Accused sexual abuser Kevin Spacey is about to get a whole lot poorer. The actor, who was accused several times of sexual misconduct, has been ordered to pay the studio behind House of Cards more than $30 million because of financial losses brought on by his firing from the show. Court documents reveal that the arbitration decision, made on Monday, found that Spacey violated his contract’s demands for professional behavior by engaging in ‘certain conduct in connection with several crew members in each of the five seasons that he starred in and executive produced House of Cards.’
MRC, the studio behind the Netflix series, was forced to halt production of the show’s sixth season after Spacey was fired. Rewrites took place to remove his character from the show, and the season was shortened from 13 episodes to eight. This resulted in losses amounting to tens of millions of dollars, according to court documents.
The ruling came after a legal fight lasting more than three years. The evidentiary hearing, which took place over eight days, was kept secret. Spacey appealed against the decision before the case was found in favor of the plaintiffs.
Spacey’s reputation in the industry was something of an open secret before several allegations against him were made public in late 2017. After the #MeToo movement gained momentum in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein revelations, Spacey was forced into the spotlight. The actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey made an unwanted sexual advance on him when he was 14 years old. This September, it was reported that Rapp’s lawsuit against Spacey will proceed in New York federal court.
Spacey is still working. In May of this year, it was announced that he would star in a film by Italian director Franco Nero. He is reportedly playing a police officer investigating the case of a man wrongfully accused of sexually abusing children. Huh.
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