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Actor Kevin Spacey and his production companies have been ordered to pay the creators of House Of Cards nearly $31m (£25.5m) to make up for losses he suffered from being sacked for sexually harassing members of crew.
The ruling upholds a private arbitrator’s ruling last year in favor of the production companies behind the popular Netflix series.
Space was fired from the show in 2017 amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Last November, the Hollywood actor was ordered to pay the sum to independent production company Media Rights Capital following “explosive” allegations of sexual misconduct involving young crew members working on the series.
He asked to have the order overturned, but Los Angeles Judge Mel Recana denied his request.
The original MRC documents, obtained by the PA agency, detailed how Spacey was cut from House Of Cards following allegations that he ‘systematically attacked, sexually harassed and groped young men he worked with. throughout his career in film, television, and theater projects”.
The arbitrator found that Spacey repeatedly violated his contractual obligations to provide services “in a professional manner” that were “consistent with (MRC’s) reasonable guidelines, practices and policies” — including its anti-harassment policies.
The actor starred on House Of Cards for five seasons, playing calculator Frank Underwood, before being dropped from the show after allegations surfaced.
In the original award, the arbitrator also found that Spacey was not entitled to be paid for the remainder of his contract, as his dismissal caused the show’s sixth season to be shortened and rewritten and cost millions of RCMs in lost revenue.
It comes after Spacey appeared in a UK court to “forcefully” deny new sexual assault allegations dating back 17 years.
At London’s Old Bailey on July 14, he denied five allegations about three men, who are now in their 30s and 40s.
The alleged offenses allegedly took place in London and Gloucestershire between 2005 and 2013, during which time Spacey was artistic director of The Old Vic theatre.
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