Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey will pay “House of Cards” producers about $31 million for breach of contract for alleged behind-the-scenes sexual misconduct.
Los Angeles: Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey will pay “House of Cards” producers about $31 million for breach of contract for alleged behind-the-scenes sexual misconduct. The arbiter pointed to evidence that Spacey’s behavior caused damage to the MRC, such as the need to shorten the show’s sixth season to meet delivery deadlines after halting production.
According to Fox News, the disgraced actor starred in the 2013-2017 hit Netflix political drama, before being accused of sexual misconduct by several youths, including a production assistant on the show. As a result, he was dropped from the program, while Robin Wright headed it for the final season in 2018. The allegations against Spacey led to an investigation by “House of Cards” studio MRC, which resulted in the termination of Starr’s acting and production contracts. ,
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the results led both parties to JAMS arbitration, which is co-owned by MRC and Penske Media Corporation, and Spacey has now lost the battle. According to the filing, an October 19 ruling by an arbitrator held that Spacey breached contractual obligations, including adhering to the MRC’s anti-harassment policies, THR reported.
Spacey reportedly argued that his “pay or play” deal still entitles him to money and that MRC and Netflix’s decision to cut him from the show on grounds of conduct outside the statute of limitations was their own choice, resulting in Financial loss occurred.
In a statement obtained by Fox News, the MRC said, “The safety of our employees, set and work environment is of paramount importance to MRC and why we move to accountability.”
Attorney Michael Kump said it was “a privilege to represent the MRC in this case.” He further added, “MRC stood by its stand, pursued the matter with perseverance, and got the right result in the end.”
According to Fox News, Spacey reportedly attempted to appeal the decision for about $31 million but was unsuccessful.
First Published:November 23, 2021, 5:18 pm