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Kevin Spacey Ordered To Pay $30M After Being Fired From ‘House Of Cards’

Kevin Spacey ordered to pay $30M after being fired from ‘House of Cards’

Kevin Spacey has been ordered to pay $30 million after he was fired from the tv series ‘House of Cards’.

A court ordered the actor and his production company to pay the compensation to MRC – the studio behind the hit political thriller.

MRC argued Spacey forced them to fire him for his alleged sexual misconduct.

As a result, it halted production of the show’s sixth season and made re-writes to remove Spacey’s character.

It also shortened the season from 13 to eight episodes to meet deadlines, resulting in tens of millions in losses, according to court documents.

Kevin Spacey ordered to pay producers $30 million

A Los Angeles court approved an arbitration decision this week which found Spacey violated his contract by behaving unprofessionally.

Specifically, by engaging in “certain conduct in connection with several crew members in each of the five seasons that he starred in and executive produced House of Cards”.

The production company said in a statement:

“The safety of our employees, sets and work environments is of paramount importance to MRC and why we set out to push for accountability.”

A representative for Spacey did not respond to a request for comment.

However, his lawyers previously denied the actor’s actions caused the show’s financial losses.

The order to pay compensation follows a lengthy legal battle lasting more than three years.


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Widespread sexual harassment

Spacey’s career came to an abrupt halt late in 2017 soon after the #MeToo launched.

Actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making unwanted sexual advances on him when he was 14 at a party in the 1980s.

At the time, Spacey issued a statement saying he didn’t remember the incident, however he apologised.

Several other young men subsequently came forward to make similar accusations.

Independent investigations later found Spacey engaged in widespread sexual harassment of those who worked under him.

The 62 year-old Oscar winner was fired or removed from several projects as a result.

The most prominent – ‘House of Cards’, the Netflix political thriller in which he played lead character Frank Underwood, a power-hungry congressman who becomes president.

A court previously dismissed a criminal case against Spacey for indecent assault after he allegedly groped an 18-year-old man at a US resort.


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