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Kevin Spacey ordered to pay $US30 million to House of Cards makers, after judge arbitral arbitration ruling

A judge has ruled Kevin Spacey and his production companies must pay the producers of the hit TV show House of Cards nearly $US31 million because of losses brought on by his 2017 firing for the sexual harassment of crew members.

The ruling gives the force of law to a private arbitrator’s decision to award $US30.9 million ($44.3 million) in favor of production company MRC and others.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana wrote that Spacey and his attorneys “fail to demonstrate that this is even a close case” and “do not demonstrate that the damages award was so utterly irrational that it amounts to an arbitrary remaking of the parties’ contracts.”

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling,” MRC attorney Michael Kump said in an email to The Associated Press.

Spacey has denied the allegations through his attorneys and his spokesperson, who did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

The arbitrator found that Spacey violated his contract’s demands for professional behavior by “engaging certain conduct in connection with several crew members in each of the five seasons that he starred in and executive produced House of Cards,” according to a filing from Mr Kump.


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