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Kevin Spacey has to pay 30 million euros
A terrifying ending for Kevin Spacey…
US actor Kevin Spacey (63) has to pay the producers of the hit series “House of Cards” (Netflix) the equivalent of around 30 million euros in damages. Judge Mel Red Recana on Thursday dismissed the mime’s appeal against a corresponding arbitral award. Spacey clearly violated contractual agreements, Recana said.
The production company MRC had fired the actor after allegations of sexual assault became known and had to completely rewrite the sixth season of “House of Cards”. Spacey played the unscrupulous US politician Frank Underwood in the series for five seasons.
The production company argued that Spacey violated regulations “that set standards for his behavior in the workplace,” including a company’s anti-harassment policy.
His abrupt sacking also necessitated restructuring, which resulted in “significant losses” for MRC. The script was rewritten without the main character Underwood and the sixth and final season had to be shortened to eight episodes.
Several men had accused Spacey of sexual assault during the #MeToo debate. This had serious consequences for him: he lost his leading role in “House of Cards”, fell out of favor in the industry and experienced a dramatic career crash. However, charges against Spacey were dropped in 2019.
Most recently, the former series star appeared in court in London. He dismissed all allegations of sexual abuse of men in the UK at the Old Bailey Criminal Court in July. He is charged with four assaults against three men between 2005 and 2013.