Kevin Spacey Must Pay $31 Million in ‘House of Cards’ Firing Dispute – The Hollywood Reporter

Kevin Spacey has lost his bid to overturn a $31 million arbitration award he was ordered to pay house of cards producer MRC for sexual misconduct involving young crew members behind the scenes of the Netflix series.

Spacey was removed from the Netflix series during its sixth season after allegations surfaced that he preyed on young men. The dispute was sent to arbitration, where an arbitrator determined that the actor breached his contract by violating anti-harassment policies and failing to provide services “in a professional manner.” The arbitrator also found that Spacey was not entitled to be paid for the remainder of his contract, even though it contained a pay-or-play provision, and that his breaches caused the show’s sixth season to be shortened and rewritten and he it cost MRC eight. -figures in costs and loss of income.

The actor’s legal team fired back, challenging the award in open court, saying it was “riddled with errors of fact and law; most fundamentally, its finding that MRC proved by a preponderance of the evidence that Spacey sexually harassed five former [House of Cards] crew members.” His lawyers argued that Spacey “participated in a pervasive on-set culture that was full of sexual innuendos, jokes, and innocent antics,” but never harassed anyone, and when told that “his conduct caused someone to uncomfortable or in any way unwanted, he stopped.”

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana upheld the award Thursday, issuing an interim ruling after hearing oral arguments.

“The Arbitrator’s conclusion that Defendants’ breach caused the aforementioned damages is a factual finding that the court generally cannot mistakenly review,” explains Recana in the ruling, which is published below. “In addition, the court cannot review the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the arbitration award. A panel of three arbitrators also confirmed the Arbitrator’s Final Award in proceedings under the JAMS Optional Arbitration Appeal Procedure.”

Recana emphasized that, in general, for an arbitrator’s decision to be overturned it must be “totally irrational”, which is not the case here.

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling,” said MRC attorney Michael Kump. THR.

MRC is co-owner of the hollywood reporter through a joint venture with Penske Media Corporation called PMRC.

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