Kevin Spacey must pay nearly $30 million in damages to MRC Entertainmentthe television company behind Netflix’s “House of Cards” for breaching its contract by sexually harassing young crew members, a Los Angeles judge ruled Thursday.
LA Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana said the ruling was ‘not even a closed case’ as he denied a request by Spacey’s lawyer to reject the findings of an appointed arbitrator by the court in the case, Deadline reported.
Arbitrator in 2020 found Spacey materially breached his contract as actor and producer of the hit show because he allegedly harassed young crew members in a ‘pattern’ of sexual predator behavioraccording to the report.
The “Seven” star was ordered to pay more than $29 million in damages, Deadline reported.
In his challenge to the finding, Spacey’s attorney, Jonathan E. Phillips, argued that the arbitrator misweighed the evidence outside the scope of his authority to reach the conclusion.
Recana, according to Deadline, wrote in the 14-page decision that even in closed cases, the decisions of the arbitrators must stand.
“Here, [Spacey] fails to demonstrate that this is even a closed case,” the judge said, according to the report.
Spacey, 63, has been sued for years with allegations of sexual misconduct in lawsuits and in criminal court.
More recently, the scandal-ridden actor was loaded in london with four counts of sexual assault and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.
The charges stem from his years in the early 2000s as a creative director at a theater in the English capital.
He pleaded not guilty and is expected to stand trial on the charges in 2023.