Kevin Spacey ordered to pay $31m to 'House of Cards' production company

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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Kevin Spacey has been ordered to pay $31 million to Media Rights Capital - the production company best known for House of Cards and Ozark.

The ruling, made late last week, was based upon an award that an arbitrator had decided on after the actor's Los Angeles court case in November 2021, CNN reports.

The actor - who starred as the lead protagonist in House of Cards - had been in court with the production company after he was fired from the show due to sexual misconduct allegations from current and former staff.

The 63-year-old actor played ruthless Congressman Frank Underwood in five seasons of the award-winning show and served as an executive producer before his dismissal in 2017.

At that time, Netflix and Media Rights Capital gave a statement citing the decision as an opportunity to take time to "review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew."

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Kevin Spacey played ruthless Congressman Frank Underwood in five seasons of the hit show, House of Cards. Credit: Abaca Press / Alamy

Spacey, whose career spans almost four decades, was alleged to have acted inappropriately towards members of staff on House of Cards. CNN reports that up to eight crew members, mostly young and male, described the actor as being "predatory," and that this behavior included inappropriate touching and sexual comments.

Per AP News, Media Rights Capital claimed that Spacey's termination caused severe financial losses, as well as resulting in season six having to be cut down from 13 to eight episodes. In fact, the media giant stated they had to "rewrite the entire season to omit Spacey's character."

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Disgraced actor, Kevin Spacey, leaves a Manhattan court after a sexual misconduct hearing. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy

In November last year, it was found that the American Beauty actor had breached his contract that required him to behave professionally. Michael Klump, an attorney representing Media Rights Capital, stated that Spacey breached his contractual obligations:

"[Kevin Spacey] was engaging certain conduct in connection with several crew members in each of the five seasons that he starred in and executive produced House of Cards."

In June this year, Spacey pleaded not guilty to separate charges of sexual assault at a London court, CBS News reported. The claims, brought by three British men who are now in their 30s and 40s, refer to incidents occurring between 2005-2013.

The charges include one count of "causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent." The trial for these charges is expected to take place in London next year, and will mark yet another sexual misconduct lawsuit against the New Jersey native.

The veteran actor has been one of countless celebrities accused of serious sexual misconduct following a wave of allegations in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Further allegations against Spacey date as far back as 1986 against fellow actors who were as young as 14.

Featured image credit: Wiktor Szymanowicz / Alamy

Kevin Spacey ordered to pay $31m to 'House of Cards' production company

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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Kevin Spacey has been ordered to pay $31 million to Media Rights Capital - the production company best known for House of Cards and Ozark.

The ruling, made late last week, was based upon an award that an arbitrator had decided on after the actor's Los Angeles court case in November 2021, CNN reports.

The actor - who starred as the lead protagonist in House of Cards - had been in court with the production company after he was fired from the show due to sexual misconduct allegations from current and former staff.

The 63-year-old actor played ruthless Congressman Frank Underwood in five seasons of the award-winning show and served as an executive producer before his dismissal in 2017.

At that time, Netflix and Media Rights Capital gave a statement citing the decision as an opportunity to take time to "review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew."

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Kevin Spacey played ruthless Congressman Frank Underwood in five seasons of the hit show, House of Cards. Credit: Abaca Press / Alamy

Spacey, whose career spans almost four decades, was alleged to have acted inappropriately towards members of staff on House of Cards. CNN reports that up to eight crew members, mostly young and male, described the actor as being "predatory," and that this behavior included inappropriate touching and sexual comments.

Per AP News, Media Rights Capital claimed that Spacey's termination caused severe financial losses, as well as resulting in season six having to be cut down from 13 to eight episodes. In fact, the media giant stated they had to "rewrite the entire season to omit Spacey's character."

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Disgraced actor, Kevin Spacey, leaves a Manhattan court after a sexual misconduct hearing. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy

In November last year, it was found that the American Beauty actor had breached his contract that required him to behave professionally. Michael Klump, an attorney representing Media Rights Capital, stated that Spacey breached his contractual obligations:

"[Kevin Spacey] was engaging certain conduct in connection with several crew members in each of the five seasons that he starred in and executive produced House of Cards."

In June this year, Spacey pleaded not guilty to separate charges of sexual assault at a London court, CBS News reported. The claims, brought by three British men who are now in their 30s and 40s, refer to incidents occurring between 2005-2013.

The charges include one count of "causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent." The trial for these charges is expected to take place in London next year, and will mark yet another sexual misconduct lawsuit against the New Jersey native.

The veteran actor has been one of countless celebrities accused of serious sexual misconduct following a wave of allegations in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Further allegations against Spacey date as far back as 1986 against fellow actors who were as young as 14.

Featured image credit: Wiktor Szymanowicz / Alamy