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Kevin Spacey Must Pay $31 Million in House of Cards Losses Over Netflix Series Layoff

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Kevin Spacey has been sentenced to pay the House of cards makers nearly $31 million (£25 million) in losses.

The actor, who played Frank Underwood on the Netflix series, was fired from the show in 2017 after he was accused of sexually harassing crew members.

It was Los Angeles Superior Court judge Mel Red Recana who delivered the ruling on Thursday (Aug. 4), which said Spacey, 62, must pay $30.9 (£25.4 million) to production company MRC.

An arbitrator who has been investigating the case for the past three years found that the actor had breached his contract clause that demanded that he act in a professional manner. As a result of the allegations, MRC fired Spacey, leading to production delays on the show’s sixth and final season, which had to be rewritten to remove Underwood.

Court documents allege that cutting the season’s episode count from 13 to eight, and shifting things around so that Robin Wright became the main character, resulted in a loss of tens of millions.

However, Spacey’s attorneys claimed that his resignation came before the crew members came forward with their allegations against him, meaning there had been no breach of contract and he was not responsible for the losses.

According to Recana, Spacey, who denied all the allegations through his lawyers, “has failed to show that this was even a close case” and “has failed to demonstrate that the award of damages was so utterly irrational as to amount to an arbitrary remake of the parties’ contracts”.

MRC lawyer Michael Kump said: The UK Time News: “We are happy with the court’s ruling.”

Kevin Spacey on ‘House of Cards’ (Netflix)

Spacey has faced numerous sexual assault allegations since 2017. In July, he pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault dating back to 2005.

In April, the actor asked a judge to dismiss Anthony Rapp’s sexual assault charges against him. He said through his lawyers that the allegations in Rapp’s lawsuit — in which he alleges that Spacey abused him at a party in 1986 when he was a teenager — are not true.

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