Due to several serious allegations of sexual harassment, Kevin Spacey was fired in 2017 from his role of Frank Underwood in House of Cards, one of the first and most successful Netflix shows. The producers of the show then tried to reframe the show’s narrative around Robin Wright’s character in Season 6, but the show had already lost its momentum and it was cancelled in 2018.
The producers claim that Spacey’s departure cost them millions. In November 2021, a court ruled that Spacey must pay damages to the production company Media Rights Capital over lost revenue. The disgraced actor then filed to have the decision overturned.
Los Angeles judge Mel Recana has rejected and denied Spacey’s attempts to wriggle out of paying MRC. The actor must now pay the company $31m, which is roughly £25.5m.
As reported by The Guardian, the judge ruled that Spacey’s attorneys “fail to demonstrate that this is even a close case.” She also noted that Spacey’s team “do not demonstrate that the damages award was so utterly irrational that it amounts to an arbitrary remaking of the parties’ contracts”.
Spacey recently appeared in the UK to plead not guilty to the charges he faces in the UK. These include four counts of sexual assault as well as causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.
Spacey was due a comeback in Hollywood in 1242 – Gateway to the West, but he was dropped from the film just last month following the on-going legal battles he faces. His UK trial is set for 2023.