Kevin Spacey has been ordered to pay over $30million in damages to the production company behind House of Cards for ‘breaching sexual harassment policy.’
Spacey, 62, will have to pay almost $31 million (£23m) to the production company MRC (Media Rights Capital), who created the hit series House Of Cards on Netflix. It comes after he “violated their sexual harassment policy”, according to legal documents made public Monday.
Spacey, played Frank Underwood in the series but was fired following allegations of sexual misbehaviour. He was dismissed after production had begun on the sixth season of the series.
The production company had to halt production of the show’s sixth season, and rewrite it to remove Spacey’s central character, and shorten it from 13 to eight episodes to meet deadlines, resulting in tens of millions in losses, the document said.
The arbitrator in his ruling, awarded MRC $29.5 million in damages as well as $1.4 million in legal fees and costs. MRC filed the confidential arbitration demand in 2019 in an attempt to recoup their losses.
MRC in a statement issued Monday said “The safety of our employees, sets and work environments is of paramount importance to MRC and why we set out to push for accountability.”
When the #MetooMovement gained momentum, Actor Anthony Rapp was the first to make accusations against Spacey and a string of many allegations added.
In the wake of the claim by Actor Rapp, Spacey gave a statement saying he had no memory of the encounter.