US actor Kevin Spacey (63) has to pay high compensation to the production company of the Netflix series “House of Cards” after allegations of sexual assault. A court in Los Angeles ordered the payment of almost $ 31 million (30.45 million euros), as reported by US media on Thursday, citing court documents. Judge Mel Red Recana’s ruling upheld an earlier 2020 arbitral tribunal’s decision, Variety reported.
Spacey’s lawyers appealed the verdict in court. The case involved breach of contract. The arbitral tribunal found that Spacey had violated the code of conduct that had been contractually agreed with the production company MRC.
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Spacey had played the lead role of Frank Underwood in five seasons of the Netflix hit “House of Cards” until the fall of 2017, when allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Spacey were made during the #MeToo debate. Spacey has also been accused of sexual harassment by crew members. Netflix then canceled Spacey’s collaboration. The arbitral tribunal agreed with MRC that Spacey was responsible for millions of dollars in lost revenue.
Spacey is currently being tried in a London court for alleged sexual assault. In mid-July, the Oscar winner (“American Beauty”, “The Usual Suspects”) rejected the allegations. It’s about five alleged acts in England between 2005 and 2013. Spacey was temporarily artistic director of the London theater The Old Vic.