Officials have awarded the production company behind the hit show “House of Cards” a settlement that orders Kevin Spacey to pay around $31 million. All of this over the fact that Spacey was forced to leave the show over multiple sexual misconduct allegations. Some of the accusations even cited incidents that allegedly occurred on the set of the show. Still, at the begging of the process, Spacey was hopeful that he would be the one to come out of the argument with more money in the bank. Kevin Spacey’s side claimed that the actor had signed a pay or play deal with MRC, the production company in question. In their eyes, Spacey was still owed money when he was effectively booted off the show.
Why Kevin Spacey Would Have To Pay The 31 Million
According to court records, the arbitrator deemed that in fact, Kevin’s conduct has constituted a breach of his contract. Since he had violated the personal conduct policy set by the production company when he was brought on to the show. At the same time, the arbitrator is essentially holding Spacey responsible for considerable financial losses that the production company dealt with. After they were forced to cut down the final season of the show from 13 to 8 episodes. Naturally having to remove the main character from the show on top of shortening the season contributed heavily to their losses.
Will This Money Really Come Out Of Spacey’s Pocket?
At this point in the legal process it seems very likely that Spacey will have to put up at least some of the money. JAMS essentially awarded the settlement to MRC last year. Kevin Spacey’s side has already been denied an appeal. Today what happened was that MRC filled in court to have the arbitrator’s decision upheld. Even if everything is upheld, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Spacey himself is going to have to take the money out of a personal bank account.
In reality, it’s Spacey’s production companies M. Profitt Productions and Trigger Street Productions, that are being ordered to pay $29.5 million in damages, $1.2 million in attorneys’ fees and $235,000 in additional costs. A spokesperson for production company MRC mentioned in a statement after the filling in court saying,
“The safety of our employees, sets and work environments is of paramount importance to MRC and why we set out to push for accountability,”
Where Does This Decision Leave The Career Of The Former House of Cards Star?
Earlier this year Kevin Spacey made headlines when it was announced that he had been cast in an Italian movie. The actor has since gone on to film that particular movie. This specific ruling does not necessarily ban Spacey from participating in any type of production. Obviously, MRC isn’t going to call him up for future projects. At least not any time soon. Still, as long as Spacey can stay on the outside looking in, from prison that is, and deal with the multiple sexual assault complaints that he’s faced over the years he can technically find work. In reality, though, there are going to be very few people in Hollywood that are ever going to be keen to cast him.