Kevin Spacey will pay $31 million to the producers of the series “House of Cards”

CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES.- The American actor Kevin Spacey will have to pay almost 31 million dollars to the producer of the “House of Cards” series”, from which he was fired amid a whirlwind of accusations of improper conductaccording to the ruling of a Los Angeles judge this Thursday.

It marks the latest legal loss for the disgraced Hollywood star in his long-running court battle against production company MRC, in charge of the renowned streaming hit.

Spacey starred five seasons of “House of Cards” until several complaints of sexual harassment against co-workers were disclosed by the media.

“MRC was not aware of this type of conduct by Spacey with members of the cast or crew of the show,” the producer said in one of the court documents.

The production company maintains that after the allegations of sexual harassment and assault in 2017, it suspended the actor and ordered an investigation that determined that “Spacey broke with provisions in the acting and executive production agreements that set the standards of conduct in the workplace, including violate the MRC harassment policy.”

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An arbitration judge ruled in October 2020 that Spacey should pay $29.5 million, plus entertainment expenses, to the production company that had to redesign the series due to the departure of Frank Underwood, the main character of the series played by the two-time Oscar winner.

The series of palace intrigues was shortened and ended.

The actor had asked the court to invalidate the millionaire compensation, arguing that the arbitration judge incurred procedural failures when assessing the damages.

However the Judge Mel Red Recana, of the superior court of Los Angeles, ratified the decision, ordering the actor to comply with the compensation.

Spacey denies all the accusations of harassment against him, which slowed down his award-winning career and corresponded with the rise of the #MeToo movement, that was born from the case of the almighty producer Harvey Weinstein.

In another case last month, Spacey, 63, pleaded not guilty in a London court to allegations of sexual harassment filed by three men and dating back more than ten years.