Kevin Spacey Must Pay $31 Million for Violating Sexual Harassment Policy

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday November 22, 2021

Actor Kevin Spacey has been ordered to pay for breaching his "House of Cards" contract by violating the show's sexual harassment policy, reported Variety.

MRC, the production company behind "House of Cards," cut ties with Spacey and scrapped a season of the show in 2017 after multiple people came forward accusing Spacey of sexually predatory conduct.

On Monday, MRC filed a petition in the Los Angeles Superior Court to confirm the arbitration award that was upheld in a confidential appeal.

"Spacey and his companies, M. Profitt Productions and Trigger Street Productions, were ordered to pay $29.5 million in damages plus $1.2 million in attorneys' fees and $235,000 in costs," Variety reports. MRC reportedly filed the confidential arbitration demand in January 2019, seeking to recover from Spacey the costs of scrapping the season and starting over.

Spacey then filed a counterclaim, accusing the production company of wrongfully terminating his contract and breaching obligations to "pay or play" under the agreement.

Actor Anthony Rapp sued Spacey for sexual assault in federal court last year in a case that is still pending. Other cases against the actor have since been dropped, including a criminal case in Massachusetts and a civil case in Los Angeles after the accuser died.