LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Spacey and his production companies must pay the studio behind “House of Cards” more than $30 million because of losses brought on by his firing for sexual misconduct, according to an arbitration decision made final Monday.

A document filed in Los Angeles Superior Court requesting a judge’s approval of the ruling says that the arbitrators found that Spacey violated his contract’s demands for professional behavior by “engaging certain conduct in connection with several crew members in each of the five seasons that he starred in and executive produced House of Cards.”

MRC, the studio behind “House of Cards,” had to fire Spacey, halt production of the show’s sixth season, rewrite it to remove Spacey’s central character, and shorten it from 13 to eight episodes to meet deadlines, resulting in tens of millions in losses, the document said.

“The safety of our employees, sets and work environments is of paramount importance to MRC and why we set out to push for accountability,” MRC said in a statement Monday.

Spacey representatives did not reply to an email requesting comment. His attorneys argued that the actor’s actions were not a substantial factor in the show’s losses. After a lengthy legal battle lasting more than three decades and an eight-day hearing, which was secretive from the public for the remainder of the dispute, the judge ruled in favor of his attorneys.

Spacey appealed to the panel of three additional private arbitrators who found in favor of the plaintiffs. The decision was made final and publicly available on Monday. “MRC stood its ground, pursued this case doggedly, and obtained the right result in the end,” plaintiff’s attorney Michael Kump said in a statement.

The 62-year-old Oscar winner’s career came to an abrupt halt late in 2017 as the #MeToo movement gained momentum. Actor Anthony Rapp, who has appeared in “Rent” on Broadway and film as well as in “Star Trek: Discovery” on television, said Spacey made a sexual advance on him when he was 14 at a party in the 1980s.

At the time, Spacey issued a statement saying he didn’t remember the encounter but apologized.

Independent investigations revealed widespread harassment of employees working under him.

Spacey was fired or removed from several projects, most notably “House of Cards,” the NetflixHe was a political star who played Frank Underwood for five seasons in a thriller about politics. Underwood is a power-hungry congressman and becomes president.

He was charged with indecent assault, battery and groping an 18-year old man at Nantucket. This is the only criminal case against him. was dismissed by Massachusetts prosecutorsIn 2019.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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