Kevin Spacey lost his bid to overturn a $31 million arbitration award he was ordered to pay Card castle MRC producer for sexual misconduct involving young crew members behind the scenes of the Netflix series.
Spacey was removed from the Netflix series during its sixth season after allegations surfaced that he preyed on young men. The dispute was referred to arbitration, where an arbitrator found that the actor had breached his contract violating anti-harassment policies and failing to provide services “in a professional manner.” The arbitrator also found that Spacey was not entitled to be paid for the remainder of his contract, even though it contained a pay-or-play clause, and that his breaches resulted in the shortening and rewriting of the show’s sixth season and cost eight MRCs. -the cost and revenue loss figures.
The actor’s legal team fired back, dispute the price in open court and claiming it was “riddled with factual and legal errors – most fundamentally, its conclusion that MRC has proven by a preponderance of evidence that Spacey sexually harassed five former [House of Cards] crew members.” His lawyers argued that Spacey “participated in a pervasive on-set culture that was filled with sexual innuendo, innocent jokes and heckling” but never harassed anyone and when told that “his conduct made someone uncomfortable or was in any way undesirable, he stopped.”
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana upheld the award on Thursday, issuing an interim decision after hearing oral argument.
“The arbitrator’s finding that respondents’ breach caused the aforementioned damages is a factual finding that the court generally cannot review for error,” Recana explains in the decision, which is posted below. “Furthermore, the court cannot review the sufficiency of evidence in support of the arbitration award. A panel of three arbitrators also upheld the arbitrator’s final decision under JAMS’s optional arbitration appeal process. »
Recana pointed out that in general, to be overturned, a referee’s decision must be “completely irrational”, which is not the case here.
“We are satisfied with the court’s decision,” said MRC lawyer Michael Kump. THR.
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