Kevin Spacey has lost his appeal to set aside a $31million (£25.5million) arbitral award to the producers of House Of Cards.
In November, the Hollywood actor was ordered to pay the sum to MCR following “high” allegations of sexual misconduct by young crew members involved in the production.
Spacey had requested that the order be overturned, but his request was denied by a US judge in Los Angeles on Thursday, according to documents obtained by the PA news agency.
MCR’s original documents, also obtained by PA, detail how Spacey was cut from the hit Netflix show after he claimed he had “systematically exploited, sexually harassed and groped young men with whom he was involved throughout his career.” in film, television, and theater projects.”
The arbitrator concluded that Spacey had repeatedly breached contractual obligations to perform services “in a professional manner” that were “consistent with (MRC’s) reasonable instructions, practices and policies” — including his anti-harassment policies.
The actor starred on House of Cards for five seasons, playing the calculating Frank Underwood, before being dropped from the show after the allegations surfaced.
In the original ruling, the arbitrator also determined that Spacey was not entitled to payment for the remainder of his contract, as his firing had resulted in the show’s sixth season being cut and rewritten, and had cost MRC millions in lost revenue.
It comes just after Spacey appeared in a UK court last month to “strongly” deny further allegations of sexual assault dating back 17 years.
He denied five allegations in relation to three men, now in their 30s and 40s, at London’s Old Bailey on July 14.
The alleged crimes are believed to have occurred in London and Gloucestershire between 2005 and 2013, during which time Spacey was artistic director of The Old Vic theatre.
Mr Justice Wall has scheduled a trial of three to four weeks from June 6 next year, with a further hearing to take place in early 2023.
Spacey also faces a civil case in New York in October 2022, brought by actor Anthony Rapp – Spacey’s first public prosecutor.
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/kevin-spacey-appeal-to-overturn-255-million-us-arbitration-award-denied-41891148.html Kevin Spacey appeal to overturn £25.5 million US arbitration award denied