Kevin Spacey has lost his appeal to overturn a $31 million arbitration award to the producers of the House of Cards TV show after a judge ordered him to pay the full amount on Wednesday.
The actor was originally ordered to pay the sum in November following allegations of sexual misconduct involving several young crew members working on the TV show.
Spacey, who played Frank Underwood, was kicked out of the show in its sixth season after being accused of “Systematically attacking, sexually harassing and groping the young men he had worked with throughout his career on film, television and theater projects”, as stated in MCR’s original court documents.
Following the MRC’s investigation into the allegations, in October 2020 an arbitrator awarded the company $29.5 million in damages and $1.5 million in costs and fees, and that amount was was upheld Wednesday by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana.
The production company argued that Spacey caused them to lose profits due to his misconduct which forced MRC to fire him from the show and cut the final season from 13 episodes to eight.
Spacey’s lawyers attempted to throw out the arbitration award, arguing that the actor’s conduct amounted to nothing more than “sexual innuendo” and “innocent horse game” and did not violate MRC’s sexual harassment policy.
The Los Angeles judge’s order comes as Spacey continues to face multiple sexual misconduct lawsuits and investigations. Last month, the Oscar-winning actor appeared in a London court where he pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting three men between 2005 and 2013 in the UK.
While some of the cases against Spacey have already been dismissed, he continues to face a civil lawsuit from Anthony Rapp, who first publicly accused him of sexual assault in 2017. Rapp claims he was assaulted by Spacey during a party in New York in 1986 when he was just 14 years old. The next hearing in the case is scheduled to be held in New York in October 2022.
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