A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has forced Kevin Spacey to pay $31 million to MCR, producer of the hit series “House of Cards,” as compensation for breach of contract and damages caused by his behavior during filming.
The arbitration court approved the fine last year, however, the actor appealed the move, though it was unsuccessful, as Judge Mel Red Recana claimed that Spacey’s lawyers had failed to prove the fine was “as irrational” as they argued.
“They have failed to demonstrate that it is a tight case or that the damages were so absolutely irrational that it amounted to an arbitrary reworking of the contracts of both parties,” he concluded.
According to information from The Hollywood Reporter, the arbitration court found that the American interpreter had breached the terms of his contract with his behavior, as he was accused of sexual harassment by a production assistant.
The complaint came at a time when the two-time Oscar winner was watching his more than 30-year career crumble in 2017 after numerous sexual assault allegations came to light that he has since rejected.
Following the complaint of the filming assistant, the production company eliminated the role of the actor in the series ‘House of Cards’, rewrote the sixth season and reduced the number of episodes from 13 to 8 to meet the premiere date announced by the streaming service, Netflix.
Therefore, the company, responsible for other titles such as ‘Ozark’ and ‘The Shrink Next Door’, alleged during the arbitration that the actor had not provided his services “in a professional manner” or in accordance with its behavioral policies.