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Kevin Spacey ordered to pay studio $31M for breaching sex-harassment policy

Kevin Spacey was ordered to pay nearly $31 million to the studio behind “House of Cards” for violating the corporate’s sexual harassment policy, a brand new courtroom submitting revealed.

The non-public ruling by an arbitrator was initially handed down greater than a yr in the past, but it surely solely was made public on Monday after attorneys for MRC, the studio behind the Netflix political thriller, filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court to verify the sum can be delivered.

The arbitrator ordered the disgraced award-winning actor and his manufacturing firms to pay simply shy of $31 million in damages, in addition to attorneys’ charges.

Spacey served as an government producer of “House of Cards” and was the preliminary major character of the sequence. In the present, he performed an bold Democratic Congressman who would cease at nothing to stand up the political ranks.

The present aired for six seasons from 2013 to 2018.

But whereas the ultimate season of the present was being filmed — and because the #MeToo motion was gaining steam globally — actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making a sexual advance toward him in 1986, when Rapp was simply 14. 

Actor Kevin Spacey attends a pretrial hearing on Monday, June 3, 2019, at district court in Nantucket, Mass
Actor Kevin Spacey attends a pretrial listening to in 2019, at district courtroom in Nantucket, Mass.
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That preliminary allegation led to extra accusations in opposition to Spacey, together with by crew members of “House of Cards.”

MRC and Netflix finally fired Spacey from the show and ended the series.

In the extra just lately settled arbitration, MRC stated Spacey’s habits was a violation of the studio’s policy barring sexual harassment and that in the end value it tens of millions of {dollars}.

Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright House of Cards
Spacey is seen within the first season of House of Cards, which was finally canceled in gentle of the allegations in opposition to him.
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Spacey’s habits and the next allegations pressured the studio to write his character abruptly out of the present and finish the season early, MRC argued.

“MRC stood its ground, pursued this case doggedly, and obtained the right result in the end,” the studio’s lawyer, Michael Kump, founding associate of the Santa Monica-based agency Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump Holley, said in a statement to CNBC.

Former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh, holds a press conference in Boston in 2017 to discuss the alleged sexual abuse of her son by actor Kevin Spacey.
Former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh, holds a press convention in Boston in 2017 to talk about the alleged sexual abuse of her son by actor Kevin Spacey.
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“The safety of our employees, sets and work environments is of paramount importance to MRC and why we set out to push for accountability,” MRC added.

MRC is an impartial studio behind different hit sequence together with Netflix’s “Ozarks” and the brand new present from Apple TV+, “The Shrink Next Door.”

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