Kevin Spacey, an actor in disrepute, has been ordered by the arbitrator to pay $31 million in damages and legal fees to House of Cards producer. Spacey was found to have violated Netflix’s sexual harassment policy. 

Although the arbitration was held behind closed doors in 2013, it became public after MRC, the production company, filed a petition at the Los Angeles Superior Court seeking confirmation of the award. Variety reported that the confidential appeal had been upheld.   

According to MRC’s petition, after eight days of arbitration, Spacey was found guilty by the arbitrator. 

Kevin Spacey and his companies, M. Profitt Productions and Trigger Street Productions, have been ordered to pay MRC, the producer of House of Cards, $31million in damages and fees

Kevin Spacey, his M. Profitt Productions company and Trigger Street Productions company were ordered to pay MRC $31million in damages.

MRC said Spacey, 62 years old, had broken his producing and acting contract through violating company policy regarding sexual harassment

In the document, it was also noted that Spacey had committed a number of breaches of contract. 

Kevin Spacey was accused of the following: 

Kevin Spacey, once a star in Hollywood, was roiled by allegations that he had sexually assaulted Star Trek actor Antony Rapp when he was just 14.

Both were in Broadway plays and they met at a party where Rapp said that his impression of him when he entered the room in 1986 was that he had been drunk.

“He picked me out like a groom would pick up a bride at the threshold. Because I ask, “What’s up?” I don’t squirm at first. He then lies on top of my head.

“He tried to seduce you.” It’s not clear if that is the language I would use. He was trying to get me to sexually.

Spacey apologized to Rapp for his claims and came out as gay on the same day.

“But, if I behaved then as he described, I owe the sincerest apology to him for his deeply indecent drunken behavior.”

Heather Unruh, a mother who claimed her son (18 years old) was sexually assaulted in 2016 by Star Trek has since made more allegations of sexual misconduct.

After it became clear that Unruh had deleted text messages from her son’s cell phone and given it to police officers, a civil suit was dropped with prejudice. A criminal assault charge was also dismissed.

Tony Montana is a documentary filmmaker who claims Spacey sexually abused his penis in Los Angeles’ Coronet Pub in 2003. Roberto Cavazos was a former actor at Old Vic and said that Spacey made two unpleasant advances to him in 2008. These were considered harassment.

Harry Dreyfuss was the actor’s son. He also said that Spacey had groped him at 18 years of age.

Spacey was also charged with a series of sexual assaults against women in England from 1996 to 2013. One of these claims is that Spacey performed sex acts on a sleeping person.

He has been charged with a crime after police handed his investigation over to the prosecutors.

Spacey denied all allegations. 

The two-time Academy Award winner and his companies, M. Profitt Productions and Trigger Street Productions, were ordered to pay $29.5million in damages, $1.2million in attorneys’ fees and $235,000 in costs associated with the arbitration.

Spacey (62) starred as President Frank Underwood, an ambitious and ruthless politician, until he was fired in fall 2017 after a series of allegations of sexual misconduct.  

Spacey was accused in inappropriate touching of a male production assistant. This created an allegedly toxic atmosphere on the set. 

Multiple sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Spacey had allegedly groped the PA who was responsible for driving Spacey to the hospital following an injury to his hand while filming a promo shoot.

According to reports, the assistant complained about it to his superiors later. The assistant is also said to have groped an actor trying to audition. 

Spacey was 26, at the time Anthony Rapp, who was the star in the Broadway original production of Rent, also publicly accused Spacey. Rapp was 14 years old when Spacey was 26. 

Spacey is accused by over 20 men of inappropriate conduct, from touching to suggestive comments. All allegations of misconduct have been denied by Spacey. 

Spacey’s expulsion from House of Cards was at the same time that two seasons of Season 6 were being produced and the majority of the expected 13-episode Season had already been completed. 

Spacey violated the terms of his contract for producing and acting by engaging in sexual harassment, and was removed from the show.   

In January 2019, MRC demanded a confidential arbitration in order to recoup Spacey’s and his companies’ tens of million dollars spent on rewriting House of Cards. This season starred Robin Wright and Michael Kelly.   

Spacey filed a counterclaim accusing MRC improperly terminating his contract for allegedly making exaggerated claims about sexual misconduct or assault.

Spacey claimed that MRC still owed Spacey money in his claim. 

Monday was Monday when MRC released a statement addressing the legal victory of Spacey.

The company declared that MRC is committed to the safety and well-being of its employees and sets, and to ensuring safe work environments. This is why it has taken steps to demand accountability. 

Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump Holley LLP also provided a statement by Michael Kump (MRC attorney), which reads: ‘It is a privilege to represent MRC in that matter. MRC held firm to its position, continued the case with determination, and finally achieved the correct result.

Rapp, Spacey’s initial accuser, sued him last year in federal court. This case remains pending. 

In 2017, Anthony Rapp, the star of Rent on Broadway, publicly accused Spacey of climbing on top of him on a bed when Rapp was just 14 years old during a house party in 1986

In 2017, Anthony Rapp, the star of Rent on Broadway, publicly accused Spacey of climbing on top of him on a bed when Rapp was just 14 years old during a house party in 1986

Spacey claimed that he didn’t remember scaling Rapp in 2017, but apologised if the claims were true. Spacey used this statement also to declare that he was gay. 

Several  other cases against the actor have unraveled, including a criminal case in Massachusetts alleging assault and battery against Spacey, who was accused of groping an 18-year-old man at a bar on the resort island of Nantucket in 2016.

After invoking his Fifth Amendment right to withhold testimony about texts messages from the night prior to the alleged groping, the defence claimed that they were deleted.

Spacey was cleared of all charges in Los Angeles after the murder of his accused, a Masseuse. 

A criminal case against Spacey in Massachusetts unraveled after his accuser invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify

A criminal case against Spacey in Massachusetts unraveled after his accuser invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify

In Britain, the Metropolitan Police investigated six claims of sexual assault and assault against Spacey, who ran London’s Old Vic Theatre between 2004 and 2015. The police have not yet said if they would bring criminal charges.  

In May 2021, a New York judge ruled that a man accusing Spacey of sexually abusing him in the 1980s when he was 14 cannot proceed only as ‘C.D.’ In a federal suit.

The man had met Spacey in the actor’s suburban New York acting class before the alleged abuse, according to the lawsuit which seeks over $40million in damages.

Spacey was last seen on August 20, 2021 in California filming a movie. He had previously been starring in an Italian-language film. Spacey has been planning a comeback in order to revive his career.