A Los Angeles judge ruled on Thursday that Kevin Spacey must pay nearly $31 million in damages to the makers of… House of cards about his fires, Weekly entertainment reports. The actor was removed from the Netflix series in 2017 over allegations of misconduct and predatory behavior.
The decision follows a 2020 discovery by a private arbitrator that Spacey has violated the sexual harassment policy enforced by MRC, the company behind House of cards. MRC successfully argued that Spacey’s alleged misconduct cost them a pretty penny after they were forced to remove him from the series and cut the sixth season by five episodes.
Though he first faced the fine last year, Spacey, who has continuously denied charges against him both in the US and internationally, challenged the amount in open court. His legal team argued that Spacey’s actions weren’t really a major factor in the… House of cards losses MRC reported.
Judge Mel Red Recana was not convinced, however. In her ruling, she writes that Spacey and his legal team “fail to show that this is even a close case” and “fail to demonstrate that the award of damages was so utterly irrational as to amount to an arbitrary rescheduling.” of the contracts of the parties”, per court documents. Now, Spacey is mandated to pay the $30.9 million he was initially required to pay.
“We are pleased with the court’s ruling,” MRC attorney Michael Kump said in a statement: EW.
The hefty fines are just one of the consequences Spacey is currently navigating for an alleged history of predatory harassment and assault that stretches back more than a decade. Last month, Spacey formally pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in the UK ahead of a trial set to start next summer. Spacey is indicted on four counts of sexual assault by three different men dating back to 2005, as well as one count of “causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.” Spacey has made a plea on all five charges.