Actor Kevin Spacey will have to pay nearly 31 million dollars (30 million euros) to MRC, the production company of the series House of Cards, from which he had been dismissed following accusations of sexual harassment, decided a judge, Thursday, August 4, rejecting his appeal. The American comedian, twice Oscar winner for American Beauty and Usual Suspectsis also prosecuted in the United Kingdom for four sexual assaults on three men.
His brilliant career changed in 2017. The actor, originally from New Jersey, was then the subject of a wave of accusations of harassment and sexual assault. MRC, the production company behind the series House of Cards, on political intrigue in Washington, sought damages for lost earnings attributed to the firing of Kevin Spacey. This had forced her to make a major overhaul of the sixth season.
In 2020, an arbitration had concluded that Kevin Spacey must compensate for the losses and the costs related to these changes. But his lawyers had claimed that the person in charge of the arbitration had exceeded his prerogatives by taking into account certain evidence.
Kevin Spacey has always denied
However, US judge Mel Red Recana confirmed on Thursday that the fallen Hollywood icon should pay nearly $31 million in damages and legal costs. He recalled that, according to the conclusions of the arbitration, Kevin Spacey had violated the terms of his contract because of his alleged behavior.
Kevin Spacey has always denied sexually harassing anyone. In House of Cards, the actor played the unscrupulous politician Frank Underwood. In mid-July, he pleaded not guilty in London to sexual assaults committed between March 2005 and April 2013.
In the United States, Kevin Spacey had been charged with indecent assault and sexual assault in the state of Massachusetts. He was accused of having, in July 2016, got his hands on the sex of an 18-year-old young man employed in a bar, after having made him drink. But the charges were dropped in July 2019.