Actor Kevin Spacey will have to pay 27.5 million euros ($ 31 million) to the production company MCR, responsible for the series House of Cards, as compensation for breach of contract and to alleviate the damages caused by his behavior during filming. The fine was approved by an arbitration court last year, but it has not been known until this Monday, when the company has filed a petition in the Superior Court of Los Angeles in which it claims the payment of that amount. The allegations of sexual harassment against Spacey and his subsequent dismissal occurred in 2017. Since then, the actor and the producer have maintained this legal dispute in court.
According to the newspaper The Hollywood Reporter (owned by MCR), the arbitration court found that the actor had breached the terms of his contract with his behavior, as he was accused of sexual harassment by a production assistant. The complaint came amid a wave of testimonies against Spacey, winner of two Oscars for Usual suspects (1995) and American Beauty (1999), who saw his career collapse in 2017 following the numerous accusations of sexual assault that he has always rejected.
When the cases came to light, the production company eliminated Spacey’s role in House of Cards, completely rewrote its sixth season and reduced the number of episodes from 13 to 8 to meet the premiere date announced by Netflix. The company, responsible for other titles such as Ozark and The Shrink Next Door, alleged during the arbitration that the actor had not provided his services “in a professional manner” or in accordance with his behavior policies. Spacey appealed the referee’s ruling but his request was denied this month.
The actor’s last appearance was in the 2018 film, Billionaire Boys Club, although next year he will return to the cinema with a small role in the Italian film The man who draw god (The man who designed God). In these years, Spacey has published several enigmatic videos on social networks playing the ruthless Frank Underwood, his character in the series House of Cards.
Two cases against him went to court in 2019, but did not progress. In California, a masseur reported him for a sexual assault that allegedly occurred in 2016 but died before the prosecution filed charges; While in Massachusetts, a young man who had accused him of another assault in 2016 dropped the charges.
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