Kevin Spacey and his production company must pay almost 31 million dollars to the creators of the TV series “House of Cards”, writes news agency AP. He was fired from the series after sexually harassing employees on the series in 2017, and the amount will cover the financial losses the series creators have suffered.
Had to write about the series
According to the dispute resolution, Spacey breached his contract through his unprofessional behavior towards several employees in all five seasons in which he participated as an actor and producer. This first led to MRC having to fire Spacey and halt production of the series’ sixth season, and then rewrite it so that Spacey’s central role was no longer included. They also had to cut from 13 episodes to eight to meet deadlines, leading to losses of tens of millions of dollars, according to court documents.
Spacey’s lawyers claimed in their submission that the decision to cut Spacey from the sixth season came before internet research led to employees speaking out about sexual harassment. Therefore, Spacey’s side claims that this was no breach of contract.
The decision was made by a private mediation chaired by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana. The litigation has been going on for more than three years, and the hearing which has lasted eight days.
Field of #MeToo
Spacey’s career ended abruptly in 2017 when the #MeToo movement was in full swing, and accusations against him came from several people. He was then fired from several projects, including the Netflix political thriller “House of Cards”, in which he played the lead role of Frank Underwood, a power-hungry congressman who tried to become president.
In July, Spacey had to appear in court in London, where he pleaded not guilty to sexually harassing three men more than ten years ago when he worked as a theater director in the city. He also faces a number of lawsuits from other men, including the actor Anthony Rapp.