of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and abuse, sparked by the case of all-powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Two-time Oscar winner Spacey had starred as unscrupulous American politician Frank Underwood in five seasons of House of Cards until allegations of sexual harassment against co-workers were made public in the media.
“MRC had no knowledge of any such conduct by Spacey with any cast or crew associated with the show,” the company said in its petition.
The production company said the actor’s abrupt exit from the popular series necessitated a reorganization that resulted in “substantial losses” for MRC.
It was necessary to rewrite the scenario by excluding Underwood, the main character of the series, and to recast the sixth season which went from 13 to eight episodes.
The production company launched its legal battle against Spacey in 2019. The actor’s legal representatives did not respond to an AFP request for comment.