American actor-producer Kevin Spacey and his companies has been ordered to pay nearly $31 million to MRC, the production company behind House of Cards, after finding that Spacey breached his contract by violating the company’s sexual harassment policy.
MRC filed a petition on Monday, November 22, in Los Angeles Superior Court to confirm the arbitration award, after the award was upheld in a confidential appeal. Spacey and his companies, M. Profitt Productions and Trigger Street Productions, were ordered to pay $29.5 million in damages plus $1.2 million in attorneys’ fees and $235,000 in costs.
Spacey was among the first major Hollywood figures to be accused in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal in October 2017.
On November 2, 2017, CNN reported that Spacey had created a “toxic” environment by making crude comments and engaging in non-consensual touching of young male staffers, citing eight production sources. MRC said it had “no knowledge whatsoever” of Spacey’s…