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Spacey Loses ‘House of Cards’ Dispute, Judge Affirms

The actor, who was fired amid sexual misconduct allegations, had challenged eight-figure damages awarded to MRC by arbitrator.

Kevin Spacey leaves the Old Bailey Central Criminal Court on July 14, 2022 in London, England.

The actor’s legal team fired back, challenging in open court and contending it was “permeated with factual and legal errors– most fundamentally, its finding that MRC proved by preponderance of the evidence that Spacey sexually harassed five former House of Cards crewmembers.”

His lawyers argued Spacey “participated in a pervasive on-set culture that was filled with sexual innuendoes, jokes and innocent horseplay” but never harassed anyone and when he was told “his conduct made someone feel uncomfortable or was in any way unwanted, he stopped.”

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana on Thursday, August 4, confirmed the award, adopting a tentative ruling after hearing oral arguments.

“The Arbitrator’s conclusion that Respondents’ breach caused the aforesaid damages is a factual finding which the court generally cannot review for error,” Recana explains in the ruling, which is posted below.

“Further, the court cannot review the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the arbitration award. A three- arbitrator panel also affirmed the Arbitrator’s Final Award in proceedings under the JAMS Optional Arbitration Appeal Procedure.”

Recana emphasized that, generally, in order to be overturned an arbitrator’s decision must be “utterly irrational,” which isn’t the case here.

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling,” MRC’s attorney Michael Kump said.