Disgraced actor Kevin Spacey has been ordered to pay the studio behind House of Cards, MRC, $31 million in damages caused by his firing.
The star was removed from the production of the final season of House of Cards in 2017, after actor Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery) alleged that Spacey had made sexual advances towards him when Rapp was 14. As a result, House of Cards had to be delayed to account for the lead actor's absence, resulting in a significant loss of revenue for MRC.
The case was dealt with through arbitration (as reported by Deadline), and has found Spacey liable for the lost revenue as a result of his "egregious breaches of contract". As a result, he is ordered to pay $29,527,586 in compensatory damage, $1,197,626.85 in attorneys’ fees, and $235,706.80 in "costs awarded to MRC as the prevailing party in the arbitration".
Following Rapp's accusations, fifteen others have come out with allegations against Spacey - eight of which from the production of House of Cards itself. It's these on-set misconduct allegations that are specifically cited in the ruling, which states that the actor and producer "repeatedly breached his contractual obligations to provide his services 'in a professional manner'".
The ruling also states that the "breach of his acting and executive producing agreements with MRC" also excuses the studio from any obligation to compensate him for any unpaid work he had done on the show, prior to the allegations going public.
Following the allegations, the 62-year-old actor has only been cast in two films. The larger of the two, The Man Who Drew God, has attracted significant controversy not only for its hiring of Spacey, but for casting him in the role of a character who is falsely accused of sexually abusing a child.
He has also attracted attention for his bizarre YouTube videos, which he has released annually - every Christmas Eve - since 2018. In these videos, he appears to take the role of his House of Cards character, Frank Underwood, once more, sending a very ominous message while professing his innocence.
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